Memento Mori

(Malexmale) Struck by tragedy, Calael Black - a popular young artist - isolates himself in his new home in the countryside in a desperate bid to save his sanity. However, Semper Place is far from empty and abandoned, and the ghost that haunts the property is neither malevolent nor disinterested in him. On the contrary, the spirit of the beautiful Artemus Moon has been alone for too long, and the two isolated souls soon find themselves locked in a dark, toxic romance, reliant on each other for happiness.

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18. Writers note

I'd like to address a few things, to avoid having my writing taken the wrong way.

While this book was never intended to have a happy ending, I wanted it to send a message. Think whatever you like of Calael Black and Artemus Moon, but I hope the fact that their love was always a toxic one comes across clearly in this novel. The relationship depicted between the two men is not designed to be aspirational or even truly romantic, and I definitely don't want it to be fetishised just because it is between two men. While there is definitely love between the two main characters, it is not a safe or healthy relationship, as shown clearly by Artemus fuelling Calael's mental illness. He does this to the point of separating him from his friends and family, and eventually luring him to his death under the guise of love and care. There is little to aspire to in this situation, and it is only when the curtain is drawn on Calael's life that he himself realises that Artemus is not as perfect as he has convinced himself he is. 

That is not to say that Artemus is not himself a victim. But to me, the status of 'victim' is not sufficient to excuse a person's wrongdoing. That is a matter up for debate, and I would love to hear your comments on the matter!

Additionally, a major theme of Mori is mental health and the dangers of the stigma that surrounds it. While the book is written from the warped, pessimistic perception of Calael Black through the window of his depression, this is in no way intended to be reflective of the world as it truly is or how I as a writer view it. Calael's treatment of his friends of his father is, in my opinion, unjustified, but characteristic of a mentally ill mindset. I would urge anyone experiencing mental health problems to accept the concerns of your loved ones, and seek out the help that our protagonist declined.

On that note, I will leave the rest for you as the readers to decide and interpret.

I'd like to thank _ChloeCats on Wattpad for her help in completing this. She introduced me to Nanowrimo, and has motivated me to write this book, as well as designing all of my banners! (Nanowrimo, if you didn't know, is a brilliant scheme designed to motivate writers to write a 50,000 word draft of their novel in the month of November alone.) If you liked Memento Mori, I'd like to recommend her novel Dalliance on Wattpad, which actually contains a small scene featuring Artie! I'd also like to thank Megan, my best friend of twelve years, who never ceased to motivate me into finishing even when I was dying to give up before meeting my word count. You are an absolute gem, and I love you a lot.

To anyone who reads this book, I'd like to thank you too for making it to the end! You're all lovely people, and extremely appreciated, and I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading Calael Black and Artemus Moon's story.

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