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;something wicked this way come


Or almost Halloween, anyway.

I don’t read horror books, so I could not think of what would be appropriate for this week’s blog post until I stumbled onto a genius idea. I think it’s genius, anyway.

Who wants a list of the scariest villains I’ve come across in literature so far*?

*This list may contain spoilers for some series, so proceed with caution!

  • Dolores Jane Umbridge.
    Say what else you will about the Harry Potter series, she was one of the most chilling villains I have ever come across because it is so plausible for her to exist in the real world. Take away the magic, and she’s still very much real. And terrifying.
  • President Snow.
    AGAIN. Something very realistic about him, taken to the extreme. It just makes me shiver that with the way the world is going, he could be someone in power any day now. It’s not good when the Hunger Games villain seems like he could walk off the page into real life, but it sure is scary!
  • Elizabeth Pike.
    Spoilers for Claudia Gray’s Spellcaster series, but HOO BOY. A seemingly innocent 16-year-old girl who is actually MUCH OLDER and using magic to siphon affection and care off someone else to make her the darling of the town so no one knows she has sinister motives? I LOVE HER but also I loathe her.
  • Ines.
    EVERYTHING ABOUT INES TERRIFIES ME. I have gushed a lot about The Oremere Chronicles since reading it this year, but not much about the villain, because SPOILERS, she is terrifying and ruthless, and capable of so much control and power???

I don’t read horror and thriller books much, so I went with some of my favourite fantasy villains. And of course, there are more! Maybe I’ll make another list next year?

Who are some of your favourite book villains?

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Olivia Roach

    Umbridge was so cruel to mistreat children in such a way, and to do what she did! Definitely makes me angry. I was never that intimidated by President Snow, even though he was playing a manipulation game. I think Mayor Prentiss in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, along with a nameless villain (don’t want to spoil anything!) do a better job of being manipulation scary!

    • Ara

      I think it was less intimidation for me by President Snow, but just how chilling and casual his manipulation was. I have not read Chaos Walking but that villain seems interesting!

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