4 Brilliant Authors and Why They're Douchebags

Art Attack loves to curl up with a good book. Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, maybe Sabine Baring-Gould's tome on werewolves, whatever's around, really. The last time we moved, we did a little inventory and found that a full quarter of all the boxes that we had moved were filled with some kind of book. That's not even counting the DVDs... most of which are film versions of books.

The thing about books, though, is that you tend to identify more with the story than with its author. After all, when's the last time you saw an author on E!? Hell, even people like Stephen King and Dan Brown don't really make entertainment news. It's not that they aren't famous, it's just that they're not being shoved down our throats by a media machine and so we know them only by their art.

That being said, there are some truly brilliant authors who have such deep moral lapses that if we'd known about them before, we probably never would've read any of their works no matter how brilliant. That was the key to putting together this list. The author must have turned out at least one work that was amazing, and they must have done something that you'd punch a stranger in the mouth for doing in front of you. Let's get started.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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