Horror and Existential Angst
While I enjoy the act of creation, the escape of the story, and the artistic outlet that comes with writing, much of what I write stems from my own need to make better sense of our world. I can’t imagine I’m that unique in having said motivations, although I do believe I spend more time than most people do in thinking about the abstract and how it applies to life, existence, and death.
There’s no question that the majority of what I write is dark. This is not because I’m a negative person, although my outlook on humanity might sometimes be bleak. Truly, I write what I write because it is a way to balance what I see in this world with what I hope it might be. For example, my dystopian fiction works on many levels, but ultimately I write it as a message of hope—that, by identifying where society has gone wrong, we might find creative and positive ways to change it. Like my horror, I tend to draw parallels with reality as I see it. In those parallels always lies a message, a slice-of-life speculation, or a piece of insight I feel necessary to share with whoever is willing to listen.
My works often touch upon my own existential angst, which is my way of sifting through various private fears and beliefs in a very public way. By sharing them in such a way, through my prose, I feel like I’m not only sharing a part of myself, but also inviting my readers to take part in the process. It is my hope that, by experiencing the various thoughts and emotions that come with a good work of fiction, my readers and I might share something both enriching and provocative. It is my hope that together, one work at a time, we might change this dark world into something a little brighter.
So, you might ask, what part does my vampire writing play in all of this? Put simply, vampires are my parallel to the monsters of humanity. I use them to sort out the evils of this world, the murderers and rapists, the darkness that exists despite all the light that ever seeks to expunge it. Vampires are an excellent platform for exploring life and death, the existential angst that exists within us all, and question of why bad things happen to good people. By writing characters that fall victim to wildly horrific circumstance, suffering evils far beyond the realm of reality, I find myself better able to acknowledge the real evils in this world, which I cannot agree with nor condone, but exist despite my wish that they might not.
About the author: Lisa Lane writes erotic horror and science fiction, and also writes dark speculative fiction, dystopia, and horror under the name Leigh M. Lane. Her stories often defy conventional boundaries, offering her readers a unique take on the genres.
Her vampire trilogy The Darkness and the Night pushes the boundaries between romance and erotic horror. The trilogy has received enthusiastic reviews from respected authorities on erotica and horror, such as Penthouse Forum and Bitten by Books.
For more information about Lisa Lane and her erotic horror, stop by her Amazon author page or visit her on Facebook.
For more about her Leigh M. Lane books, check out her website, The Cerebral Writer.
'Government and corporate business have merged in an attempt to keep the country from going bankrupt, the effects of global warming and antibiotic-resistant disease having caused a full collapse in infrastructure. The class divide has become profound, leaving most people trapped in an impoverished, working class world with little room for improvement. Complacency and corporate hierarchy control and confound the masses, run by the elite few, collectively referred to as "Corporate."
George Irwin remembers a time before the Big Climate Change, back when the airlines were still in business and people still drove their own cars. Sadly, his children have only known an indoor world of endless reconstruction, public shuttles, recycled water, and limited energy. The world has changed much over his lifetime, but he still believes in the American Dream. When an alleged terrorist act lands his wife in the hospital, however, George stumbles upon a Corporate secret that could mean the end of all civilization.'
"I strongly suggest you read this novel that hits close to home." (5 stars)
--The Kindle Book Review
Thank you, Lisa!
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