“Solid combination from a writer to watch.” — Mort Castle, Bram Stoker Award winning author of New Moon on the Water
From the author of the short story collection These Old Tales comes Fresh Cut Tales: 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 within this collection. These sixteen short speculative stories are a winding road of pain where each curve may not be seen. These are the freshest cuts from Cain’s mind.
“Enthralling, eclectic collection of unputdownable speculative fiction.” — Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Black & Orange and Bottled Abyss
- Of Shadows – Somewhere beyond this world are places where the innocent are tested. This story is about such a place. Can Ellen escape her reality?
- Avenged – Life doesn’t matter when it comes to avenging death. Cole Stryder tries to account for the murder of his men, but matters unfold unexpectedly.
- Ordering Out – A troubled bloodsucker has difficulty obtaining sustenance.
- Perfect Little Hands – Dallas faces the truth about his relationship to his stepdaughter at her funeral.
- Inside Out – Richie Harden tells his story to a local reporter, detailing facts about a handicapped boy who isn’t as bad off as he seems.
“Expect the unexpected in this macabre and thoroughly entertaining collection.” — Mike Davis, The Lovecraft Ezine
- Shards – Gerald, a man who has long avoided children, must now face the reality of his demented nature.
- Twist of Pain – A short, troubling journey home is enough to break young Sarah.
- Old Habits – A man and wife find their marriage split by an undead situation.
- In the Shadow of the Equine – Finding themselves trapped on a scenic island with a mob of mind~controlled zealots, a man desperately tries to protect his son.
- Split Ends – A bizarre hair disease follows a woman’s family history, but can her daughter escape the infliction?
“Twisted tales that are guaranteed to keep you up at night.” — Michael McCarty, author of I Kissed a Ghoul
- Spaceship Earth – A hiking trip reveals unexplained mysteries that endanger Earth. Some places aren’t meant to be discovered.
- Warmth Within They Depths – In the vast unwater world, exploration reveals unexpected horrors.
- Never Free – Small towns fables are often shared among children, but none so harrowing as that of the Easton Park Statue.
- Ahote’s Spirit – A Native~American discovers a creature unlike any other.
- Rebirth – A scientist attempts to soothe his daughter about the loss of her mother.
- Redpath, Stu – A classic themed horror story finds Steven in an isolated diner, enjoying the company of old~timers.
Draw up the covers and turn on the lights. Prepare for a journey into the weird, wild, and creepy in this collection of dark fiction stories.
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