Remembering “Escape Claws”

Rachel Reese with one of the last copies of Escape Claws at Cafe Bienville, Niceville.

I got this great email this week about Escape Claws. Another surprise was this photo shared on Facebook from a different reader.

With my brain all full of Bitter Suites, I haven’t given Claws a thought in awhile. Nice to be reminded that I do have other books out there.

You can find Escape Claws on Amazon here… and here is the email that made my day.

Thanks Joe and Rachel!

Hi Angela,

I read your book ESCAPE CLAWS last night, and enjoyed it. I worked for years on the Discovery Channel series A HAUNTING, and I’m a sucker for true ghost stories.

Your writing reminded me of what it was like to be a child, afraid of the thing in the dark. In my own case, the thing in the dark remained hidden – but I was absolutely certain that it was there, lurking, night after night.

If I had ever actually heard or seen a ghost, I’m not sure if the experience would have been overwhelming or if it would have provided a kind of relief, confirming what I thought I already knew but couldn’t verify.  Is dread the worst part of such experiences?

Then again, maybe I did hear or see something at some point, and have simply blocked it out.  Memory is a tricky thing.

When I finished your book, I was left with the feeling that there’s still a lot of meat on the bones.  I think ESCAPE CLAWS could be a trial run for a novel, opening the door to a much bigger story.

—Joseph Maddrey

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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