The Promise Keeper

By L. Marie Wood

Release: May 11, 2021

A young girl, on the cusp of sexual maturity, in what is now known as Benin, West Africa, is seduced by a beautiful stranger, a man the likes of which she has never seen before.Their encounter changes her forever. She becomes an asiman, a vampire: one of the undead.

The Promise Keeper comes to her, willing her to do his bidding—to keep an unspoken promise. He probes her mind and plants suggestions so she will follow his plan, until she fights back. She runs, her travels taking her to Europe and the Caribbean over centuries to escape him. She finally settles in New York City, convinced that she has eluded him… until she falls in love.

The Promise Keeper is a story of love, despair, murder, and deceit.

 They call it the Death House. For the women awaiting execution at Raskin Correctional, it’s the last place they’ll ever know. This is where Lucky meets Angie, and the two forge a friendship through the walls of their cells. But Angie is no regular inmate. She is an asiman, a vampire-like creature from African folklore, and she’s lived many lives before coming to the Death House. Before she’s executed, Angie begs Lucky to become an asiman herself, return to the world, and protect Angie’s son from the creature that turned her — the Promise Keeper.


This is a lush horror story that crosses continents and spans decades, with all the sex and bloodletting of the best vampire tales. But Wood goes deeper, using vampire lore to paint a moving portrait of two women forced to make impossible choices in an unforgiving world where the evil lies in both monster and man. Vampire fans will get their fill here, as will horror readers thirsty for a fresh, unexpected take on one of the genre’s oldest mythologies.

– Library Journal

L Marie Wood’s novel The Promise Keeper was first released in April 2018, and it is being re-released by Cedar Grove Publishing in May 2021 with a brand new absolutely killer cover by the immensely talented Lynne Hansen.


This re-release news is fantastic as The Promise Keeper is a wonderful novel by an incredibly talented #ownvoices creator. For those who cannot get enough of erotic horror and want more diverse characters, The Promise Keeper is required reading. Readers will find the story of vampires, sex, history, travels, love, and broken hearts scintillating.


Wood, also an award-winning screenwriter, writes vivid, lush scenes that jump off the page. The opening scene is heady and mesmerizing, setting the scene for a vampire transformation that would make even E.L. James and fans of Fifty Shades of Grey blush. We soon learn that there is West African mythology in the mix, of family bonds from years ago that resonate until this day. Fans of Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories to L.A. Banks’s Vampire Huntress series must read The Promise Keeper. It is addictive and compelling, and it will keep you turning the pages to race to the ending. Fans of the television series The Vampire Diaries will also love this book, particularly if they wished more of the erotic elements had been played up. Do yourself a favour and take a bite out of The Promise Keeper before it devours you.


Eva Roslin, Librarian

About the Author

L. Marie Wood

L. Marie Wood

L. Marie Wood is an award-winning author, screenwriter and playwright.

She is the recipient of the following awards: Winner, Golden Stake Award for The Promise Keeper, International Vampire Film and Arts Festival 2019; Winner, Harold L. Brown Award of Excellence for Home Party, The Nova Fest, 2019; Winner, Best Horror Screenplay for Missy, The Nova Fest 2020; Winner, Best Screenplay Short, Indo Global International Film Festival 2020; Winner, Best Afrofuturism/Horror/Sci-Fi Screenplay, Urban Mediamakers Festival (UMF) 2020, Winner, Best Horror Screenplay, Crescendo, The Nova Fest, 2021.

Her short story, The Ever After, is part of the 2018 Bram Stoker Award Finalist Anthology Sycorax’s Daughters. She is recognized in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15 and as one of the 100+ Black Women in Horror Fiction.

Active in the Horror community, Wood is an officer in Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction and Director of Horror Fiction Programming for MultiverseCon.

For more information, visit her website.

“L. Marie Wood continues to be a force in the world of horror with her unique writing style and her ability to spin a tale that will stay with you long after you have read the last sentence. ”

– Midwest Book Review

“Wood has supurb pacing and a fantastical flair that has earned her a place among the most inventive horror writers of our time.”

– Somniloquy