Lisa Mannetti is the author of The Gentling Box (new edition by NightScape Press, December 2013) which not only received critical acclaim from masters of the horror-supernatural genre like Edward Lee, Alexandra Sokoloff, Nate Kenyon, and Robert Dunbar, but was named as one of four Editors Picks on Fearzone’s Best Novels of 2008 and was chosen as one of the Top Ten novels of 2008 on Creature Feature. The Gentling Box won the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel.
Her recent collection of novellas, Deathwatch is set in the 19th century and focuses thematically on broken childhoods. Deathwatch was named as one of the Top Ten books of 2010 on Creature Feature. A brand new edition will be available in late 2013 or early 2014 from Nightscape Press.
"Dissolution," the opening novella in the collection, received a Bram Stoker Award nomination in the long fiction category.
Her latest novel, The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (YA and Adult) with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry, will be reprinted in 2013 by Smart Rhino Publications. Primarily a dark, comedic fantasy, Twain's Tom and Huck have been reincarnated as the magical feline familiars to a witch living in present-day Rhinebeck, New York.
Critics agree the book is a "funny, witty, engaging, dark romp that cat lovers and Twain afficionados alike will find as imaginative as it is entertaining."
She is also the author of the macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave Your Lover illustrated by acclaimed artist Glenn Chadbourne
Recent and forthcoming short stories include the Bram Stoker Award nominated "1925: A Fall River Halloween," in Shroud Magazine Issue # 10; "Spy Glass Hill," in Fear of the Dark Anthology; "Paraphilia" in Zippered Flesh Anthology; "The Hunger Artist" in Zippered Flesh 2 Anthology (February 2013); "Corruption" in Nightscapes Vol 1 Anthology (July 2013).
Her sardonic tale, “Everybody Wins,” was translated into a short indie film by director Paul Leyden starring Malin Ackerman. (Video above.)
At present she is working on several stories, a new novella about Houdini tentatively titled "The Box Jumper"; the novel-length version of her story, "The Hunger Artist," and a supernatural novel--The Everest Hauntings.
Lisa resides in New York along with her mischievous twin black cats, Harry and Theodora Houdini, in the spooky 1918 house she grew up in.