Something to listen to, something to read, something to watch

Hey you guys! The scary season is in full swing and, you know, if you forgot the thing I have been talking about nonstop, allow me to remind you here that my novel, The Realm, is coming out NEXT WEEK!!! (WOOOHOOO!!! Excuse me… I digress.) As we inch toward that momentous date (LOL!), let me supply you with something to listen to, something to read, and something to watch.

Just… all the things.

Should hold your interest for a bit! πŸ™‚

To Listen To:

I sat down with Dicey Grenor and Chantell Renee to talk about my short story, “The Dance”, which appears in the newly released anthology SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire, as well as some other sexy and horror-type stuff.

To Read:

A blog post… a short story about Gate Night… a preview of The Realm… Amazing stuff in this Halloween Haunt posted on the HWA’s Halloween blog.

To Watch:

Check out the book trailer for The Realm. It’s pretty cool!

By the way, have you preordered your copy of The Realm? I would… I DEFINITELY WOULD! Author R.J. Joseph said, “You need this book,” on her Twitter feed. I tend to agree! Learn more about it here or just go for it and grab your copy here!

Thanks! Live love and prosper… wait, wrong genre.


L. Marie Wood

Ooooh… scary!

I spent some time talking about the movies that scare me, and I mean bonafide scares – the kind that make you pull the covers up under your nose or turn on all the lights in the house. There were several favorites mentioned on the panel and some new finds that are absolutely terrifying. Maybe the movie that frightens you most was mentioned! Check it out! Airs on 10/30 at ConTinual!

Why do people like to be frightened?

No, really, why?

When I was conducting research for my dissertation, I was faced with this very question.  As a person who creates horror fiction, I had never really considered the reasons why horror fiction was popular.  I just knew I liked writing it and people liked reading it.  But when you stop and think about it, the idea of willingly buying material that will, in the end, have you looking over your shoulder for next few days is kinda, well, weird.

Or is it?

Here’s what I came up with (enjoy a bit of my dissertation – I promise, it won’t bore you to tears.. at least not this part!  LOL!):

Why do people want to be frightened?  Why do they want the adrenaline rush or a good fright to course through their veins?

Because fear of what will happen to someone else is provides a sense of escapism.  The person engaging in the act of reading, watching, or attending a frightening event knows they are experiencing something fictitious that won’t affect them in any way after it is finished.  This provides a sense of adventure that people have always and will continue to crave.

Some researchers think that people like creatures such as werewolves, zombies and vampires because they embody the primeval threats that our ancestors encountered.  Reliving such events and relating with our ancestors in that way is, on some levels, appealing and considered a challenge, even if we don’t readily realize it as such.  The lack of understanding of what our ancestors endured creates a sense of fear that is base and pure.  It is the horror author’s singular responsibility to determine how to tap into that fear – that desire for a shock to the system – and cultivate it as an ongoing interest.

Who knew?!

Talking about vampires at StoryFest 2020!

If you love vampires, you won’t want to miss this fun conversation about the classic and contemporary antagonists that we adore! Join me as I chat with Michelle Renee Lane and Gwendolyn Kiste – two powerhouse horror authors – about one of my favorite subjects… the fanged ones! See you there tonight, September 15th @ 8:30 pm EST!

StoryFest 2020: Beyond Stoker – Contemporary Visions of Vampires in Fiction