The Dazzling Darkness

The Dazzling Darkness, by Paula Cappa

The Dazzling Darkness
(A supernatural thriller set in Concord, Mass.)
by Paula Cappa

Crispin Books • Nov. 21, 2013
Trade Softcover • 286 pages  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
Supernatural Fiction / Dark Fantasy & Horror / Ghosts
For Adult Readers (some mature content)
$16.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-61-4

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Ghost Stories • Graveyards & Cemeteries
Mystery & Detective • Missing Child Cases
Transcendentalism • Ralph Waldo Emerson
Concord, Massachusetts


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The Dazzling Darkness (Kindle edition)

Gothic Readers Book Club Award for Outstanding Fiction

“Fast-paced, sensually-vivid novel with an uncommon take on Transcendentalism . . .  with a stunning conclusion.”
– Amy Belding Brown, Mr. Emerson’s Wife

“The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest ruminations of Ralph Waldo Emerson . . . sending a shiver down your spine.”
– Jonathan Stone, author of the Julian Palmer mysteries

“Riveting . . . an intelligently written book . . . an excellent game of whodunnit with unusual characters and creepy revelations . . . . The climax is superbly satisfying.”
– Wesley Thomas,


A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statues of Old Willow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. The nearby woods are alive with the spirits of Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Does Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, know the power hiding in the old graveyard?

On a cold afternoon in March, a neighbor boy, five-year-old Henry Brooke, goes missing. His parents are frantic as hours pass.

Then, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside the nearby cemetery.

Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to the young boy. As shadowy apparitions drift through the trees, Balducci will struggle to unravel the secrets of the dazzled faces in the darkened air in this gripping thriller.


Paula Cappa is also the author of two other critically acclaimed novels, Night Sea Journey: A Tale of the Supernatural and Greylock. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Pound Ridge, New York.