Bio: E. F. Watkins credits her overprotective parents for her love of mystery and horror. She recalls, ‚??They tried so hard to keep me from reading or watching anything scary that I couldn‚??t get enough of funhouses and Chiller Theater!‚?? Growing up in Cranford, NJ, she always aspired to write novels. Her earliest efforts involved adventure stories about horses, or Nancy Drew-type mysteries. In her freshman year at Marywood College in Scranton, PA, she won first place in a college-wide short story contest. The real turning point occurred later in that year, when a friend lent her a paperback of Dracula. She read it by flashlight during a thunderstorm and blackout in the dorm. ‚??I fell in love with the book,‚?? she says, ‚??and knew that was the kind of thing I wanted to write.‚?? More contemporary suspense authors who have influenced her work include Ira Levin and Dean Koontz. Over the years, she has written novels featuring a lake monster, a ghost, a genetic-mutant ‚??yuppie‚?? and a reincarnated pagan fertility god. Dance With The Dragon, her first novel with Amber Quill Press, fulfills her fondest ambition-to create her own interpretation of the most memorable monster in all of fiction, as he might have adapted to the 21st century. E. F. has published horror short stories in the magazines Belladonna and Doppleganger. In 1994, she won First Prize in a national contest sponsored by the Garden State Horror Writers, with an excerpt from her unpublished novel Paragon. In 2000, she won second prize in the Philadelphia Writer‚??s Conference contest with an excerpt from her novel Black Flowers. She is a founding member of, and publicity officer for, the Garden State Horror Writers. She is also a member of the Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime/Central Jersey and The Writer‚??s Workshop, Englewood, NJ. A professional journalist for more than 20 years, E. F. covered art, architecture and interior design for The Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ. She now freelances, writing on these same subjects. She shares her 1922 house in northern New Jersey with two cats‚??Bela and Harley‚??and rides horseback, specializing in dressage. She also collects furniture, clothing and fabrics from the 1930s-40s.

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Black Flowers
When a former employee of her husband's genetic engineering firm, Genesis, dies of a drug overdose on her front lawn, Allison Constantine is horrified. She can't forget the young man's final threats that "people like her" will soon "get what's coming to them." In the days to come, Allie suspects she's being followed, and fears someone might try to kidnap her or her two small children. But who? A rival firm, hoping to extort technical secrets from her husband, David? A protest group that has accu... more info>>
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Dance with the Dragon
Peggy Walsh, the teenaged daughter of Senator Dan Walsh, is kidnapped into a dangerous cult, the Church of Eternal Life. When the FBI tries to get her back and fails, the senator accepts help from super-psychic Dr. Armand Renascut. Renascut warns him that cult leader Stephen Farkas may possess real supernatural powers--that he and some of his followers may at least "believe" they are vampires--and that they can be defeated only by special weapons. Although Walsh learns that Renascut was dismisse... more info>>
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Danu's Children
In a small Pennsylvania coal town, modern greed confronts an even darker power--as old as the Earth, itself. Photojournalist Kevin O'Leary returns to his home town of Carbonville for the funeral of his newspaper-reporter cousin, Tom. Before he died in a car accident, Tom was looking into charges of corruption behind a huge new mall construction project, and Kevin suspects murder. On the pretext of doing a photography book on the town, he stays around to investigate. Kevin soon meets Megan Carey,... more info>>
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One Blood
Disgusted with his long, bloodthirsty existence, Jon Sharpay discovers a fresh challenge--the last living descendent of the arch-enemy who nearly destroyed him a century ago. He travels from New York City to Princeton University to hunt down Kat Van Braam, a curator at the university's art museum. But Sharpay is also being hunted, by two men: one determined to avenge the death of his pregnant young wife, the other a foreign agent out to recruit Sharpay's paranormal skills for an international c... more info>>
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Paragon
The latest from E. F. Watkins, author of Dance With The Dragon, the 2004 EPPIE Award Winner for Best Horror!... Homely Louise Bauer makes a deal with a mysterious "bag lady"--if Lu will perform a ceremony using a sculpture of her ideal man, he'll come into her life and love her as she is. Soon afterward, Lu meets Eric Troy, a handsome, charming and talented actor who lights up her days and heats up her nights. Then Lu notices that anyone who crosses Eric suffers a violent punishment--yet Eric hi... more info>>
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