From Shadows and Nightmares

From Quintin Peterson:

I am a contributor to a recently released anthology of tales of horror and the paranormal; From Shadows and Nightmares, edited by Amber L. Campbell, which is available at,, et al.

James Dorr, Jeffrey Wooten, and Michele Wyan are among the 22 authors featured in this anthology, which has something for everyone who enjoys creepy stories. My contribution is ‘Round Midnight, a cop/ghost story. Hard-boiled chills and thrills.

I am known for crime writing – “the retired DC cop who pens crime fiction” – but considered it an interesting challenge to generate a ghost story rooted in the crime fiction genre. So, I combined a cop story with a ghost story and came up with ‘Round Midnight, the story of a DC cop’s on and off-duty ghostly encounters with a childhood friend who died in his youth. It begins:

Police work had taken everything from me and over time had left me virtually hollow. Seeing humanity at its worst on a daily basis had taken its toll and left me jaded and faithless. And yet the biggest case of my career, a murder involving a childhood friend who died decades earlier, changed my outlook and renewed my faith.

I’m sure fans of both genres will enjoy it.

From the Publisher:

Travel through the darkest shadows and twisted thoughts of a group of talented authors. From the traditional werewolf to an ancient curse to brain eating zombies, the authors' imagination will make you squirm in your seat. Your stomach will clench as you read one, and then you will question just how depraved our fellow human beings can be as you read another. The talent gathered in this latest addition to the Nightfall Publication anthologies present to you spine-tingling, blanket clutching stories, all brought to life from their own Shadows and Nightmares.

The anthology is published by fledgling independent book publisher Nightfall Publications, which is still going through growing pains. This is only its third anthology. Currently, the publisher has only released ­­one novel and three thematically different anthologies, but more books are in the works. I support what Nightfall Publications and other indie book publishers are trying to achieve.

Link to Amazon webpage for From Shadows and Nightmares:


Quintin Peterson is the author of several plays and screenplays. He is a native Washingtonian.

As a junior high school student, he attended the Corcoran School of Art on a scholarship. While still in high school, he was honored with the University of Wisconsin’s Science Fiction Writing Award and the National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award. Upon receiving the Wisconsin Junior Academy’s Writing Achievement Award, his name was included in Who’s Who Among American High School Students of 1975.

As an undergraduate communications major at the University of Wisconsin, he wrote and performed in two plays for stage and videotape and received a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation grant for his play project, Change. A National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and a playwriting grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities followed. Subsequently, two of his radio plays were aired on WPFW-FM Pacifica Radio as productions of the Minority Arts Ensemble’s Radio Drama Workshop ’79.

Mr. Peterson was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 28 years, where he was assigned for most of his career to its Public Information Office as a media liaison officer and as the liaison between the department and members of the motion picture and television industries, acting as a script consultant and technical adviser. In December of 2010, he became an employee of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Department of Safety and Security.

An Active Member of Mystery Writers of America, Police Writers, the Public Safety Writers Association, and the National Press Club, he is the author of a book of poetry, Nativity; two crime novels, SIN and The Wages of SIN; is a contributor to the crime fiction anthology D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos, and the John L. French edited crime fiction anthology, Bad Cop, No Donut, and an anthology of supernatural stories, From Shadows and Nightmares, edited by Amber L. Campbell; and has penned several e-stories available exclusively from Kindle via


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Shilpa said…
Definitely looking forward to read it!
Q said…
Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.
M.M. Gornell said…
Oh Quintin, I get chills just reading about what you write about! Big scared-y pants, but I've put Shadows and Nightmares on my Amazon list-- plan to be brave! Hope to meet you one day, maybe at PSWA! Much success.

Q said…
Thanks! Enjoy.

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