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Top 10 Scariest Book Characters

Top 10 scariest book characters

We are looking at our 10 scariest fictional characters in our blog this week. See if yours made our list below.

10. The Woman in Black – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Ghosts are hardly the nicest of beings, but those that foreshadow the death of children are considerably less so.


9. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

A terrifying and insane serial killer, Bateman is the controversial protagonist who is happy to try all crimes – torture and cannibalism being just a couple.

8. Martians – War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Being scared of insane human beings is one thing. Brushing off the pure horror that comes with an invading alien race is another – especially when, they survive on the blood of others and want to kill the planet’s population.

7. Miss Trunchbull – Matilda by Roald Dahl

Miss ‘The Trunchbull’ Trunchbull regularly relives her ambitious shot-put days on the young children at Matilda’s school, when she’s not inventing torture chambers for them that is…


6. General Woundwort – Watership Down by Richard Adams

You may believe bunnies are cute, but not if you have faced Woundwort. It would be possible to feel sorry for this rabbit had he not used his early life experiences as a reason for dictatorial warren-rule. Creepily, even when he is overthrown, his body is never found, remaining a horror story for baby rabbits (and us) forever more.

5. White Witch – The Chronicles Of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The White Witch loves winter and luring in children with her beautiful, exterior. A case of sibling rivalry gone mad, she’d rather stop the world around her than submit to her sister.


4. The Witches – The Witches by Roald Dahl

Another Roald Dahl novel… what was with this man and scaring children? These scabby-headed women are wreaking their vengeance on the world, and all in secret…


3. The Dementors – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Officially the scariest prison guards in existence, the Dementors don’t maim or kill, but choose to suck souls for fuel instead. Reaching their victims with a hand, they represent doom, misery and darkness – once you’ve been kissed by a Dementor, there’s no going back.

2. Pennywise – It by Stephen King

Would it even be Halloween if we didn’t mention at least one of King’s horrific characters? Stephen King’s It can take a good chunk of the responsibility for clown phobia around the world. It follows seven children haunted by a fanged clown called Pennywise and remains one of King’s most famous and critically celebrated novels.

1. Big Brother – 1984 by George Orwell

In the end, it wasn’t the monsters, witches, aliens or even the insane fictional characters that scared us the most. It’s the political warning in 1984 about a suffocating, miserable and worst of all believable totalitarian state. Then you have the man in the centre of it all, poor Winston, whose spirit and resolve is ultimately crushed by Big Brother and The Party.

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Do you agree with our choices of scariest book characters? Who would you add to your list? Tell us in the comments below.

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