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I Can Introduce You To Your Maker

Results are in. Winners of the “My Favorite Monster” contest have been selected by Jean Zimmerman. Please send me your snail mail address to askbetsylerner@gmail.com for your copy of Savage Girl. Thanks to everyone who participated.


There were a lot of freaky characters suggested. I have to go with the ones that scared me, personally, the most. (Dylan, in the liner notes of Bringing It All Back Home: “i know there’re some people terrified of the bomb. but there are other people terrified t be seen carrying a modern screen magazine. experience teaches that silence terrifies people the most”) And fear is always personal in fiction – I first read Lord of the Flies when I was in middle school, it made me quake when I read it in bed, and I still cannot pick the book up.

-Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s MISERY. Fandom turned on its perverted ear. You want it, you pathetic fame-grubbing scribbler? You got it.

-Chigurgh in Cormac McCarthy’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. Pure stochastic soul-sucking nihilism.

-Hannibal Lecter from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Not only amorality but his sadistic treatment of Clarice. By the way, how often to great books translate into superb movies?

Of the three, I’d pick Chigurgh as the one I’d like least to spend any time at all, even in shackles and wearing a face restraint. He breathes poison.



8 Responses

  1. Congratulations to the winners. Why is it we enjoy being frightened and scared out of our undies? The other night my daughter read me a story from a book she selected from her school library. It was about a girl who wore a green ribbon around her neck all her life. On her deathbed her hubby removed the ribbon and the old woman’s head fell off. I noticed my daughter reading that story over and over, horrified and enthralled. The process begins anew.

  2. Thank you Jean and Betsy! I am looking forward to reading SAVAGE GIRL.

  3. Clarice and I thank you.

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