Thanks to a weekend marathon of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ flicks (fave-raves around the MS-QOTD household, lemme tell you), my irrational fear of Katie Featherston has once again been stoked.  More terrifying than a Dracula, with a more piercing wail than any banshee, she is scarier to me because she’s just a normal woman caught up in something beyond anyone’s control.  Since my house is literally teeming with normal woman (also comic books and canned meat, apropos of nothing), it’s a more familiar terror for me.  A non-monster antagonist is the character equivalent of the scare chord, where everything seems normal until “BWAAAANG!”, leading us to today’s splatterpunk query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds human/humanoid villains to be the most terrifying of all, especially Jason Voorhees in his hockey mask, asking: Who’s the most frightening non-monster in all of fiction?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. She’s so twisted, and there is a legit amount of fear wrapped into my revulsion of her because she reminds me of one of my real teachers I had in my second year of Junior High that made my year a living hell.

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