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Paul Kane

Cover art by Vincent Chong

"Paul Kane is a first rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned."—Clive Barker, bestselling author of The Hellbound Heart, Mister B. Gone and The Scarlet Gospels

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Price: £26.95 (Signed Limited Hardcover)

Price: £19.95 (Trade Hardcover)

One man's dangerous addiction leads to a glimpse of another world, while another seeks total mastery over his own bodily functions. As two immortal godlike creatures in charge of balancing all of existence come to a crossroads with their relationship, another person has to face the fact that he only has a short amount of time left to live. And while a sleepy English village hides one terrifying secret, the mystery of a famous horror writer's success turns out to be the result of another . . . Including the award-winning 'A Chaos Demon is for Life', 'Dead Time'—which was turned into an episode of the NBC/Lionsgate primetime series Fear Itself—and 'Rag and Bone', selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, this collection gathers together some of Paul Kane's best fiction and celebrates his twenty years as a professional writer. With an introduction by the bestselling author of Furnace and The Ancient, Muriel Gray, and stunning cover art from the award-winning Vincent Chong, this is a very special commemorative book that no collector or genre fan will want to be without.

© Paul Kane

Introduction by Muriel Gray


"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 the Felix Castor series of novels and The Girl With All the Gifts and Fellside as M.R. Carey

"Kane finds the everyday horrors buried within us, rips them out and serves them up in these deliciously dark tales."
Kelley Armstrong–Bestselling author of Bitten, Haunted, Broken, Waking the Witch, Spell Bound and Thirteen

"I'm impressed by the range of Paul Kane's imagination. It seems there is no risk, no high-stakes gamble, he fears to take…Kane's foot never gets even close to the brake pedal."
Peter Straub–Bestselling author of Ghost Story, Mr X, Lost Boy Lost Girl, and In the Night Room

"RED not only tips its hat to "Little Red Riding Hood," but "Peter And The Wolf," and "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" and every werewolf type motif in between... This time around Kane puts a twisted horror spin to it, with even a fair amount of social criticism thrown in for good measure... Kane does an incredible job of combining horror and humor into one tasty morsel."
Cemetery Dance Magazine

"Kane expands on the "Little Red Riding Hood" mythos with a sharply-written novella that pits a descendent of the classic fairy tale character against the "real" creature of the same story. But make NO mistake: this isn't for kids! You can tell Kane had a real ball twisting time updating "Riding Hood", especially in how he has crafted this new, psycho-sexual "wolf." For the sake of not ruining anything else, let's just say RED is a real BLOODY good time."
Horror Fiction Review

"RED is a gleefully gruesome tale that moves at an excellent pace. Its length is a joy, reminiscent of a line from another fairy tale: "Not too big, not too small, just right." Paul Kane does a rip-roaring rendition of the Red Riding Hood story… He has the gift of summing up a situation in a sentence. RED is wonderfully written; it is easy to sink one's teeth into it and devour it with relish."

"This is a good scary story for those stormy nights or bright days. It is strong enough to terrify either way and will stay in your mind for days afterwards. Stories like this don’t come along very often, as all readers know."
Horror Bound Magazine

"RED is bloody brilliant – clever, classy and bound to chill you to the bone!"
Horror World

"Paul Kane has enriched the werewolf mythos with a seamless re-imagining of a hypnotically suggestive fairy tale, embellishing it with the harsh, alluring scent of an ages-old psychosexual predator who easily rivals that other undead villain from Eastern European folklore, the vampire. A relentless and grisly fairy tale for dark times, RED is filled with the blackest blood from the deepest parts of our bodies, and is thoroughly recommended."
Mathew Riley, BookGeeks

"From RED's shocking first chapter through wicked twists and turns to the end, the story surprises, intrigues and beguiles you. Paul Kane's taut, muscular, yet descriptive prose conjures up disturbing images in your mind that you won't be able to dislodge for months. Kane’s writing is frighteningly realistic… RED is a beautifully visceral, dark tale and if any novella was ripe for a film adaptation, it's this one."
Barbie Wilde, Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and author of The Venus Complex


Introduction by Muriel Gray
Shadow Writer
Rag and Bone
Yin and Yang
Men of the Cloth
The Butterfly Man
A Chaos Demon is for Life . . .
Dead Time
Signs of Life
Eye of the Beholder
Afterword by Paul Kane

Title Details:

RRP Price: £26.95 (Signed Limited Hardcover)
RRP Price: £19.95 (Trade Hardcover)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Release Date: December 2016
ISBN: 978-1-909640-84-9 (6.14" x 9.21" Signed Limited Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-85-6 (6.14" x 9.21" Trade Hardcover)
First Edition
Pages: 298

eBook edition is also available.

Signed Limited Hardcover Edition

Here are the details of our limited hardcover edition:

Signed by Paul Kane, Muriel Gray & Vincent Chong
Limited to only 200 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated dust jacket
Printed on acid-free paper

Includes an exclusive audio CD containing two story readings from the book by professional actor, Philip James Lunt (giving you over an hour’s worth of material). Plus, each CD will be personally SIGNED and REMARQUED by author Paul Kane to make it highly collectible!