The Bad Seed
What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William March's class ...more
There's some evidence of a biological origin for true psychopathy (including the preceding), but it's hotly debated. The "Psychology Community" does NOT want to admit that that's even possible, because it implies that psychology cannot "cure" psychopaths (which does in fact appear to be the case) - something that's absolutely anaethema to The Medical Community, since it in turn implies that once identified, they need to be... um... Er... uh... "Removed From Society". (This applies, in a lesser degree, to any possible *hereditary* origin for criminality in general, as well... if it's deemed to be "not the criminal's fault", which the sikes would *love* to claim (they think), that also means that the "Sufferer" is *doomed* to being at least susceptible to criminal behavior, and believe me, if "Society" latches on to *that* idea, sooner or later anybody with the "wrong" DNA profile is going to be stigmatized for *life*, from *birth* (something the sikes, and the "Gay" community, and a whole lot of others haven't really thought through, and may find out the hard way, after it's far too late to do anything about it...).
Now, as far as criminality in general goes... that's a much more nebulous and uncertain question... criminality in general, while it encompasses psychopathy, certainly isn't limited to that in origin, and is *a lot* more influenced by "nurture" than "nature". You take any child and beat and abuse him or her and give them amphetamines and alcohol, sometimes even before their teens, and you can be just about guaranteed of creating a criminal.
(sorry for the long and digressive answer, but you've gotten onto one of my favorite subjects...)(less)
Evil children can be found in literature, going back centuries. Matilda from ‘The Monk’ by Matthew Lewis ,written back in 1796, for example. However, evil children became a popular horror novel trope beginning in the fifties and reaching an epic peak in the seventies.
Evil children still make an appearance in movies and novels, never completely going out of style, and of course, are not solely c ...more
The Bad Seed is a 1954 novel by American Writer William March and tells the story of a mother’s realization that her young daughter has committed murder.
A short but chilling and suspenseful piece of fiction that really held my interest as is as relevant now as it was back in 1954. What happens when ...more
How many of you I wonder remember or have seen the 1956 movie classic based on ...more
The Bad Seed is "The Good Son." It's "The Omen." Guess it's this year's "Hereditary."
Except it came first. And for the ...more
All excerpts are from this edition.
"Movie Adaptation of William March’s THE BAD SEED 1956: Produced by Warner Bros. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, and Eileen Heckart. Screenplay by John Lee Mahin. Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (both McCormack and Heckart ...more
William March's classic thriller focuses on a child killer - the pristine Rhoda Penmar ...more
It's amazing to think this book is almost 60 years old - it was definitely a ch ...more
Awful, just awful. The “pscyho kid that kills” premise might’ve been fun had there been anything more to The Bad Seed than that. Except William March was as unimaginative a storyteller as he was incompetent a writer so does nothing with ...more
* * * * * Spoiler Free
This book and the movie has a huge place in my heart...no, not because of an identification with the characters....but due to childhood memory of my sister being in Forensics during high school.
My sister is 4 years older than me and was a drama student. She would try out for plays and also participate in the Forensics competitions. During her senior year, she chose to do a monologue from The Bad Seed.
For months I would either hear pr ...more
Update: August 2,2014
OMGOSH! I do not know how I missed this excellent horror flick, and I must admit I thou...more
the author was suffered by mental disorder, was that evil too?
i know he was not kurt cobain, he was not a clam and i know this book was not nirvana, that this book was not the pearl that derived from his pain, which was created within the clam
did he got possessed? i just couldn't read this all, i don't mean the pages, i mean the things further from the pages of those i can't describe
1954, a great year in literary history. in that year, The Lord of the Rings ...more
This book was bloody tiring and reading it felt like a chore.
I'm now of the opinion that most books regarded as brilliant aren't so much about the plot but more about the time it was released. Take this book, i bet it would have shocked a shit load of people that someone would consider a child to be capable of cold, calculating often unfeeling murders. And not just any type of child, a sweet, well mannered child. So i'm thinking of course people are going to be intrigued, of course t
Rhoda Penmark, the eight-year-old serial killer, is quite chilling and convincing given what we now know about the psychopathic personality profile. Born wi ...more
"The Bad Seed" is about a mother (Christine) at home waiting for her husband and realizing that her daughter (Rhoda) is not like the other boys and girls. When Christine starts to have suspicions about ...more
What would you do if you suspect your child isn’t simply odd, but might just be a serial killer?
If I didn’t already know, there is no way I would have guessed this book to be 60 years old. A chilling thriller about Rhoda Penmark and how she always makes sure to get whatever her little heart desires. If you like tales of the macabre that keep you on the edge of your seat up to the last page, put this classic on your to-read list.
I mean, seriously, why can't people just let her have her way, then she wouldn't t be angry and upset, and take revenge on those who " done ...more
The character of Rhoda is well written, quite fascinating but it is her mother Christine whose dawning horror of the malevolence apparent in Rhoda that brings the story together.
This novel sent a few chills up my spine when r ...more
March's prose is spare, which works well in highlighting the turmoil and tension created by the story of a child born bad.
The narrative isn't from the child herself, but from her mother Christine, who slowly uncovers her own d ...more
― William March, The Bad Seed
For some reason, horror novels featuring creepy, evil little children really scare the heck out of me. I mean..everyone has their thing that scares them and that's mine. The Bad seed is one of those horror classics where you say to your self, "they just don't make em like that anymore".
This is without a doubt one of the best horror books ever written. And I used to read ...more
If a young little girl with a dimple asks you that RUN!
I LOVE this story. I saw the movie first and it totally freaked me out. The book it was based on is just as good. A young girl named Rhoda (she's under 10 years old) is a psychopathic killer, and her mom doesn't know what to do. Great characters, great suspense and an awesome ending.
"If the common soldiers of each army could just get together by a river bank and talk things over calmly, no war could possibly last as long as a week."
If only it were true. That reader is also an expert in crime noir, and he reminded me about this novel, which takes a far more damning and sad view of people. Another early Marc ...more