Paula Cappa

Biography

Paula Cappa is a published short story author and novelist. Her short fiction has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Human Writes Literary Journal, and Mystery Time. Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural launched in October 2012. The Dazzling Darkness won the Gothic Readers Book Club Choice Award for outstanding fiction and Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal for supernatural fiction. She writes a weekly fiction blog about classic short stories, Reading Fiction,Tales of Terror, on her Web site http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is The Dazzling Darkness. It's a "quiet horror" story, a supernatural mystery. We have a cemetery. An ancient secret. A lost child. The opening line on page one is "Elias Hatch is a old soul who spends each day trusting the dead." This story gives the reader a peek behind the veil of death through Elias Hatch, who is the owner of Old Willow Cemetery.

We follow the Brooke family ... Adam, Antonia, Laura, and five-year-old Henry through their supernatural adventure. At the start, 3 things happen. The Brookes move to Concord and within a short time, Henry is missing. A police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci launches an investigation … but this investigation goes far deeper than locating Henry. Mike begins to unravel the clues that expose the real secret that lies buried in Old Willow Cemetery… an ancient secret that Elias Hatch has vowed to protect.
Is there a central message in the book?
The central theme is within the Brooke family. This story is really a family love story. Antonia and Adam are on their own journey in this search for Henry and exploring the cemetery. Their relationship is ripped open and from that raw wound, they struggle and find redemption once they enter the darkness. The message is in the darkness.
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Where to find Paula Cappa online


Books

The Haunting of Jezebeth
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Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
Deborah knows that shadows can’t survive in the twisting Lantz Gorge where her family of witches lived. The gardens are grizzled now. And the mountain Jezebeth holds the secret to the curse. Short story originally published by Twilight Times.
Hildie at the Ghost Shore
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Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(4.00)
Hildie is the mistress of Runecraft. Come meet her in Belgium and experience the magic of the Runes, Sleipnir, and Odin. This is a historical and supernatural mystery, a short story that was originally published at Fiction365. If you like quiet little mystery stories with a flavor of the past, and a dash of the spirit world, Hildie will bring you there.
Abasteron House
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Price: Free! Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
Want to know what is haunting the attic in Abasteron House by the sea, at low tide … in a dead calm? Readers' comments: "Great tale. If you like ghost stories, worth reading this short but chilly tale. Love the little scare tucked neatly into the final line, and an effective one at that.” “An electric atmosphere from the opening lines.” Short story originally published by Every Day Fiction.
The Dazzling Darkness
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,660. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Henry Brooke, five-years-old, is missing. In Old Willow Cemetery, Elias Hatch protects the secret power buried inside his cemetery, and he knows Henry has managed to get inside the locked gates. Who let him inside? Do you believe in ghosts? Would you like to see the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and know their secret? Come inside Old Willow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.
Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,960. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A demon haunts artist Kip Livingston in her cottage by the sea. The demon is a firehawk, a dark invader who lives inside her dreams. But the firehawk does not dissolve when Kips wakes up. Supernatural powers drive the firehawk into Kip’s waking life. Even Kip’s Jungian therapist, Dr. Laz Merlyn, cannot resolve Kip’s dilemma. Who can rescue Kip or does she have to pay the ultimate price?

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