Who’s that Psychopath?

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In Oliver Conroy and His Repossessed Soul (due out Spring, 2014) a teenage boy accidentally steals someone’s soul, leaving a poor, unsuspecting victim soulless, empty of conscience, or in other words—A PSYCHOPATH!

So, for Halloween this year, I’m celebrating the top 10 psychopaths in Children’s Literature – mostly because I think psychopaths are WAY scarier than ghosts and goblins.  Who do you think is the top psychopathic character in children’s lit.?

1.  Lord Voldemort, the evil wizard from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


2.  Jadis, the White Witch, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

3.  Count Olaf, the arch-villain from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett

4.  The Grand High Witch (of all the world) from The Witches by Roald Dahl

5.   Shere Khan from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

6.  Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmations

7.  The Grinch from The Dr. Suess Books

8.  The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
wicked witch of the west

9.  Miss Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Miss Trunchbull

10.  The Joker from Batman Series

2 thoughts on “Who’s that Psychopath?

  1. I have to admit I am not familiar with all of these psychopaths, but I do have a special fondness for Cruella de Vil. The word play with the name is fun, but she was one character I was rooting for to be run over by that nice car she drove. So I guess that makes me a psychopath!

  2. Ha, ha. Yes, I find the psychopaths so interesting. Cruella is especially sinister—I mean, who makes a coat out of puppies?! I can’t imagine any child thinking she was anything less than pure evil.

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