Draw up your covers, turn on your lights and get ready to explore some generally weird, creepy little tales where the truth lies somewhere beyond what you expect. Its always fun to stumble across a writer you havent read that has the write stuff. That happened when I read Kenneth W. Cains collection THESE OLD TALES. Do yourself a favor, pick up THESE OLD TALES, and prepare yourself for a reading treat. Gene ONeill, THE BURDEN OF INDIGO and OPERATION RHINOCEROS HORNBILL These Old Tales is a collection of dark fiction, containing 38 flash to short story length pieces. There are over 75,000 words of delectable hair-raising terror in these pages, stories that will make you think, tales that will keep you awake at night wondering what that noise you keep hearing in the attic really is. Each story is designed to be a quick hit of disturbing matter that you can read on the go or in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are seeking gunfights, ghosts, abnormalities, werewolves, zombies, psychotic killers, the reaper, the devil, or all around everyday bad guys this collection has something for you. Not only does Kenneth Cain shoot you into a world of tension, filled with the darkness of the twisted human psyche, but he does it with finesse.~Amazon review The author deftly inhabits the minds of his protagonists, turning each piece into a sharp characterization that resonates long after its (usually) morbid conclusion.~Goodreads review If a novel is an authors magnum opus then a short story is his or her calling card. It is dug up, brushed off, and prepared with care and concern, then left where the reader can stumble upon it. What you have with Cains These Old Tales is a collection of calling cards that hes prepared and theres something for everyone.~Goodreads review Darkness holds many secrets and in the struggle to find a little light the unexpected often ends up exposed. It is necessary then to dissect the emotions one feels in that void, how it can be overwhelming in even the most obvious of circumstances. But not every creature is the same and therefore that terror is individual. Hopefully, by studying these sentiments, some lines are drawn between the characters within and ourselves. As human beings, we are forced to face struggles on a daily basis. But not everyone can control these urges, whether they want to or not. When their hand is forced or they are faced with a choice between life and death, this is when it can be seen just how determined the human soul can be. Will these beings have the strength to face their own demons? War, death, what awaits us beyond the known universe; these are things that bring about everyday doubt. No matter how strange something might seem now, imagine how it might suddenly feel if that horror were true. Walking on the moon once terrified mankind, so why cant the creature that suddenly goes bump in the night? Be careful what you choose to believe?
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May 12, 2012
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