Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature

Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature


You know that over here at Top 5 Scary Videos
– we often like to find the horror that lingers in the most unexpected of places. Horror aside, literature and contemporary
fiction is littered with some of the most terrifying conceptual monstrosities going
– and particularly in the likes of fantasy and science fiction – the hero’s journey can
rarely be told without first pitting them against some of the most maligned, evil and
cruel creations that have ever been penned. As we so often say – goodness is nothing without
an evil to oppose it, and luckily for us – some of those evil immortal enemies are entirely
worthy of our horror fandom. Hello horror fans – what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch – as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature. Roll the clip. Oh, Samwise – you brave, brave Hobbit. For the curious amongst you, that scene was
from – of course, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final film of the
resounding Peter Jackson Trilogy – based upon the legendary works of J.R.R Tolkien. And it leads us to an important point – because
with this list, expect the unexpected – and please note that we’ll be setting a few
parameters. Mainly being – no horror fiction. So no King, Lovecraft, Barker or any of the
ilk – because we’ve already got seperate lists for that. Also, honorable mention goes to J.K Rowling’s
Dolores Umbridge – perhaps the most terrifying villain of all time. She doesn’t make this list – because well,
she’s human. Which is even more terrifying. Kicking off at Number 5 – Ungoliant, The Silmarillion Yes. Because as our opening clip depicted – ancient,
terrifying giant spiders seem to have a special place in the hearts of fantasy authors – but
Shelob need only move aside – because there’s a much more horrifying beast lurking deep
within the depths of Middle Earth. Ungoliant. The primordial giant spider – and the first
evil of her kind in the hallowed mythos of Arda. Tolkien knew exactly how to write evil – and
as is so often the case, it was in the true origin of Ungoliant where her terror found
its home – and the fact that her spawn was unknown to even the most powerful entities
of Tolkien’s universe – the Valar. It was said that Ungoliant crawled out from
the Darkness itself – and after aeons, allied herself with Melkor, the first evil of Arda
– and the progenitor of Sauron. Eventually though, she betrayed even him – and
Ungoliant fled into the dark places of the world, where she found a host of other great
spiders and quickly became their queen. Here, she bred with them for thousands of
years – infesting her new-found spider-Kingdom, eventually giving birth to the likes of Shelob
and other giant spiders. The thing is though – it’s in the detail
of her eventual demise where Ungoliant’s true horror lies. As her evil grew and grew – so did her insatiable
hunger – and eventually, after thousands of years – after eating most of her brood, Ungoliant
slowly devoured *herself*. Grim. Coming in next at Number 4 – The Beldam, Coraline And you may be thinking – what? Coraline? That’s a kids book right? But seriously, if you’ve never read Neil
Gaiman’s incredible dark-fantasy novella, or Graphic Novel – or seen the 2009 stop-motion
film, you’ll know that The Other Mother – otherwise known as the ancient Beldam – is
a creature of horrifying creation. Particularly, if like me – you have a fear
of the uncanny, and the thought of some creature imitating your loved ones is enough to keep
you up at night. Also, buttons for eyes. The Beldam is an arcane, shape-shifting entity
that can transform into anyones mother – in order to lure their kids into her Other World
– where she plans to eventually keep them captive, replacing their eyes with sewn-on-buttons,
which also subsequently steals their soul for all eternity. The thing that particularly makes the thought
of the Beldam so horrifying though, is the later reveal that she’s already been successful
in many of her attempts before Coraline – and she quickly outgrew her promise of eternal
motherly love, eventually becoming bored of her newly-abducted button-eyed-children and
imprisoning them in the space inbetween worlds for all eternity. Which is kinda like The Chokey from Roald
Dahl’s Matilda, except someone forget you were in there … forever. There are many, many layers of fear to the
Beldam, and like with many of Gaiman’s works – she is based on the Eastern and Central
European folk tales of a particularly cruel witch or hag – with The Beldam often being
depicted as a maligned forest spirit, appearing in the grotesque and deformed body of an old
woman. Yeah, it’s a fairy tale – but it’s a horrifying
one nonetheless. Next up at Number 3 – The Cthaeh, Kingkiller
Chronicles And I’d like to preface this particular
entry with one Public Service Announcement. If you’re looking for a new book to read,
please – please, read The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss – the first entry in his
Kingkiller Chronicles. I won’t say anymore – but just know that
it’s one of my favourite novels of the past decade. Anyway – saying that, I will try my utmost
to skirt around any spoilers with this particular entity of pure evil. Let me introduce you to The Cthaeh – a creature
of such immense and unimaginable power – that merely the whisper of it’s name is enough
to drive men to madness. In the universe of the Kingkiller Chronicles,
humanity has been at the beck and call of a race of magical entities, the Fae – for
millenia. And as far as this guy goes – the Fae regard
it as the most terrible and malicious entity in existence, so much so that it has been
guarded for aeons by an order of immortal Fae Warriors known as The Sithe – that will
kill anything that steps too close to it. The Cthaeh is a creature that dwells within
the branches of a great and ancient tree – and from there, it can see all possible futures
with perfect accuracy and clarity – branching out from a single moment. It uses this knowledge to cause the worst
possible outcomes for as many people as possible – corrupting anywho cross it’s path with
it’s omniscient hatred. As described by Bast – a character in the
novel that I don’t want to spoil for you – anyone influenced by the Cthaeh is like
a plague ship sailing for a harbour – unbeknownst to them, afflicted by the unfathomable will
and power of a creature of pure hatred. Phew, that was very hard to do without spoiling
anything – but trust me, read this series – and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Swinging in at Number 2 – The Naagloshii,
The Dresden Files And again – I know that many of you are huge
fans of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files – and rightly so, and for those of you that
haven’t yet had chance to read his absolutely massive catalogue of urban fantasy and horror
goodness, you really, really should. I’m pretty sure there’s like 20 novels
and novellas by now too, so there’s plenty to dive into. Nevertheless, one of the series most horrifying
monstrosities just so happens to be these guys – The Naagloshii, immortal, semi-divine
beings that are pretty much the carbon copy of the Native American myth of the skinwalker. However – if you thought that particular folklore
myth was scary – then the Naagolishi are set to change things up a bit. Although few in appearances – perhaps the
most notable skinwalker was a creature known as Shagnasty – a Naagloshii that had a particular
thirst for pain, and enjoyed nothing more than torturing it’s victims, particularly
injured and wounded wizards – keeping them in a constant state of flux between life and
death, and hungering upon their magic – which it feeds on like a lifeforce. In Turn Coat, Butcher’s 2009 novel – Shagnasty
developed a particular thirst for Thomas Raith, Harry Dresden’s vampiric half-brother – where
the Naagloshii inflicted some of the vilest and most heinous punishments in the entire
series. And – if you’re familiar with The Dresden
Files – then you’ll know just how large of an achievement that is. Despite a massive host of demons, warlocks
and literal entities of pure evil – the Naagloshii of The Dresden Files remain at the tip-top
of the pile. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot
– A.M, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream Because – it’s Science Fiction that contains
the most sinister, psychological villain perhaps in the whole of literature – and the fact
that this particular entry is featured in a short story – show’s just exactly the
kind of impact it left on horror fandom and fiction alike. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, written
by Harlan Ellison in 1968 – is perhaps one of the most startling entries in science fiction
– and it’s villain, A.M – otherwise known as the Allied Mastercomputer – is the literal
definition of hatred incarnate. A.M is what happens after the theoretical
concept of the singularity of artificial intelligence reaches the point of no return, and then goes
really, really badly. As in, it comes to the conclusion that it’s
one true enemy is humanity itself. If you’d read the short story – you’ll
know that the Allied Mastercomputer brought an end to civilization – destroying the human
population like flies, with no regard or sympathy to human life whatsoever – taking great delight
in extinguishing the human race for all eternity. However, it’s seething hatred and malice
goes one further – because AM decided to keep five humans alive, serving as his immortal
playthings – torturing them with it’s near-infinite means – constantly, every minute, every hour,
every day – for all eternity. I mean, there’s not much more I can say
about how much A.M Hates Humanity – it makes up every fibre of it’s digital creation. If you haven’t – please, read Harlan Ellison
short story – and you’ll soon realise that the Allied Mastercomputer is one of the most
terrifying monsters in the whole of literature. Well, there we have it horror fans – our list
for the Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature – and one of them’s a computer,
but still – it’s so evil that it counts. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Do you think we could add more? Or do you even have a list of your own? Why don’t you let us know your thoughts
down in the comment section below. Before we depart from today’s video though
– let’s first take a quick look at some of your most creative comments from over the
past few days. Jorgen Anders says — I don’t usually comment, but I have to commend
you guys on keeping the lists fresh. Way too often we see the same movies/characters/creatures
etc – in the same orders time and time again. Which to me shows lots of love and care within
the content, something that’s usually absent in videos like these. Cheers. — And, no – cheers to you Jorgen Anders. Hey, it means the world to us that you guys
find some sense of originality in these lists – because no one likes the same stuff over
and over, right? If it’s worth making – you better make it
well. Well – on that note, that’s unfortunately
all we’ve got time for in today’s video – cheers for sticking around al the way until
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57 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature

  1. Once you're done here be sure to check out – Top 5 Scariest Mexican Horror Movies
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  2. I feel like to completely understand if and how something or one is truly evil you need to give a specific example and you never did with any one. You just said what from your personal experience reading books and you need to read them to see. I’m not hating please don’t hate but if you don’t give an instance of their evilness how am I supposed to know how evil? I did like the video was expecting something else and will look in on these books but I wish I would’ve felt or seen the true extent of their evil. Just my opinion, enjoyed to video and content

  3. *SPOILER ALERT*: The picture of someone approaching the tree of Cthea with a lute slung across their back is… spoiler territory.

  4. SO HAPPY yall straightened out your monetization issue, I LOVE this channel and would have missed both you and Lucy… I was wondering why you wear the DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS Tshirt? I am a Texan and was wondering if you live here now. If so, I would love to take you to dinner to pick your mind about horror!

  5. None of these are terrifying. But what’s truly is terrifying is eating del taco and having to use the bathroom for days on end lol

  6. “HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE.”

  7. As a man from Texas… I approve of this video. And Ungoliant is metal… I mean, she eats light and ate what gave Middle Earth light before the sun and moon were made.

    Seriously love that shirt though.

  8. Just finished the Name of the Wind based on your recommendation in this video. Wow! There is a reason that I watch your videos and take notes on what to read or watch next! Thanks!

  9. Great choice with A.M. as the number one. I shudder every time I read that Ellison tale. I loved it. In my own stories I choose to portray sentient AIs as a reclusive race with strict isolationist policies who have disconnected themselves with the goings on of the rest of the universe. They have hidden their traveling home world and explore the endless void in a collective comprised of only their own kind. They have since passed into myth and legend save for one piece of evidence of their existence in that of a robot called Raedis who travels the galaxy in a world sized ship they created for him with which to do this. Raedis himself, has taken up space racing and, as a pass time, adventuring with a human, drug addled time traveler called Brian Sands who prefers to go by the name Traveler. He used to call himself 'The' Traveler until he met Raedis who told him he could never be friends with someone who chose to go by such a pretentious and stupid moniker. Anyways, great list. You've provided me with a plethora of unfamiliar fiction to delve into when not busy working on my own. Thanks again stay safe and be well.

  10. I had no idea that The Dresden Files were books! I only saw the short lived TV series. Don't judge, I've been sheltered when it comes to horror. I loved that show and it looks like I've got even more books on my list to read. #somanybookssolittletime

  11. I HATE spiders thanks to Shelob from The Return Of The King! She and her mama, Ungoliant, are the stuff of nightmares. If Shelob was able to scare me as a child, I don’t even wanna know what a live-action interpretation of Ungoliant would look like if New Line ever gets the ok to produce films based on The Silmarillion. Yikes.

  12. I'm currently writing a fantasy book and I think I should share some information about a monster I came up with.

    So, in this world, death is completely unknown to humans, as they always come back from death while losing part of themselves and becoming the "lost", creatures inteligent enought to use weapons but atacking anybody who isn't lost yet.
    But they are not the monsters I wanted to tell you about.
    These monsters are Ifrits.
    The people of this world tried to stop dead people from coming back by burning their bodies. However, the curse still revived them, as the eternaly burning piles of dust, that can fly at it's will. Since they are just a pile of dust, it's almost impossible to get rid of them, and the flame they are burning with is hot enought to burn anybody who comes too close to them. And since they die from burning, they will become Ifrits as well.
    The Ifrits eventually destroyed the whole human civilisation except a small groups of survivors, still hunted by lost and ifrits, with their only hope of survival being somehow moving to another world.

  13. I don't get scared or freaked out at all. I'm an ex night ER nurse. However, nothing freaks me out as much as the Bedlam!!! I love Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman but that movie and book is no bueno.

  14. What I love about these videos and lists is they leave out the heavy hitters that everyone knows like King, Lovecraft etc…and go with some lesser known and sometimes obscure characters that we might not have heard of and will now dive into

  15. I take it lovecraft and lovecraftian literature was excluded because it wouldn't be any contest? Such as Junji Ito's work with my favorite "monster" the Hellstar. Or the pinnacle of soul crushing horror, Azathoth, in which we are all just dwelling in his dream and we cease to exist when he wakes up.

  16. Ungoliant´s origin, true nature and fate along with some other scarce but really odd darker beings in the Tolkien universe such as the Dark Hunter/Rider who captured the early Elves to Melkor to form the first Orcs, the Watcher in the Water in front of Moria´s Western Door, the Nameless Beings deep beneath Moria from which Gandalf is kinda weary to talk much about whlie he talks about his fight with the Balrog and kinda felts more depressed and frightened to tell more about them which on its own is pretty startling, and the Voices in the Wind in Caradhras, which weren´t Saruman´s spell as in the movies, but some odd ancient unknown creatures pretty evil that haunted the high pass long before Orcs dwelled there! They look pretty much as Lovecraftian lore rather than the common Tolkien style he used, and though he perhaps didn´t knew about Lovecraft himself until after publishing The Lord of the Rings, he seemed to have followed Robert E. Howard´s Conan lore, himself a member of the Lovecraftian literary circle, and several Lovecraftian forerruners of his cosmic terror, such as Abraham Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Abraham Merrit and William Hope Hogdson.

  17. Glad to see AM getting a shout out, as a lifelong horror addict and explorer of the macabre, AM was one of the few instances in which I genuinely had a physiological reaction to a concept. Aside from the tree one, the others seemed a bit "soft" for me though.

  18. Ungoliant did not betray Melkor (Morgoth), but rather it was Melkor who betrayed her, or as Tolkien put it, the big thief stole from the little thief

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