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Old 01-13-2017   #31
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Some kids piss their name in the snow. Mark Samuels can piss his name into concrete.

When Mark Samuels goes to donate blood, he declines the syringe, and instead requests a hand gun and a bucket.

Mark Samuels once challenged Lance Armstrong in a "Who has more testicles?" contest. Mark Samuels won by 5.

Superman owns a pair of Mark Samuels pajamas.

Mark Samuels doesn't actually write books, the words assemble themselves out of fear.

Mark Samuels once heard that nothing can kill him, so he tracked down nothing and killed it.

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

I have it on good authority that John Mundy once bitch-slapped a grizzly bear. The bear apologized with a hug, and that's where the term "bear hug" originated.
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Ramonoski, my friend, I am 100% against violence to grizzly bears.

But that sob had it coming.
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

The toughest, bravest and most manly writers of the 20th Century were:

(1) Ernst Jünger

(2) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I shouldn't need to outline why they were the toughest, bravest and most manly. Their careers and entire lives speak for the fact.

From more olden times I would also nominate:

(3) Francisco de Quevedo

...who killed a man for insulting a lady in a duel.

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

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...who killed a man for insulting a lady in a duel.
In what way did the man insult the lady in a duel?

Just curious.

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

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...who killed a man for insulting a lady in a duel.
In what way did the man insult the lady in a duel?

Just curious.
I was wondering that as well...

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...who killed a man for insulting a lady in a duel.
In what way did the man insult the lady in a duel?

Just curious.
I was wondering that as well...
So was I, but didn't dare to be the first to ask.

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

He probably said something like, "Oh gosh, you didn't polish that rapier very well, did you dear?"

I have been thinking about this thread and I want to add some other names to the three I offered above:

André Malraux
Gabriele D'Annunzio
Edward Abbey
Yukio Mishima

All of them did amazingly tough things! But if we are talking about pure physical strength and stamina, then I doubt anyone could face the formidable pair of Joanot Martorell and Martí Joan de Galba, 15th Century knights and authors of Tirant Lo Blanc, who believed that writing itself was a bit pansy unless you were also splitting heads on the battlefield in your spare time.

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

In a letter to F. Lee Baldwin H.P. Lovecraft wrote:
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If you're interested in boxing, you ought to correspond with Robert E. Howard - who is not only a pugilistic fan, but a skilled performer in the ring as well. Have you seen his spirited prize fight stories? Some appeared under the pseudonym "Patrick Erwin."
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

Stretching the 'weird' description somewhat, though not much, as it is arguable that the symbolists and decadents were proto-weird in many ways- i'd say Rimbaud.

Abandoning poetry at age 21 (having completed what would become some of the century's most influential bodies of work) to explore Europe on foot, serve in and desert the army in indonesia, run a notoriously difficult trading post in Africa, try and amass a fortune selling guns to the king of Ethiopia, then return to France quietly, unheralded, only to die, still young , a convert (by some accounts) to Islam.

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