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A Modern Guide to Disturbing Behavior: A Top Ten List

I was once told spending time with me is like spending time with a cross between the modern Sherlock and Stephen King. I have my doubts as to whether that was intended to be a compliment. Actually, I’m fairly certain it wasn’t.  But hey, I like that show (“s/he will outlive God trying to have the last word” – true) and I love Stephen King.

Though the comparison is not accurate (as I sincerely doubt either of those men share my appreciation for Kate Spade or Farrow & Ball),  it is not not accurate either. I do have a deep desire to be right and a love of the macabre. I’m not easily offended, rarely provoked, and even less frequently disturbed (unless we are talking about reality – that disturbs me all the time). But it has happened. Maybe even ten times. This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish): characters from “x” genre. Since there is no specific prompt, I’m choosing the characters that disturbed me (primarily from the horror genre).

(I also enjoy classic horror films. And minimalism.)

In no particular order, except number one truly is number one:

10. Guy Woodhouse (Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin). Selfish, passive, and a sell-out. I’ll be a famous actor, you have the devil’s baby. Fair, right? Marriage.

9. The Overlook Hotel (The Shining by Stephen King). All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Or at least a psychotic, possessed one.

8. Norman Bates (Psycho by Robert Bloch). I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times. Though significantly fewer of us go on murderous rampages disguised as our dead mother.

7. War (Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo). This should be self-explanatory.

6. Frank (The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks). An insane teenage boy utterly convinced of his own sanity – with no one to contradict him.

5. The collection as a whole (Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk). This didn’t disturb me so much as I found it unsettling. I would’ve died at the bottom of that pool.

4. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis). The only thing I can credit him for is creativity?

3. Judge Holden (Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy). A genocidal sociopath, joyously perpetrating horrendous acts of violence.  Lovely.

2. Patrick Hockstetter (It by Stephen King). Creepy little fratricidal child.

1. Ruth (The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum). If there’s any part of you that still believes in the good of humanity, this book will kill it. Slowly, disturbingly, and thoroughly. Naturally it’s based on a true story.

Happy Tuesday! Did I miss any particularly deranged characters?


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