5 Horror Book Villains I Loved

It can be just as thrilling to love a villain just as much as any character, whether they’re human or inhuman. Antagonists can be impressively clever, creative, and can undeniably add to the fight for survival for their poor, unsuspecting victims! Here’s five I really wouldn’t want to meet, they certainly left a memorable impression.

(I want to preface this by stating that my reading of the genre is by no means extensive, not by a long shot. I still have a lot to discover!)

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Needful Things by Stephen King

Website | Goodreads | Amazon UK & US

He was a truly an excellent villain, one of the best as far as I’m concerned. He implemented himself into people’s lives, and quickly became integral; as far as they were aware, he took their best interests at heart. It was his expertly woven manipulation, as well as his cool demeanour, that struck me as quite fascinating. Read my review here.

The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

Website | Goodreads | Amazon UK & US | Flame Tree Press

As soon as events began to unfold I had a smile on my face, because it – Roderick Wells and his sinister manipulations – was just so cool, and that’s not a word I use often in my reviews. Read my review here.

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The Forgotten Island by David Sodergren

Website | Goodreads | Amazon UK & US

The monster design in particular was phenomenal, I’m a huge fan of the disgusting and the twisted, and Sodergren didn’t disappoint. In fact, his creativity went beyond any and all expectations. Read my review here.

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What Hides Within by Jason Parent

Website | Goodreads | Amazon UK & US

Speaking of Chester, she was the star of the show. The she-spider fascinated me in the way she was written; remarkably intelligent, manipulative, and deliciously deceptive. Read my review here.

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The Window by Glenn Rolfe

Website | Goodreads | Amazon UK & US

Domineus and Sanikus were tremendously entertaining, and not only because of their violent and sexual endeavours. They had history, and they had each other; an intriguing aspect considering they were evil fiends. Read my review here.

What horror book villains have you loved?

2 Comments on “5 Horror Book Villains I Loved

  1. I love Leland Gaunt too. Even if he’s awful, you just can’t help but like him as a reader. He’s just too much fun, especially how he changes to deal with every potential situation, yet always talks through the lens of a businessman.


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