By | October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween everyone!

In the interests of public service, for anyone who is still struggling for a costume idea, I started thinking about the scariest characters in literature. There are obvious ones like the iconic Gothic figures (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein monster), but everyone will be going for those.

How about Mephistopholes from Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus? Or Tamora, Queen of the Goths from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus? Anton Chigurh in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men is surely one of the most terrifying characters in recent fiction.

Any other ideas out there? Who do you think is the scariest character in literature?

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