“I am the female Blade” and other golden nuggets

Yes, I said it. I am the female Blade. If you want to know why, you’ll have to check out this interview over at HorrorAddicts.net. It’s worth the read, I will say that! LOL!

So, what have you been up to since the last time I sent out blog post? Nothing? Everything? Both at the same time? Yeah, I get it – same here. This week went by incredibly fast. I can hardy pick out the stuff I did… well, I mean there are a few things:

  • I got about halfway through Invisible Chains by Michelle Renee Lane, which is saying something because finding time to read is difficult for me these days. Invisible Chains is a vampire tale set in the antebellum south and it is imaginative and beautiful, engaging and definitely a great way to spend your time. I can’t wait to crack it open again this weekend.
  • I wrote about 10,000 words in part 2 of a novel that you haven’t even seen part 1 of yet! 🙂 I can’t wait for you to see this new series. And… guess what (!?!??!?!)… it’s a romance! Well, ok, a romance/sci-fi/psychological horror magical soup and I am kinda (READ: TOTALLY) pumped about it. But you’ll have to wait for that, at least for a little while… (mischievous grin)
  • I’m pushing around the bits and pieces for a textbook that will accompany a horror course that I have created. 2021 might see that come to life – stay tuned, horror writing fans.
  • I am about to OFFICIALLY bounce up and down in my seat about the AMAZINGLY AWESOME Lynne Hansen doing not one, not two, but FOUR covers for me! She will be reimaging my vampire novel, The Promise Keeper, and my short story collections, Caliginy, Phantasma, and Anathema. All this amazingness is scheduled to come out in February 2021, so, more on that later.
  • I read a different portion of The Realm out loud earlier this week and felt absolutely giddy about it!!! How far along are you in the story? Comment here and let me know! Did you finish it and love it? Did it keep you up at night? Are you afraid to walk into a dark room alone? Yeah!!!! *clears throat* I mean, excellent. 🙂 Please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Do you need a copy? (Because yeah, you really do neeeeeed Patrick and his horror/sci-fi goodness in your life) – pick one up at Amazon!
  • I am trying to put together a 3D projector puzzle because, you know, I write screenplays, and I wanted to put this on my mantel but it is winning right now… all these little pieces, I…
  • I watched His House (a horror movie centered around the plight of a Sudanese couple) and yes, it is really, really good – substantive in ways you don’t expect… and very creepy.
  • Started on the One Missed Call series, because Japanese horror movies are my jam.

Hmmm, that’s actually a decent list. What did you do this week? Give me some suggestions for next week!

Until next time…

L. Marie Wood

It’s Friday the 13th!



I know how corny that was – whatever! But how can you resist doing it today, the one day when you can walk around making strange sounds and people smile and nod, instead of looking at you like you are crazy? Well, this Friday the 13th, you are making that sound from behind a mask… and that might still get you the side eye…

Have you ever stopped to think about why Friday the 13th is such a weird day? Long before Jason Voorhees terrorized people at Camp Crystal Lake, there was some superstition about this day. Learn more about it here , if you dare!

Looking for something to do on a Saturday night? Come hang out with me at ConTinual! My author spotlight starts at 7:00 pm EST on 11/14 and I’ll be doing a reading, talking about spooky stuff, and signing books for you!


Do you use Goodreads? If you do, would you add The Realm to your “Want to Read” list or “Currently Reading” if you are in the thick of it, maybe even add it to the reading lists that the site has, like Horror Novels, Horror Novels by Women, etc.?


If you have read The Realm, would you share your thoughts? Post a review at Amazon and Goodreads, share the news with your friends, gift a copy of the book to them so they can get to know Patrick and run alongside him. Your words matter.

Alright, folks. It’s Friday the 13th. There have been, what, 12 Friday the 13th movies? None of us know if Jason is really dead. Stay safe out there.

Got plans on Thursday night?

So… whatcha doin’ on Thursday night? If you have some time, why not join us at The Realm’s Book Launch party? There will be readings and a discussion between myself and horror fiction-loving clergy about the afterlife (such fun!), and maybe even (absolutely for sure) a giveaway!

So, yeah, come check us out!

The party is at ConTinual on Thursday, 10/29 and it is gonna be awesome!

See you there at 8 pm est!

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! 🙂

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