Pain Cages by Paul Kane

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Reminiscent of Stephen King’s classic, bestselling book Different Seasons, Paul Kane gives us an unforgettable collection of four novella-size stories. Each story is refreshingly original and delivers an emotional impact that is rarely seen in today’s literature. Dark and moody, clever and well-written… Pain Cages is speculative fiction at its best.


PAIN CAGES - Our protagonist Chris is in a little bit of a situation, in that he's been kidnapped and locked in a hanging cage. He's not alone, as there are several other cages with varying occupants surrounding him.

HALFLIFE - documents what happens to teenage werewolves when they grow up and are forced to deal with the consequences of their misguided youth. A hunter stalks the secretive group of middle-aged lycans, picking them off one by one without any hint of his reasoning.

SIGNS OF LIFE - revolves around a passenger train derailment and how it affects each survivor. The scenes are spliced with horoscopes, the signs determined by which character will be focused on in the upcoming passage.

THE LAZARUS CONDITION - focuses on Matthew, a man trying to put the pieces of his past back together. A brilliant tale, weaving trauma, distress, religion and death into an intricate tapestry affecting our hero and all of the supporting characters.

'Paul Kane’s writing has style and elegance; a first rate storyteller.'
~ Clive Barker

‘An exceptional volume… Welcome to Kaneworld!’
~ Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning creator of Ghostwatch

‘Paul Kane’s lean, stripped-back prose is a tool that’s very much fit for purpose. He knows how to make you want to avoid the shadows and the cracks in the pavement.’
~ Mike Carey – Bestselling author of Lucifer

‘Wonderfully unsettling… Paul Kane has offered you a dark and contemplative gift.’
~ Christopher Golden – Bestselling author of King Kong

‘Paul Kane’s fiction shows intelligence and imagination – he's a writer who’s going places, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!’
~ Sarah Langan – Bestselling author of Audrey’s Door

‘Definitely a name to watch out for in the future of British Horror fiction.’
~ Graham Joyce – Bestselling author of The Silent Land

‘Paul Kane has crafted a nifty little story with that greatest of gifts: the element of surprise.’
~ Mick Garris, Creator of Masters of Horror

‘This is one area where Kane shines, his sense of character: each and every one is real, and as such the reader immediately latches onto them…’
~ Dark Horizons

About Paul Kane

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Paul Kane is Poetry Editor of "Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature", and Professor of English, Vassar College.
Published August 7, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. 298 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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