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Mari Adkins

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An Appalachian Gothic fiction writer for adults and teens, her works reflect a love of literature and music flavored by the darkness and magic residing in the Appalachian foothills.

She lived four years in the black heart of Harlan County, a place mired in coal, ash, and blood, a land of coal seams and rhythmic discord that breed amity and illusion, all of which birthed the Harlan Vampire stories.

Mari is known to dance with fairies and ghosts beneath full moons and wade barefoot in creeks and wild rivers.

Midnight, her first novel, was published by Apex Book Company in May 2014.

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Mari Adkins I'm a WHAT IF person. I can "what if" almost any subject to death. And that's how I write. What if, what if, what if -- then what? It's almost like wr…moreI'm a WHAT IF person. I can "what if" almost any subject to death. And that's how I write. What if, what if, what if -- then what? It's almost like writing for-next loops or if-then loops in BASIC programming. And the best part is that whatever I come up with, the end result* of that is always changing during the writing process. Because I ask "what if" all the way through. "What if instead of x, y happens?" "And if y happens, how does that affect z?" And so forth. Writing is very organic and fluid for me. Always an adventure.

* regardless whether i already have a set goal for the end of the story or not (i most often do!).(less)
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Dark as a Dungeon- Mining in Appalachian Kentucky: Part 1

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The following is a collection of quotes, paraphrases and thoughts I had while reading/watching the following:
They Say in Harlan County- An Oral History – Alessandro Portelli
– A fantastic oral history book, 100% recommended
The Devil Is Here in These Hills – James Green
– A decent book about the mine wars in the Appalachian region, mostly West Virginia. Only recommended if y

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“~ darkness doesn't have to mean evil.”
Mari Adkins, Midnight

“The tedium of their labors — no deviations from the daily rituals, no promise of higher opportunities — reduced, drained, and broke strong, vital men. Their good cheer masked dilapidated spirits, a resignation to their lot in life; meat puppets waiting to be ground by the company”
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“If your head comes off, don't start a fight in a goddamn bowling alley.”
J.F. Lewis, Burned

“She remembered him smiling, and realized that time, that great old healer, had finally accomplished its work, and now, across the years, the face of love no longer stirred up agonies of grief and bitterness. Rather, one was left feeling simply grateful. For how unimaginably empty the past would be without him to remember.”
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”
Henry Scott Holland, Death is Nothing at All

“She believed, of course ... because without something to believe in, life would be intolerable.”
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

“It was good, and nothing good is truly lost. It stays part of a person, becomes part of their character. So part of you goes everywhere with me. And part of me is yours, forever”
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

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