Happy Halloween!! I hope all of you have a wonderful day. If you’re going trick-or-treating later tonight, please be safe! If you’re taking someone trick-or-treating tonight, be even safer and keep them safe! And if you’re going out partying/drinking tonight, do it with caution and don’t throw up all over your nice costume!
Me? I’m going as a 1920s flapper, y’all. I love my dress, I love my heels, and I can’t wait to see what my freshmen students think of me today. (What do you think?)
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Count Olaf, A Series of Unfortunate Events
This is the creepy figure that most people encounter first when they start reading. A man with an interesting head of hair, a unibrow, and a tattoo of an eye on his ankle? That just screams “Creep alert!” Add in the fact that he’s gunning for the Baudelaire fortune, attempts to marry Violet to get it, and kills a whole bunch of people in his quest for it, and you’ve got the makings of one creepy-af character right there. There’s a whole song about how creepy this guy is. If you’ve got a song about yourself, you’re doing something right. (Or very, very wrong.)
Gollum, The Lord of the Rings
Okay, so this one might get a pass. He sort of reforms by the end, right? NO! WRONG! He still attempts to get the ring and will stop at nothing to get it! He attempts to murder Bilbo in The Hobbit, and attempts to murder both Frodo and Sam in The Two Towers and The Return of the King. To me, Gollum doesn’t get a pass. Gandalf might say something along the lines of we need to pity him because he’s a terrible person, and I agree with the fact that if he hadn’t been a selfish tool Frodo wouldn’t have saved the world, but come on. This is about as creepy as you can get!
Humbert Humbert, Lolita
*incoherent muffled screaming*
Todd, An Unwelcome Quest
SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD! In the first Magic 2.0 novel, we learn that only one person has been stripped of their wizard powers and banished, and that person is Todd. Todd messed up big-time and yet he’s back to torment everyone in the third novel of the series. And man, Todd is one creepy-ass m-f’er. Sorry for the language, but there’s really no other way of describing him. The things he does, the things he says…it’s so unsettling and creepy that every time the narrator spoke in Todd’s voice I wanted to take a shower. (I listened to these books all on Audible.)
John Smith (?), Ex-Patriots
THIS GUY. THIS GUY RIGHT HERE. This is another one of those “Every time I read anything by him, I need to scrub myself clean.” His backstory…HIS BACKSTORY! The way he controls people, the way his powers work… EVERYTHING IS SO WRONG! This is a character you won’t be able to get out of your head if you read it. I’m still dealing with fallout two years after reading this novel. It’s so unsettling/disturbing/creeptastic that you’re going to want to take a shower.
If you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a shower.
But as always, keep reading.