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Ephemera: Dark Stories from the mind of Paul S. Kemp [Kindle Edition]

Paul S. Kemp
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Book Description

"A very well-written, haunting collection of shorts" -- Scott Marlowe, author of The Five Elements.

From the multiple NY Times bestselling author who brought you Erevis Cale and Darth Malgus, comes this compelling volume of dark imagination.

Experience the fantastic through the eyes of a private detective who investigates the occult in 1930s NYC, a demonologist who may or may not be mad, a maimed talespinner on a doomed boat, a witch pursued by religious fanatics who want her unborn child, and many more.

A fabulous, disturbing visit into Kemp's dark mind. Each story contains a brief introduction by the author.

Product Details

  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R&R Publications (April 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003G2ZTXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler free review October 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer-If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

Ephemera-Dark Stories from the Mind of Paul S. Kemp is a collection of short stories ranging from horror to some dark fantasy stories from the world of Dineen, a world created by Mr. Kemp. He also has written novels for Forgotten Realms and Star Wars.

The Signal - This story takes place somewhere between 1930 and 1942. It is a private eye type fiction with elements of H.P. Lovecraft. Lucy comes to Abe for help in finding her missing brother who was working for a wealthy tycoon. What Abe finds is more than he will ever expect. 5 out of 5

One Thousand and One Words - An ex-soldier now photographer is trying to get the story of a lifetime. After many beatings, he is finally given the chance to get that story and photographs of an important person, or the end of the world. Once again, this is another tribute to H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulu mythos. 4 out of 5

Marlboro Man - A demon is in jail while a detective is trying to get some answers out of him. Could the demon provide the information he needs? This was a hilarious story and one of my favorites. The reader is really given the insights of all the characters, even the side characters.
5 out of 5

Confession - Malkiir is trying to get closer to his God but inner demons distract him from being able to fully become bound to his God. This story takes place in the world of Dineen and while well-crafted was, to me, the lesser of the stories written. I just couldn't get into it as well as the others. I will say the ending did make up for that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kemp's dark mind weaves a fun series of twisted tales. January 20, 2011
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wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded Paul S. Kemp's Ephemera collection, but since I enjoyed his Star Wars novel Crosscurrent and the excerpts from Deceived, I decided to give this bargain priced collection a shot.

After reading Kemp's Star Wars works as well as this collection it's clear to see why Ephemera is the #1 E-Book at Drive Thru Horror, and why the publishing team at Del Ray and Lucasfilm was so quick to throw more work Kemp's way.

Ephemera prevents a very dark series of tales, these eclectic stories show Kemp's flexibility and skills as a story teller. At 129 pages it provides a quick read with some very memorable characters and some unfortunate results. If there is one theme present through this milieu of fantasy and horror, its the idea of flawed/damaged characters struggling with choices and their consequences.

Ephemera contains 6 short stories: The Signal, One Thousand and One Words, Marlboro Man, Confession, The Spinner, Stillborn, and The Sixth Floor. Of these stories only Confession, The Spinner, and Stillborn are related because they are all set in Kemp's fictional world of New Dineen. Though that is basically their only connection as far as I can tell.

From the Amazon Product description:

Multiple NY Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp has collected seven of his best fantasy short stories into this compelling volume of dark imagination. Ephemera is a wonderful introduction to the work of one of today's popular fantasists.

Ephemera explores the fantastic through the eyes of a private detective who hunts the occult in 1930s NYC, a demonologist who may or may not be mad, a witch on the run from religious fanatics who want her unborn baby, a maimed talespinner on a doomed boat, and many others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff... November 16, 2010
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I am a big fan of Paul S. Kemp. His Erevis Cale stories are among the best fantasy ever written, in my opinion. While this collection is quite far removed from his fantasy work, it is definitely of the same calibre. These dark tales are reminiscent of Lovecraft at times, Howard at other times, but all the while remaining wholly Kemp's. As for the Kindle edition of this book, it is the best edited Kindle book I've read so far. There were no distracting bizarre symbols scattered througout, nor were there any errors that stuck out enough to hinder the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the brilliance of Paul Kemp. June 21, 2010
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Those of you who've already read Paul S Kemp know what I'm talking about. He is in my humble opinion (i refuse to use the acronym IMHO) the most underrated Sci-Fi and Fantasy writer on the planet. True this ebook offering of short stories crosses the blurry line into the darker genre of horror, but this serves as a great introduction to his writing. Enjoy!
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I found this collection of stories to be quite entertaining, despite the fact that I am not a fan of the "fantasy" genre. I was impressed with the author creativity, he constructs interesting worlds populated with interesting characters, and the fantasy parts act more as backdrop for character studies and the exploration of human nature.

Highly recommended for fans of fantasy fiction (make that non-cheesy fantasy fiction, no kids taming dragons or anything.)

Casual fiction readers will still want to give this a chance. Its well written, correctly edited and it really showcases the authors imagination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
I really enjoyed these short stories. They are well-written and a bit dark, in a wonderful way. Also, I wish Amazon would stop making me write more words.
Published 17 months ago by K. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars makes me want to read his novels
There is so little space in a short story, I finish each one wanting to know more of the unique characters and the nature of their world. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Crash
5.0 out of 5 stars Very addicting scary stories
This is a wonderful collection of short stories, some of which are in the spirit of H. P. Lovecraft. My favorite stories would probably be Spinner & Stillborn. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kristin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I only read two of Paul S. Kemp's books so far (Ephemera and Star Wars: The Old Republic - Deceived), and in both cases all I can say is that I am very pleased with the purchase I... Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by CH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I truly enjoyed this collection and I can't reccomend it enough. It's great reading for a stormy, spooky night! :)
Published on September 12, 2012 by Sheri Mc
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Kemp, Hated these stories
Im going against the grain here. I am a big Kemp fan, but these stories just did not do anything for me. I felt each of them had terrible endings. Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by Geode
5.0 out of 5 stars a very well written, haunting collection of shorts
As the sub-title indicates, these are dark tales. You won't come away feeling good. You'll experience murder, assault, injustice, and torture. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Scott Marlowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Paul's best.
I was a little disappointed with these short stories. I'm a big fan of Paul's Forgotten Realms novels and I enjoy horror so I had some high expectations here. Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by Mario K.
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, great characters drive Kemp's work...
Not having read any of Paul S. Kemp's work outside of Forgotten realms, I wasn't sure what to expect from his stories. What I got was great. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by sammann11
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Stories
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of short stories. The characters grabbed your attention and made you interested in their situations. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Revan's Legacy
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More About the Author

Paul Kemp enjoys good beer, good wine, good company, and a fine scotch every now and again. He writes sword and sorcery and space opera and works very hard to make them a fun ride.

While his mind is often in the fantastical fictional worlds, his body lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife Jennifer, his twin sons, his daughter, and their various and sundry pets.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan law school. When he's not writing , he practices corporate law in Detroit. Yes, that does make him a tool of "the Man," for which he shall bear everlasting shame.

He hopes you enjoy his novels.

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