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Old 01-12-2017   #21
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Mr. Isis you're a jewel for this forum...
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Horacio Quiroga put the rugged in rugged individualism. He made a homestead in the middle of the ####ing jungle and saw the crazy #### in his stories on the reg.

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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature



Oh and this guy.

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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

We shouldn't forget Charles Beaumont. He was a pretty good race car driver, something I greatly admire. He turned the gas back on after the Company turned it off. Why? Because his young son was sick and needed the heat. He and his buddy Harlan bedded many a fine young thing in the sixties.

Best of all, his photos look like stills from a film noir.
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

I'm throwing my hat in the ring for Laird Barron and Karl Edward Wagner. If I was in a bar fight, I'd want Laird and KEW backing me up.
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

A point related to this discussion: I fail to see why consumption of alcohol is a sign of manliness. Its an act thats not difficult to do, and, if done beyond moderation, can have bad consequences.

Compare the consumption of alcohol to (1) body building (2) fighting in a resistance movement (3) defending a woman from a criminal. The consumption of alcohol is too dissimilar to the latter three.

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It's a macho thing, Mr.Dwyer. Personally I prefer narcotics--they don't wreck you as badly--but, hey, alcohol works to a degree.
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

I've always liked Harlan but I've never bought that image of him as a tough guy. I believe about one-tenth of his stories...
but, damn, they are entertaining!
He really talks too much to be macho. Most of the really tough guys I've known were quiet and sullen.

Outside of Hodgson and maybe Howard horror writers aren't made from that mold.

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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature



China Mieville
Would not want to see him in a back alley.


Horacio Quiroga
As Nirvana In Karma said, Quiroga was no joke. From the wiki,

"He even went as far as to leave them [his children] alone one night in the jungle, or another time made them sit on the edge of a cliff with their legs dangling in the void"

Even killed himself with cyanide...

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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Aleister Crowley:



Pros:
- The ladies had a thing for him
- Avid mountain climber
- Possible spy
- Alpha Male leader type of a skill Jack Donovan and his acolytes could only dream of
- Could hold his liquour
- Got gonnorhea from prostitutes
- Somewhat racist
- Bald

Cons:
- Wrote poetry
- Bisexual
- Occasionally wore non-masculine headgear
- Wore robes

On the fence:
- Took copious amounts of drugs
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