The Composites is a website that uses law enforcement software to create composite sketches for famous literary characters based on their descriptions.
Below: The Misfit from Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
Description: He was an older man than the other two. His hair was just beginning to gray and he wore silver-rimmed spectacles that gave him a scholarly look. He had a long creased face and didn’t have on any shirt or undershirt. He had on blue jeans that were too tight for him and was holding a black hat and a gun…“You don’t look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people!”… When he smiled he showed a row of strong white teeth…Hunching his shoulders slightly…The Misfit’s eyes were red-rimmed and pale and defenseless-looking.
I was initially puzzled by the composite for Humbert Humbert from Lolita, thinking that he was much older than the man depicted, but then I looked it up and remembered he is just 36 or 37 when the book opens and only 42 when he dies. I guess I just think of James Mason. Half the fun of this site is reading the killer descriptions.