Sunday, December 29, 2019

Five of fiction's good bad guys

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.

At The Strand Magazine, Maniscalco tagged her top five all-time favorite villains, including:
Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo’s debut into her bestselling Grisha-verse series, features one of the ultimate villains in young adult fantasy, The Darkling. He’s especially dangerous because of how charismatic he is. As readers we see the oppression of his people, we see his desire to free them from the hate they face for their Grisha powers, and we can totally get why wiping out the people in charge is appealing. Why wouldn’t the most powerful Grisha want to bite the hand that’s put a leash on him and his people forever? It’s simple. Murder is never cool, kids. But damn his dark power and ruthless determination is so stinkin’ sexy.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue