Doug Lamoreux is the last, maybe the least, Renaissance man. He's a romantic dreamer, a melancholy man who laughs a lot. He's a father of three strong sons and has two darling granddaughters. He grew up a horror film fan, and a child of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, but fought the dark urges and tried to live a normal life. He managed his own service station (back when gas stations provided service), supervised the Security Department for a metropolitan hospital, wrote newspaper sports, and became a professional firefighter / EMT. Civil service was in the cards, since his late father and a brother had both been cops. Finally he surrendered to nature, recognized his incompatibility with the rest of the world, and gave it up to create. He became an actor and a writer.
As an actor, he did a bit of everything; commercial voice work, audio book narration, radio (including the Left Behind and Left Behind: The Kids shows). He played three characters, was shot off a roof, blown up, and knocked into a horse trough three times a day in a Wild West stunt show, he twisted balloon animals in a clown costume at a hardware store grand opening. He spent forty years on and off the legitimate stage, singing (he's a baritone), dancing (he's a hack), and only fell off the stage twice. He picked up a few acting awards along the way, none you've heard of. An instinctive performer, Doug approached theater like the great Spencer Tracy, learning his lines and trying not to bump into furniture. Beyond that, he denies any acting method and acting theory, he reports, bores the hell out him. He appeared in fifty different productions, then quit counting. In the movies, Doug appeared in Mark Anthony Vadik's The Thirsting (aka Lilith) with Mickey Rooney – and was stabbed to death. He starred in Peter O'Keefe's Infidel – and was strangled. In Boris Wexler's The Arab, he was blown to smithereens. Sensing a pattern, Doug took up writing full-time. He now puts out swell horror novels.
Doug's second novel, Dracula's Demeter, was nominated in 2012 for the Lord Ruthven Assembly award for Best Vampire Fiction of the Year. An Amazon #1 bestseller, it was praised by Professor Elizabeth Miller, President of the (Canadian) Transylvanian Society of Dracula, received glowing reviews in Fangoria and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines (the fulfillment of his childhood fantasy), and accepted by many in horror 'fandom' into the pantheon of world Dracula literature. An epic romantic fantasy, with simmering horror beneath, Doug detailed the origins of Dracula's Demeter in an article, 'The Old Vampire and the Sea', for Vamped.org.
Doug is the author of five mystery and horror novels, The Devil's Bed, Dracula's Demeter, The Melting Dead, Corpses Say The Darndest Things (his first Nod Blake Mystery, an Amazon #1 bestseller in Hard-Boiled fiction, soon to have a sequel), and When the Tik-Tik Sings.
Doug has been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award and a Pushcart Prize. He's contributed to two Rondo nominated non-fiction books, Horror 101 and Hidden Horrors, the latter a Rondo winner for Book of the Year in 2014. He was the first-ever recipient of The Horror Society 'Igor Award' for fiction.
“I have little to offer you but the dark and the light inside me. But, if somehow one day, one of my novels brings you a thrill, a shudder, a full-throated laugh, or a moment of honest reflection, that would mean everything to me. That would make it all worthwhile.” – Doug Lamoreux