|I think I worked for her at some point...|
I'm one of those people who always veers toward the scoundrels of my favorite stories, finding something redeeming about them OR something so deliciously horrible, I'm driven to cheer them on.
As a writer, villains are one of my favorite characters to create and when my editor told me I had a knack for the bad guys, I got goose bumps for weeks! Is there something wrong with me? Probably, but that's another post and lots of dollars towards therapy! In Nightshade City, Billycan is the wicked of wickedest rats, maybe that's why he's my favorite character to write about. He's cunning and duplicitous and looks as rotten on the outside, as he is on the inside! Tall and bony, with shifting red eyes and a thick black scar running across his muzzle! Oh, and he has a penchant for collecting tongues! Grrr! Okay, sorry, going way overboard--but I LOVE the bad guys! I'm sure many of you have a thing for them too.
|Oh, but he looks so cuddly...|
Here is my top five most villainous of villains in order of villainy!
5. Miss Trunchbull from Matilda
4. Goth from the Silverwing Series
3. Shere Khan from the The Jungle Book
2. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1. The Grand High Witch from The Witches
|What is in that there pot...errr...ladies?|
Oh, and if we want to talk villains of the newer variety, as in newer books, I simply have to mention The Man Jack from The Graveyard Book, undeniably chilling!
So, who tops your list? Who sends shivers up and down your quivering spine?
By Hilary Wagner
Author of Nightshade City, in stores now & Kings of Trillium (Oct. 2011, Holiday House)