With Halloween not far away, it seems a fitting time to honor the bad guys of fiction, without whom there wouldn’t be much of a story. Without a worthy foe, a hero is just another joe.
It’s not hard to come up with a character whose wants are in direct opposition to those of our protagonist. The trick is creating a bad guy to whom the reader can relate, a connection which inherently increases the fear factor. To see ourselves reflected in a villain can be quite disquieting. Read more.