ABOUT DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS:
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.
When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
Amy was nice enough to write a guest post about her 10 favorite horror movie villains.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, It: It: I have three words for you: child eating clown. Need I say more?!
Nancy Downs, The Craft: Nancy doesn’t start out as a villain, but her madness and greed over her powers transform her into a vile (and totally quotable) antagonist.
Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy is a classic horror villain, and for good reason. Rest in peace, Wes Craven.
The Babadook, The Babadook: *deep growly voice* “Baaaaaba-DOOK! DOOK! DOOK!”
The Queen, Alien: One of the ultimates. This lovely specimen doesn’t much care how loudly you scream, or how much you want to live; she’s just as stoked to rip your throat out or melt your face off with her acid spit anyway.
Samara Morgan, The Ring:It’s one thing to watch a freaky girl on the television, but to have that freaky girl crawl out of the screen to kill you is a whole other ball game.
Pazuzu, The Exorcist: I love watching videos taken at the premieres of this film. People cried, passed out, vomited, and generally wigged out over seeing a sweet little girl become possessed by the evil demon Pazuzu.
Dandy Mott, American Horror Story: Freak Show: The fact that Dandy was scarier than Twisty the Clown says pretty much everything you need to know about him. Sadistically charming, this budding serial killer is the definition of unsettling. (And was a blast to watch.)
Margaret White, Carrie: Depending on who you talk to, some might suggest that the villain of Carrie is, well, Carrie. However, it’s my strong opinion that Margaret, Carrie’s mother, is the real star of the antagonist show here.
Annie Wilkes, Misery: A writer’s worst nightmare. One of her freakiest quotes:
[Right after smashing Paul’s ankles with a sledgehammer] “God, I love you.”
Me again. I absolutely love this list AND want to point out that Amy absolutely knows her stuff. Know how I know? She identified the villain in The Exorcist as Pazuzu, and not “the devil.” :)
ABOUT AMY LUKAVICS:
Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.