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Emily Verona ’12

The debut novel by Emily Verona ’12, Midnight on Beacon Street, was published in January 2024.

A mashup of mystery, horror, and thriller, the story bridges both her majors at Purchase—Creative Writing and Cinema Studies.

“A suspenseful and entertaining debut thriller—and love letter to vintage horror movies—in which a teenager must overcome her own anxiety to protect the two children she’s babysitting when strangers come knocking at the door.”

In 2014, she won the Pinch Literary Award in Fiction. She is a Bram Stoker Award nominee, a Jane Austen Short Story Award finalist, and a Luke Bitmead Bursary finalist.

Her previous publication credits include fiction and poetry featured in several anthologies and magazines such as The Pinch, LampLight Magazine, Mystery Tribune, The Ghastling, and Nightmare Magazine.

Her essays and articles have appeared online for, BookBub, Litro, BUST, and Bloody Women.