Top 10 Tuesday is an interesting meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's Top 10 is . . . The Top 10 Villains, Criminals, and other Nasties in Fiction.
I do sooo love a good baddie, so here goes with my list (in no particular order):
♥ Nils Bjurman - the creepy sadistic bastard who abuses his authority and preys upon lovely Lisbeth in Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
♥ Sauron - the all-seeing eye of Mordor, master of the Ringwraiths, and probably the scariest villain in literature to never make a physical appearance, all in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
♥ Aslan - argue with me all you want, but what else do you call a 'friendly' lion who convinces a group of children to naively risk their lives in his schemes, only to kill them all, end the world, and basically say thanks for playing (C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia)
♥ Boris Dragonasi - the vampire-controlled necromancer/necrophiliac villain of the first Necroscope novel, and one of the few villains who have ever truly shocked me (Brian Lumley writes freakier vampires than you will ever read elsewhere, but Boris comes out on top for being human . . . and evil)
♥ Immacolata - the beautifully dangerous sorceress who wishes to destroy the Seerkind and their hidden world of Clive Barker's Weaveworld
♥ Ben Cortman - head vampire (and all around cruel guy) from Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (never once portrayed properly in any of the movie adaptations, I might add)
♥ Randall Flagg - the demonic, multi-dimensional, never-quite-dead villain from Stephen King's The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, and The Dark Tower saga
♥ Raistlin Majere - the sickly, traitorous, back-stabbing villain (with the hour-glass eyes) of the Dragonlance Saga
♥ Elric - yes, technically he's the anti-hero of his self-named Elric saga , but any sickly albino sorcerer who wields a soul devouring sword, murders his friends, betrays his people, and destroys the world, counts as a villain in my book
♥ Anomander Rake - my favourite villain of the immense Malazan Book of the Fallen Saga, particularly for the exploration of his sword Dragnipur and the horrors of the demonic prison contained within, to which he condems the souls of his victims
There you have it - 10 characters I'd very much like to avoid running into on a rainy night.