I've been a lover of paranormal and scary stories since I was a child. From reading "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" to falling in love with the "Dark Shadows" revival in the early 90's, this has always been my thing.

When I write, I look for themes in my imagination and tend to explore things that I find don't have an easy answer. My work tends to be dark because I've suffered with severe anxiety disorders and depression for most of my life. Religious themes also show up from time again as I'm also a practicing Catholic. It is odd because I was never shamed for enjoying paranormal or horror stories, but romance was always very taboo ("That's women's porn."). As such, I get more uncomfortable and anxious about people judging me for what I consider light sexual content all the while I've come to realize some won't read my work because it's 'too demonic.'

I do sometimes wonder who my audience is because while it's apparently 'too demonic,' I worry it's also too religious, though I strive at not making my work preachy. By that, I just mean I don't begin with some moral message I want to teach people. While I agree that many stories are moral arguments, I believe such themes naturally flow from the events. They're stories, not syllogisms.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
'MOTHER' - Top 35 finalist in #TNTHorrorContest
'LADY IN RED' - Top five in @RomanceSparks #HauntedRomance contest
'DEVIL'S LAKE' - Highest Ranking # 3 in Paranormal March 2016, 3rd place winner in @The_Night_Shift 's Killer First Scene contest

Now available for Kindle: DEVIL'S LAKE
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DEVIL'S DOORWAY
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Combined Paperback in the works
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  • JoinedSeptember 30, 2014



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My husband has been discharged from the hospital and is home now. He still becomes breathless if he's asked to exert himself a bit, but it's safe for him to be home now.
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Stories by Angela Merlo
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