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The 40 most gruesome deaths in literature

Remember those stories you used to write at primary school? You know; the ones that would end cheerily with a sudden ‘and then we all went home for tea’ flourish.

Well, sorry to pop a cap in your imaginative ass, but real life – and proper literature – ain’t like that, sonny. It’s dark, horrid and irredeemably ghastly. Well, some of the time anyway. Most notably at times of death.

Literature has captured this agonising wail better than most art forms. So, stomachs clenched and jaws pulled tight, we offer you the 40 most gruesome deaths in literature.

It goes without saying that there are spoilers galore in the following list.

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