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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

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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My gown; long, full, and white, was hell to manage. I struggled to lift the thick undergarment layers as I bent to climb into the Camaro; sweating and flustered, I smoothed the puffy, tolle outer layer and tried to recompose myself. It was going to be a long night. My parents stood at the doorway and waved as David backed out of the driveway- they had pretended so well. My mother had fussed over how beautiful I looked the entire time in which my father snapped pictures of David and I. In his graceful way, David bared it all very well, though I could tell he thought both Denise and Bellino were ridiculous. I was embarrassed for both of them- they had no idea how easy it was for outsiders to see through their forced, loving charade. They hated each other and I couldn’t blame them.

David had arranged for us to meet Lauren and Stacy and their dates at Pacifica, a new sea food restaurant that recently opened in Meriton. We arrived early, and as David wandered to the hostess stand to check in for our reservation, I couldn’t help but stare after him. He had decided upon a form fitting ocean blue tuxedo, a white vest, and a blue, pink, and white striped tie. The colors complimented him perfectly, and the bright lightening of the waiting area further added to the glow of his skin and golden hair. Everyone who laid eyes upon him stared, and several tables of patrons paused their forks mid-bite to turn and look at him. The love that I felt for him swelled and my heart raced- I was always racing after him.

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These notable quotes from my wonderful publisher, Mike Wright, regarding Book One of the Wanderlust Series: Love & Hate. After years of hard work, the novel is completed!

“Wanderlust: Love & Hate explores the frailty of the human psyche.”

“Mayfair exploits the everyday choices that could irreversibly leave one trapped in a false reality- where the everyday is a systematic routine, created in our minds, to cope with the life we’ve chosen to live.”

“In the novel, David emerges as the 21st century Byronic Hero.”

“Regrettably, we are all wanders, trapped within ourselves, searching for meaning in the choices laid out before us. Juxtaposed, David would simply smile and take you by the hand and whisper- follow me.”

-Mike Wright, Publisher and CEO of Westland Park Press

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The Wanderlust series began with a concept that I have pondered over for years- things never change. The first book- Love & Hate was more than a book I wanted to write; I needed to write it!

The series explores the connection between the human condition, our deepest desires, convoluted and warring emotions, and the inner demons that shape and influence our lives. Wanderlust is the experience of living a tesseract life: forever trapped in the vicious cycle of distortion- a false reality. I wanted to expand on the idea that reflections of the past haunt our present state and the future likewise will continue in the same redundant and stagnant manner if we never conquer ourselves.

Wanderlust is a place of no escape- we travel through our lives, aimlessly, searching for purpose and meaning. Often times, I wondered how the devils and demons of our past effect the outcome of our present, when what we love is jaded, empty, and lost.

We wander for the unforgotten. We wander for our dreams. We wander because we can’t let go. I’ve learned to embrace Wanderlust; I’ve relived it with ink and paper. In time we must all embrace our inner demons because things never change.

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