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Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural (edition 2012)

by Paula Cappa

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Have you ever had a meal at a fine restaurant where the atmosphere was captivating and the meal itself was beautifully prepared, but the food actually left you unsatisfied. For me, Night Sea Journey by Paula Cappa was a bit like that.

The prologue takes us to Abasterson House, named for the angel who rules the fifth hour after sunset. Kip is having a recurring dream where she battles a firehawk, a fierce creature, with a chest full of orange flames. Then there's a giant black-blue serpent which manages to make the trip from her dream to reality. Kip is prepared and manages to kill the serpent. This is something she had had to do again and again.

In Chicago, Father Raymond Kera wakes from a dream, sweaty, his heart pounding, his legs shaking. In the corner of his room he sees hooked shadows. Whatever it is, it has twisted hair, claws and moldy breath.

Circumstance sends Father Kera to Horn Island, RI, to do carpentry work on a light house converted into a church. It's there that his path crosses with Davida Kipling Livingston, dreamer and talented artist.

Left in Chicago is Father Kera's good friend, Father Garcia, who's street ministry is at odd's with the Church, not to mention how they might feel about his wife and child.

Night Sea Journey was a bit more cerebral than most of the horror I choose to read. The story itself was beautifully told. Cappa is a skilled writer producing beautiful prose with amazing imagery, but I had a difficult time figuring out what I was reading. Is it religious drama, an urban thriller, a wild fantasy, horror or chick lit? I know it's not right to pigeon-hole someone's writing and there is nothing wrong with any of those genres, but there were times it felt like I was being given too much sub plot and not enough meat. Back to the restaurant analogy, to much atmosphere and not enough substance.

In the end there was so much left unsaid, I felt unsatisfied. Also, there were a few errors that should have been caught in proofreading, but not enough to be more than a mild distraction.

Night Sea Journey is available now, as an e-book, from Amazon.com. Not one I whole-heartedly recommend, but if you're willing to take a chance you might find you enjoy it. ( )
  FrankErrington | Aug 10, 2013 |
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Kip Livingston is a stunning young artist living alone in Abasteron House on Horn Island. While Kip sleeps, a fierce winged creature all bone and muscle and greedy teeth plunged out invades her dreams. It drags her to the bottom of the dark grey sea. These nightmares magnify each night as Kip grows terrified the mysterious winged being will capture her so deep into the dream that she’ll never wake up again. She meets Raymond Kera, a priest exiled to Horn Island. Ray falls for the seductive Kip but risks his own sanity when Kip’s nightmares invade his dreams.
Ray’s mentor, Garcia the Prophet, has firsthand experience with the alternate consciousness of dream power. This rebellious visionary knows dreams are not always just illusions. On Horn Island, inside Abasteron House ... a tale of the supernatural where the night sea journey turns nightmares into reality.

Angels and demons, psychological twists, romance, and murder make this little supernatural thriller a fast-paced read.

Paula Cappa is a published short story author, novelists, and freelance copy editor. Her short fiction has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Twilight Times, Every Day Fiction, 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. She writes a blog, Reading Fiction, classic Tales of Terror at her website at paulacappa.wordpress.com
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