- File Size: 237 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (September 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FP59M3F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Season in Hell Kindle Edition
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"A Season in Hell is a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking story. You won't soon forget Dillon or Keisha. Her struggle is as timely today as ever. A Season in Hell is also a love letter to baseball and how, despite everything, the game can still heal and bring people together who seemed impossibly far apart, and can do so through intimidating odds. A timeless story of true humanity." -- John Palisano, Vice President of the Horror Writers Association and Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Night of 1,000 Beasts
"Kenneth W. Cain hits a grand slam with this tragic tale of baseball. As a fan of the game and also such a heart-breaking story I can't wait to see what's next from the author!" -- Armand Rosamilia, author of A View From My Seat: My Baseball Season With the Jumbo Shrimp
"Cain's 'Season' is a powerful microcosm of what's wrong with our world. And a reminder of how the courage of one can change things." -- Tom Deady, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Haven
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Excellent read. Plus, I love a story I can finish in one evening.
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.
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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.
Keisha Green had a dream, it was a big one! She was willing to tolerate just about anything to play baseball. Making it to the minor leagues as the first woman to do so was a major accomplishment and the first step in seeing her dream come true instead she was thrust into a nightmare. What might be construed as hazing which any newbie usually endures when joining a team quickly becomes all too clear that it is serious business.
Dillon Peterson also a rookie sees what’s going on but feels helpless to stop it. It’ll pass, it’ll get better, he tries to tell himself all the while knowing deep down that this is more than hazing. Too little, too late, is what Dillon must live with for the rest of his life. He could have done more, should have spoken up sooner, but like many of us, he didn’t want to stir the pot. Maybe, someone else will see what’s going on, maybe, they’ll stop it. Yeah, that’s what we tell ourselves as we watch someone slowly dying inside.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to read this book. It could actually be about any circumstance in life. Women struggle every day to be accepted in a man’s world. Take it a step further and you don’t even have to be a woman to know the struggles faced here. You just have to be one of the so-called unacceptables. Maybe you’re too fat, too skinny, the wrong skin color… anything that is outside the perceived norm. Yeah, this could be about you!
As I said, in the beginning, this is one powerful read! Everyone can learn a little something from it. Make sure you read the Afterword, it really is part of the story.
A SEASON IN HELL is just such a book. Kenneth W. Cain takes some very relevant, socially unacceptable, but all too common, trains of thought head on - racism, sexism, and bullying - with horrifying, and painful, results.
However, don't let that scare you. Deep down, it's a story of redemption and standing up for what is right - regardless of the consequences.
While the story revolves around baseball, you don't have to be a fan, nor really know anything about the game, to thoroughly enjoy this quick, but poignant, read.
I highly recommend it, and will even go as far to say it should be required reading for school kids (although maybe a language edited version). This is one that will be a reread for sure.
We're damned if we and damned if we don't. Yet, even when you do the right thing, things don't always work out.
While this novella takes place in the world of minor-league baseball, the setting isn't as relevant as the actions of the characters. Sadly, this could happen any where at any time.
Well paced with believable characters and situations. Another Ken Cain gem!