Yes...you steal from me, I steal from you. Danielle Ferries took the "favorite stories" post and made something different. Now I steal her something different and present my five favorite characters (in no particular order).
Spider - a vampire, but not one of those modern day/emo/sexy vampires. No, Spider is a monster, a creature that loves blood and will drain a pet dog or a small girl in one meal. He has no eyelids but a mouth full of jagged, broken teeth. His surrogate son, a homeless boy named Jack, has to make a tough decision in the end of "Spider and I" (The Devil's Food, TBR).
Gerald Karnowski - AKA "The Surgeon of An Khe". I've killed three markets with this story. (Subbed to one, didn't hear back=market dead; subbed to another, shortlisted=market dead; subbed to a third, accepted, project scrapped...hurm).
Pete Archer - Featured in two tales, "Catalog Sales" (Necrotic Tissue, October 2008) and "Lullaby, Little Monster" (Champagne Shivers, TBR). Pete is a traveling book salesman from the '30s. His books are...magical. Pete isn't exactly evil; he's just misunderstood. Everybody has to eat, right?
Gary Sump - an angry god and strange neighbor. I pity the little people that look up to Gary. All hail Gary Sump. Two Gary Sump stories have been published by Everyday Weirdness.
Tic Toc - a wind-up gorilla who ends up inside a man's skull, pulling the strings. I wrote his story--"The Brass Menagerie" (Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, August 2008)--as a weird riff on The Glass Menagerie. This time, the "gentleman caller" doesn't leave Laura in the end...
My favorite character from a novel is probably iPorn (Shane Willits) from Rock Gods and Scary Monsters. I'll let my dear readers sort out how he earned his nickname.