The Open House - Now available in Rivanna Review, Issue X.

"Welcome, friend. You’re the last to arrive at the open house. I was about to call it a night and lock up, but please come in."

Eyes as Bright as Stage Lights

All Ouida ever wanted to do was put Monticello in her taillights, and that also seemed to be all she could never manage. 

Now available in All Worlds Wayfarer, Issue XVI

D'vorah Shaddai trains armies of pink flamingos and rides her noble gator steed over yonder and down the way in Florida. She writes tales of antiquity, spooky stories, and wild yarns. 

Her short story, “Blood,” won the grand prize for’s 2023 short story contest. Other publications include All Worlds Wayfarer, Rivanna Review, and anyone else who won’t shoo her away.

She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and holds cats whenever they deem her worthy. She is currently composing The Seven Sleepers, a haunting novel set in the Eastern Roman Empire.

Seven Sleepers 

Old Phaedra: "There, there. I wouldn't bother a tuft of your sweet fur over this Seven Sleepers nonsense. We know Myrrhine is not to be trusted and what she will do. Look at her. Hair uncovered. Arms on display. Neck exposed. It is no wonder the Strategos took to Eudoxia when his wife already plays the courtesan."

The Seven Sleepers 

Myrrhine's life started in the swamps of eighth century Ephesus, and it nearly ended there too. 

Few could fathom the rise of the woefully unpopular peasant turned patrician lady of a noble house, that is, unless you believe the Seven Sleepers watch.

Old Phaedra: "Of course, Myrrhine dreams of filthy hands reaching for her. They’re the only ones that would. The poor Strategos saddled with a mud bride."

Don't make these three...spell it out for you. There's more magic to be had if you follow this chroma crow's path to Ally Campanozzi's Instagram: @allycampanozziwriting. 

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