By John DeNardo
| Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 12:29 am
Everyone loves a good bad guy, so we asked this week’s panelists the following:
Q: Who are the best bad guys in science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror literature?
Read on to see the responses…
Australia author Cecilia Dart-Thornton
was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. She became a schoolteacher before working as an editor, bookseller, illustrator and book designer. She started and ran her own business, but became a full-time writer in 2000 after her work was ‘discovered’ on the Internet and published by Time Warner (New York). Her novels include The Bitterbynde Trilogy
(The Ill-Made Mute
, The Lady of the Sorrows
, and The Battle of Evernight
), and The Crowthistle Chronicles
(The Iron Tree
, The Well of Tears
) among others.
For me the best bad guy (aside from Tolkien’s Morgoth and Sauron) is Tanith Lee’s ‘Azhrarn the Beautiful, Prince of Demons, Master of Night, one of five Lords of Darkness.’ While reading Lee’s Flat Earth series you can’t help loving him and hating him simultaneously. He can be totally despicable, yet frequently you find yourself on his side. Such ambiguity is refreshingly intriguing!
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