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Submitted for your approval—Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow, a collection of speculative fiction inspired by the original Twilight Zone series. In the spirit of that iconic, timeless show, these mysterious and gripping narratives explore parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality.

•A toddler shifts through parallel worlds, changing into different versions of herself. What would a mother do for her daughter?
•A chef finds an alternate food source on a remote world. When the new chef arrives, will he be forced to reveal a horrific secret?
•A twelve-year-old Earth girl is randomly chosen to rule the galaxy. Why are galactic administrators so desperate to stop her?
•Humanity is on trial, annihilation at stake. Can an underdog alien lawyer save us?
•Time seems to stand still as a young boy bikes with his troubled friend. Is the friend causing this phenomenon—and what if he doesn’t stop it?

Explore space and time—and confront humanity’s deepest fears—with Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.

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First published October 25, 2019

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Kevin Kuhn lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife Melinda and three children. He is a University Lecturer who enjoys sipping cheap bourbon, avoiding yard work, and living vicariously through his children's sports. While Kevin has no musical skill whatsoever, he appreciates a broad spectrum of artists from Pink Floyd to Prince and Radiohead to the Rolling Stones. His golf game is horrific with flashes of mediocrity. Kevin is proud to be a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA).
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March 8, 2020
I realise it's an odd way to describe a collection of supernatural short stories, but there was something incredibly comforting about this book. Yes, there were touches of horror, and more than once I felt the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, but the overall sense was one of gleeful anticipation than all-out terror. These are the kind of tales we loved to hear around the camp fire as children, and which offer a sense of warmth and sentimentality as we grow older. I loved each and every one of the stories in this work, but the highlights for me were those set in the far reaches of space. I'd be interested to know which stories other readers like best, so please do let me know below :D
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743 reviews11.8k followers
July 25, 2021
When I was a preteen and young teen just discovering my love for science fiction, I spent hours raiding my local library shelves for science fiction anthologies. I read a lot of “early” SF stories, from Golden Age of SF and shortly after. This collection brought back those memories through a somewhat similar feel to these tales - they do seem have that vintage classic feel to them. And despite the “Dark Tomorrow” promise in the title, they are pretty much your “normal” SF with occasional pessimistic note, as is customary.

A few of these stood out to me. My Little Girl - about mother’s love and alternate selves from the parallel worlds; A Question of Motivation - a growing suspicion that your lover and the only other living person on a remote planet may be in fact up to no good; and the darkest of them all, Teach a Man to Fish, which is perfectly disturbing in its very unsettling revelation (which also had some unintended hilarity for me despite the bleak premise, brought on by some creative translation of Russian idioms and my joy in translating them back).

An honorable mention goes to Let’s Ride Bikes that to me had a very slight Bradbury-esque note of childhood nostalgia.

But my favorite moment came in The Case Against Humanity - because *of fragging course* the fate of humanity may depend on whether galactic super powers are swayed by Freddie Mercury and his timeless “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Freddie may just earn us a chance. Freddie is the best. No book that shows love for Freddie can be bad. Defense rests its case.

“Well, I have one last thing to share with you. It requires no explanation.”

It doesn’t, indeed.

3.5 stars, rounding to 4 for the marvel that Freddie Mercury was.

Disclaimer: Kevin Kuhn is among my GR friends, but I was not asked to review this, found it on my own and honestly paid my hard-earned cash for the Kindle copy of this collection, and so no quid-pro-quo has been committed here.
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1,066 reviews3,607 followers
November 16, 2019
I might have been a bit concerned when I was approached to read this book! Why...you ask??
OK fine! I don’t do well with anything the least bit scary! There it is! (head bent in shame!) But I was assured the plot was something along the lines of Rod Serlings’ “The Twilight Zone” which I loved watching years ago. (I think I just dated myself!) Completely confident now, I leaped right in! And glad I did!

These short stories weren’t really scary as much as well...freaky! I suppose it would be best described as science fiction.
My favorites were:
My Little Girl - this one sent shivers up my spine! And truly, I could see this as an actual episode of Twilight Zone.
For The Hive and Nana’s Memory Box were also ones that lingered with me.

At the start of each short story the author uniquely includes a brief introduction that explains his inspiration for each tale. So clever and insightful! I enjoyed reading these introductions as you always wonder how an author comes up with these ideas (at least I do!).

I read this authors previous work Do You Realize? and was excited to once again enjoy his thought provoking work. Next Mr. kuhn?

Thank you to Kevin Kuhn for an ARC to read and review.
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1,371 reviews140 followers
December 11, 2022
Nice Collection!

This is a very good selection of short stories from this author.

I have never heard of him before, but I am glad l chose this to read.

It’s been on my TBR list for a short while and now it no longer is.

Four stars. 💫
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2,279 reviews35k followers
October 17, 2019
This book is a compilation of short stories inspired by The Twilight Zone original series. Before each short story, the Author shares his thoughts and inspiration behind each story. The tales have a creepy supernatural vibe which makes them perfect stories to read while curled up on the couch on chilly fall nights as Halloween approaches. Short Story and Twilight fans will not be disappointed. Like The Twilight Zone, these ten tales are a mix of Science fiction, the supernatural, light horror and fantasy.

My favorites were: My Little Girl, Terror on Pandor-3, Let's Ride Bikes and Teach a Man to Fish.

Author Kevin A. Kuhn provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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530 reviews34.5k followers
March 5, 2021
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. So thank you, Kevin, for giving me the opportunity to read another one of your intriguing books! =)**

”There’s more to this world than science. There’s more than just the things you see, touch, and feel. There’s not much magic left in the world, and if some people had their way, it would all be gone. But if you open your mind, you can still find bits of it. Every time you see a rainbow, every time you watch the sunset, and every time you remember a dream – they’re all little glimpses into what’s beyond our world.”

I really love how Kevin’s books make me think. “Do You Realize?” made me question and think about a lot of things and it was no different with this amazing collection of sci-fi short stories. Each and every single story has a purpose and a message it wants to deliver and I found myself enjoying all of them. Even more, I was always looking forward to reading the next one. XD

Some of them made me feel uncomfortable, others scared me and gave me goose bumps and one or two were even amusing. ;-) In short: This was an excellent mixture and I probably could have read even more of those “dark tales”. *lol* I loved the fact that this had such a huge variety of different stories and while they’re all kind of science fiction related, they definitely tackled a lot of topics and played out at many different places. I mean this collection has it ALL! From aliens to other dimensions and planets, right to some sort of time travel and a questionable AI. ;-)

My personal favourites were those four stories: My Little Girl (because I could relate so much!!!) Terror on Pandor-3 (Ahhh! *shudders*), Nana’s Memory Box (this was just lovely!!!), Teach a Man to Fish (OMG!!!)

All told this was a great collection of short stories and I can’t wait to read more of Kevin’s books. In some way they are really comforting and cozy reads?! I dunno how to describe it properly but whenever I commuted back home from work I read another one of Kevin’s stories and by the time I got out of the train I didn’t think about work anymore but already had the last story in my mind. XD

If you’re a fan of the Twilight Zone series, if you enjoy hearing spooky stories around the bonfire at night and if you read R.L. Stine as a kid, well, then I’m sure you’ll really enjoy this! *lol*

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This was really great and I enjoyed every single one of those 10 stories! =)
This is such a nice collection of sci-fi shortstories and I can totally recommend it.

Full RTC soon! Stay tuned! ;-)


I already read Kevin’s “Do You Realize?” a couple of years ago and when he asked me if I wanted to read his new book I got really curious and just HAD to say “yes”!

I mean 10 short stories inspired by the “Twilight Zone” series? How was I supposed to decline? *lol* Right! I wasn’t; which is the reason why I’m reading “Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow” now. =)

So thank you for thinking of me Kevin! I’m sure this will be super intriguing!
I just hope it’s not all too creepy! We all know I’m such a scaredy fox! XD
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1,036 reviews668 followers
October 28, 2019
Are our dreams nothing more than glimpses into other worlds than this?  Of what value are time slippages, itchy brains, and temper tantrums?  Do we really need a hovering AI presence in our homes?  The author offers plenty of points to ponder in this collection of darkish tales.  

This would be a fine choice for a Halloween read, especially for those who don't want to go all the way over to the dark side, but would like to have a little taste.  My favorites were For the Hive, My Little Girl, Terror on Pandor-3, and Nana's Memory Box.
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1,880 reviews22.7k followers
November 7, 2019
3.5 stars. This collection of ten SF/fantasy short stories by Kevin Kuhn has a distinctly retro, Twilight Zone type of vibe to it. They're not overall as dark as the title led me to believe, but they do tend to go for the slightly (or sometimes more than slightly) disturbing twist.

There's a lot of variation in subject matter here: accidentally switching places with near-counterpart people from almost-parallel worlds; a huge brain - surely dead! - found on an alien world (that one really reminded me of a 50's horror film!); a ruthless artificial intelligence that has taken over human society; a grandmother's box of memorabilia that pulls the holder into the memories of the person who owned the object; a lonesome pair of people trying to terraform a planet, where one person becomes concerned that the other is systematically murdering the crew from their spaceship. And more.

"Teach a Man to Fish" may have been the darkest one, about a grim mining planet where the one bright spot in the miners' lives is a tasty meal of an alien, tentacled creature every ten days. "For the Hive" could give it a run for its money, though.

I enjoyed "The Case Against Humanity," in which aliens argue whether the entire human race should be summarily executed or given another chance, with its ratlike protagonist desperately pulling out all of our accomplishments to try to convince the judges. (It took me a few seconds to figure out what the masterpiece song was; that was pretty amusing.) My favorite story was the last one, "Sally Ann, Queen of the Galaxy," with its simultaneously innocent and determined twelve-year-old protagonist.

A lot of the story concepts here aren't the freshest - they felt like stories I would have read back in the 70's or 80's, with some fairly familiar themes to anyone who's read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. The stories are well-written (no grammar/punctuation type of errors that I noticed, which is an easy thing to have happen in indie publishing), straightforward and clear in style, and not overly complex. Overall I enjoyed it.

Disclaimer: Kevin and I are GR friends, though I don't know him well. I received a free copy of this ebook from him for review.
December 9, 2019
This is a collection of ten unique short stories featuring a variety of tales in science fiction, speculative fiction, alternate history, and magical realism. Inspired by the Twilight Zone and the author's imagination, they are a journey between everyday events, thoughts, memories, and dreams through dimensions of fear and time, spanning into the darker places of the universe.

Each tale has a brief introduction on the prior page hinting at the circumstance, idea or inspiration of its nature and adds a personal touch. This could be a childhood memory, a fascination, a random fact or a nightmare. Some of the leading thoughts were about the bond of mothers and daughters, the use of artificial intelligence, humanity, worry-free childhood, the influence of grandparents or remembering your first alcoholic drink. These allude to the idea of the tales, but they don't give away anything of the stories. So, as a reader, you may find yourself on an archaeological dig on a different planet, or being chased by bees into a lake, perhaps scarred and at the fate of a different planetary race, or trying to race a bike against time. You may attempt to save a fellow comrad, or terraform a new planet.... all while the power of a young girl is not to be underestimated or tentacled creatures prey on you.

The array of stories is fascinating. Most of them are sci-fi, some of the others contain an alternate history. All of them offer a twist and food for thought. The tension built in these short stories was amazing and it always felt like you are right within knowing the characters. The variety in the make-up will have you anticipate every next tale and what it could bring. The stories are very engaging and edgy. Some of them offer thrills while others make you cringe with caution. A smatter of humor can be found in most of them.

I enjoyed these tales very much. The writing of them was absolutely flawless and it showed a great range of ability in various elements of the genre. The personal notes before each tale add a nice touch and allow a glimpse into the mind of the writer. I always appreciate that.

This was my second book to read by Kevin A. Kuhn, and I am a fan. Highly recommend!

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I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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1,967 reviews1,499 followers
October 28, 2019
4 - 5⭐️ I’m trying not to be quite so set in my ways with my genres and as I don’t read much sci-fi and this had great reviews, I left my comfort zone and really enjoyed this well written collection of stories. There are some really imaginative stories here, some featuring dystopian worlds, some magical, some that are a bit creepy but there’s also some humour. My favourite is Sally Ann, Queen of the Galaxy because of the Alice in Wonderland references and the fantastic end just blew me away. I also like My Little Girl, Nana’s memory box is a great story as is Let’s Ride Bikes. I would recommend this collection of stories inspired by The Twilight Zone and this time of year is a perfect choice. I take it Kevin, that you just might be a Queen fan? Loved the Bohemian Rhapsody reference and We are the Champions in Sally Ann made me laugh as I could just picture it!!!
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4,001 reviews35.9k followers
October 28, 2019
Kevin has mind-bending imagination...
It’s amazing that stories about artificial intelligence, fading children, other planets,
etc., would make for such human warmth and psychologically astute stories.
Kevin Kuhn made me look at life differently!

Very enjoyable collection!!

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1,190 reviews153 followers
August 23, 2021
Ten Tales - imaginative and scary. Could any of these really happen?

Seems Author Kuhn has a very active dream life, many of these tales come from dreams he has experienced.

Every story begins with Kevin's thoughts or background of the story. A really neat way to introduce the tale.

The Ten Stories are:

My Little Girl-the powerful love of a mother for her daughter

Terror on Pandor-3 - a pilot for a long-term archaeological project on another planet tells his story

For the Hive-artificial intelligence at work

The Case Against Humanity-what does the rest of the galaxy think about humans?

Let's Ride Bikes-captures that feeling of near magic that frequently accompanies a bike ride and takes it one step further

Teach a Man to Fish-another galactic story. C'hicatou (sea life on this planet) feed the starving

A Drink of Knowledge - kids drink their first alcoholic beverage learning a lesson

Nana's Memory Box-the impact of a grandmother's memories on her granddaughter

A Question of Motivation-From Kevin: "I’ve always been intrigued by the possibility of terraforming a world. However, when I began to write about it, I realized it needed something else. So I added in a love story . . . sort of."

Sally Ann, Queen of the Galaxy - some want her to be queen, others do not, especially Sally Ann

Loved the stories Kevin; kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

5 stars
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1,138 reviews1,873 followers
October 27, 2019
The author was inspired to write this collection of short stories by his memories of watching reruns of "The Twilight Zone" series, as a boy.

Wikipedia: "The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a stand-alone story in which characters find themselves dealing with often disturbing or unusual events, an experience described as entering "The Twilight Zone" often with a surprise ending and a moral. "

I, myself, caught a few of these reruns myself, growing up, and can still remember being terrified by one called "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"!

So, despite the fact that I am not really a reader of Science Fiction, I was intrigued enough to read Kevin Kuhn's "Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow".

Needless to say, my favorites were the stories classified as "speculative fiction" or "magical realism", such as "My Little Girl", "Let's Ride Bikes" and "Nana's Memory Box", but solid writing had me enjoying some of the Sci-Fi stories as well, especially "For The Hive"...

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6,766 reviews588 followers
October 14, 2019
Welcome to the dark side, the creepy side, the side that makes for wonderful campfire tales. Kevin A. Kuhn has put together some very short, very edgy tales that reach beyond reality and into the recesses of our minds where we look for “what ifs.”

TEN TALES OF A DARK TOMORROW are sometimes hair-raising, sometimes a little eerie, and always just short enough to remember to re-tell or just remember with a little chill or two. Kevin Kuhn cleverly pulls us in quickly, builds the tension than, BAM! The story is over and we are left with imaginations that beg for more, beg for “the rest of the story,” and again with the “what ifs.” Don’t those often make the BEST stories?

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Kevin A. Kuhn! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (October 25, 2019)
Publication Date: October 25, 2019
Genre: Short Stories | Science Fiction
Print Length: 191 pages
Available from: Amazon
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1,039 reviews13 followers
November 21, 2020
'Join me on a journey to a new dimension. A place that lies between my imagination and fears. A destination that is as vast as the universe and as old as time. A place you only find between light and darkness. Welcome to: Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.'
- Kevin A. Kuhn

I picked this anthology up because I am a huge fan of the Twilight Zone. And these stories here are intended to follow the spirit of the original Twilight Zone episodes.
Science fiction, speculative fiction and even magical realism, these tales are a combination between every day events, thoughts, memories and dreams and are all opened with a little introduction, revealing the core of the story with a little personal note.

These tales explore space and time and confront some of humanity’s deepest fears. They are not very dark but most of them have an unexpected and downright chilling twist. The themes are not new as fantasy and sci-fi goes and yet, despite it all, the stories themselves manage to engage.
Very well written and entertaining, these little tales will absolutely appeal to each and every Twilight Zone fan out there. I for one enjoyed them all, but my favorites were these:

My Little Girl which has one damn fine way of showing the strength of a mother's love. It is flawlessly written and beautifully flowing, intense and with a nice little twist.

'There is little in this world as powerful as the love of her mother for her daughter.'
But what does a mother do when her child suddenly seems to be.... different?!
Little 3 year old Candy is different. Words like gifted, genius, prodigy have been used to describe her. And she is all that, but more! And that something more is enough to make her own mother fear her.

'I love her but I don't. She's my daughter, but she isn't. She's little and fragile, and she needs me, but she frightens me.'

The why and the how I'll leave for you to find out. It is a short story after all and revealing more will spoil. But know that, as a mother myself, I did get quite a few goosebumps while reading.

For the Hive, which I found absolutely chilling given the present state of our world.

This tale here talks about a possible not so distant future. A future in which humanity has overcome a deadly virus at a very high cost. A future safeguarded by a human-made AI.
It is her sole purpose to preserve and protect the human race. At least that's the purpose for which she had been built.

I'm not going to say more about the why and how because any extra detail will spoil. But if you decide to read it, know you'll be taken on one hell of a ride.
Now don't go and think that the chilling stars are reserved for the plot. That one is dark enough, but not the winner here. The hair rising chill is due to the 'what if'. Because both the idea and circumstances the author describes can be a distinct possibility.

And it's the simple realistic way in which the tale is told that sets the cherry on the top of the goosebumps cake.
Worthy of the best Twilight Zone episodes.

And lastly, the absolute favorite Teach a Man to Fish This one was simply... WOW!

Astute and uncanny, mysterious and spine-chilling, these are but a few characteristics of this anthology here. And I highly recommend them to any Twilight Zone Series fan out there.

Find this review and more on my book review and cover art blog The Magic Book Corner
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177 reviews23 followers
October 4, 2020
With all the unexpected events going on in the world today, you would think it not wise to even want to imagine what tomorrow will bring. But I could not help myself. Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow was an exciting read and a special pass into the inner workings of Mr. Kuhn's mind as many of the stories even derived from some of his own dreams. Intelligent, imaginative, frightening, and twisted are these tales that they seem to stick with you long after you have read them. Along the journey of my reading, I captured some of my emotional responses and thoughts to each of the ten stories to help provide some form of a strong review and to appease my own satisfaction of analyzing my feelings about each of them. I did not want this book to end! I savored it and drug it out as long as I could possibly bare to!

#1 My Little Girl
This story explores the possibility of alternate versions of reality including duplicate versions of people. What if you had a duplicate of yourself living an alternate version of your reality? The thought of this leaves me with so much curiosity. There was also one quote in this story that had me laughing, and it was about the following discoveries in one reality: "North Korea has developed nuclear weapons, Donald Trump is president, and Disney owns Star Wars!"

#2 Terror on Pandor-3
This story was so thrilling and wonderfully depicted. Evolving around the concept of another planet, this story brings to life some of the fears new discoveries can bring. Full of amazing accurate descriptions of the quality of flights left me feeling like I was really there listening to all the action! I could even hear the voices through the headset. There is a point where the story really picks up pace and I found myself screaming "what the hell!" and gasping out loud! My eyes were scanning the words faster than my brain could process! Let's just say I drove my husband crazy with my spoken aloud commentary responses as he had no idea what I was reading about!

#3 For the Hive
Ever wonder what it would be like if artificial intelligence dominated the world? Well, in this story it does. Alica is the new ruler over humanity and she dominates humanity with the sole purpose of supposedly protecting it. It was uncanny how much Alica reminded me of our current day Alexa which gave me chills! It makes you think about to what extent artificial intelligence would go to protect humanity in such a situation and what their definition of protect would even mean. It also raises the question that at what time must things naturally just come to an end? Is it not true that everything that begins must end? What would really happen if we eradicated all diseases and risks to human life? The human life span has already increased significantly over the last few hundred years, and it continues to do so thanks to scientific, technological, and medical advances. That is wonderful and all; however, along with this expansion comes a whole slew of issues, one of the biggest ones being the increased and continuous demand on an already burdened planet Earth. This story also brings up the issues of privacy and control with the existence of artificial intelligence. With such a protected world to live in, it would come with a price.

#4 The Case Against Humanity *Favorite*
This one had me torn side to side with my brain twisted, but I found myself agreeing more with the side that was against my very own human nature. I sided in favor of the prosecutor who was supporting the case against humanity. Unfortunately, I've see the worst of the worst of humanity, and I'm very analytical. It seems every day seems to bring in more negativity soaked in absolute hopelessness. Most days I feel like I'm on the outside looking in wondering if anyone else seems to notice these things. Perhaps, it is I who is flawed, but there are days I feel dissociated from my human nature as a result. Which brings me to the fact that I just cannot disagree one bit with this case against humanity. We are vile creatures! Do we really deserve access to a galactic empire when billions of years of evolution has not made us worthy of the simplicity of respect? We are weak and pitiful beings as stated such. But yes, as the pro humanity argument suggested, we are also creative and resourceful, winners in the battle of survival. However, it seems the creativity that leads to the birth of art, film, music, and stories is only a distraction from our true reality. It is also true that it seems humans are obsessed with sexual reproduction. So much out there is sexualized to the point where sex is everywhere you turn. And sex often leads to reproduction which leads to population increase which leads to further depletion of planetary resources which in turn will eventually lead to the destruction of humanity itself. What if this does happen within the next 50 to 100 years?

#5 Let's Ride Bikes *Favorite*
My initial thoughts after reading the intro to this story was how thankful I feel every single day that I was born a 90s kid, before technology dominated our world and lives. Riding bikes was central to this story and it instantly buried me in nostalgia as I recalled the days my sister and I would have adventure after adventure on our bikes in our own little creative worlds we created. The freedom the bikes gave us goes beyond any type of experience I've had in all the years of my life. This story throws in an unexpected twist I cannot reveal here, but it made me realize what I would have done had I been in one of the character's shoes. It just reminded me of how many of us come so close to the edge in our own realities amongst the turmoil of life. It made me wonder how close to the edge one would get if given the opportunity. The edge being far away from your own reality, slipping through time itself. What a strange and thought-provoking story. Definitely one of my favorites because I'm sure I would ride my bike to the edge and beyond on certain days just to escape my reality.

#6 Teach a Man to Fish *Favorite*
If you suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia like me, you may want some comfort nearby after reading this one. The descriptions were so descriptive and immersive, it is impossible not to imagine yourself right there in the setting of the story. There were moments I felt I couldn't breathe! Though I will say no more other than it seems the simple thought of teaching a man to fish has a whole new meaning in this story.

#7 A Drink of Knowledge
What if you were given the opportunity to receive universal knowledge that would guide humanity into a new age? Would you take it? All I can say is this story left me saying "oh wow!" Gave me a lot to think about.

#8 Nana's Memory Box *Favorite*
This story was so sentimental and heartwarming. It sent me back deep into my own mind and my own memories, and I realized I had accessible memories all the way back to age 4! As the story reveals, not all memories are good, but things happen for a reason. Have you ever thought about creating a memory box? If not, this story will make you want to. It just may serve you more than you think at a later time in your life when all you have left are memories. I'm proud to say I have a partial memory box I’ve worked on over the last few years.

#9 A Question of Motivation
This story focuses on terraforming new planets but also has a little love story going on. I really enjoyed the twist ending! The whole setting is satisfying for lovers of science fiction like me!

#10 Sally Ann, Queen of the Galaxy
I loved the references to Alice in Wonderland, one of my all-time favorite stories. But this story has a lesson deep within that I only wish our own planet would acknowledge and strive for and that is equality for all with the goal of eliminating poverty, suffering, and hunger while allocating resources equally amongst all. There exists too much greed, control, and power!

My final words are yes, Mr. Kuhn I will keep reading, so please keep writing! Your work is inspiring to me personally as a writer and mind-altering to me as a reader. Thank you!
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December 10, 2019
The Twilight Zone! A TV show that ran from 1959-1964 that easily became a classic with its opening music theme and eerie concept. In the introduction to this short story collection, the author describes how in his youth he watched this beloved series. Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow is a collection of ten short stories written reminiscent to the show in multiple ways as well as pay homage to it and to his youth.

One of the haunting pleasures of reading a collection reminiscent of the Twilight Zone TV show is how the stories find a way to echo back and forth within your mind as it attempts to work out the problem laid out within the prose. It’s as if you were given a puzzle that is put together incorrectly, but one that your brain is determined to sort through and correct. Except here, the puzzle will never be corrected and that is the beauty of these types of stories. The worlds created are just inherently disquieting, forcing our minds to accept that the improbability of it all and to deal somehow with the aftermath.

Like all short story collections, there will be some that linger in your thoughts long after finishing. The Hive was one of these for me. The Hive is the third story in the collection set in a world where an artificial life named Alica helps children achieve the most they can out of school. Nothing is more important to Alica than the welfare and education of the children and ensuring that the human race is preserved and protected. However, there is a darkness in the story too. Early on you get a distinct sense of how Alica is too involved and that the changes and suggestions she has made in the children’s daily routine is too intrusive. But we’ve all seen 2001: A Space Odyssey and know that AIs don’t take too kindly to meddling and so we have an overall sense of where this is going. But even so, the story is still captivating as it reaches its conclusion. At the end, I am left wanting to find some solution to this dilemma this world now faces, yet knowing I never will.

Another story, which I loved yet found haunting is Let’s RIde Bikes. Prior to the story the author describes his desire to create something focusing around ‘untroubled childhood.’ The story centers around two friends: the main character, who I believe is unnamed, and his best friend Billy. It’s summer and the two ride bikes for hours and hours and hours, yet each time when they return home they discover they really have only been gone for 15 minutes. Early on in the story it becomes apparent that Billy doesn’t have a great home life, with his dad being the main cause. Billy uses these bike rides to work out his anger as well as to get away for as long as he can. Except each time they go out the unnamed best friend always bring him back home. Even though I can see the direction the story is leading toward I still found it haunting as I continued reading. I felt sad and helpless making it another story that I am unable to find the solution to.

Not all the stories impacted me this way – there were some that were give you hope at the end, such as Sally Ann, Queen of the Galaxy and some were just entertaining, such as The Case Against Humanity, where we learn facts about the human body or human race.

All in all, this is a very nice collection of short stories that are well thought-out, interesting, and leave you feeling just a little unnerved in some cases. Like all anthologies and short story collections, there will be some that become favorites and although the ones that leave me a bit disturbed are probably my personal favorites, this collection has some that will also leave you with a bit of hope too.

Rating: 4.5 stars
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30 reviews6 followers
August 13, 2020
A great collection of short stories that will keep you up thinking. My favorite was probably the AI story. I love science fiction and I enjoyed the really unique twist on the tale. It’s truly horrifying to think what can happen if we give AIs control. This set won’t disappoint.
2 reviews
June 17, 2020
Excellent book!

I enjoyed all 10 short stories. I highly recommend this book to any who might like short stories. I read the entire book in one day, it was that good.
67 reviews
January 23, 2020
The title is a little deceptive in that these tales are not so dark as you might think. At least I didn't find them so, but then I've read a lot of sci-fi/speculative fiction - which is where I would classify this book. The author got his inspiration from the old Twilight Zone TV show and I would say he's right on point. I thought most of these stories would fit the bill for an episode. I especially liked Let's Ride Bikes and Nana's Memory Box. Most stories were under an hour's listen so you can listen to the book in chunks if that's what worked best for you. However, I found the stories so absorbing I rolled from one right on into another just to see what else was in store! They were quite spellbinding! An enjoyable listen if you like sci-fi or shows like the Twilight Zone. * I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and have offered my honest opinions*
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Author 21 books115 followers
May 28, 2020
I have never enjoyed an anthology as much as I enjoyed this one. The first story threw me off and I wasn't going to continue but I pushed through the second story and it gripped me. These ten tales are fantastic. They're all different versions of the future, all of them science fiction, and many of them bordering horror. The characters were great, the worldbuilding was fantastic, and the ideas were so cool. I'm in love with this collection.
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359 reviews1 follower
July 19, 2020

In the author's foreword, he states his goal was to create the stories in this anthology with a nod to Rod Sterling's "Twilight Zone". He wanted these stories to imbue a sense of wonder, or whimsy, or even horror, as the show did so well. I'm my opinion he succeeded.
1,371 reviews11 followers
March 1, 2020
Ten Tales exploring different realities. The most twilight zonish is "Let's Ride Bikes"
I will read more of this author's works
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5 reviews
May 22, 2020
Terrific read

I really enjoyed this collection. It reminds me a great deal of the tv series twilight zone. I hope there will be a second collection.
305 reviews5 followers
June 27, 2020
I adored he thought zone

I really liked your stories as found myself remember ing re shows I watched thank you for this tell you what y
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Author 27 books7 followers
January 22, 2020

This collection will keep me up at night. I love all the chills and goosebumps that these tales created. Job well done!
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Author 16 books46 followers
August 16, 2020
Really enjoyable!

I loved these dark tales. Each one was unique and different and had a different meaning. Higky recommended to anyone who enjoys stories like the Twilight Zone.
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