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Gary Inbinder

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Gary Inbinder is a retired attorney who left the practice of law to write
full-time. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Absent Willow Review, Morpheus Tales,
Touchstone Magazine and other publications. Gary is a member of The
Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the Bewildering Stories
Editorial Review Board.

His novels, The Flower to the Painter(2011) and Confessions of the Creature (2012), are published by Fireship Press.

His new (2014) historical murder mystery, The Devil in Montmartre: A Mystery in Fin de Siècle Paris, is out in hardcover edition and e-book from Pegasus Books (Distributed in the U.S. by W.W. Norton, & Co)

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I recently engaged in an informal chat about characterization and stereotyping in which I used the example of a pirate as a familiar cliché.

We get our image of a pirate from Stevenson's "Treasure Island," and more recently from "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the late Robert Newton's portrayal of pirates in films. The Stevenson/Newton pirate is a guy with a peg leg, an eye patch, a parrot perche... Read more of this blog post »
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The Flower to the Painter (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Marcia Brownlow, a young, unemployed American governess in late nineteenth century Italy, masquerades as a man to advance her career. She adopts the persona of her dead brother Mark and becomes the prot g e of Arthur Wolcott, a famous American expatriate author who discovers Marcia's artistic talent. Wolcott introduces his prot g e to wealthy art patrons in Florence, Venice, Paris, and London, including three women who, deceived as to Marcia's sex, fall in love with the captivating artist. Marcia emulates her idol, the great English landscape artist William Turner. As she develops her skills, James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Sir Frederic Leighton, the leader of the London art establishment, praise her paintings of Florence and Venice. However, on the eve of her greatest triumph, Marcia's first love returns to threaten her with exposure and scandal
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Description: The story of Frankenstein’s monster continues… In the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea, the creature has taken the ultimate revenge on his creator, Frankenstein. He travels south, where a chance meeting with a witch gives him the opportunity to overcome what he is, and perhaps become who he was meant to be. Transformed into a normal-looking man, but retaining his superhuman strength, the creature journeys to Moscow, where he becomes the protégé of a wealthy natural philosopher and the lover of his daughter, Sabrina. Taking the name Viktor Suvorin, the creature wins acclaim as a military hero while Napoleon rages across Europe. Following the wars, Viktor and Sabrina travel to Switzerland, where they meet Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who bases her novel on Viktor’s memoirs. Viktor faces a final challenge to his hard-won humanity when tragedy strikes his family and he returns to the Arctic. There, on a frozen sea under the shimmering Northern Lights, the creature must confront the meaning of his creation and his life

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“To say "He was a young fool, and now he's an old fool" is to make a distinction without a difference.”
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“Thank heaven for people who are satisfied with facts that conform to the reality they wish to believe.”
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“She wore a loose-fitting purple velvet Pre-Raphaelite gown, and her abundant dark-brown hair flowed down her back and shoulders to her waist. As she drew near, I noticed her warm brown eyes peeping at me beneath lush, un-plucked brows, her smiling red lips and smooth, un-powdered cheeks almost begging for kisses. She possessed a beauty much different from Daisy, more like a wildflower in the unspoiled earth than a prize-winning rose in a formal garden. However, her Pre-Raphaelite fashion might have been an affectation of a different kind, a bit closer to nature but a stylish imitation just the same.”
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“The philosophers write about things as they are and as they appear to be, but as an artist I find that appearance is everything.”
Gary Inbinder, The Flower to the Painter

“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."

(Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)”

“If you're as detached as that, why does the obsolete institution of marriage survive with you?"

Oh, it still has its uses. One couldn't be divorced without it.”
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“When I am wicked I am in high spirits.”
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Gary Inbinder Marita wrote: "Thank you for your friend request and your kind comment re my review, Gary.

(Oh, you are friend number 100!)"

You're welcome, Marita. Your review was especially interesting to me because my novel, "The Devil in Montmartre", is set in Paris during the 1889 Universal Exposition.
I look forward to reading more of your reviews!

Marita Thank you for your friend request and your kind comment re my review, Gary.

(Oh, you are friend number 100!)

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Gary Inbinder You're welcome, Lauren!

Lauren Gilbert Thank you, Gary! I enjoy reading your posts as well!

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Gary Inbinder You're very welcome, Danielle!

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