Brian McNaughton

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For all their laughter, ghouls are a dull lot. Hunger is the fire in which they burn, and it burns hotter than the hunger for power over men or for knowledge of the gods in a crazed mortal.

Brian McNaughton (23 September 193513 May 2004) was an American writer of horror and fantasy stories who mixed horror, sex, satire and dark humour. The Throne of Bones, a collection of some of his tales about ghouls, won the 1998 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.

Quotes[edit]

Vampires, like virgins or priests, are things that women believe in. We must never fail to humor them in such matters.
  • Vampires, like virgins or priests, are things that women believe in. We must never fail to humor them in such matters.
    • "Child of the Night" in 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995) edited by Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg

The Throne of Bones (1997)[edit]

Goul or ghul, in Arabic, signifies any terrifying object which deprives people of the use of their senses … ~ William Beckford
  • I had always been impatient with superstition. If I ever met a God, I would apologize for disbelieving in Him, but not until then.
    • "Lord Glyphtard’s Tale"
  • For all their laughter, ghouls are a dull lot. Hunger is the fire in which they burn, and it burns hotter than the hunger for power over men or for knowledge of the gods in a crazed mortal. It vaporizes delicacy and leaves behind only a slag of anger and lust. They see their fellows as impediments to feeding, to be mauled and shrieked at when the mourners go home. They are seldom alone, not through love of one another's company, but because a lone ghoul is suspected of stealing food. Their copulation is so hasty that distinctions of sex and identity are often ignored.
    • "Meryphillia"


Misattributed[edit]

  • Goul or ghul, in Arabic, signifies any terrifying object which deprives people of the use of their senses; hence it became the appellative of that species of monster which was supposed to haunt forests, cemeteries, and other lonely places, and believed not only to tear in pieces the living, but to dig up and devour the dead.

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