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By L. Marie Wood

Winner Best Horror Screenplay – Nova Fest ’21

A man, haunted by a family curse, is taken beyond his sanity limits to a realm where he has no control over his actions or fear. James Adams lived a run-of-the-mill everyday life in a New York suburb before the demons dwelling within him awoke from their slumber to reveal unspeakable horror and prophesize his future destiny.

Crescendo is a novel about fate and the lengths we will travel to avoid the inevitable. Set in tranquil Rockland County, New York, this tale of suspense and horror will take its reader on an emotional roller coaster of anger, anxiety, compassion, and indelible fear.

“There’s a wicked atmosphere which grows page after page right until the end…”

“…at times [Crescendo] actually made me shiver.”
Danielle Naibert, editor of Horror Haven

“A chilling debut and a must-read for lovers of Horror and Mystery.”
— C. Highsmith-Hooks, author of The Soul of a Black Woman

Release Date:  October, 2021

About the Author:

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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. For more information, visit

"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 superb pacing and a fantastical flair that has earned her a place among the most inventive horror writers of our time.”
– Somniloquy