Mark Walden on “The Ultimate Villain!!!”

Today, I welcome the author of the successful H.I.V.E. series of children’s books, Mark Walden to Bart’s Bookshelf to talk about the makings of his ‘Ultimate Villain!™’.

Keep reading after the Mark’s post for news of a fantastic giveaway!

As this is the last day of the Aftershock blog tour, I thought that it might be time to talk about a subject that is obviously very close to my heart.

Does shortbread always keep better in a tin?

I then realised that this would be a very stupid subject for my final entry and that I was also a deeply, deeply boring person. Fortunately my six year old daughter was available and she told me to stop being stupid and grow up. It would be a much better idea, she told me, to write about something people might be interested in and she even had a suggestion as to what that might be.

The Ultimate Villain!!! (Three exclamation marks and capitalisation compulsory, obviously.)

So exactly what cocktail of evil would one nix to make the greatest wrong-doer to ever walk the face of the Earth? Here’s what I reckon.

Lex Luthor’s Brain – There are evil geniuses and then there are evil geniuses. Anyone who’s gone toe to toe with Superman and given as good as he’s got so many times has to have something going for him. It’s the perfect example of how brains are just as powerful as brawn. And he doesn’t even have to wear tights…..

Shere Khan’s voice – Obviously this would mean the voice of George Sanders from the Disney version of Kipling’s brilliant book but, you have to admit, no one else does so such a good line in lip-curling contempt while still managing to sound so effortlessly cool.

Darth Vader’s Sith powers – Two words, force choking. ‘Nuff said.

The Joker’s sense of humour – I know that he has a bit of a bad reputation because of the whole insane mass murderer side of things but no one works a one liner like this guy does. You will, quite literally, die laughing.

The shark from Jaws incidental music – Because you need to have a soundtrack that can instil terror before you even show your big toothy face. And no, I’m not talking about Justin Bieber.

Voldemort’s skin-care routine – Because you’re worth it.

A James Bond villain’s interior designer – Anyone who’s read any of the books in the HIVE series will know that I have a weakness for a good monumental secret lair. There weren’t many people who did that better than the bond villains of the sixties and seventies. As you may also know, I’m particularly fond of facilities concealed within volcanoes. Just be sure to choose a dormant volcano, I probably don’t even need to mention it but, it’s just one of those small details that can make a really big difference.

There. I reckon that’s a pretty good working recipe for a world conquering uber-villain so now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to return to the entirely more important matter of advanced biscuit storage solutions…

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Giveaway News

To celebrate the launch of Aftershock, Bloomsbury have offered the following amazing package for three lucky winners.

A full set of the H.I.V.E books

Along with extras that include t-shirts, rucksacks and wristbands!

A pretty amazing prize I think you’ll agree! 😀

How to Enter:

  • Comment on this post, letting us know two parts of what would make up your ultimate villain!
    For example: My ultimate villain would have Darth Vader’s voice and Voldemort’s ego.  
  • You must be 13 and above to enter. (If you are between 13-16 – you will need to provide an email address of a parent or guardian.)
    Enter email addresses in to the correct box on the comment form, not as part of your comment itself.
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23 thoughts on “Mark Walden on “The Ultimate Villain!!!”

  • August 26 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve always thought Q from Star Trek NG was a brilliant villain.
    Unpredictable, powerful, mercurial, and vindictive beyond all reason.
    I know Q eventually mellowed out and became somewhat helpful, but in the beginning he was icky.

  • August 25 at 9:48 pm

    My villain would be good looking in a ‘bad boy’ kind of way, and believable.

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  • August 22 at 9:14 pm

    The Demon Headmaster (remember him, I can’t look at Jack Straw with a straight face) and Hannibal Lecter. He can stare you out then eat you, yum, yum


  • August 22 at 6:16 pm

    I’d mix Voldemort’s face and creepy ability to glide along effortlessly with Darth Vader’s use of The Force. He could have killed Harry without a wand and stopped that series!

    I think that one look at this hybrid baddie would be more than enough to make me wet my pants!

  • August 22 at 1:08 pm

    Sauron and The Joker

  • August 22 at 1:06 pm

    The Joker’s mentality and Freddy Krueger hands

  • August 22 at 12:08 pm

    Id have agent smith from the matrix mixed up with captin barbosa from the pirates of the carribean think it would be complete madness lol

  • August 22 at 9:31 am

    my ulitmate villain would have bambi’s voice & hannibal lechters gruesomeness – it would be an unlikely combo & no-one would expect it

  • August 22 at 12:49 am

    The ultimate villain would have to have:
    The Demon Headmaster’s eyes and The Death Eaters’ Kiss.

  • August 20 at 9:40 pm

    My ultimate villain would be Maleficent’s (Sleeping Beauty) face and body with Dolores Umbridge’s (Harry Potter) voice – two very scary and evil women that, mixed, would be a force to be reckoned with!

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway 🙂
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  • August 20 at 9:37 pm

    Who can be the biggest, baddest villain apart from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?! For someone who’s name can’t be uttered, he sure does inspire a lot of fear so for me the best villain would have to have the ego the size of seven horcruxes and since you can’t beat an old time classic, he’d have to have the genius mind of the Joker from the Batman. He alone would kick ass 🙂
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  • August 20 at 7:12 pm

    The absolute villain for me would have to:
    – Have Goldfinger’s gun
    – Have the Wicked Witch of the West’s laugh

  • August 20 at 6:40 pm

    My ultimate villain would be The childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang mixed with Mrs Coulter from His Darker Materials – there’s something about kids and villains that still make me shudder!

  • August 20 at 6:32 pm

    For me the ultimate villian would be The Demon Headmaster’s voice (anyone remember this show?) and the Face of The Gentlemen from Buffy!
    Those were some creepy villians when I was younger!

  • August 20 at 6:13 pm

    My ultimate villain would have The Jokers face and Delores Umbidges voice!

  • August 20 at 6:12 pm

    I think my ultimate villain is Cruella de Vi!
    Definitely a very bad evil villain.
    Thanks for this post! =)

    • August 20 at 6:16 pm

      Who else would you mix her with to make the ultimate villain?

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