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Bad to the Bone: The Worst Children in Literature

Children are a blessing but authors have a habit of creating horrific fictional children that not even a mother could love. Few things have as unsettling effect on the psyche of a reader than a plotline that includes the shattering of innocence.

From We Need to Talk About Kevin to Lord of the Flies, there are numerous utterly evil children in literature, and we’ve put together a selection whose crimes are far worse than lying, stealing or most other childhood misdemeanors. Be warned.

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