Bad to the Bone

The 25 Worst Children in Literature 

  1. Veda from Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain 
  2. Frank from The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 
  3. The Baby in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin 
  4. Rosalind from In The Woods by Tana French 
  5. Vernon Little from Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre 
  6. Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty 
  7. Rhoda from The Bad Seed by William March 
  8. Pinkie Brown from Brighton Rock by Graham Greene 
  9. Rynn Jacobs from The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane by Laird Koenig 
  10. Christine Hargensen from Carrie by Stephen King 
  11. Leading William from All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury 
  12. Matilda from The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis 
  13. One of the Twins in The Other by Tom Tryon 
  14. Ben from The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing 
  15. Kevin from We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver 
  16. Jack from Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
  17. Damien from The Omen by David Seltzer 
  18. Regina Afton from Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers 
  19. Gage Creed from Pet Sematary by Stephen King 
  20. Nick from Hate List by Jennifer Brown 
  21. Jacob from Before and After by Rosellen Brown 
  22. The boys from Boy A by Jonathan Trigell 
  23. The Children in Let’s Go Play at The Adams by Mendal W. Johnson 
  24. Mary Katherine ‘Merricat’ Blackwood from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 
  25. Andy Evans from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 

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