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Kenneth W. Cain

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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
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Kenneth W. Cain Thanks for asking. These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales are currently available as audiobooks at Audible and Amazon (maybe a couple other places). I'm …moreThanks for asking. These Old Tales and Fresh Cut Tales are currently available as audiobooks at Audible and Amazon (maybe a couple other places). I'm hoping to get the shorter novellas (Jade, Alexin, and Lifeblood) there soon as well. And maybe Pack Animals (United States of the Dead) once the new edition is finalized. There has been talk about getting Embers and Darker Days on audio, but no movement yet. (less)
Kenneth W. Cain When I was 10 I experienced an encounter with the Shadow People, though I didn't know it at the time. So sleep paralysis has kind of been a reoccurrin…moreWhen I was 10 I experienced an encounter with the Shadow People, though I didn't know it at the time. So sleep paralysis has kind of been a reoccurring theme in my fiction. But I also think that experience itself could be part of a bigger plot. We'll have to see.(less)
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The story continues . . .
Behind a wall of amnesia, he can’t remember anything. Maybe he can’t bear to. Nameless knows only the mission: Directed by the mysterious Ace of Diamonds, he travels the country, turning predators into prey. But the pain in his past can’t hold him back when dark visions of the future lead him toward his greatest test yet. Nameless is closing in on a revelatory endgame in Nameless Season Two, available on June 10. It will be available free for Prime members as well as Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
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Those who are corrupted in turn corrupt the innocent. That is the only purpose of humanity: to deceive, to use, to dominate and destroy.
This is from the point of view of the antagonist, who is a sociopath. It is the only thing sociopaths and psychopaths believe in, which is why I find them more terrifying than villains who are just embezzlers and bank robbers and one-off murderers whose deeds an author attributes to a lack of nurturing by family or society. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway: This line does not reflect any aspect of my philosophy!
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His clairvoyance is time travel achieved without leaving the present. The curtains of the past part, and he sees what has been; the mists of the future clear, and he sees an event yet to occur.
These two sentences pleased me inordinately when I wrote them because I had never seen it said that clairvoyance is akin to time travel. For a couple of minutes I could stare at those words and think that I was too cool for this school. Then, of course, I let out a gross belch from the tacos I had for lunch, and the truth of my nature reasserted itself.
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This is his life: confrontation with the darkness that has nothing to do with an absence of light.
I like this line because it’s true of my career! In my fiction, I explore the darkness of the human condition and of human potential, but I have confidence that ultimately light and good will prevail.
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From Death Reborn by Kenneth W. Cain
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Cristina Sburlea Hi, I am organizing a giveaway. On December 8, I will send out a copy of my epic fantasy novel titled Creatures of Darkness and Light - titans, humans, and the beasts and my paranormal fantasy novel titled 300 Years of Sin (btw, there are no sparkly vampires here, but there's quite the body count), each e-book will go to a different person. Those who want to participate have to like and leave a comment (on my FB wall) with the name of the e-book they want. If you would like to participate, you can check out my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaCristin... or my Goodreads page blog.


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Hello Kenneth,
It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I am looking forward to reading your work! Thank you and best wishes to you.
Warmest regards,
CJ"


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Hello Kenneth,
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CJ


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