Author Archives: Kenneth Cain

About Kenneth Cain

Dark Fiction Author

Horror 101: The Way Forward

Horror 101 The Way Forward - small

Coming soon!
Career advice for horror writers by horror writers. This is not so much a how to on writing horror, but advice on all the different avenues available to horror writers, from comics and movies to editing and publishing.Foreword by Mort Castle

  • Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
  • What is Horror by Graham Masterton
  • Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
  • Reader Beware by Siobhan McKinney
  • Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
  • Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
  • Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
  • From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
  • Screenplay Writing: The First Cut is the Deepest by Dean M. Drinkel
  • Publishing by Simon Marshall-Jones
  • Weighing Up Traditional Publishing & EBook Publishing by Robert W. Walker
  • Glenn Rolfe Toes the Line with Samhain Horror Head Honcho, Don D’Auria by Glenn Rolfe
  • Bringing the Zombie to Life by Harry Shannon
  • Audiobooks: Your Words to Their Ears by Chet Williamson
  • Writing Aloud by Lawrence Santoro
  • Ghostwriting: You Can’t Write It If You Can’t Hear It by Thomas Smith
  • Ghostwriting by Blaze McRob
  • The Horror Writers Association – the Genre’s Essential Ingredient by Rocky Wood
  • What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
  • Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
  • Self-Publishing: Thumb on the Button by Kenneth W. Cain
  • What’s the Matter with Splatter? by Daniel I. Russell
  • Partners in the Fantastic: The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
  • The Journey of “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” by Richard Thomas
  • Writing Short Fiction by Joan De La Haye
  • A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
  • Poetry And Horror by Blaze McRob
  • Horror for Kids: not Child’s Play by Francois Bloemhof
  • So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
  • Horror Comics – How to Write Gory Scripts for Gruesome Artists by Jasper Bark
  • Some thoughts on my meandering within the world of dark and horror art by Niall Parkinson
  • Writing The Series by Armand Rosamilia
  • Running a Webserial by Tonia Brown
  • Reviewing by Jim Mcleod
  • Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
  • The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, “Yes!” by Anonymous
  • The (extremely) Short Guide to Writing Horror by Tim Waggoner
  • Growing Ideas by Gary McMahon
  • Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
  • A Room of One’s Own – The Lonely Path of a Writer by V.H. Leslie
  • Do You Need an Agent? by Eric S Brown
  • Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
  • Submitting Your Work Part 2: Read the F*****g Guidelines! by John Kenny
  • Rejection Letters – How to Write and Respond to Them by Jasper Bark
  • Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
  • On Formatting: A Concise Guide to the Most Frequently Encountered issues by Rick Carufel
  • How to Dismember Your Darlings – Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
  • The Fiction Writing Assessment Form by Tim Waggoner
  • Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
  • The Year After Publication… by Rena Mason
  • Writing Horror: 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Five Laws of Arnzen by Michael A. Arnzen
  • The Cheesy Trunk of Terror by Scott Nicholson
  • How to be Your Own Agent, Whether You Have One or Not by Joe Mynhardt
  • Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Pitch to Impress: How to Stand Out from the Convention Crowd by RJ Cavender
  • You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner
  • Friendship, Writing, and the Internet by Weston Ochse
  • Buttoning Up Before Dinner by Gary Fry
  • How to fail as an artist in ten easy steps by John Palisano
  • Writer’s Block by Mark West
  • Be the Writer You Want to Be by Steven Savile

Cover art by Ben Baldwin
Edited by Joe Mynhardt
eBook formatting by Robert Swartwood 



More to come soon!

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:


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

The Big Book of Monsters & Friends



All of my early reader books will soon be available in one BIG book. There will be plenty of activities fro your children: puzzles, coloring, learning, plenty of fun stories and more.

Details coming soon!

You can still pick up any of the original full-color print editions by clicking on any image below, which will take you to that books Createspace order page.


Hardy’s Quick Guide to Food Allergies

Hardys Food Allergy Rules

*This simple guide replaces the book Nut Free?

Here is a printable card for those who have children that have food allergies. Speaking up can sometimes be difficult, as was the case with my daughter (who has a nut allergy). This card will help children relay the important details, and learn what they need to say. Feel free to save the picture and print it out for your use.

Hardys Food Allergy Card


Peter Rottentail Comic Strip

Peter Rottentail Book Strip


If you’d like to purchase the original book, you can still do so
by visiting THIS LINK.

__PeterRottentail Cover digital

The Original RE: Animated Book

Original Book Strip


If you’d like to purchase the original book, you can still do so
by visiting THIS LINK.

Re-animated Cover Digital

“Night of the Fireworks”


Coming soon!

Synopsis of my story:
The end is near, but there’s always time for one last fireworks display.

Vignettes From The End Of The World:

Description from Amazon:
Filled with 58 apocalyptic flash fiction pieces.

Authors: Adrian Ludens, Arno Hurter, Bryan Hughes, Cameron Shifflet, Cameron Suey, Christine Morgan, D.J. Tyler, Damir Salkovic, Darcie Little Badger, Darryl Dawson, David Turnbull, Doug Murano, Dusty Wallace, E. Catherine Tobler, E.E. King, Erik B. Scott, Eryk Pruitt, Essel Pratt, George Cotronis, Glen Rolfe, Guy Anthony De Marco, J.A. Martin, J.P. Freeman, Jamie Lackey, Jason Sharp, Jennifer Loring, Jessica McHugh, Joana Eça de Queiroz, Josh Strnad, K.Z. Morano, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Kelda Crich, Ken MacGregor, Kenneth W. Cain, Kristopher Kelly, L.C. Mortimer, Lee Clark Zumpe, Leslianne Wilder, Lex T. Lindsay, Lincoln Crisler, Mandy DeGeit, Marie DesJardin, Matilda Finkelbunker, Michael H. Antonio, Michael Haynes, Michael Penkas, Pedro Iniguez, Rebecca, Barbee, Rebecca J. Allred, Richard Thomas, Rose Blackthorn, S.R. Mastrantone, Steve Calvert, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, T. Joseph Dunham, Terry M. West, Victoria Dalpe, and William R.D. Wood.

The Future of my Kid’s Books


After a lot of thought and some discussion with my children, I’ve decided to make several changes to my children’s book line and the book titled Nut Free. My primary concern in creating these books has always been the children. For this reason I really wanted to give them the most bang for their buck. To achieve this, I’ve taken the bulk of my children’s books and turned them into black & white images, so that I can pack them all together at an affordable price (see working cover above). There are a few exceptions:

  • Several points have been taken from Nut Free and have been combined with an image of Hardy, as a FREE guide to living with food allergies.
  • Both the RE:Animated and Peter Rottentail books have been converted to 4 panel comics and will now be FREE on my website. They will be found on the comics tab, along with a few others I’ve been working on.

The good news is now you get 10 books for one price, filled with funny stories, puzzles, brain teasers, coloring, and plenty of monsters. Look for it here soon on my website and the various online marketplaces.

Be sure to follow my blog to keep informed of new details regarding these and any of my books.

Listen to “Perfect Little Hands” for FREE


You can listen to my story “Perfect Little Hands” from my collection Fresh Cut Tales for FREE by clicking the link below.


Make sure to stop by and “like” The Wicked Library Facebook page, and follow my blog to learn about upcoming projects.

2013 Bram Stoker awards® Final Ballot announced

I’d like to congratulate all of these fantastic authors on making the final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®. There is some incredible work on the ballot this year. I wish you all much success in the final voting.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Joe Hill – NOS4A2 (William Morrow)
  • Stephen King – Doctor Sleep (Scribner)
  • Lisa Morton – Malediction (Evil Jester Press)
  • Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson – A Necessary End (Thunderstorm/Maelstrom Press)
  • Christopher Rice – The Heavens Rise (Gallery Books)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Kate Jonez – Candy House (Evil Jester Press)
  • John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm (Berkley Trade)
  • Rena Mason – The Evolutionist (Nightscape Press)
  • Jonathan Moore – Redheads (Samhain Publishing)
  • Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Patrick Freivald – Special Dead (JournalStone)
  • Kami Garcia – Unbreakable (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Joe McKinney – Dog Days (JournalStone)
  • Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Harry N. Abrams)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Ed Brubaker – Fatale Book Three: West of Hell (Image Comics)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – Alabaster: Wolves (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Brandon Seifert – Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice (Image Comics)
  • Cameron Stewart – Sin Titulo (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Paul Tobin – Colder (Dark Horse Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2013)
  • Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man” (Limbus, Inc., JournalStone)
  • Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2013)
  • Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain (DarkFuse)
  • Rena Mason – East End Girls (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot” (Blood & Roses, Scarlett River Press)
  • David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2013)
  • Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • John Palisano – “The Geminis” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Michael Reaves – “Code 666” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde” (Ramaco Media I, Castelao Pictures)
  • Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
  • Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif” (Dino De Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN: Original X Production, Gaumont International Television)
  • Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur” (Flame Ventures, Playground, Universal Television, Carnival Films)
  • Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs” (AMC TV)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5 (Cutting Block Press)
  • Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death… (Dark Moon Books)
  • Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties (Hummingbird House Press)
  • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One (Grey Matter Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
  • Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories (Night Shade Books)
  • James Dorr – The Tears of Isis (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean)
  • Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady (Bad Moon Books)
  • S. P. Somtow – Bible Stories for Secular Humanists (Diplodocus Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson)
  • Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror (Scarecrow Press)
  • William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press)
  • Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors (Scarecrow Press)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
  • Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
  • Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
  • Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements (Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press)
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness (Raw Dog Screaming Press)


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