Drug addicts, hustlers, pimps, boozers, suicidal losers ... The authors we’ve collected in the top 10 lists here encompass a wide range of life experiences but one thing is certain – their life and work is about as subtle as a boot stomping on your face. Antonin Artaud said it best: “If there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms, instead of being like victims burnt at the stake, signaling through the flames.” Enter at your own risk . . .