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Horror with heart.

That is was I strive for in my short stories and novels. I craft thrilling tales that blend powerful emotions with elements of supernatural/psychological horror, and then top them off with a sprinkling of social consciousness. Ultimately, I try to create stories that not only entertain readers but also make them think and feel. Stories that highlight the balance between the dark side of human nature (fear, revenge, sexism, racism) and the light (triumph, hope, love, acceptance).

Much of my interest in the light and dark sides of humanity comes from the fact that I am a psychologist. I’ve conducted hundreds of research studies on prejudice and stereotypes and my work has been featured in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Oprah Radio. As a professor, I loved to share my knowledge of psychological science with others in a fun and engaging way. Now I continue this same work through my freelance writing, my writing advice column, and my blog "The Writer's Laboratory."