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Before we begin, I’d just like to say… I don’t think most people really understand the curse of sin and what it has done to this world. And I think gothic literature does a great job at showing it. Gothic literature highlights all the good in the world, by showing reality.
I know a lady, a woman… who told me she was scared to read my writing. I brushed it off at the time. But as I sit here and think about it… there are some things I do not want my eyes to see. So in my mind, I’m thinking that’s what she means. I’m sure it’s not. The lady is just very sheltered. And maybe that’s a good thing.
Gothic literature is the rawness and ugliness of life not all done up, but beautiful. The Father’s artwork with indelible consequences.
Indelible. Not able to be forgotten or removed.
You know… often I’ve talked about how – like the skin – the mind scars.
Gothic literature is raw. Close to the earth and close to the flesh. Nothing flashy. No glam. The truth of life… that it’s not our friend. That it actively works against us. Southern Gothic is classic gothic themes but with the volume turned up to eleven.
You know… I struggle with how to write about reality and still please the Lord. In fact, I’d have to say there is no more a gothic work than that of the Bible. The Bible is definitely a heavy R rating. And some parts would be considered illegal. Not because of religion, but because of content. Read Ezekiel 16.
I write all that to say, the content of the Bible, has set me free as a writer.
In chapter 1 we were introduced to Tyrel. In chapter 2 we are introduced to Lucius, the main character. And here in chapter 3, we are going to meet Jan.
And now, chapter 3 of Mississippi – Sleep Swimming.