Paula Cappa


Paula Cappa is the recipient of the Gold Medal at Global Book Awards, the Chanticleer Book Award, and American Book Fest's Best Books Award Finalist for her novel Greylock. She also earned the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, The Silver Medal at Global Book Awards, The Readers' Favorite International Bronze Medal for Supernatural Suspense, and is 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. Night Sea Journey was featured as an on-air reading at Riverwest Radio, Fearless Reader Radio in Wisconsin. Cappa's short fiction has appeared in ParABnormal Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Journal, Unfading Daydream, 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 short story blog, Reading Fiction, at Paula Cappa is Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Authors Society in Pound Ridge, NY.

Where to find Paula Cappa online


A Terrible Beauty
Price: Free! Words: 6,300. Language: English. Originally Published: October 17, 2023 by Paula Cappa. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Her wings ghosted across Whitethorn Mountain. Datan arrives as the hills darken. A secret love vanishes. After an ardent young man, Charlie Crowe, loses his first true love and moves to Whitethorn Mountain, he discovers a powerful bat-like presence who ‘eats men like air’ and generates a thought-noose to capture its victims in this Lovecraftian- inspired tale of cosmic terror.
Jasper Peacock
Price: Free! Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Jasper Peacock is an accused murderer. Ben Samm is a struggling art journalist. Ben is desperate to get a revealing interview about Jasper Peacock's painting, an award-winning portrait of Rabbles, a horrific devilish-pointed figure. Rabbles resides inside Peacock’s isolated Hampshire estate where Ben conducts the interview. When the meeting goes awry, Rabble’s dark menacing powers are revealed.
Wild Darkness
Price: Free! Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Agatha Ashfield, a wise woman in her late years, has long been fascinated by the power of Nature. She meets a ghost called Falling Water who dwells beneath the hickory trees by Mohawk River. As Agatha seeks her destiny, she struggles to overcome fears of her impending death, find a path to trust goodness and the power of Nature, and release her everlasting consciousness. A short tale of mystery.
Beyond Castle Frankenstein
Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Mary Shelley is haunted. Love and madness rattle her every day. Scandal and drama steal her sleep. And finally it is the stab of her own impending death that drives her to conjure the dead. Come into the cracking dark to experience Mary’s secret journey, a harrowing and heartbreaking attempt to find her dead husband’s ghost. Will Mary escape or succumb? A short story of historical fiction.
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
Gold Medal Winner, 2022 Global Book Awards. Chanticleer Book Award Winner 2015. Best Book Award Finalist 2017 by American Book Fest. Murder. Betrayal. Romance. Pianist Alexei Georg is haunted by a music phantom who relentlessly pursues him from Boston to Russia to Mt. Greylock. Seductive and haunting. "Romance-laced mystery with twists and turns," Review by U.S. Review of Books
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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite Book Award, 2014. 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. FIVE STARS-MidWest Book Review.
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. Silver Medal at Global Book Awards, 2021. 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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