Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction Where darkness dwells embers light the way From the author of the short story collections These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales comes his latest effort Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction In his youth

  • Title: Embers: A Collection of Dark Fiction
  • Author: Kenneth W. Cain
  • ISBN: 9781640074781
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where darkness dwells, embers light the way.From the author of the short story collections These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales comes his latest effort, Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction In his youth Cain developed a sense of wonderment owed in part to TV shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, One Step Beyond and Alfred Hitchcock Presents Now Cain seeks the saWhere darkness dwells, embers light the way.From the author of the short story collections These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales comes his latest effort, Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction In his youth Cain developed a sense of wonderment owed in part to TV shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, One Step Beyond and Alfred Hitchcock Presents Now Cain seeks the same dark overtones in his writing.There s a little something for every reader These 25 short speculative stories represent the smoldering remains of a blaze, the fiery bits meant to ignite the mind with slow burning imagery and smoky twists and turns These are the very embers of Cain s soul.In this collection, Cain features stories of troubled men and women, both living and dead Themes of loss and the afterlife take on many forms, as he explores the unknown For instance, The Chamber focuses on a hardened veteran of World War II who has committed heinous crimes He seeks only to find peace from his conscience, but sometimes that comes at a great loss Valerie s Window visits a small town amid a tragic end to humanity Only things are not as they seem, and the Valerie comes to know herself, the her reality is revealed The Benefit of Being Weighty has a humorous side, but the theme of this story revolves around fat shaming and the price one must pay for being so ignorant Hopefully, these three short descriptions have increased your curiosity.When the dark comes, light a match Let the fire burn bright and hot So that when it dies the embers warm you.Table of Contents The Chamber Valerie s Window A Window to Dream By Each New Day Unknown Gone Under the Drift of Snow is Another World Blackbird s Breath Desolate Lost in the Woods Final Breaths Closer Flocking Birds Pirouette To Save One Life Of Both Worlds Breathing Cave Soul Tapped The Water People Water Snake Evolved Buried Beneath the Old Chicago Swamps The Bad Men Parasite Strip Poker, Crabs, and Blue Women The Benefit of Being Weighty Interview with the author So what makes this collection of Dark Fiction so special Cain There are many qualities that go into making a book special for someone, which makes it hard to define I ve put my all into this collection of dark fiction, as I do each and every story I write For me, it s all about growth, and hopefully that continues to show in my work that I m growing as an author.Which short story is your favorite and why Cain I m quite fond of Valerie s Window, which is a bit of an urban fantasy I like her internal conflict, what horrors she must overcome in order to set herself free Without giving too much away, Valerie s is a personal struggle, which often best reflects actual life.Why should readers give your short fiction a try Cain I think many readers will enjoy the stories, maybe even see a part of themselves battling evil forces As I stated before, my primary goal in writing has always been growth, but I also strive to connect with my readers I want to take them on an adventure In this case, many short voyages, the sort you can go on during your lunch break or while you eat dinner And I think readers will enjoy the wide variety of journeys I ve set up for them in this collection.How would you classify your writing style Cain For short stories, I like them lean I want my stories to move at a certain pace and voice, depending on the feel I often refer to my work as being dark fiction, but it s really a mix of genres horror, suspense, thriller, noir, fantasy, dark fiction, urban fantasy, science fiction, or even weird fiction I like to mash genres together, to blend them and see where that leads my characters, but there s almost always a dark tone to each story.Categories for Embers Monster fiction Supernatural stories Dark fiction short stories Single author short stories collection Psychological horror and suspense Horror short stories Occult horror books Short stories collections Classic short stories Scary short stories Dark fantasy horror Speculative fiction anthology Not a squall, not a blizzard It s a pulp horror AVALANCHE That s Kenneth W Cain s new collection, Embers Mort Castle, Bram Stoker Award winner Collections such as this are the reason that, even after 45 years, I still enjoy reading horror Douglas Draa, Editor of Weirdbook Magazine Kenneth W Cain s imagination is on full display here He will take you by the hand, lead you into the darkest places, and you ll be thanking him every harrowing step of the way A bright new talent in horror Ben Eads, author of CRACKED SKY With prose that is sometimes poignant, sometimes unsettling, but always incredibly dark, Kenneth W Cain takes readers on a macabre journey with the smouldering burn of Embers A master of weaving tales around seemingly simple premises and ordinary situations with every day folk, Cain never fails to turn a story on its head and deliver a long lasting sting You ll need some genuine embers to warm you after this, for some of these tales will chill you to the core JIM GOFORTH, author of PLEBS and THE SLEEP

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    1. Kenneth W. Cain

      Kenneth W Cain first got the itch for storytelling during his formative years in the suburbs of Chicago, where he got to listen to his grandfather spin tales by the glow of a barrel fire But it was a reading of Baba Yaga that grew his desire for dark fiction Shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and One Step Beyond furthered that sense of wonder for the unknown, and he s been writing ever since.Cain is the author of The Saga of I trilogy, United States of the Dead, the short story collections These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales, and the forthcoming Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction Writing, reading, fine art, graphic design, and Cardinals baseball are but a few of his passions Cain now resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

    142 thoughts on “Embers: A Collection of Dark Fiction”

    1. I m not going to summarize each of the short stories because there were quite a few and I m lazy I did really enjoy this collection of short stories than I usually enjoy short stories though I really liked Pirouette, Valerie s Window, Breathing Cave, and Blackbird s Breath The rest of the stories were good also but those stood out the most My favorite is definitely Valerie s Window and it reminded me of 10 Cloverfield Lane I don t think I even really disliked any of the stories, there was a lot [...]


    2. Review copyEmbers A Collection of Dark Fiction features twenty five stories In any collection of this size, there are bound to be some hits and some misses along the way Fortunately, there are of the former leading me to suggest this work be added to your personal TBR list.The book begins with The Chamber A visit to a place of unspeakable horror brings back nightmares, but not of what the reader might imagine A most interesting and somewhat Lovecraftian beginning to the collection.If you enjoy [...]


    3. This was my first time reading Kenneth s stories, and now I ll definitely keep an eye out for his future works All around, Embers was a great collection of stories In nearly ever tale, the characters have heart and are relatable, and his writing style is inviting and easy to get lost in Among my favorite stories in the collection were Valerie s Window, Closer, and Flocking birds.


    4. As a fan of short stories, I jumped at the chance to read this book As usual when I read a collection of short stories I have my favourites, so for this review I will mention the ones that stood out for me To Save One Life This short story is about a serial killer Due to this being written from the Hero s POV, you can really imagine being in the room whilst the killer does the deed I can guarantee that you will be as surprised as me when you find out who the hero is.Final Breath Glenda is sittin [...]


    5. I gave this book a 5 star rating, which I hardly ever do Almost every short story in this book was great I love short stories because if one isn t good, chances are the next one might be But in this case I didn t look at each next story with hope it would be better, but with excitement that it would be just as good as the previous one.


    6. A very nice cover The art work is excellent It fits the Embers title well and is creepy looking The Table of Contents is linked very nicely.The Chamber 3 StarsStarted well with a nice blending of past and present I had a little trouble with the realism of the ending but it was well written.Valerie s Window 5 StarsStarted out in a typical way but as the story progresses and and of Valerie s life is revealed it takes strange and disturbing twists that I did not see coming It was also realistic i [...]


    7. I ve read many, many short story collections over these past few years Some good, some great and some that are just okay So, where does Embers by Kenneth W Cain sit Well, Crystal Lake Publishing very rarely drop the ball with their releases They are one such publisher I know I am going to get a quality read from often than not Their books always have great cover art and are presented in a professional manner with good editing and formatting I am not familiar with Mr Cain s work, but of the many [...]


    8. Review of EMBERS by Kenneth W Cain A sterling single author collection, EMBERS is the third short story collection by prolific author Kenneth W Cain For readers who haven t encountered Mr Cain, here is a wonderful introduction Prepare for the stretching of your mind and the expansion of your imagination as Kenneth W Cain boldly goes into unexplored territory, sometimes speculative, other times horrific, but always enlightening My recommendation is sample one story at a time, taking time to savor [...]


    9. I have to say I was really impressed at the size of this collection, 25 short stories, you are definitely getting your moneys worth.I first discovered Embers by Kenneth W.Cain as I m a really big fan of Crystal Lake Publishing Previously they have release some great horror short story anthologies such as Gutted which contains stories from Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell and Kevin Lucia Crystal Lake have also released some really great original novels such as Pretty Little Dead Girls b [...]


    10. Embers, A collection of Dark Fiction is a dark and twisted selection of smouldering tales.Best way to read Embers Curled up by a dying fire, sipping a glass of red or tea Recently, I ve become a big fan of short story collections, so I jumped at the chance to review this ARC from Crystal Lake Publishing Horror collections work especially well A short pacy story can pack just as heavy a punch as a longer, developed one Gutted Beautiful Horror Stories also published by Crystal Lake Publishing re [...]


    11. I think I can safely say that this collection is one of my all time favourites There is such a variety of stories in here that there will definitely be something for everyone in it See here for the full review Embers A Collection of Dark Fiction



    12. Unnerving Magazine ReviewIt s never easy to roll a collection in a single review Possibly, it s even difficult when the collected is by a single author and includes than twenty stories.Here goes Like any collection of this size, there s bound to be some that just didn t work for the reader, in this, Embers was the no different However, the weights of the two were far from fifty fifty For the most part, Embers is horror on a rollercoaster The thrills are frequent and often Cain stretched the cl [...]


    13. There are recurring themes in this collection deteriorated relationships are a big one, and bird motifs are another and in Flocking Birds, you get both There are a few weak spots as with any story collection a few soft or abrupt endings but by and large, Cain has a solid body of work here I dislike spoiling any story, so I ll just list a few of my favorites Gone a lost child is every parent s worst nightmare, and this one has a really great Twilight Zone vibe Blackbird s Breath one of several bi [...]


    14. Righteous ReadHorrifying, spine chilling, deathly dark Everything who love horror craves When you reach the end of this book, your soul desires from this author Recommend read.


    15. Embers is a well constructed and put together collection of horror stories from Kenneth W Cain that marks another quality release from Crystal Lake Publishing Some of the particularly noteworthy stories are as follows The Chamber Blackbird s Breath Final Breaths


    16. An eclectic collection of stories that are best served on a dark, quiet night I m looking forward to from Kenneth W Cain Oh yea, leave the lights on.


    17. As an anthology, this book has what, at first glance, very different story lines However, as I read through the stories, what struck me was the loss of a family member Usually a spouse Sometimes a parent, sometimes a child, but with loss nonetheless It has occurred to me that perhaps to every reader this is the most horrible thing that can happen in their lives Who wants to see a family member die, and in the horrible ways that Mr Cain has come up with This is, based on the most extreme horror p [...]


    18. We get a large variety of stories in this collection We get an amnesia based version of hell, a story in which people start blinking out of existence, and a story in which a man finds a portal to another world in order to confront his dead wife who was unfaithful to him There s a story about a girl trying to reconnect with her zombie brother, another story about a girl trying to bring her vampire brother back to life, and a short story in which a father and son go on a hunting trip but they re n [...]


    19. Cain outdoes himself yet again with a stunning collection of dark fiction Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, and others will have you running from night light to night light in the dark All of the stories are well written and are guaranteed to take the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions I loved every single story in this anthology, and am selfishly awaiting Cain s next collection.



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