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Old 01-16-2017   #41
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Re: Manliest Writers of 'Weird' or 'Horror' Literature

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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.
I'll stretch it even more. The Greek dramatists were certainly manly insofar as performance on the battlefield was just as important as the arts. Even for the philosophers of antiquity, the original meaning of "virtue" meant manliness.

"In a less scientific age, he would have been a devil-worshipper, a partaker in the abominations of the Black Mass; or would have given himself to the study and practice of sorcery. His was a religious soul that had failed to find good in the scheme of things; and lacking it, was impelled to make of evil itself an object of secret reverence."

~ Clark Ashton Smith, "The Devotee of Evil"
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