Hot off the Press!

Stuff, stuff, and more stuff! Listen to readings of soon to be released material from some interesting names in the romance, thriller, mystery, and psychological horror genres! Ok, I’m the only psychological horror author on the panel, but whatever! ๐Ÿ™‚ Check us out at ConTinual on 10/7!

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 wonโ€™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 authorโ€™s singular responsibility to determine how to tap into that fear โ€“ that desire for a shock to the system โ€“ 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

L. Marie Wood Slays Eleven Questions

Nothing to do on a rainy day? Check me out! Only takes 2 minutes to read and you’ll be laughing most of the way through, so it’s a win! The article is called L. Marie Wood Slays Eleven Questions and it is about the upcoming short story collection called… you guessed it… SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire. All vamps, all the time! Look for this in October from Mocha Memoirs Press! You can pre-order the Kindle edition now!