"Pocket Watch"; Form: Poem; Released: July 2015; Author Pen Name: Rafael Avtino; Publisher: ​Calliope

"Useless Help"; Form: Poem; Released: 2002; Author Pen Name: Ralph Medrano; Publisher: Creative Communication, Inc.'s Celebrate! Young Poets Speak Out: Texas Fall 2001

"Grandmother Is Knitting"; Form: Poem; Released: 2003; Author Pen Name: Ralph Medrano; Publisher: Creative Communication, Inc.'s Celebrate! Young Poets Speak Out: Texas Spring 2003

Myriadam Valentino Medrano

Vlora; Form: Fiction Book; Genre: Gothic Horror; Released: December 29, 2013; Author Pen Name: Rafael Avtino; Publisher: Amethyst Sky Publishing

The dust fills the gray room so it is hard to breathe/ Sitting in her wheelchair is my grandmother, eighty years of age/ The light from the window enlightens her hair,/ Like golden flowers of sunshine./ So she knits for me my dress that I need for my birthday party/ Very beautiful, yet simple and homely./ As she works, she smiles, like the sun on a glimmering day,/ For she is proud of her works./ She makes the clothes for new generations to come./ We will pass them down, one by one/ And she also weaves new ideas, new stories, and old stories/ Knitting away, my grandmother.

Vlora Whitaker is a shy, lonely, and hard-working businesswoman. Lately, she has been having horrifying encounters at home with a ghostly, unknown intruder. She initially disregards them as hypnagogic hallucinations, but they are gradually becoming more realistic and threatening. After meeting with the police, she begins to doubt her mind’s reliability. Afraid for her life, she must decide how to end the encounters permanently.