Interview with Novelist L.M. Labat (The Sanguinarian Id)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

L.M. Labat: The Sanguinarian Id is an illustrated horror, action, and historical fiction novel that follows the ruthless half-vampire Hael, through the bloodied ruins of a war-torn Europe. During WWII, Hael treks deep into the gnarled, darkened underground of Nazi Germany’s shadowed world. In this hell, she encounters a slew of nightmarish creatures, as she pursues the infamous madman Mendelson. On her journey, she teams up with a fellow halfvampire, the dhampir Josef, to hunt down and destroy the criminal dregs of both the human and vampire realms. With Mendelson’s body toll rising, Hael’s been stabbed, shot, and beaten, but she refuses to die, in her pursuit for revenge.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

The Sanguinarian Id is a mixture of horror, action, historical fiction, science fiction, and occult genres.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Brilliant and brutal.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Flowers in the Attic.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I enjoy the Black Butler Book of Circus OST theme on a regular basis.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I adore Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I’ve always held a fascination with the macabre, occult, and medical malpractice.

Throughout recorded history, the accounts of human atrocities both intrigued and horrified me. I gravitated towards gruesome subjects, such as WWII and the like, due to my own personal sufferings with chronic plaque psoriasis, near death experiences, and history of childhood abuse. Because of my past, I connected more with figures, such as the Creature from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as well as the bleak settings of 1984. With my memories haunting me, I found and escape, to the solace of writing and illustration. With my love of literature and the arts, I crafted my first illustrated novel manuscript, The Sanguinarian Id. I never would’ve guessed that my coping mechanism for pain would bring so much entertainment to people. It makes me happy to see readers get so excited about books.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I’d love to have dinner with Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to draw, read, paint, and watch movies. When I’m not writing, I’m creating portraits and other illustrative renderings for people.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I was looking promotional events for novelists. But I didn’t know what websites or places to look. On LinkedIn, Xera Rondlings informed me about the Novel Writing Festival. The deadline was a week away, so I did my best to form a submission. If Xera didn’t message me about this festival or its deadline, I never would’ve known about this amazing event.

Thanks to Xera, a professional narrator was able to read an excerpt from my novel, The Sanguinarian Id. Thank you, Xera.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Never quit. Rejection’s a bitch, writer’s block sucks, revisions are grueling, and the nights blend into days when writing. However, no matter what happens, never give up on bringing your story life. Eventually, you will die. Therefore, it is your sole duty to yourself to manifest respect for your name and work. No one else will do it for you. Do not let the chance for your story to decay into the lost annals of history. You are so much more than you perceive yourself to be, and so is your book. Keep going.


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Narrator: Kate Fenton



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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