Paula Cappa

Biography

Paula Cappa is an award-winning novelist and short story author. Her novels include The Dazzling Darkness (Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction, and, Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award), and Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural, both published in trade paperback by Crispin Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Whistling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sirens Call Ezine, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Mystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. Cappa’s writing career began as a freelance journalist for newspapers in New York and Connecticut. She is a freelance copy editor and writes a weekly blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror at paulacappa.wordpress.com. Her short stories are FREE reads on Smashwords.

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: $0.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,660. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A cemetery. A lost child. An ancient secret. Do you believe in ghosts? Come with the Brooke family on their search for their lost boy, Henry, inside Old Willow Cemetery. Discover the dazzled faces in the darkened air and know their secret. Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction, 2013. Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner, 2014.
Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural
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Price: $2.99 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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