Meet the Band: Eric LaRocca

July 24, 2023

Weird Little Worlds is proud to announce a new author to our weird family. Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of several works of horror and dark fiction, including the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. Eric is providing a fabulous new story for Playlist of the Damned that is sure to be a favorite.

Eric grew up in a small village in Connecticut. It proved to be the perfect environment for his later creative endeavors involving small-town New England charm and social problems as well as its wealth of traditional horror. As for many horror writers, Eric feels that writing in this genre allows a sort of cathartic self-discovery where you are allowed to explore feelings such as fear, depression, isolation, anxiety, and difficult life circumstances that are often overlooked or hidden from public view.

Eric once put it this way, “I’m the literary equivalent of a mortician. A mortician’s responsibility is to preserve the human body and render the deceased as presentable, as graceful as possible so that loved ones can recognize the beauty, the peacefulness of death and decay. That’s exactly how I consider myself when I’m writing fiction—I write about the unpleasantness in the world, and I try to present it in such a way that it’s palatable and entertaining to read.”

A lover of luxury fashion and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric can often be found roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, MA, for inspiration. You can find Eric at ericlarocca.com. 

Eric chose the song There Will Be Blood by Kim Petras as his contribution to our playlist.

Fracture by Mercedes M. Yardley - Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

Fracture, by Mercedes M. Yardley

Read the full story that is on the Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot right here!

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Mother: Tales of Love and Terror has been included on the preliminary ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. If you are a voting member of the HWA, we would love to have you consider our anthology, as well as Mercedes M. Yardley’s story, “Fracture,” which is also on the ballot in the Short Fiction category. 

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