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Paula Cappa

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Paula Cappa is the recipient of a 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 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 Literary Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Journal, Unfading Daydream, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Whistling Shade Litera ...more

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Paula Cappa Alexandar, I think my inspiration for writing quiet horror novels come from my ongoing attraction to the mysterious--ghost stories, especially. I have…moreAlexandar, I think my inspiration for writing quiet horror novels come from my ongoing attraction to the mysterious--ghost stories, especially. I have a fascination with the afterlife and what happens to our conscious awareness when death takes the body. It seems to me that those who pass on from this world, must exist at another level. As a reader I'm often looking for insightful stories about ghosts or entities on the other side of our physical life here. And not just horror to scare or entertain me; I look for meaningful stories to enlighten me. So, exploring my own curiosity and imagination sparks lots of fictions that I feel compelled to write. The Dazzling Darkness deals with ghosts that are haunting a cemetery. But the hook is what is also buried in that cemetery that affects the ghosts and the little boy who becomes lost there. In Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural, I deal with an powerful evil entity that haunts an artist's dreams. By making her dreams come alive in the physical world, this entity brings itself into the real world and with it some shocking results. I have several short stories (free links on my web site) that deal with spirits from beyond: Hildie at the Ghost Shore, The Haunting of Jezebeth, Between the Darkness and the Dawn which is about Nathaniel Hawthorne. All my fictions seem to be about how we might deal with confronting powers from the afterlife that remain here in our daily lives. Are you also fascinated with these mysteries?(less)
Paula Cappa Hi Mark,
This is an interesting question. "Great" endings are not the norm. As writers, we have to know how to build the structure for a great ending. …more
Hi Mark,
This is an interesting question. "Great" endings are not the norm. As writers, we have to know how to build the structure for a great ending. That means careful foreshadowing throughout the body of the work so the conclusion clicks in, has strength,adds a dimension, and satisfies the reader. When I read Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, I thought the ending was superb (not the film; that ending was different, although still satisfying,)(less)
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Wild Darkness, just released Kindle Single on Amazon

Just Released! The force of nature, force of death, force of consciousness. A short story of Agatha Ashfield who explores the spiritual realms of ghosts. Come meet Falling Water, the ghost beneath the hickory trees on Mohawk River.

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Paula Cappa Bobcohn wrote: "Thank you for inviting me. I'm delighted to be your friend."

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Bobcohn Thank you for inviting me. I'm delighted to be your friend.


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Lesle Thank you Paula for the friend request!
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Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "Do you still need reviewers for Magic of the Loons? I would be happy to read it. I have a Kindle Paperwhite or I can give you my E-mail, whichever is easier."

Cindy, I just sent you a personal message. Thanks!


Cindy Do you still need reviewers for Magic of the Loons? I would be happy to read it. I have a Kindle Paperwhite or I can give you my E-mail, whichever is easier.


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Paula Cappa Hi Cindy. I had announced I would resign anyway. The whole thing got way out of hand with misunderstandings and that group isn't open enough for me. Thanks for the note on Lit Darkness discussion. I'm going over there now.


Cindy Sorry to hear you got banned from the Readers Review. I don't agree with them and am still trying to figure out why they have an aversion to supernatural short stories. There is a good discussion on Saki and The Open Window in the Literary Darkness group.


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Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "I did drop out of the Readers Review. I did not think they were very friendly to supernatural short stories. They were also too limited with that 1910 date. I just finished At Chrichton Abbey by Ma..."

You said it! I love Mary Elizabeth Braddon. She has that old world flavor in her writing.


Cindy I did drop out of the Readers Review. I did not think they were very friendly to supernatural short stories. They were also too limited with that 1910 date. I just finished At Chrichton Abbey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I really liked it and will look up some more of her stories. I got that title and author from your blog. That is not self-promotion.


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Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "I can't comment on the Readers Review 1800-1910 group because I am not part of that group anymore. I have been reading their comments about self-promotion and I think they are very wrong. I really ..."

Thank you, Cindy. I so appreciate your comment and support. You are a good contributor! Did you drop out of the group? Yes, some of it sounded so unfriendly, and I guess typical of the arrogent reputation that Goodreads has lately. Some threads are cliques and don't welcome outsiders or new opinions. I post in Literary Darkness Group and they are a highly intelligent group, unafraid of a new voice, and are not threatened by bloggers or authors. Supernatural Fiction Readers too is a good one, very open to share with one another.


Cindy I can't comment on the Readers Review 1800-1910 group because I am not part of that group anymore. I have been reading their comments about self-promotion and I think they are very wrong. I really like your blog postings. I look forward to it every week. Just letting you know that I have gotten so many good short story recommendations from you. Not sure what has gotten into that group but I am glad that I am not part of it anymore.


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Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "The Literary Darkness Group is a private group. I assume that is an active group. I gave them the information they asked for and have not heard anything. Maybe I am just being impatient. Can you gi..."

I think anyone can join. It's the weekend and maybe response time is slow but you'll likely get the green light on your membership soon.


Cindy The Literary Darkness Group is a private group. I assume that is an active group. I gave them the information they asked for and have not heard anything. Maybe I am just being impatient. Can you give them a recommendation?


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Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "Have you thought about moving it, so we can read and explore more stories. We are missing some really good authors, especially from the 1920's."

Cindy, I post in other GR groups: Literary Darkness Group in the "Classic" thread under Classic Dark Stories. And in Supernatural Fiction Readers Group under "Group Members Who Write" thread:"Blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror. You can participate in discussions in these groups. Their focus is dark fiction though. There is a group "Short Story Connect" that is fairly active and I post there sometimes.


Cindy Have you thought about moving it, so we can read and explore more stories. We are missing some really good authors, especially from the 1920's.


message 2: by Paula (last edited Aug 14, 2015 03:05PM)

Paula Cappa Cindy wrote: "You and I are locked out of the supernatural short stories thread. Reason being, we did not pay attention to the 1910 rule. If you can't read and explore new short stories then that is messed up. I..."

Thanks, Cindy. It's not just us, though. No one can post or comment on that thread now. I'll post each week's short story in a separate link in the short story salon, but I'll have to keep the stories to their time frame. Oh well.


Cindy You and I are locked out of the supernatural short stories thread. Reason being, we did not pay attention to the 1910 rule. If you can't read and explore new short stories then that is messed up. I have gotten great recommendations from you.


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