Profile: Michelle Renee Lane

Michelle Renee Lane

Michelle Renee Lane writes dark speculative fiction about identity politics and women of color battling their inner demons while falling in love with monsters. Her work includes elements of fantasy, horror, romance, and occasionally erotica. Her short fiction appears in several anthologies. Her Bram Stoker Award nominated debut novel, Invisible Chains (2019), is available from Haverhill House Publishing.

Born and raised in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, Michelle spent countless hours of her youth obsessed with the occult and consumed by vampire fiction. She climbed into strangers’ cars, explored abandoned buildings seeking secret passageways to hidden worlds, taught herself to read Tarot cards, and consulted the dead with a Ouija board. Michelle’s first and subsequent heartbreaks have given her much material for her cautionary tales about the perils of falling in love with monsters. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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Awards

  • Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Best First Novel for Invisible Chains (2019)

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Jacqueline is a young Creole slave in antebellum New Orleans. An unusual stranger who has haunted her dreams since childhood comes to stay as a guest in her master’s house. Soon after his arrival, members of the household die mysteriously, and Jacqueline is suspected of murder. Despite her fear of the stranger, Jacqueline befriends him and he helps her escape. While running from the slave catchers, they meet conjurers, a loup-garou, and a traveling circus of supernatural freaks. She relies on ancestral magic to guide her and finds strength to conquer her fears on her journey.

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