Thursday, August 30, 2018
Review: A Season In Hell - by Kenneth W. Cain
This stand-alone short story may get easily overlooked, but it's one of the most powerful pieces of fiction I've read this year.
The story begins at Dillon Peterson's Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. As he's standing and presenting his acceptance speech, there's another story to be told. The story of Keisha Green, the first woman ball-player in the history of professional baseball.
It's a known fact, rookies get hazed, but the treatment of Keisha by fellow outfielder Dizzy MacLean was beyond the pale.
"(Dillon) wanted no more of this, having grown up loving the game, thinking for the longest time, thinking for the longest time it could never be anything but decent. In less than a few months, they had proven him wrong. They took something pure, something joyful, and tainted it."
Kenneth was in great form here, like a virtuoso who hits every note. A Season In Hell is a powerful short which affected me greatly. Even brought a tear to my eye. Just wow.
A Season In Hell will be available on September 7, 2018. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
From the author's bio - Kenneth W. Cain first got the itch for storytelling during his formative years in the suburbs of Chicago, where he got to listen to his grandfather spin tales by the glow of a barrel fire. But it was a reading of Baba Yaga that grew his desire for dark fiction. Shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and One Step Beyond furthered that sense of wonder for the unknown, and he's been writing ever since.