Rod Labbe

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Rod Labbe
Born (1952-11-02) November 2, 1952 (age 69)
Waterville, Maine
Occupation Author, film journalist, teacher

Rod Labbe (born November 2, 1952) is an American author and film journalist, known for his coverage of Stephen King films shot in Maine.

Early life and education

Labbe was born in Waterville, Maine. He attended Catholic school from grades 1-5 and graduated from Waterville High School in 1971. His interest in writing started young as he wrote short stories for his own enjoyment.[1] As a student at the University of Southern Maine, Labbe wrote for the University Free Press weekly from 1977 to 1981 on a variety of topics and was also a 3-term Student Senator.[1] As a graduate student at the University of Maine in Orono, he wrote for The Main Campus daily newspaper and edited the literary magazine The Maine Review.[1] He was also a 3-term Student Senate and earned a Master's Degree with a concentration in Creative Writing from this university in May 1985.

Magazine writing

Labbe sold his first interview to body building monthly magazine MuscleMag International in 1985.[1] His work in this field has also appeared in Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Workout, and Iron Man magazine.

Labbe also quickly established himself as a freelance writer with an emphasis on film journalism. After covering the movie adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary for Fangoria, Labbe became the magazine's regular King journalist in Maine, with continued coverage of the filming of Graveyard Shift, The Langoliers, and Thinner. His work has also been published in Starlog, Gorezone, Famous Monsters of Filmland, FilmFax, Diabolique, Scary Monsters, Autograph Collector's, Films of the Golden Age, Classic Images, Collectables Trader, Paper Doll Review, among others.

Rondo award nominations:

  • Best Article 2005: "Don't Open That Coffin--a Baby Boomer's Adventures in the Land of Dark Shadows," Scary Monsters #55.
  • Best Interview 2011: "On Stage and in Shadows, an interview with Marie Wallace," Scary Monsters #77.[2][3]
  • Best Interview 2012: "Eve of Destruction, an interview with Dark Shadows' Marie Wallace," Fangoria, May 2012.[4]


Labbe began writing his debut novel, The Blue Classroom, in August 1989.[1] After working off and on with the novel, Labbe completed it in 2013 and the book was published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. in May 2014.[5] Diabolique magazine praised the book, writing that "Labbe does a good job with the fright fest elements of the narrative, but his strength is psychological insight into the characters" and that the book "is a horror novel with a reverence for the genre."[6] gave the book a 5 out of 5 while praising Labbe as "a man who catches your attention immediately with his talent for the use of language. He’s quite simply a highly skilled and fluid writer."[7]

Labbe currently teaches writing on the collegiate level. He is also working on a second novel and a short story collection, which will include two stories that were finalists in Fangoria’s Weird Words competition. He is an Active Member of The Horror Writer's Association.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jason Harris (2014-08-14). "An Interview with Writer Rod Labbe". Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. Staff (2012-04-01). "Vincent Price tribute, 'Island of Lost Souls' take top Rondo Award honors". Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  3. Dennis Druktenis (2012-02-17). "SPECIAL EDITION! SCARE-NEWS by Dennis Druktenis". Scary Monsters Magazine - The Real Monster Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  4. Staff (2013-02-01). "Fango nominated in Four Categories for 11th Annual Rondo Awards". Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  5. "The Blue Classroom". 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  6. Sheila M. Merritt (2014-08-11). "The Blue Classroom (Book Review)". Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  7. Matt Molgaard (2014-05-25). "Rod Labbe ‘The Blue Classroom’ Review". Retrieved 2014-08-14.