“The Reaper’s Fire”

Synopsis of my story:
Dana leads her boyfriend out into a cornfield on Halloween night to learn the identity of an arsonist who terrorized their small town in past years. There in the cornfield, among the drying husks, she contemplates her relationship with her father.

Reviews for my story:
“Cain builds up his main character by basing her on a recognisable stereotype (the popular cheerleader) and then giving her layers, quite the feat for such a short story. The author handles the revelation of the culprit wonderfully well and delivers a satisfying ending.” ~ This Is Horror

Tales From The Lake Volume 3 – Crystal Lake Publishing – Edited by Monique Snyman:

Table of Contents:
“The Owl Builder” – D. Morgan Ballmer
“Tragedy Park” – Chris Pearce
“Enclosures” – Sumiko Saulson
“Woe, Violent Water” – Lily Childs
“The Cruel” – Harper Hull
“Red Scream with Little Smile” – Paul Edmonds
“Maybelle” – Mere Joyce
“Rodent in the Red Room” – Matt Hayward
“The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear” – Natalie Carroll
“The Pygmalion Pigs” – Mark Allan Gunnells
“Chemical Oasis” – Tommy B. Smith
“Hush” – Sergio Pereira
“The Reaper’s Fire” – Kenneth W. Cain
“Effigy” – Kate Jonez
“Scents of Fear” – Steve Jenner
“The Bet” – Amy Grech
“A Hand from the Depths” – Dave de Burgh
“The Monster of Biscayne Bay” – Roxanne Dent
“The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road” – Jack Bates

“By The Crescent Moon”

Synopsis of my story:
A disobedient cat leads its owner into a foggy night filled with chaos and happenstance. (This story is included in DARKER DAYS).

State of Horror: North Carolina – Charon Coin Press:

Description:
Horror stories set in the state of North Carolina.

Table of Contents:

  • “Dying Days: Grey Man” by Armand Rosamilia
  • “The Sacred Cave” by Kathryn M. Hearst
  • “The Devil You Know” by Matt Andrew
  • “By the Crescent Moon” by Kenneth W. Cain
  • “Chicken Bingo” by Frank J. Edler
  • “Death with Benefits” by Randal Keith Jackson
  • “Dead Girl Mary” by Susan Hicks Wong
  • “Fourth Point” by Spencer Carvalho
  • “Tools of the Trade” by Margaret L. Colton
  • “A Heartbeat in the Darkness” by Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp
  • “Paddy Wagon Pete” by L. J.  Heydorn
  • “A Little More Mud in the Pasquotank” by Nathanael Gass
  • “A Feast of Sorrow” by Frank Larnerd

 

“Hired Hand”

Synopsis of my story:
A drunkard gunslinger is forced to standoff against horrible plague local miners brought back with them into town. But if he means to succeed, Hanlin must also find the courage to accept his troubled past.

Reviews for my story:
“For anyone who has watched Philip Kaufman’s The Invasion of the Body Snatchers or (pick any zombie movie) this is the sort of feeling you get from reading this.” ~ SF Site
Largely Deceased:

Description:

Largely Deceased
Ten horrific tales, including:

“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Julie Frost
“Fallen Idol by Lillian” Csernica
“Ye Shall Eat in Haste” by Steve Nagy
“So Praise Him” by Samuel Marzioli
“Saturday” by Evan Dicken
“Of Holes and Craters” by Jenner Michaud
“Hired Hand” by Kenneth W. Cain
“The Last Good Place” by Rhoads Brazos
“Ten to Midnight” by Suzie Lockhart & Bruce Lockhart 2nd
“Fallout” by DJ Tyrer

Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com


Six-Guns Straight From Hell 2 – edited by David B. Riley:

Description:

Weird western, western horror, crossover stories. They’ve been called a lot of things. The one thing no one should call them is some “new kind of horror.” This is a genre that goes back over 100 years. That always seems to surprise people when I’m giving talks on the subject. I don’t know that labels are really important to anyone but the critics, as they seem to have a compulsive need to label everything. I do know I’ve always enjoyed these stories–whether they’re in comic books, the pages of books like this one or even the occasional film.

When I look for a story for a project like this, the main thing I want isn’t just horror elements, but something fun to read. I think the stories that follow in these pages live up to that. Additionally, there is the namesake. You’ve no doubt noticed this is volume two. The first book carrying the name Six Guns Straight From Hellcame out in 2010 and was co-edited with Laura Givens. It was very popular. So, it was time for another one. I hope there are even more to come.

You’ll find a wide variety of horror and dark fantasy in these pages. One story skirts modern times as it tries to deal with some ghosts of the Civil War. Another has an African tie in to an Arizona adventure. Of course we’ve got a haunted mine, complete with a very unusual ghost hunter. And what western-themed book wouldn’t have gunfights? Rest assured, we’ve got ‘em.

So saddle up for a wild ride through the Old West. We open this book with a character from the first volume, starting with a gunfight-laden adventure featuring Joel Jenkins’ popular Native American gunfighter, Lone Crow.

Table of Contents:

  • Joel Jenkins – “Blood for the Jaguar”
  • Dakota Brown – “The Life”
  • Vivian Caethe – “The Feast of Hungry Ghosts”
  • J. A. Campbell – “Brown and the Lost Dutchman Mine”
  • Sam Knightt – ” Uncle Banjamin’s Triple ‘T’ Tonic”
  • Jason Andrew – “A Dream Of A Country Cottage”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Hired Hand”
  • Kit Volker – “Another One”
  • David Boop – “The Tale of Uji the Griot”

Cover Art by M. Wayne Miller

 

“A Ring For His Own”

Synopsis of my story:
When a peculiar man arrives in town selling jewelry, Marshal Ben Donegal finds himself caught in a predicament that may change his life forever. (This story is included in DARKER DAYS).

Jamais Vu Issue #3 – edited by Paul Anderson:

Description from Amazon:
Jamais Vu The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar brings you the best in dark fiction, poetry, factual morsels, criticism, and more 

Table of Contents:

Fiction:

  • Steven Rasnic Tem – “Stick Men”
  • Tom Piccirilli – “That Hideous Beauty”
  • Damien Angelica Walters – “Floating Girls: A Documentary”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “A Ring For His Own”
  • Kristi DeMeester – “To Sleep Long, to Sleep Deep”

Poetry:

  • Stephanie Wytovich – “Mermaids Can’t Fall in love”
  • John Grey – “So What Caused This?”
  • Christopher Shearer – “In the Beginning”
  • Lauren Michaud – “The Nightmare Room”

“Mantid”

Synopsis of my story:

A boy tasked with retrieving a crayfish discovers a far more terrifying creature. (This story is included in DARKER DAYS).

Truth or Dare? – edited by Max Booth III

Description:
A Shared World Horror Anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Halloween night. The freaks are out and having the time of their lives. The kids of Greene Point High School have organized a massive bonfire out in the woods. One drunken teen suggests playing a game, a game called Truth or Dare. That’s always a fun game. Always good for a laugh. By the end of this night, nobody will be laughing. Alcohol, sex, deadly secrets, and oceans of blood await them. Do you dare to play? Truth or Dare is a shared-world horror anthology featuring the morbid writings of many prominent authors in the field today, as well as quite a few new kids on the block you’re gonna want to keep an eye on.

Authors included in this anthology:

  • JOE MCKINNEY
  • JEREMY C. SHIPP
  • RICHARD THOMAS
  • WILLIAM MEIKLE
  • JESSICA MCHUGH
  • ELI WILDE
  • JAY WILBURN
  • SANFORD ALLEN
  • CHANTAL NOORDELOOS
  • JAMES CHAMBERS
  • NIK KORPON
  • VINCENZO BILOF
  • KENNETH W. CAIN
  • USMAN T. MALIK
  • PETER GIGLIO
  • SHANNON GIGLIO
  • ERIC J. GUIGNARD
  • T. FOX DUNHAM

“Fragments”

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Synopsis of my story:
Caleb is a special boy whose hunger outweighs any other need. But in his pursuit of sustenance he encounters someone he hadn’t expected. (This story first appeared in THESE OLD TALES)

Fractured Realms:

Description:

For too long a time, a shroud of darkness was thrown over those who’ve had boundless potential to transcend greatness – shunned and cast out – often put down and made to feel ‘less than’. But a brilliant mind can’t be caged away forever; instantaneous flickers in time will reveal the magnitude and depth of the human spirit.

Extraordinary people marked ‘not normal’ come from all different walks of life, and at times the rest of us can consider ourselves fortunate to have witnessed moments when they have broken through the shell of misjudgment forced upon them. People like Susan Boyle, from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, who took a bus ride one day that changed her life forever, or Dan Aykroyd, a writer and actor who brought laughter to many on Saturday Night Live. As Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana, who competed in the Miss America pageant, said, “Normal is just a dryer setting”.

Table of Contents:

Edited by Suzie and Bruce Lockhart 2nd

  • “Autumn Leaves” – By Dorothy Davies
  • “The Voice Inside the Mirror” – By Lindsey Beth Goddard
  • “The Wish Box”– By Ray J Robbio
  • “Fragments” – By Kenneth W. Cain
  • “The Online Dead” – By Gary Murphy
  • “Unfounded” – By Jay Wilburn
  • “The Number of the Beast” – By Mathias Jansson
  • “Meteorite on the Move” – By David S. Pointer
  • “Make Me Something Scary” – By Patrick Tomblety
  • “Dark River” – By Thomas Brown

“Her Living Corals”

Synopsis of my story:

When she is alone with her corals, she is happiest. But eventually they always take on a life of their own. (This story is included in DARKER DAYS).

Enter at Your Own Risk:
The Beginning is the End – edited by Dr. Alex Scully:

Description:
Human beings—the undisputed top of the food chain, the long-standing masters of planet earth. Or are we? What may be crawling out of the sludge to take our place? What monsters have we created in our labs, factories, and our very own genetic code? In the fourth installment of Firbolg Publishing’s Enter at Your Own Risk series, which pairs Gothic masters such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, and H.P. Lovecraft with modern authors of the dark and macabre, the theme is environmental horror. As mankind’s tsunami wave of progress, industrialization, and technology reaches spectacular new heights, sinister things are churning beneath the surface. An unfamiliar stench on the wind. Waters a bit too murky. Soil a bit too red with blood. Progress at a price. A terrible, terrible price. Will we survive? What strange new worlds will emerge from the chaos? With an introduction from Holly Newstein, Enter at Your Own Risk: The End is the Beginning explores both the horror of the end and the hope of new beginnings for our planet and ourselves.

“A brilliant blend of the old and new, providing a diverse perspective on a modern problem…” — Rob Smales, author of Dead of Winter

Table of Contents:

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