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Shelley Costa

Shelley Costa’s stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 Tales of New American Gothic, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best Short Story category, and she chaired the Best Paperback Original category for the 2011 Edgar Awards. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, and she has lectured on Poe at various events. She has a PhD in English and is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she teaches fiction writing and screenwriting. A former New Yorker, she lives in a Cleveland suburb.
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Beware of mottoes and maxims

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Broadway actress

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. For anybody anywhere?

This is not prescriptive, but. . .


To this add a sense of safety, place, love, purpose, and worthy work.

To that add dogs, cats, songbirds, little kids, and strong coffee.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Kindness.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. No longer being able to write. And poisonous snakes.



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