The Promise Keeper

L. Marie Wood


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

About the Author


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.

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