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(Short List)   The 40 most gruesome deaths in literature. Stand up Bateman, take a bow   (shortlist.com) divider line 114
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2012-12-03 01:48:32 AM
Have they never read The Iliad? Many gruesome deaths. Impaled through the bowel by spears, brained by rocks. A dead hero tied to and dragged behind a chariot.
 
2012-12-03 08:20:31 AM
Not sure if Peter Benchley is considered literature, but being eaten by a great white shark wouldn't be a pleasant death.
 
2012-12-03 08:23:28 AM
James Clavell's Shogun. Pietersoon slowly boiled alive all night, Ishido buried in the sand to the shoulders and then... er, sawed to death over a period of days... the list could go on.

Oh, what joy can be had in feudal Japan. Fun for all, bring the kids, sure to break the ice at parties!
 
2012-12-03 08:32:51 AM

Deddude9988: Have they never read The Iliad? Many gruesome deaths. Impaled through the bowel by spears, brained by rocks. A dead hero tied to and dragged behind a chariot.


That would be a perfect book to hear Morgan Freeman read aloud
 
2012-12-03 09:52:09 AM

rjakobi: Dude...Dennis Nedry got freaking disemboweled by a dinosaur and even HE ranks under Dumbledore?

Lack of this and previously mentioned Catch 22 death makes this list less than satisfactory.


Most of the characters in Jurassic Park are disemboweled. Dr. Woe is cut open by a raptor and is pretty much eaten alive. Hammond is torn to pieces by compies. I think all the deaths in that book rank a lot higher then Dumbledore.

And was I the only one that thought BS when I read about Tom Robinson's death in To Kill A Mockingbird? I always thought they just killed him and said he ran to justify killing him.
 
2012-12-03 12:12:04 PM

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: I'll just say that *Spoiler*....

Rubin's in Where the Red Ferns Grows was a migraine inducing yet wonderful passage to read while I was 8 to 10. Don't remember precise age


Yeah, that one bothered me as a young'un. I remember specifically a lovely sentence about a large bubble of blood bursting from his mouth when he tried to talk.
 
2012-12-03 12:57:59 PM

Electromax: Wasn't Looking at his Neck: I'll just say that *Spoiler*....

Rubin's in Where the Red Ferns Grows was a migraine inducing yet wonderful passage to read while I was 8 to 10. Don't remember precise age

Yeah, that one bothered me as a young'un. I remember specifically a lovely sentence about a large bubble of blood bursting from his mouth when he tried to talk.


He fell back to the ground. I knew he was dead.
 
2012-12-03 02:10:14 PM
What about in Stephen King's It... some bully kid opened up an abandoned fridge, and out comes a bunch of flying leeches. One landed on his eye, and ...poof... That mental image stuck with me.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:18 PM

The Downfall: Not a single death from "A Song of Fire and Ice" series?

Shame on you, list.


You's trollin' this was about deaths in LITERATURE. Can't put Martin in that category. No idea how Rowling made their cut (no matter how much better she is than Martin)
 
2012-12-03 02:54:33 PM
Snape went out way worse than Dumbledore.
 
2012-12-04 10:20:37 AM
Not many gruesome ones on that list. I would argue Fantine's death is more gruesome than Javert's by far, and more so because she doesn't deserve her fate in the least. Her slow, agonizing fall from grace was torture. The kicker for me was when she was sick from having her two front teeth pulled in order to send the money to her child.
 
2012-12-04 05:52:24 PM

T.rex: What about in Stephen King's It... some bully kid opened up an abandoned fridge, and out comes a bunch of flying leeches. One landed on his eye, and ...poof... That mental image stuck with me.


The abandoned fridge in King's The Mangler was pretty deadly too.
 
2012-12-04 07:20:02 PM

Miss Stein: T.rex: What about in Stephen King's It... some bully kid opened up an abandoned fridge, and out comes a bunch of flying leeches. One landed on his eye, and ...poof... That mental image stuck with me.

The abandoned fridge in King's The Mangler was pretty deadly too.


This refrigerator was not abandoned:

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2012-12-05 01:46:59 AM
That scene in Jude The Obscure broke my damn fool heart.

/damn you, Thomas Hardy!
 
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