Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PAULA CAPPA - WOMAN IN HORROR!








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Paula Cappa is my Woman In Horror today! Paula has a couple of great books below which I have given a lot of description to, but there is more to this young lady. She writes a weekly fiction blog, Tales Of Terror, which features a free link to a mysterious short story. The authors  here are 19th-century master writers.

Paula is a devotee to the short story and has many of these on her website. You can read these for the price of free!
 http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/short-stories/
Her stories are really great. Paula's tales certainly have a Gothic styling, one I happen to love. Gothic tales don't have to be set in times past. Her styling brings a psychological atmosphere where blood and gore are not paramount to true horror. What is within the mind is the battleground of her terror.

This young lady is tireless in her efforts to spread the word of what great horror is all about. On many days, she is popping in and out of the great Facebook group The Graveyard, extolling the virtues of the craft.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/graveyard1/  I'm one of the Admins over there and see a lot of stuff posted there, but hers is among the best.

Paula also works as a copy editor. Pretty much, writing is her life.

I really like the review below for her great novel The Dazzling Darkness:

 
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Immediately this novel captures your focus and provokes your inner inquisitive nature.

You are first introduced to an abnormal character who spends the majority of his time in a cemetery, Elias Hatcher, and just as his personality is intricately depicted, we are flown to the exotic and cultural Italy. Two mysterious men grab the reader with a hook and instantly pull them into an intriguing situation. Then tragedy strikes in Concord, Massachusetts, when the Brooke family discover their child, Henry, is missing, which catapults the story into a hectic police investigation, exploring every possible angle, interviewing several suspects and uncovering hidden truths.

It is an intelligently written book that keeps you alert to facts and names you suspect may be later referred to, or be a valuable clue in this mind-boggling puzzle.

I adored the distinguishing character features in this novel, especially the more eccentric characters that are instantly recognised by a hairstyle or type of clothing, or physical affliction. Although Elias is initially presented as the antagonist we often get the sense that he is simply misunderstood and just very odd. Also, with history of his family and their acquaintances being unveiled regularly, all arrows begin to point to a strange supernatural explanation to the child's disappearance, that Elias is aware of, but not responsible for.

The parents' frustration is truly felt at their everlasting struggle of constant false leads to their boy's whereabouts; the characters appear so real in their ruthless determination at finding their son at any cost. Each time a clue is found you feel yourself becoming excited that this may be the one clue they needed to locate Henry. A few moments also show the emotional impact that a missing child has on the entire family, with dramatic arguments, as well as irrational and often extremely dangerous behaviour.

The insertion of poetry maintains a classical tone to the book, some parts were vaguely reminiscent to `Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, specifically the cemetery scenes. Furthermore the biblical flashbacks provide the reader with a religious insight and perspective to the current disaster. Some of which can be perceived as metaphorical comparisons to current events and also insinuating future events. The biblical feel of the book was not unlike `The Davinci Code', with the historical tales of a saint and how her travels and discoveries relate to the case of the missing child and all the enigma that surrounds it.

This book is an inventive combination of crime, drama, horror and religion. It was incredibly informative and you not only receive a sense of pleasure from reading the book, you feel more educated in the world of religions. It is riveting, and becomes an excellent game of whodunnit with unusual characters and creepy revelations weaved into the story.

The exploration of another world further than our own, a spiritual world, which has a set of rules contrasting greatly from reality, adds another dimension to this magnificent read.

The climax to this book is superbly satisfying, it not only ties all the current knots in the plot, but the importance of the flashbacks and insertions of poetry are revealed. However there are some mysteries that remain open to interpretation, as they have not been technically answered, but the use of poetry analogies leaves very strong suggestions. Needless to say that this novel will leave a lasting imprint in your mind and open your eyes to a whole new world of fictional possibilities.

Written by Wesley Thomas from Horror Novel Reviews. Horror Novel Reviews does not receive payment for reviews. All books are promotional copies. 



Pretty much, this says it all! For a super ride of psychological horror at its best, read this super book!


Amazon bio:


Paula Cappa is a novelist and published short story author in literary journals and e-zines (Whistling Shade Literary Journal, Fiction365, Every Day Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Twilight Times, and others). As a writer of news and features for community newspapers, she gained a respectable readership in New York and Connecticut. Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural is her debut novel in 2012. The Dazzling Darkness, a paranormal mystery, is her second novel, which won the Gothic Readers Award for Outstanding Fiction.
Visit Paula Cappa's Web site: http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/author/
She writes a weekly fiction blog, Tales of Terror, which features classic short stories of mostly 19th-century authors, with commentary. Visit her blog at
http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/


There is no doubt in my mind that Paula Cappa is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa (Apr 25, 2013)

Book Description

April 25, 2013
A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it?

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes.

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads.

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees.

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret.

The Dazzling Darkness is a paranormal mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Review

GOTHIC READERS BOOK CLUB CHOICE AWARD WINNER
★★★★★  Outstanding Fiction "Dazzling sums up Paula Cappa's paranormal/supernatural novel ... an elegance and grace that seduces you."

"Paula Cappa is a master of the metaphysical mystery genre...an extraordinary and original storyteller of the first rank. Very highly recommended." Midwest Book Review.  

"Riveting ...an intelligently written book ... an excellent game of whodunnit with unusual characters and creepy revelations weaved into the story ...magnificent read. The Biblical feel of the book is not unlike 'The Da Vinci Code.' The climax is superbly satisfying."  Wesley Thomas, HorrorNovelReviews.com.

"Fast-paced, sensually-vivid novel with an uncommon take on Transcendentalism ... characters alive with true-to-life dialogue and compelling descriptions ... suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and unique ... stunning conclusion ... this novel dazzles." Amy Belding Brown, author of Mr. Emerson's Wife.

"The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest and most somber ruminations of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Smooth, highly descriptive prose, Cappa explores transcendence and eternity--sending a shiver down your spine all along the way."  Jonathan Stone, author of The Cold Truth, Parting Shot, and the upcoming Moving Day (2014).

"A supernatural adventure ... steeped in fulsome imagination, twists and turns. Gripping and absorbing, this is worth your time." SatinPaperbacks.


From the Author

The Dazzling Darkness is what some might like to call "quiet horror." This is an atmospheric mystery with ghostly action and psychological twists that drive the plot. The title was originally coined by Dionysius, 'Truth lies hidden in the dazzling darkness.'
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Immediately this novel captures your focus and provokes your inner inquisitive nature.

You are first introduced to an abnormal character who spends the majority of his time in a cemetery, Elias Hatcher, and just as his personality is intricately depicted, we are flown to the exotic and cultural Italy. Two mysterious men grab the reader with a hook and instantly pull them into an intriguing situation. Then tragedy strikes in Concord, Massachusetts, when the Brooke family discover their child, Henry, is missing, which catapults the story into a hectic police investigation, exploring every possible angle, interviewing several suspects and uncovering hidden truths.

It is an intelligently written book that keeps you alert to facts and names you suspect may be later referred to, or be a valuable clue in this mind-boggling puzzle.

I adored the distinguishing character features in this novel, especially the more eccentric characters that are instantly recognised by a hairstyle or type of clothing, or physical affliction. Although Elias is initially presented as the antagonist we often get the sense that he is simply misunderstood and just very odd. Also, with history of his family and their acquaintances being unveiled regularly, all arrows begin to point to a strange supernatural explanation to the child's disappearance, that Elias is aware of, but not responsible for.

The parents' frustration is truly felt at their everlasting struggle of constant false leads to their boy's whereabouts; the characters appear so real in their ruthless determination at finding their son at any cost. Each time a clue is found you feel yourself becoming excited that this may be the one clue they needed to locate Henry. A few moments also show the emotional impact that a missing child has on the entire family, with dramatic arguments, as well as irrational and often extremely dangerous behaviour.

The insertion of poetry maintains a classical tone to the book, some parts were vaguely reminiscent to `Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, specifically the cemetery scenes. Furthermore the biblical flashbacks provide the reader with a religious insight and perspective to the current disaster. Some of which can be perceived as metaphorical comparisons to current events and also insinuating future events. The biblical feel of the book was not unlike `The Davinci Code', with the historical tales of a saint and how her travels and discoveries relate to the case of the missing child and all the enigma that surrounds it.

This book is an inventive combination of crime, drama, horror and religion. It was incredibly informative and you not only receive a sense of pleasure from reading the book, you feel more educated in the world of religions. It is riveting, and becomes an excellent game of whodunnit with unusual characters and creepy revelations weaved into the story.

The exploration of another world further than our own, a spiritual world, which has a set of rules contrasting greatly from reality, adds another dimension to this magnificent read.

The climax to this book is superbly satisfying, it not only ties all the current knots in the plot, but the importance of the flashbacks and insertions of poetry are revealed. However there are some mysteries that remain open to interpretation, as they have not been technically answered, but the use of poetry analogies leaves very strong suggestions. Needless to say that this novel will leave a lasting imprint in your mind and open your eyes to a whole new world of fictional possibilities.

Written by Wesley Thomas from Horror Novel Reviews. Horror Novel Reviews does not receive payment for reviews. All books are promotional copies. 
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Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural by Paula Cappa (Oct 10, 2012)

Book Description

October 10, 2012
Night Sea Journey is a tale of the supernatural, a quiet horror novel with paranormal apparitions, plenty of romance, psychological twists——and murder.
Kip Livingston lives alone in Abasteron House on Horn Island and is a talented painter with an inspired imagination. But she is haunted by a dark nocturnal visitor. Each night while Kip sleeps, a winged creature with greedy teeth invades her dreams and drags her to the bottom of a ghost-grey sea.
For help, she turns to exiled priest Raymond Kera, who falls for her seductive charms. Can Raymond save her from this dream demon? Or will Kip have to save herself?
From the author of The Dazzling Darkness, this supernatural thriller is a gripping mystical, exquisite story, a dreamy tale that delves deep into uncharted waters and will keep your mind racing.

Editorial Reviews

Review

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"Definitely a page turner where I did not want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great read, great writer, awesome detailed characters, demons, angels."  HellHorror.com *****

"A suspenseful, romantic, mystical tale ... Cappa's superior writing skills, her ability to write this particular story to be so profound and thorough was perhaps one of the most impressive thing about the book." HorrorPalace.com ****

"Beautifully told. Cappa is a skilled writer producing beautiful prose with amazing imagery."  Horror-Web.com

"Quite an enchanting tale, weaving together ancient Biblical supernaturalism and dream theory, told in dreamy colorful language, with deft characterizations. Highly recommended." Monster Librarian

"Paula Cappa's novel Night Sea Journey is a powerful page-turner - enigmatic, surprising, and completely engaging ... a wild ride over dangerous and previously uncharted terrain."  JAMES HULBERT, author of A Kiss Before You Leave Me

"Night Sea Journey" is a startling story that captures the reader from the first page, strong character development and a robust vocabulary. Cappa's characters are the kind the reader remembers long after the story has been read. Her dialogue flawlessly carries the story from one stage to the next." JUDITH REVEAL, author of The Brownstone

"Night Sea Journey is one of the most interesting novels I've come across in a good long time! The writing is good, the story is truly engaging, the characters are memorable, and as far as this editor is concerned, the philosophical base is right on!"
- TERESA KENNEDY, author of In The Country of No Compassion, and co-founder of Village Green Press, LLC


Review

"Definitely a page turner where I did not want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great read, great writer, awesome detailed characters, demons, angels." HellHorror.com *****

"A suspenseful, romantic, mystical tale ... Cappa's superior writing skills, her ability to write this particular story to be so profound and thorough was perhaps one of the most impressive thing about the book." HorrorPalace.com ****

"Beautifully told. Cappa is a skilled writer producing beautiful prose with amazing imagery." Horror-Web.com

"Quite an enchanting tale, weaving together ancient Biblical supernaturalism and dream theory, told in dreamy colorful language, with deft characterizations. Highly recommended." Monster Librarian

"Paula Cappa's novel Night Sea Journey is a powerful page-turner - enigmatic, surprising, and completely engaging ... a wild ride over dangerous and previously uncharted terrain." JAMES HULBERT, author of A Kiss Before You Leave Me

"Night Sea Journey" is a startling story that captures the reader from the first page, strong character development and a robust vocabulary. Cappa's characters are the kind the reader remembers long after the story has been read. Her dialogue flawlessly carries the story from one stage to the next." JUDITH REVEAL, author of The Brownstone

"Night Sea Journey is one of the most interesting novels I've come across in a good long time! The writing is good, the story is truly engaging, the characters are memorable, and as far as this editor is concerned, the philosophical base is right on!"
- TERESA KENNEDY, author of In The Country of No Compassion, and co-founder of Village Green Press, LLC


From the Back Cover

Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural, a quiet horror story with rich characters, psychological twists, romance, and murder make this little supernatural thriller a fast-paced read.

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paula Cappa is a published short story author, novelist, and freelance copy editor. Her short fiction has appeared in Whisling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Twilight Times, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365 and in anthologies Human Writes Literary Journal, and Mystery Time. Her writing career began as a freelance journalist for newspapers in New York and Connecticut. Night Sea Journey is her debut novel. The Dazzling Darkness, a paranormal mystery, won The Gothic Readers Book Club Choice Award for Outstanding Fiction.

She writes a weekly blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror at paulacappa.wordpress.com/ 
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional, Delightful And Complex May 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Paula Cappa has sailed into uncharted waters. Dreams, in many cultures are said to be omens or the visions of the souls desires. Dreams are the playground of the subconscious and susceptible to the influence of the supernatural. The subconscious is the true self Kip finds herself confronting desires, passions and fears that her waking self rarely if ever acknowledges. This is fine as long as the dreams stay dreamland, this story explores the "what if" of that dreamscape overlapping into day to day reality.

A great read, a frightening thought, a book you cannot pass up! 
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