Shell St. James




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Agawam Bay

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Shell St. James lives in an 1895 farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. A victim of insomnia, she lies awake most nights listening for the footsteps of ghosts and spinning stories in her head. Her overactive imagination is graciously indulged by her musician significant other, and enthusiastically encouraged by her spooky cat, Sam.

She writes both adult and middle grade fiction. Her short stories have appeared in :

The Periodical Forlorn

The Elephant Ladder

Share Your Scare Volume 4

The Spectre Review

La Presa Literary Journal


Theme of Absence

3 Moon Magazine

Epoch Press

Night Terrors Volume 12

The Vanishing Point

Hippocampus Literary Magazine

Shenandoah Magazine

The Writing Quarter (contest winner)

Quibble Magazine

 An excerpt of her novel "The Mermaid of Agawam Bay" was featured in Shenandoah Magazine's Fall 2021 issue, along with an accompanying essay, titled, "Let a Little Magic In."

Connect with her on Twitter@shellstjames1 or drop her a line at [email protected]

The perfect beach read, for the young and the young-at-heart!

Do you recall a time in your life when you still believed anything was possible? Join Allie and Chris and let yourself drift back to those carefree summer days, when magic was found at twilight each evening, and fireflies might possibly be fairies...

Agawam Bay is a coastal town full of secrets and sea-faring tales. When 12-year-old Allie arrives for summer vacation, she finds herself immediately drawn into the town’s mysterious past. Someone leaves a cryptic note for Allie, stating they’ve seen the mermaid in Agawam Bay, and she is determined to investigate.

Allie pairs up with Chris, a boy her age who’s an aspiring reporter, and together they dive deep into the town’s ancient legend of a sea captain and mermaid’s ill-fated romance.

While investigating a suspicious newcomer to town who bears an uncanny resemblance to the celebrated mermaid, Allie and Chris stumble on another mystery: a key, and a hand-drawn treasure map with a puzzling quatrain:

"Between Rapunzel’s Tower and the Lake of Tears
The Tree of Knowledge holds the key
The Stones will sing when the time is right
The Dragon’s Head will point the way"

With the help of a lovable Newfoundland dog, Allie and Chris put together the clues and unravel both mysteries, making new friends and unforgettable summer memories along the way.

This book includes five authentic New England recipes, which are prepared by the characters.

“Believe in everything…until there’s a reason not to.” – Mr. Danforth, a character in The Mermaid of Agawam

Available on, in paperback and e-book format! Read for free with Kindle Unlimited!


  • our 1895 farmhouse
    our 1895 farmhouse
  • with gargoyle Grizzel
    with gargoyle Grizzel
  • Sam plotting a character's murder
    Sam plotting a character's murder
  • being spooky in Savannah
    being spooky in Savannah
  • S.O. musician Keith Shamel
    S.O. musician Keith Shamel
  • my spooky muse, Sam
    my spooky muse, Sam
our 1895 farmhouse
our 1895 farmhouse