Bookstr Team’s Favorite Creepy And Charming Monsters

Are you wondering which creepy and charming monsters we love and fear most at Bookstr? Read on to see what the team has to say!

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A group of monsters of all shapes and sizes surround a sleeping man in bed

Imagine you’re on the road one night and suddenly spot a massive beast just up ahead. It stands on its hind legs and stretches its arms while maintaining steady eye contact. To your bewilderment, while you are shaking in fear, the monster begins to sway its body and dance. Is he charming or frightening? Literary monsters transcend genre, culture, and the human experience. Authors use the actions of homes, animals, humans, and magical beasts to transform a character into a monster. It is the quality of character that establishes if someone is creepy or sweet, and we here at Bookstr compiled our favorite characters to take a closer look at what makes a monster friendly or creepy.

Charming: Nos from Rage by K.A Knight
Creepy: Aro from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Nos is a forest god of old who has recently found his mate in the woman who her husband murdered only to be reborn a skinwalker. He is fierce and terrifying to all but her. He would literally burn the world down to make sure she was safe and happy. The fact that he is a handsome six-foot-plus shapeshifter is just a bonus.

Rage by K.A. Knight bookcover, blonde woman in black sheer dress on a purple background of an ominious graveyard.

Aro was an absolute lunatic and psychopath. His entire demeanor on the page was creep-tastic, but Michael Sheen’s rendition on film solidified his creep factor and endeared him to me at the same time. It was a stellar performance.

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Charming: Crowley from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett Creepy: Hill House from The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Crowley is a demon, and his bare minimum attitude toward carrying out Satan’s evil plan is endearing. His adoption of a normal human lifestyle, his precious relationship with Aziraphale, and his overall humorous antics are entertaining. In the end, he stopped the apocalypse and saved all of humanity. Plus, David Tennant’s portrayal of him in the adaptation is incredible, so what’s not to love?

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JAckson

Hill House is a living, sentient being. It preys on anybody inside by toying with their psyches. The concept of a house being an evil entity rather than a holding cell for ghosts or demons is unique and makes The Haunting of Hill House a terrifying concept.

  • Lauren Nee, Editorial

Charming: The Color Monster from The Color Monster by Anna Llenas Creepy: The Dog from The Little Black Dog by Alvin Schwartz

In between its colorful personality, The Color Monster has an important message: we should identify and control our strong emotions because they impact the people around us. The Color Monster uses a striking character design to visually connect with a young reader and teach emotional intelligence at an early age.

The Color Monster book cover

The Little Black Dog explores the consequences of murder by following Billy who ruthlessly kills his neighbor and their little black dog in a fit of rage. Billy becomes mad and convinces himself the dog is torturing him. This spooky tale is sure to keep even the fiercest horror fans up at night.

  • Olivia Salamone, Editorial

Charming: Selene from Underworld by Danny McBride Creepy: Akasha from Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Even though Selene can see through the world around her as a vampire, she doesn’t want to destroy it. She is a strong female character who has confidence and works to save humanity from a vampiric takeover, and she does it in style! Selene is not the monster of her story. She is a creature who still has compassion for others despite being from the undead world.

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice book cover

Akasha is scary! A vampire who feeds on humans and other vampires is about as lethal as they come. She never feels satisfied and has a bloodlust that rivals any monster. If given an opportunity, Akasha would drink the world dry because no amount of flesh would ever be enough for her. Akasha is aggressive, and strikes fear in the heart of all her brave readers.

Charming: The Wild Things from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Creepy: The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro

The illustrations in Where the Wild Things Are bring to life a whimsical kingdom of furry horned monsters who love to play and romp around the forest. Although things can get quite grizzly at times, young Max forms a charming relationship with these monsters, who teach him a thing or two about bedtime.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, book cover.

Guillermo del Toro has a way with fear, and Pan’s Labyrinth is no exception. When the protagonist, Ofelia, meets the Pale Man sitting at the end of an extravagant dining table, del Toro’s nightmare comes to life. She accidentally awakens the monster; he places his eyeballs in the palms of his hands and holds them up to his face with blood-tipped fingers. The pale man’s character design is as creepy as they come.

  • Sarah Anderson, Editorial

Charming: Lee from Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis Creepy Joe Goldberg from You by Caroline Kepnes

Lee is just a guy living his life in the best ways possible. He isn’t afraid of controlling his issues and chooses to embrace himself. By eating bad guys, Lee never denies himself and focuses on making a positive contribution to the world despite having an uncontrollable condition.

Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis book cover

Joe is a creep. Plain and simple. He manipulates the people around him, most frighteningly, the audience. He stalks his victims obsessively and kills maliciously. Joe is an abusive monster who tries to convince himself he’s a good man.

  • Sierra Jackson, Editorial

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