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These Old Tales

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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.

“It’s always fun to stumble across a writer you haven’t read that has the ‘write stuff.’ That happened when I read Kenneth W. Cain’s collection THESE OLD TALES. Do yourself a favor, pick up THESE OLD TALES, and pr
Paperback, 194 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Distressed Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 02, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Even though this collection, as a whole, is not as gripping as one might hope, there are a few real gems that make it worth the read. In my view, Kenneth W. Cain's best work is displayed in the short stories. As with most of the collection, there are many familiar horror themes, but Cain manages to give most an interesting twist. "Nocturnal" is one such story, but any discussion may prove a spoiler, so I'll move on. Among the zombie stories, "After the Ocolitz" and "Gladiator David" both treat f ...more
C. Bryan Brown
Dec 26, 2012 C. Bryan Brown rated it it was amazing
If a novel is an author's 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 Cain's "These Old Tales" is a collection of calling cards that he's prepared and there's something for everyone.

The majority of the writing contained in this collection is horror; it's dark, foreboding, and creepy. But don't despair, because it works here as Cain tempers the darkness
Jan 20, 2015 Bill rated it liked it
I have previously read other of Mr. Cain's short works, and I have to say that I was not as captivated by this collection as I'd hoped I would be. Having said that, perhaps it's fair to say that this could be a case of the "elevated expectations" syndrome I seem to encounter with some books, and especially films, that I have very much looked forward to. Some of the stories in this collection were excellent, and many, such as the first piece, which maybe even raised my expectations a bit, are ver ...more
Dane Hatchell
Dec 15, 2012 Dane Hatchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m convinced when Kenneth Cain pushed his way out the womb he told a story after taking his first breath. The tale may have been short, but I have no doubt compelling.

These Old Tales offers a bountiful collection of flash fiction, short stories, and yes, even poetry. A variety of creatures crawl from the pages such as ghosts, zombies, werewolves, Satan, Death, deranged killers, and many other nasty sorts.

I admire how Cain trusts the intelligence of the reader in his story presentations. Subtle
Jun 10, 2013 Squire rated it really liked it
Scenes from the zombie apocalypse, fisticuffs at the Pearly Gates, demented killers, wanna-be killers, bizarre horticulture, harbinger cerulean bunnies and a frantic mouse in search of cheese (my personal favorite) are just some of the creepy delights to found in this entertaining collection for short stories/flash fictions.

The author deftly inhabits the minds of his protagoists, turning each piece into a sharp characterization that resonates long after it's (usually) morbid conclusion. Not al
KTrap Jones
Oct 18, 2012 KTrap Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason why I enjoy reading collections by single authors. They kind of provide a buffet of what an author is all about. These Old Tales is packed with stories of all lengths and poetry that really engages the reader. I tend to read collections or anthologies at a slower pace because I usually only read one or two stories at a time. Kind of like cleansing the pallet. With all collections, a reader will hand pick out certain stories they liked or disliked and These Old Tales will certain ...more
Rob Allens
Oct 19, 2012 Rob Allens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short story collections usually don't do much for me, but this is an exception to that rule. Cain gives us well-crafted tales with a very unique perspective. His stories avoid the cliche of violence, gore and blood to give us horror from a very different angle. A man crushed under a massive metal bar. But is that really what happened? Cain's tales are never what they seem and it keeps you reading. I could have done without the poetry, but I'm not a fan of that side of literature. A good one here ...more
Kyle Dickerson
Apr 05, 2012 Kyle Dickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. These Old Tales gives a glimpse into the fears we all share and the nightmares we try to avoid. Get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to be thrust into the twisted mind of Kenneth Cain. And whatever you do...leave a light on.
Feb 28, 2013 Katya rated it really liked it
I was stunned by the sick scenes this author can imagine!! Some of the stories are beyond morbid and all of them come with a can-you-figure-it-out-in-time twist.

Minus one star because there's still a need for some editing- typos, wife called by the wrong name, etc.
Nov 11, 2012 Adeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very awesome short stories! I love how you're dragged in and you don't know your in danger until its too late to turn back! ;) No really Kenneth Cain is a very talented writer and this book is a must read! So go buy it already!
Jun 23, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Decent book. Well written and the stories kept me intrigued. Thank you
Jan 11, 2013 Celeste rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to say this is a bad book...some of the stories were pretty good, but overall...ehhhhh
Mar 07, 2013 Issa rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
Some good stories, but there were a bunch of "eh" stories too.
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Kenneth W. Cain is the author of the SAGA OF I (THESE TRESPASSES, GRAVE REVELATIONS, RECKONING), THE DEAD CIVIL WAR, the acclaimed short story collection THESE OLD TALES, and his latest short story collection FRESH CUT TALES. He lives with his wife and children in Eastern Pennsylvania.

He became interested in the art of storytelling at a young age, spending hours listening to his grandfather spin t
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