Monday, April 24, 2023

Shelf Edition: Stephanie Parent

Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: Stephanie Parent 

Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

Too many to list! A few of my favorites are The Saint of Witches by Avra Margariti, Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste, Marionette by Antonia Rachel Ward, and Lady of the House by Grace R. Reynolds.

Reluctant Immortals, Immmortelle, Elegies of Rotting Stars, Three Days in the Pink Tower

Which Horror Spotlight books do you currently have on your TBR?

Again, probably too many to list! A few I’m especially excited about are Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt, We Are Here to Hurt Each Other by Paula D. Ashe, Three Days in the Pink Tower by E.V. Knight, and Linghun by Ai Jiang.

Where do you find recommendations? Are there any Horror Spotlight books that have been recommended to you that you loved?

I don’t even have to look for recommendations—just scrolling through Twitter a few times a day gives me more books to add to my TBR than I could ever finish! That said, I think every Horror Spotlight book I’ve read has been recommended to me in one way or another—if not to me personally, then I’ve read enough positive feedback about the book and author online to want to pick it up. One which I definitely got a ton of recommendations for before reading was Lady of the House by Grace R. Reynolds—everyone was talking about this unique, poetic portrayal of a woman pushed to her breaking point. They were spot-on about how great it is! 

The Wild Dark, Moonflowers, This is Where We Talk Things Out, House of Pungsu

Are there any upcoming Horror Spotlight releases you're excited about?

So many! Linghun by Ai Jiang which I mentioned above, as well as Beleth Station by Bryan Smith and Samantha Kolesnik (this one happens to be coming out the same day as my novel!) and Hungers as Old as This Land by Zachary Rosenberg.

Ashthorne, Into the Forest and All the Way Through, Marionette, Burials

Let’s get a little adventurous. Answer one or both: What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie? And/Or Who would play you in a horror movie based on your life?

What a fun question! I think Marionette by Antonia Rachel Ward would make a fun Muppet movie—Miss Piggy would be a natural as a French courtesan in the 1800s, and it would be a hoot to see all the Muppets dressed up like members and patrons of a Moulin Rouge-type establishment. For the horror movie based on my life, maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal. I’ve been told I look like her, and she has played a sex worker as well as a submissive in a BDSM relationship—both parts of my story.

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you. 

My debut horror novel THE BRIARS is forthcoming from Cemetery Gates Media on May 9, 2023. Based on my own experience working at a commercial dungeon in Los Angeles, it’s a gothic haunted house story transplanted to an S&M dungeon, in which two female sex workers battle an increasingly vengeful ghost, their own haunted pasts in a patriarchal society, and their growing attraction to each other. I really poured my heart into this book, and I’m so excited for people to finally read it!

Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

You can follow me on Twitter at @SC_Parent and Instagram at @stephanieparent30. I generally announce all my new publications on both sites, but you can also check my website

Author Bio:

Stephanie Parent is an author of dark fiction and poetry. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Stephanie spent much of her adult life in Los Angeles, where she worked at a commercial dungeon as a professional submissive and dominatrix—an experience that inspired her debut horror novel The Briars.

Stephanie’s debut poetry collection Every Poem a Potion, Every Song a Spell was published by Querencia Press, and her short fiction and poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Cemetery Gates Media, Brigids Gate Press, Black Spot Books, and many other publications. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @SC_Parent for the latest updates on her work.

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