About Award-Winning Psychological Horror Author and Screenwriter L. Marie Wood
I have been a psychological horror author for over 30 years – no, really, I have… I started really young. I am the author of 4 novels, 130 short stories, and 6 feature -length screenplays, and several short screenplays. I’ve had some pretty neat things happen over the years. For example, I have been published in print and online – in newspapers, anthologies, chapbooks, magazines, and comic books (yeah, that was cool). My novel The Promise Keeper won the Golden Stake Award for Literature at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival and yes, the trophy is actually shaped like a stake (so very cool). I won an award for my screenplay, Home Party, at the NOVA International Film Festival and another one of my screenplays was nominated there as well. I have a few short stories that have won awards. My first novel and first short story collection were on the long list for the coveted Bram Stoker award. My short story, “The Ever After” was part of the Bram Stoker Finalist anthology Sycorax’s Daughters . I even managed to get recognized in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15 (2004) and as one of the 100+ Black Women in Horror Fiction (2018). Loving writing and reading the way I do, I try to stay involved in the community any way that I can. Over the years that has meant editing anthologies (5 so far!), running poetry contests (waayyy back “in the day”, as in the late 90s, when I hosted a website called The Second Cup… ah, the memories!), speaking on panels about the genre, teaching horror and creative writing courses at post-secondary institutions (I created an Intro to Writing Horror course that I have had the pleasure of teaching at both the university and community college levels – sweet!), participating in and serving as an officer in organizations dedicated to fostering the craft of story creation (most recently as the Director of Curricula and Outreach for Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction), running workshops to help elementary and junior high school students tap into their creativity, and programming the horror track at a convention (MultiverseCon, thank you very much). Yes, the English professor just wrote a massive run-on sentence, but let’s just ignore that, shall we?
Reviewers have said some amazing things about my work over the years:
“L. Marie Wood quite skillfully pulls the reader into the world of the supernatural, making each and every sentence feel almost palpable.” – All About Ghosts
“L. Marie Wood continues to be a force in the world of horror with her unique writing style and her ability to spin a tale that will stay with you long after you have read the last sentence. ” – Midwest Book Review
“L. Marie Wood [has] superb pacing and a fantastical flair that has earned her a place among the most inventive horror writers of our time.” – Somniloquy
Why is any of the above important? Because it shows my passion and dedication to my craft – at least, I hope it does! I am, and will always be, a storyteller.