Paula Cappa


Paula Cappa is the recipient of a Chanticleer Book Award, the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Readers' Favorite International Bronze Medal for Supernatural Suspense, and a Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner in Outstanding Fiction. She is the author of Greylock, The Dazzling Darkness, and Night Sea Journey—print editions published by Crispin Books, Milwaukee WI. 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. She is a freelance copy editor and writes a weekly short story blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror at Paula Cappa is Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Authors Society in Pound Ridge, NY.

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


Between the Darkness and the Dawn, A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne stalks the parlor at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Edward Fane, ley line hunter, visits the Old Manse. What he finds there is not just Hawthorne, but a mysterious woman from his past. "Mesmerizing, nuanced and atmospheric, a perfect setting for a tale of the mingling of time periods."--Erika Robuck, author of House of Hawthorne: A novel.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,200. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Murder. Betrayals. Romance. Pianist Alexei Georg harbors a dark secret. He finds an old sonata in a 19th-century Russian sea chest. The night Alexei performs this handsome music in concert, a creature of darkness appears in the audience, in the aisle, and on the stage with him. This is no ghost. This menacing presence haunts Alexei relentlessly from Boston's music society to Mt. Greylock.
Magic of the Loons, A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jackson doesn’t know the legends of the loons. When the mists fade, when the mighty loons zoom across Achilles Lake, when the male loon seeks its mate, the romance begins. What mysteries lie in loon magic? Believe. A short story of passion, mystery, and magic, with the flavors of “fabulism” of folklore, from the author of the best-selling, award-winning novel The Dazzling Darkness.
The Haunting of Jezebeth
Price: Free! Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Price: Free! Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,660. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Categories: 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 International Bronze Medal Winner, 2014.
Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,880. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
An Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner. U.S. Review of Books: "Stunning and absorbing plot on par with--if not better than--a Dan Brown novel." Perfect for supernatural thriller fans. Beautiful. Seductive. Wild. Kip Livingston, an artist living on Horn Island, struggles against powers of a dark invader haunting her dreams.

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