Work Eligible for Awards (2022)

Hey guys!

This year has been an awesome publishing year for me and I am so honored to sit back and take stock of what has happened. To that end, I’d like to share all of my work that is available for awards this year in the hopes that, if you are so inclined, you will consider throwing the titles into the ring. So far, here’s what’s available:

Short Fiction

“Hypnopompia”.  Something Scary Podcast   (February 2022)

When you wake up to a nightmare…

“Once a Month”.  Conjuring Worlds: Afrofuturist Textbook for Middle and High School Students. (March 2022)        

Coming of age when things are not what they seem.

“A Warm Fall Day”. Picnic in the Graveyard. (April 2022)

Perspective… it’s a thing.

“It’s the Little Things”.  The Outlet, Bloom Where You Are Planted, published in April 2022 by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Home alone… Home. Alone… 

“The Room”. Campfire Macabre, Vol. 2 published in October 2022 by Cemetery Gates Media

Some doors shouldn’t be opened.

Short Non Fiction 

African American Horror Authors and Their Craft: The Evolution of Horror Fiction from African Folklore.  Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook for Middle and High School Students. (March 2022)  

The Horror of Hair.  Nightmare Magazine, Issue 118. (June 2022)  Hair. Ornament. Source of power. Source of beauty. Whether decoration or burden, hair is at the forefront of many cultures and has been a part of the body consciousness of women since the dawn of time. Some cultures consider it a most prized possession, one that should be donated to the gods in thanks for favor. Others consider it a defining characteristic, one that speaks of a person’s background, upbringing, and worth. 

Long Non Fiction

About Horror: The Study and Craft.  Mocha Memoirs Books    (April 2022) This text is a comprehensive deep dive into the study of horror fiction.  With importance placed on knowing the history of the genre and how integral to storytelling research is, this textbook will serve as a reference guide for anyone interested in writing in the horror genre.  This work, which is accessible and detailed at the same time, offers practical scenarios and industry secrets alongside subgenre review and creative writing instruction. 

Long Fiction

The Black Hole.  Mocha Memoirs Books (March 2022)

A group of friends head out to enjoy a much-deserved night out and paintballing is on the menu. But the team they are playing against has something entirely different in mind.

The friends find themselves in a battle for their lives in unfamiliar terrain against well-equipped opponents whose motivations are both irrational and lethal.  Considered, “… a true trip into the darkest depths of what mankind is capable of at its worst,” by Midwest Book Review, this story is a classic tale of prey combined with slasher film “edge-of-your seat” vibes with a little modern-day relevance to keep you unsettled.

Told two ways in this ground-breaking screenplay/novella combo, The Black Hole will keep you guessing, engaged, and very, very scared.

Novel

The Tryst: Affinity Series, Book 1. Cedar Grove Publishing (May 2022)  

A moment in time… insignificant and fleeting for most, but for Nicole, Mark, and Eric, it is life-altering.  Three strangers meet in a town they don’t know in a place they hadn’t expected to end up only to find that they are exactly where they were supposed to be… again. 

Love always finds a way.

Through space and time, past and future, through lifetimes and storylines they were destined to find each other, love each other, lose each other – coordinates and weapons, scenarios and demographics be damned.  A malfunction, to be sure.  But when Ryan tries to tinker with his project, a weapon the likes of which has never been seen in all of the Galactic Collaborative, he finds out just how inexorable their link is… and how insidious.

Accursed: Book 3 of The Realm Trilogy. Cedar Grove Publishing (December 2022)  

She walks alone in the darkness feeling the coolness of the air on her skin when she shouldn’t – not anymore.  She is unfamiliar with the place, the tall trees that were suddenly there, manifesting as the world she knew, the one filled with other things, other people, another life only moments before, began to melt away – but she is not afraid.  Because Gabby is where she was destined to be.

Gabby has come home.

Her family greets her with sadness in their eyes, the pain of loss evident on their faces and she strides into a house made from memories.  They had fought so hard to save her from The Realm, the place that had stolen the ever after of their ancestors for centuries.  But they had failed and even as they welcomed one of their own – the daughter whose hair Doug had smoothed when she was little – they were in danger of losing two more to that wretched nothingness.  They were in danger of losing everything.

Accursed, the final book in The Realm series, puts Patrick, his son Doug, and his granddaughter Gabby together in a fight against an evil that is hungry for the souls of all the people he loves – of every soul that would descend from his line.  Surrounded by seen and unseen foes, Patrick and his family must try to save the only two people left who could turn the tide: Gabby’s children. 

But Chris…

He’s falling from the sky before their very eyes…

Poetry

“Beautiful”. Under Her Skin. (April 2022)

Dark horror, but the title says it all.

Whew! I’ve been busy! 🙂

There are a few awards that these works can be considered for – the ones that come to mind for me are:

If you think of others and want to nominate something of mine, I would be beyond grateful. If you have not yet read the above works, please let me know what you are interested in and I will send it/them to you (you can ABSOLUTELY request more than one!).

Thanks for for considering!

Until next time…

L. Marie

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