Renee S. DeCamillis
Southern Maine

Bio: Renee is a dark fiction writer, an online horror movie reviewer, and an Affiliate Member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Her short fiction has appeared in Deadman's Tome: The Conspiracy Issue, The Sirens Call eZine issue #37 February 2018--their annual celebration of Women In Horror Month, The Other Stories Podcast, and Stonecoast Lines. Her poetry appears in the HWA Poetry Showcase Volume IV. Her horror movie reviews have been published on AllHorror.net and Horror-Movie-Reviews.com as well as on here and her Wix site: http://phantom1333.wixsite.com/renee-young-decamillis/horror-movie-reviews . She sold a story in 2016 to a pulp horror anthology, but the editor died before the publication was finished. Darkness follows her everywhere. "I find that my real world bleeds into my fiction, just as my fiction bleeds into my real world. Once I write something and then let time pass, I often find that the writing has bits of prophetic visions woven throughout. It's uncanny and often horrific, but it's my life." ~Renee~ More about that life: Renee was a Fiction Editor for Words and Images literary and visual arts journal. She earned an MFA in popular fiction from the Stonecoast Graduate Program at the University of Southern Maine. She earned a B.A. in psychology and she worked in the mental health field for years. She is also a blues/rock/metal lead singer and lyricist and rhythm guitarist, and she has been in a number of bands where she took on various roles, including hand percussionist. Music has been a huge part of Renee's life ever since she was a very young child. She attended Berklee college of Music as a music business major, with guitar as her principle instrument. Back in the 90s she was an A&R Rep. for an independent record label. She implemented and lead a School Rock Band project in an alternative education program, and she was a private guitar instructor. Also in the alternative education field, she taught creative writing to at-risk teens. She is also a former gravedigger; she can get rid of a body fast without leaving a trace, and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty. She lives in the woods of southern Maine with her husband, their son, and a house full of ghosts. What Renee's writing mentors say about her: "Renee is hands-down one of the hardest working writers I've met at Stonecoast, and her excellent thesis novel, Diagnosis, is proof of that. . . . [Diagnosis] is an engaging and intelligent page-turner that makes its supernatural subject both believable and emotionally engaging." ~~~Elizabeth Hand, bestselling and multi-award-winning author of thirteen cross-genre novels and four collections of short fiction, a longtime critic for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and The Village Voice; author of the Cass Neary crime novels--Generation Loss, Available Dark, and Hard Light. "Renee did some of the most creative work I've ever seen at Stonecoast . . . Her novel Diagnosis--it's fabulous, it's scary, it's weird. What I love is, I'm a horror person and I've read tons of horror, and I could not read one scene [of Diagnosis] without the next. She's a great writer, and she's a hard worker. Through thick and thin she has been there dedicated to her writing. I want to say how much I respect her and enjoyed working with her." ~~~Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author, 5-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, author of the Wicked series and the young adult horror series Posessions. She has sold over eighty novels one hundred short stories, many of them based on such shows as Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and others. She is also the author of the Crimson Peak novelization. "I feel Renee has hit upon a powerful and also marketable novel that takes on issues like addiction, prophetic powers, and the thin line of sanity. Renee's novel is powered by narrative tension, edgy sensual prose, and a deep sympathy for all her troubled characters. Her short fiction also delves into life on the edge." ~~~Elizabeth Searle, author of five novels of fiction--most recently We Got Him, and the Tanya and Nancy: The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which has been produced in Boston, Chicago, LA, Portland OR and at New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her novel A FOUR-SIDED BED is now in development as a feature film.

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