Hidden Monsters: The Terror You Can't Resist
They live among us, and our books. Not werewolves. Not vampires.
Human beings with deep-seated darkness and the inclination to commit twisted and disturbing crimes. But what is it about them that so fascinates us, including writers and readers? It could be because they're outliers, those on the fringes of society, and their differences intrigue us. Some of us fantasize about our worst fears and anxieties and fiction recreates those fears in a safe environment. We can read and watch the murderous (but likable) Dexter Morgan from afar, without fearing for ourselves or our families. From a recent Psychology Today cover on sociopaths, to popular television shows like Showtime's Dexter, to last summer's rave bestselling thriller, Gone Girl, we're clearly enamored. Why do you think these monstrous characters are so popular?
Click through below to find out more about who these monsters are and what twisted and chilling things they've done.
Summer 2012's bestselling thriller that everyone couldn't stop talking about. Nick and Amy and their twisted mind games will make you wonder how well you really know the ones you're closest to and how they view the world.
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Bret Easton Ellis
Panned by critics at its release in 1991, American Psycho has become a cult classic, featuring one of the most disturbing serial killers of fiction, Patrick Bateman with his insatiable drive to kill. Mergers and Acquisitions will take on new meaning.
2 / 10
The Shining Girls: A Novel
Harper Curtis is a time-traveling killer, with the ability to pursue his victims and disappear, an ominous criminal.
3 / 10
The Killer Inside Me
Beneath Lou Ford's Average Joe façade, there lurks a cruel sociopath, a manipulative sadist only out for his own amusement and gain.
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Morgan (1)
"Dexter Morgan, the namesake of Lindsay's first novel, is one of the most likable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature. This is mainly because of his average Joe-ness: he's a Miami police-department blood-spatter analyst with a weakness for bowling shirts and batidos, who, when the moon is full, carves up villains in a careful ritual..." -The New Yorker
5 / 10
Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
S. J. Watson
The madness when your own mind and memories turn against you. Guardian UK called the novel's structure "dazzling".
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Teddy and Chuck are in a twisted game of horror with themselves. "A master of the adroit psychological detail, Lehane makes the horrors of the mean streets pale in comparison to the workings of the human mind." -Booklist
7 / 10
Playing Dead: A Novel
An unseen stalker turns Tommie's life as she knows it, upside-down.
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Promise Not to Tell: A Novel
The brutal murderer of a young girl strikes again or does he/she?
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The Straw Men
The serial killer in The Straw Men is a monster who scalps his victims, embroiders their names into sweaters using their hair and then delivers the clothing to the victims parents.
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