Friggatriskaidekaphobia? Ten literary characters in need of bad luck

Suffering from friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia (otherwise known as fear of Friday the 13th or yesterday)? I personally do not, but I also didn’t publish this list because it somehow seemed wrong to wish ill luck on others on what was otherwise a good day (it had nothing to do with being lazy enjoying my day off). This list, in no particular order, is comprised of ten heartless/cruel/deranged/psychotic/generally vile literary characters who (as many readers may agree?)  could use a healthy dose of misfortune. Not a believer in the fickleness of Friday the 13th? Not to worry, in many of their respective stories, the characters meet a satisfying, entirely deserving fate.

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  1. Patrick Bateman in American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  2. Skunk from Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
  3. Max Devore in Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  4. Lee Tourneau in Horns by Joe Hill
  5. John Reed in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  6. Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Peter Knox in A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  8. Cruella de Vil in The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  9. Randall Flagg in The Stand by Stephen King
  10. Carl and Sandy Henderson in The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollack

This is by no means a definitive list of true literary villains. It is a list, strictly in the name of entertainment, of characters that have stuck in my mind as being in desperate need of karmic retribution. Enjoy and feel free to add a few!


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