Posts Tagged ‘suspense’


Hello fellow literary minded friends. As I sat down to prepare drafting my research paper for Gothic Literature I had a great idea (or at least I think it is 🙂 Let’s celebrate the Gothic literary tradition this Christmas season with an entire month dedicated to poetry, short stories, essays, and chapter excerpts that contain elements of the gothic. What could be better than a Victorian Christmas?

What the heck is the gothic literary tradtion you may (or may not) be asking. Characteristics include but are not limited to the supernatural, repression, degeneration, mystery, the confllict between new and old world thinking, the “uncanny” (when the unfamiliar becomes familiar) passion verse reason, the monsterous woman, the tyrannical man, male and female gender issues, the criminal man, evolution, progression, technology, science and medicine. Classic examples include Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and others.

How does the Gothic tradition surface in modern day writing? Much in the same way it did in the past. Typical genres that can fall within  Gothic Literature include: horror, paranormal, speculative, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, even mystery (think Sherlock Holmes) and adventure (think She).

With that being said, if you are a writer and you would like to contribute to a Victorian Christmas with poetry, a short story, flash fiction, a chapter excerpt, or essay please email me at madasinmayfair@hotmail.com. My hope is to add one new author and their writing sample to my blog everyday during the month of December. Please write Victorian Christmas in the subject line and indicate what day you would like to sign up. Please include 3 possible dates in case your first pick is already booked. Also in the body of your message let me know what type of submission you will be sending (poem, essay, excerpt etc) and what genre (paranormal, horror, science fiction etc.) I will get back with you as soon as possible!

I know it is early for some (for those of you who know me personally know that the Christmas season never comes too early) but please spread the Christmas cheer and tell all your friends about this! Authors hosting authors is a great way to share with others in the lit community. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing back from you —Madasin


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In the chapter Deconstructed we wandered through the minds of seven main characters in Wanderlust Love & Hate. In the chapters Stellar and Wanderlust, we were met with the colliding thoughts and words of the dark hero of the novel- David Huntsmen. Starting this week and running through the New Year we will revisit each character with a interactive character interview. Thats seven interviews and seven characters! Discover a more in-depth understanding of your favorite (or least favorite characters). Interviews will be posted on my blog every week and will be featured under the Wanderlust Tab on the webiste of my publishing house- Westland Park Press http://goo.gl/TGoRs. This is an interactive interview so I look forward to hearing back from you all! Have a question for one of the characters? Please leave a comment and they will get bak with your shortly! I recieved a special request to start with the heroine of the novel first…coming soon…all the questions that you have been pondering for Autumn Marseille.

It’s not too late to join in the fun- Grab your copy here http://goo.gl/DLMZr

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FREE READ October 31st!

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“It’s a thrilling adventure…destination evil”

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Deadly sins, rule our world, surface in the light- through the dark. Festering, they multiply- blood sucking- parasites. Contagious. Transparent. Our inner demons, latch hold to play- master puppeteers. The love and the hate, and we are still wandering blindly. Visceral. Living and Dead.

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Changes for the worse; but even those changes are convoluted and subtle, as if they have been there the entire time- confined- like a schizoid stuck in their weaker personality. Every aspect of my life I try to escape.  I wake up the same way: gasping and clawing, fighting against the plastic bag that is over my face, the same plastic bag that is pulled tighter and tighter. I am awake. Or am I, just then, falling asleep?

Things only change for the worse, for every night the horror is more intense, more unmistakably tangible. I am held down, and the voices in my head wage control over my mind. Each night I see horrible things, unforgettable havoc, and each night the anarchy grows. The hour that I am asleep seems like an eternity; and in my dreams I visit more places, and see more of the world than I ever knew existed. I never knew such darkness- a never ceasing pit of tantalizing torture and turmoil. Awake or asleep? Fact or fiction? Ignorance or truth?  Sleeping while Awake. Fictionalized Facts. Ignorance is Truth. Ambiguity. Redundancy. My paradoxical life.

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So you’ve read the teaser…you checked out the prologue…and you devoured the first three chapters for FREE…….what are you waiting for? Enter the FALSE REALITY of Autumn Marseille and wander in WANDERLUST.



“A thrilling adventure- destination EVIL”

After two years of writing, the Wanderlust Series has taken flight with the first novel, Love & Hate debuting today! A special thanks to the best publishing company around: Westland Park Press, Mike Wright, President and the great group that you have working with you. Thanks to LiAnnette Morris for the awesome cover design and Michael Swanson for your help in making this a success- and of course thank you Mom for your support in all that I do!


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“You don’t hear that?” I called back to him. I stopped at the edge of the dock, frozen in horror at the sight of Mara and Lamia naked and playing in the cold water below.

“Hear what?”

I turned to look back at Adrian who was drunkenly leaning on one of the posts just at the edge of the soggy embankment, and then redirected my attention tothe silver rippling water. Mara and Lamia were gone. Shivering I turned, and calling out to Adrian said, “never mind.”

“You’re hearing things now?” he asked, jeeringly amused.

More than you know and seeing things too. “Never mind just give me the necklace.”

“A right the necklace,” he said taking another swig. “Yea, you’re not getting that back.”

“What do you mean I’m not getting it back? That was the whole reason that I agreed to meet you.”

He laughed, “yea I know, but you’re still not going to get it.”

“I hate you Adrian…with every ounce of my being, I fucking hate you,” I snapped.

“I know that too,” he said squinting his eyes at me and toeing his cigarette butt into the ground. “And I bet you would hate me even more if I were to throw this piece of shit into the lake!” He pulled the sparkling chain from his pocket and swung the pendant in front of my face.

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