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Old 12-19-2017   #1
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Mark Samuels closes blog

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

Good night, sweet prince.

This is my life. This is my damnation. This is my only regret--that I ever was born.

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

Ah, now that truly is a shame; I for one will most miss the post from almost exactly two years back where Mr. S felt suddenly compelled to track down my name which he then posted identifying me as "the most ferociously underhand yet negligible individual in existence", something I found surprising first because I'd had no communication with him or even computer access for several days at that point, my family and I then staying with relatives for Christmas; and second because it was posted the day after and seemed an odd activity for an ardent believer to spend their time on during what is considered a sacred time of year - however, chacun à son goût, as they say in France. In any case, life's only constant is change, but the memories (and the screenshots) are always there to remind you.

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I didn't agree with a lot of his views on Cultural Marxism and other matters, but as a fan of his I wish he left it up as it was an easy way to keep track of his releases and upcoming projects. I suppose people on here will keep us updated.

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

He's moving the blog content over to Paetron - he posted about this on the last entry.
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Smartest thing he's done in ages but, unfortunately, it is too little too late. There is no hope for salvaging his reputation within the weird fiction community.
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I doubt he cares too much about his reputation in the weird fiction community.

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

It is always a strange sensation to read what ignorant pseudonymous people say about a person one knows well.

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

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I doubt he cares too much about his reputation in the weird fiction community.
Judging by what was said in Mark’s last blogpost (now vanished), I would agree with you.
It’s a shame the whole blogsite is no longer public, but good luck to him on Patreon (a phenomenon about which I know very little).

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Re: Mark Samuels closes blog

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Smartest thing he's done in ages but, unfortunately, it is too little too late. There is no hope for salvaging his reputation within the weird fiction community.
What proof do have of that X?

His feud with certain U.S. weird fiction writers has meant he probably won't be published in certain forums in that great nation (not that, I suspect, he would want to). Even that is something which only a small group of over-obsessive fans care about - if one was cynical one might even push it as a marketing tactic, a la wrestling rivalries.

In the UK and outside of the New Weird bit elsewhere he is as well thought of as he ever was. To be honest his greatest problem re public persona was and is a tendency towards paranoia and a mild persecution complex. He could engage a lot more with mainstream weird publishing (for instance he'd be welcomed at UK conventions) and thus get wider publishing exposure, but chooses not to. Depending on one's perspective that choice is either admirable adherence to principles or childish pique.

I'm interested in what you actually have against him (beyond a tendency to be triggered by Catholics?).
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