Renee S. DeCamillis is the author of the psychological thriller/supernatural horror/bizarro novella The Bone Cutters, published through Eraserhead Press as part of their 2019 New Bizarro Authors Series. Renee is a former Editorial Intern for the 5-time Bram Stoker award-winning speculative fiction and dark fiction publisher Crystal Lake Publishing, and she is currently a writer for Phi3 Comics. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the New England Horror Writers, and the Horror Writers of Maine. Renee is also a lyricist and poet, a life-long musician and singer, & a tree-hugging hippie with a sharp metal edge.
The sequel for The Bone Cutters is on its way.
Renee’s short fiction appears in the Wicked Women anthology from NEHW Press; Northern Frights: The Journal of Horror Writers of Maine Vol. 2.5 Lost; Deadman’s Tome: The Conspiracy Issue; Siren’s Call eZine Issue 37 the 6th Annual Women In Horror Month Edition, The Other Stories Podcast. Her poetry appears in The Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volume IV. She also has her first comic book forthcoming through Phi3 Comics, with a publication date TBD.
Renee earned her BA in psychology from the University of Southern Maine, earned her MFA in Popular Fiction Writing from the Stonecoast Graduate Program, and attended Berklee College of Music as a music business major with guitar as her principal instrument. Renee is a former model, school rock band teacher, creative writing teacher, private guitar instructor, A&R rep for an indie record label, therapeutic mentor, psychological technician, and preschool teacher. She is also a former gravedigger; she can get rid of a body fast without leaving a trace, and she is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Renee lives in the woods of Maine with her husband, their son, and a house full of ghosts.
What reviewers say about her work:
* "'Bad Trip Highway' by Renee DeCamillis harkens back to the best of wicked, sharp, classic horror of the eighties in the vein of Elizabeth Massie." ~~~Cemetery Dance
The Bone Cutters:
* “…razor sharp...grabs hold from the get go, and drags the reader through a surreal experience that evokes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, if written by Clive Barker. A recommended novella.”—Monster Librarian
* “I immediately fell in love with Dory, the writing style, the story...This is a terribly heart-wrenching story with a bit of a haunted house/ghost vibe where you’re also being chased by a bunch of crazy people who want to devour your bones. I didn’t want to put this book down.”—Kendall Reviews
* "It's actually refreshing to be able to enjoy a book so much that you were miffed when it was over...As the debut novella from Renee S. DeCamillis it's a fantastic beginning to what could prove to be a career to watch." –Ginger Nuts of Horror
* “This story grabbed me by my throat and squeezed harder and harder with each chapter… Relentless, aggressive. . .I love this story, everything about it is perfect. Everything. Pure insanity. 5/5 Duster Skulls” –Five-star Amazon & Goodreads Review
* "What a fresh idea for the world of horror. I'm beyond impressed with how engrossed this little novella made me. Brilliant read."~~~Goodreads Review
* “This book commands your attention from the get go. Dealing with darker themes of addiction and self-harm with a twist. Many twists and turns in this mini read you won’t know what's going to happen until it does.” ~~~Five-Star Amazon Review
* “Strange and terrifying, Dory has been sent to a mental hospital that harbors horrible things. I think the insight to her horror and treatment in this facility by far makes your insides cry… Excellent, riveting storytelling. Short read and so worth it! More please!” ~~~Goodreads Review
What Renee's writing mentors have said 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 Curious Toys, Wyding Hall, & the Cass Neary crime novel series--Generation Loss, Available Dark, Hard Light and the forthcoming The Book of Lamps & Banners
"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 Possessions. 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.
What are you all doing this Saturday? Come hang out with me for a little while! –My next reading event is this Saturday, May 22, at 3:00 pm through Local Writers Read. I’m reading a short dark fiction story dealing with the theme of Memory and Yesterday, followed by a short Q&A discussion. This is a live event, available on the Local Writers Read Facebook page, and it will later become available on YouTube. (I will share the YouTube link once it is available.) The event is organized in cooperation with Quiet City Books and is co-sponsored by the Lewiston Public Library. Click the event link below to find out more details.
The other day I had another author interview, but this one was different. It was actually live, where all the others lately have been written and editable. What this live interview taught me: This pandemic has made my conversational listening skills extremely inept. I’ve been replaying our conversation over and over in my head, and I realize that many of my answers didn’t fit the questions asked. It probably sounds like I was answering questions asked by a voice inside my head that no one else could hear. (No, this interviewer did not send me the questions in advance, nor did she mention the 10-question lightning round completely unrelated to writing.) And I can’t even count the number of times I said, “Um” and “I don’t know.” It’s both comical and pathetic. To top it all off, I’m supposed to promote this interview when it’s published. It is supposed to help promote my book, The Bone Cutters, and its sequel, Chisel the Bone, that I’m currently editing. All I can hope is that listeners won’t judge my written work by my spoken words. Yeah, get ready to laugh at inept me and my lack conversational skills. (I keep telling myself, “This was only practice.” Yeah…)
Yes, I’ll share the interview video link on my website once it’s published, so you all can have a good laugh.–
I’m a bit late with sharing this on here, but here it is. My story “Bad Trip Highway” appears in the newest anthology from NEHW Press–Wicked Women. This is a collection of women horror authors of New England, and I am very honored to have my work included.
“Bad Trip Highway” has been described as: “a brilliant idea…so much style…a captivating voice… reminiscent of Stephen Graham Jones…[with] Poe’s unity of effect”
I am excited to announce I am taking part in four reading events during the week of Halloween, though only one of those is a free public event available online.
Free Online Public Reading Event:
*Friday, October 30th I am participating in the Lewiston/Auburn Artwalk event–Genre Spotlight for Horror–through Local Writers Read. I will read from my novella-in-progress–Chisel the Bone–which is the sequel to my debut novella, The Bone Cutters. I will be joined by friend and fellow local horror writer Emma Gibbon: https://www.facebook.com/emma.shawgibbon . The readings will include a brief Q & A.
* Monday, October 26th & Thursday, October 29th I am honored to have the opportunity to read for the students of Edward Little High School of Auburn, Maine. I will read to them from my debut novella, The Bone Cutters, which will be followed by a Q & A. I hope that I am able to get the students excited to read more horror fiction, as well as inspire them to do some writing of their own.
* Sunday, October 25th, I am excited to be the Guest of Honor at a book club hosted by my first real fan, where the topic of discussion is my novella, The Bone Cutters. I will be joining readers from Texas, where I will take part in their book discussion, as well as answer any questions they may have for me. As a bonus, I am doing a reading for them from the sequel, Chisel the Bone.
This Halloween season is turning out to be a lot busier than I had anticipated, and I am absolutely thrilled to share my work with more and more people.
***Anyone interested in booking me for a reading event, reach out to me at email@example.com.***
I am wicked psyched to have my story “Bad Trip Highway” included in the stellar lineup of female horror authors in the forthcoming Wicked Women anthology. Congrats to all who are part of this fab project from the New England Horror Writers!
Wicked Women is an anthology forthcoming in 2020 that features work by women horror authors of the New England Horror Writers group.
For $12 you can get a signed and personalized copy of The Bone Cutters mailed directly to your door, U.S. only. I’ll even throw in some swag to add more bang for your buck. (While supplies last.)
Since all the book/writing conventions I was planning on attending and taking part in this year have been canceled due to this horrific pandemic, I have many copies of The Bone Cutters that are lonely and would love to find new homes.
For those interested in purchasing a signed copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know where to mail your copy and how you would like it signed. I will give you my PayPal information, and your book will be on its way.