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Boo! Scary Fictional Characters

October 11, 2010

Hello again, Wicked Writers. I apologize for my absences this past week or two. I’ve been very busy. Anyway, it’s October and that means pumpkins and candy and things that go ‘bump’ in the night. I love Halloween. Any of you going Trick-or-Treating this year?

The topic this week is: Favorite Scary Fictional “Creature” and why?

I’m going to be egotistical for a moment because my favorite scary fictional creature is the antagonist of my novel, the vampire King Apollyon. Why? Because this guy is a freak in a similar way that Hitler was a freak. Actually – Apollyon is my imaginations version of a vampire Hitler-type overlord. Don’t ask how I came up with this. I don’t want to think about it too hard.

But seriously, Apollyon is the kind of bad-guy that tortures women and children just for fun. Okay, okay, so not just for fun. He has a purpose, a goal – if you will, that he thinks makes his actions justified. You see, to him, us humans should be worshipping vampires like they’re gods. Before you think to yourself “but vampires are dead?” maybe I should explain that vampires are not undead creatures in my novel. Instead, I’ve made them a sub-species. A hybrid of humans and nephilim that have been feared and hunted for years and years, forced into hiding as the only way to co-exist on our planet. Only Apollyon thinks it’s his planet. Or their planet, at least.

In real life, it’s hard to think of a vampire as being scary, especially since they’ve been so romanticized by the media lately. Personally, I like them that way – romantic, undead, Fabios. But it does take a toll on the “scary” factor.

In real life, I’m not afraid of any fictional character (except Apollyon) because they’re fictional. What really scares the pants off me is the REAL stuff – murders, rapist, war, natural disasters, spiders crawling on me in my sleep …

By giving Apollyon’s evil intentions a – in his opinion – justifiable motive, he becomes a little bit more real, and that much more terrifying. Because we know he’s not going to give up until he’s reached his goal, and we all hope the protagonist can stop him before then.

What’s your favorite scary fictional creature? Do you ever write about them or use them in stories? Have you ever used your fear or played off a scary experience to help improve your writing? Tell us about it, and have a happy Halloween!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2010 11:13 am

    Thanks for posting, J.D. I cannot tell you about my scary characters since that is my current WIP; however, I will tell you that I plan to have a lot of fun with the topic before I’m through. As always, take care of yourself.
    -Jimmy

  2. October 11, 2010 6:39 pm

    Great post Jen! It helped give me an idea about what to post about for my blog tomorrow. I was totally lost but as always you gave me a bit of direction! What would I do without you?

    • October 11, 2010 8:05 pm

      See! I’m not the only one! Lol!
      Hey, Ana. How goes it? I’m actually going to go in a whole different direction with mine. We’ll see how it works…
      -Jimmy

  3. george allwynn permalink*
    October 11, 2010 9:21 pm

    I add my voice to the choir – can’t tell you what my favorite creepy thing is yet… that comes Wednesday.

    However, I do LUV vampires as well – they come somewhere in my top ten favs of scary creatures I adore.

    *Sigh.

    How I miss the good old days, when vampires didn’t sparkle!

    I LUV a good romantic vampire romp ever once in a while, but I truly feel the market has been flooded with them.

    Time to bring on the Nosferatu…

    Oh man! Those are some serious bad boys vamps! Huge black eyes, fangs really long in the two front teeth, bald, pointed eared, claws, pale, skanky looking – gives me the willies just thinking about them…

    Originally made in 1922, the movie Nosferatu still shocks audiences today. Max Schreck, in particular, delivers a creepy/chilling performance as Count Orlak. With rat-like fangs and spastic motions, Schreck looks and moves like no other screen vampire. He’s so unusual, people who knew him in real life SWEAR the actor was a vampire in real life.

    The movie that features Nosferatu is FAR from the romantic stuff we are used to today. This is a unsettling and horrific one – a nightmarish vision so to speak. He doesn’t attempt to seduce his victims. He uses his hypnotic power to overwhelm them before scrambling forward to claim his prey. And his blood lust does not rest.

    Another set of creepy vampires comes from the Blood Stone series. There, we have a mother/son team. Trust me – neither one is anything to look at!

  4. October 16, 2010 1:03 am

    Ah, J.D., what are we to do with you? Fabio indeed.

    Sounds like I need to make you blush again.

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