Reviews & Interviews
Watch the L. M. Labat interview with Dead Headspace on YouTube.
"L.M. Labat is an American author, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her upcoming re-release of her debut is The Sanguinarian Id." Click on the video.
"Adventure in horror: New Orleans author exorcises her own demons in novel"
Read the L. M. Labat interview article in The Advocate with Jason Browne. Click on the upper photo.
"An Ambitious Work: L. M. Labat’s Debut Vampire Novel"
Read the The Sanguinarian Id book review on Vamped.com by Andy Boylan. Click the lower photo.
Books & Upcoming Releases
THE SANGUINARIAN ID
BLOOD'S SPLATTERED EVERYWHERE...
Mountains of broken bodies and unburied bones litter the floors of a hidden estate. In a chair with his face half-lit by a swinging light, one madman sits grinning at it all: Mendelson. With stark, golden eyes and an iron grip, he barrels through Germany, like his personal playground. His insatiable appetite, with razor-sharp wit and teeth to match, tears through everything and everyone he wants. As his hunger and fascinations grow, his extending shadow creeps deeper into Eastern Europe. With swarms of henchmen under his wing and hordes of people in his debt, no one dares to speak up against him, much less stop his cruelty, except for one.
She’s been stabbed, shot, and beaten, but the half-vampire Hael refuses to die. Though she can’t recall her early childhood, her memory burns with the fateful night that she encountered Mendelson. Hellbent on seeing him put to ruin, Hael races through criminal undergrounds and Nazi-occupied cities. While tracking her target’s body trail, this rouge teams up with other outcasts, like herself. As she fortifies her new team, she learns that their lives exist in turmoil under Mendelson’s hand. Together, with Hael leading the pack, they combine their talents and tricks to inch ever closer to their dangerous foe. Hael pushes through the barricades of a world gone mad. With bullets flying and knives at her back, she’ll never give up until Mendelson lies dead beneath her bare feet. Nothing’s safe from her fangs or fury, not even herself. It’s a storm of monsters, malpractice, and madness.
It’s bloody. It’s here.
IT’S THE SANGUINARIAN ID.
The sound of hard metal scraping against the iron walls rang in my ears. The hot, jetting steam bursting from rusty pipes fogged Nancy’s vision as she ran from the Springwood Slasher. With the traps set and the tension rising, the look of pure rage and unrelenting horror enraptured me. Sitting alone in my room on the soft carpet, at 7-years old, I gawked at Nancy Thompson as she destroyed Freddy Krueger while my eyes locked onto my first slasher film: A Nightmare on Elm Street. Since that night, high-action, suspense, horror stories, and Hollywood monsters allured me, and I wanted more.
As a native New Orleans published author and illustrator, horror, thriller, history, and paranormal remain a staple in my work. My work emits different macabre forms in writing action-filled manuscripts or art exhibitions. As a fan of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Silence of the Lambs, and the cartoon and movie Beetlejuice, I grew up with iconic dark humor and classic monsters. As a child diagnosed with severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis that stemmed from a broken home with domestic abuse, my skin disease, combined with my loner lifestyle, connected me with both the underdog heroes and the eldritch creatures of the movies I loved. At school, I was bullied, and due to my prominent scars and bleeding scalp, I had no friends. So, to escape from my pain and loneliness, I started drawing on my mom’s walls to pan out my storyboards. My mom, my angel in my life, dissuaded me from marking up her walls. However, she encouraged me never to stop drawing.
Later in childhood, I developed Sleep Paralysis. On top of everything else, this fresh hell tortured me for years. Finally, I learned to channel my rage and angst onto sketchbooks through my words and sketches. Everyone who hurt me was dealt with the strongest vengeance I mustered. The schoolyard bullies? Eaten alive. My Psoriasis? Cured. My Sleep Paralysis? I sent it screaming and burning into the sunlight. Though, with my tools and stacks of paper, I had no restraints on my mind or rules to follow. I could create and do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
With my love of horror still intact, I found new fascinations as I aged. Over time, I grew to love medicine, even though I was a lab rat for a chunk of my young life. I was also awestruck and appalled by the marvels and malpractice of World War I and II, with their ever-changing perspectives on psychology and the occult. While trapped in my bleeding skin, a mass of empathy and sympathy washed over me as I read about different diseases, psychological ailments, and war. Topics that revolved around human perseverance through suffering connected with me.
Though I was only a kid, the night terrors and isolation pushed me further into the dark and macabre. Though the agony seemed relentless, I know now that it molded my character and will into what it is today. I never stopped drawing or writing. I engaged in many activities during high school and stayed in the library whenever possible. While devouring those books satiated my expanding curiosity, I read manuscript after manuscript in all genres. I loved the feel of hard and paperback books in my hands. I enjoyed seeing the illustration lining the passages. I wanted to know more about the authors. When I researched the authors I admired, I learned that they were no strangers to pain. With a stack of books staring at me from the table, I said, “I can do this, too!”
And I did. I gathered knowledge on everything that fascinated me. I borrowed medical books from my aunt. I visited the World War II Museum, checked out dystopian books from the library, and searched occult histories on the internet. With my idea locked in my head, I formulated a couplet poem after reading Hamlet and George Orwell’s 1984. I wrote out the beginnings of my first manuscript from that poem and brought it to my English teacher and mentor, David Pierson, to beta read. I rewrote every chapter, designed infinite concept art sketches, and refined my storytelling. I sought out help from my Psychology Department advisor, Dr. Charles Allen Gramlich, in college. With his service in navigating the literary world and providing excellent proofreading of my work, I completed my manuscript and found my publisher. At 22-years old, while earning both my BA and BS degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana, Night to Dawn Magazine & Books published the book that started it all: The Sanguinarian Id.
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