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Paperback, 6″x9″
227 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63381-099-0


by Cindy O’Quinn

There is a darkness that surrounds some and controls others.

West Virginia nurse Afton Sullivan is unsure where she fits into that statement because inmates are dying under her care, and she believes she may be responsible.

-Is Nurse Afton killing inmates in the men’s prison where she works?
-Travel deep into the mountains of West Virginia for the answer.

Tales of Appalachian folklore are woven throughout this story, which leads the readers to wonder if the monsters that visit their darkest nightmares might actually be real.

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“I was drawn in right from the beginning – it held my attention and would not let me go.” —Lisa McNeil

“Emotionally charged, captivating…a tremendously suspenseful story!” —Deb Miller

“Once I started reading, I could not stop until I knew how it ended.” —Deanna McClintic


Cindy O’Quinn is the author of the short stories “The Handshake” and “Perfect Grade.”
She lives a very simple lifestyle on a homestead that is tucked away in the north woods of Maine, just a stone’s throw away from the Canadian border.
When she is not working in the garden or canning fruits and veggies, she is up in the loft of the
old log cabin writing. Cindy’s work has been published in Poetry Breakfast, Sanitarium, and Blood Moon Rising Magazine.