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Pain Cages

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Reminiscent of Stephen King’s classic, bestselling book Different Seasons, Paul Kane gives us an unforgettable collection of four novella-size stories. Each story is refreshingly original and delivers an emotional impact that is rarely seen in today’s literature. Dark and moody, clever and well-written… Pain Cages is speculative fiction at its best.


Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published August 7th 2011 by Books of the Dead Press (first published August 6th 2011)
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Mark Matthews
Apr 30, 2013 Mark Matthews rated it it was amazing
Pain Cages is 4 novellas, but the 'title track' alone is worth the purchase. This is great storytelling, and the darkness is painted on the characters in deeper and deeper shades that had me looking forward to each chance I had to read on.

In Pain Cages, the character is perhaps psychotic, yet the cage he is trapped in feels so real you can touch the metal, and his plunge into insanity is felt up close and personal. To me, this is what horror and dark fiction is meant to be: a metaphor for the al
Not very horrifying, I have to agree with others. I kind of enjoyed the last one. I shall say no more in case I ruin it for someone else (view spoiler)
Andy Angel
Jan 19, 2012 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing
A collection of four excellent horror novellas and not a weak story among them!
Difficult to review without giving away twists or plotlines so all I'll say is

PAIN CAGES - This is the story that really marks Paul Kane out as the natural successor to Clive Barker. A cleverly written tale with a kicker at the end that I never guessed. Would have not looked out of place in the aforementioned Mr. Barker's Books of Blood.

HALFLIFE - a tale of the hunter and the hunted - gripping!

Feb 06, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok
First two stories were OK. The first was not a surprise ending to me; I saw it coming. But that may be due to my professional training. The second was an enjoyable premise and executed well. The third was a slog; tedious to read, not at all engaging, and seemingly an exercise to see if the author could write horoscopes that summarized each plot section. Of the four, the last story was the best in terms of plot and writing. Except for the beginning of the first story, these are NOT frightening st ...more
Brandy Hunt
The stories in this anthology are okay, but they do not come across as horrific. I wish I could say more without completely spoiling the stories in the anthology, but not once was I scared or delighted by what I read. The stories are solid and interested, but I feel just not enough ooomph. It struck me as something you might find on someone's coffee table -- the cover looks nice, but no one has read it.
Apr 30, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stories! Kane has written each of the four stories with different themes and if they were published under four separate names you wouldn't connect the writer, THAT is a good author in my opinion!
I'm not going to give away any of the details because that's not what a review is about, I'm only going to say its well worth reading! I really enjoyed it!
Susan Mcreynolds
Jan 01, 2014 Susan Mcreynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great stories!
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Paul Kane has been writing professionally for almost fifteen years. His genre journalism has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, SFX and Rue Morgue, and his non-fiction books are the critically acclaimed The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark. His award-winning short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as being broadcas ...more
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