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Past his prime and recently separated from his husband of 24 years, Edward consoles himself with a drink at a local bar where meets Kama, a remarkable young man...with a secret. Award-winning author Paul G. Bens explores the price of the past in a story that Uniquely Pleasurable described as "a deceptive little story... which veers off into something really quite dark..."...

Title : Kama: A Mini Macabre
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ISBN : 9781458177261
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 26 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Kama: A Mini Macabre Reviews

  • Janie C.
    2019-04-04 16:55

    A one-night stand turns into something malicious. Another reviewer mentioned that she was curious to see the story through Kama's perspective. So am I. 3.5 stars

  • Nancy
    2019-04-14 10:50

    What starts out as a melancholy tale that explores aging and loneliness takes a dark turn once Kama enters Edward's life.I loved this heart-stirring and bone-chilling story.

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2019-04-14 10:57

    It is rare that a short story is so compelling, but this is that brilliant exception. Not an easy read, but one that stayed with me. Is Kama evil? No. Is Kama troubled? Oh yes. Disturbing. Yes all of that in a short story. Not one criticism of this story.

  • Eli Easton
    2019-04-05 12:54

    This is a short story with a nice little gut punch. I went into it without any expectations other than that it was a "darker" read, and I'm glad I did. I don't want to give anything away. The writing is decent, but mainly it's the ending that makes the read worthwhile.I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 3 just because it's difficult to write a satisfying short story.

  • potterican
    2019-04-15 13:44

    Wow, this was quite disturbing but oh so interesting. The lengths people will go when they are hurt is quite troublesome. This is a short story and is available for free at

  • Megan
    2019-03-25 16:53

    A very short, very emotional story about loneliness, heartbreak and the darker side of human nature. It can be read online for free here.

  • Emma Sea
    2019-04-07 14:30

    Oooh, liked it!I really want to read more from this author.

  • T.T. Thomas
    2019-04-16 15:43

    With Kama, Paul G. Bens, Jr. has written a tour de force of nearly modern gothic horror proportions. This brief story packs a wallop that is as unexpected as it is frightening. Bens, author of numerous short stories and the novel Kelland, is a writer of huge talent, a real a master of all that storytelling was meant to be, ought to be. With his book, Kama, Bens most reminds me of the late Josephine Hart, author of the 1991 novel Damage (which was the basis for Louis Malle’s film by the same name a year later). Like Hart’s novel, Ben’s work is purposefully sparse and unyieldingly powerful. No one I’ve read, except O.Henry and Josephine Hart, can pull off an astonishing, horrific, palpably sickening and stunningly heartbreaking ending like Paul Bens. In this story, it’s a double whammy. I might have had a faint hint of a premonition for the first shocker, but I did not see the second one coming. Did Not! Like Hart, Bens chooses his words carefully, and every word counts. The starkness of the story’s minimalistic narrative pulls us into the quiet dramatic rendering of escalating unease. We are gently nudged into feelings of empathy for the protagonist, an empathy offset by a curious combination of both mild discomfort and intrigue. By the end of the story, we are reduced---by the simpatico of shared horror and then back into those first feelings of empathy, then horror, again, then empathy, again. We feel, first for the protagonist, and then, later, much later, for his nemises. And there are at least two of those! But as the story unfolds in a deceptively simple way, there is a vague, indeterminate tenor of terror that grips the reader early on. I kept having a feeling that something was not going to end well. Everything was so ordinary, at first. Casual, almost. Random, even. Bens has a special talent for engendering tension in the simplest of situations. Only later does one understand that tension as the source of the earlier felt dread. What a brave display of honesty, ingenuity, and talent! The ethos and the pathos of this drama are worthy competitors for our attention.

  • Jenre
    2019-04-08 12:45

    I forgot I had this and was looking for something short on my Sony reader to fill a 20 minute train journey. I enjoyed the start of the story, felt all the sadness of the older character and the sweetness of a chance encounter. The twist blindsided me a bit, especially as I was tired after a full day. Clever, but I was left thinking 'that was clever' rather than getting any sort of emotional response, perhaps because it was so short.

  • Frieda Verbaenen
    2019-04-10 12:53

    I would not really call this only a macabre story. It's about life's surprises and regrets. Without giving too much away, a man on the rebound after his partner left him, finds solace with a stranger he meets in a bar. Only the stranger turns out to have a connection to the man and his partner. It's a very well written poignant story; short, but well worth the read.

  • Cole Riann
    2019-03-25 11:50

    I just finished this story and I'm frantically searching for something sweet, light, and happy to read. That last line just broke my heart. A wonderful, heavy story that I definitely recommend, but be ready for anything...

  • Paul Jr.
    2019-04-15 12:54

    Kama: A Mini Macabre is now available exclusively on Kindle

  • Mary
    2019-04-19 16:31

    This short story just blindsides you and only at the end is the level of revenge throughly understood. It's so sad and so good. To be able to do so much in so few pages is amazing.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-05 15:32

    3.5 stars Oh my goodness. Talk about a twist! I don't even know what to say. I feel sad and dirty and also somewhat amazed. Definitely unique.

  • Mandy Beyers
    2019-04-21 15:58

    Creepy! The twist at the end was well done and left me with a lot of questions. I would really love to see the story from Kama's viewpoint.

  • Lily
    2019-04-17 12:34

    Paul G. Bens, Jr. has written a story with more emotional intensity in it's eight pages than is sometimes found in much longer stories.The book grabbed me from the very beginning...I was a walking cliché that night: the Garbo of the over-forty crowd. I wanted to be alone. Not truly alone, just unattached amongst other people. I didn’t want to talk to any of them; I simply needed to know that I still existed, had a place in the world, was part of a community.and then didn't let go until the very last sentence. Mr. Bens deftly takes the reader on a heartbreaking journey through pain and loneliness, hope and regret and then delivers a stunning, and horror-filled, ending to Edward and Kama's story that won't easily be forgotten.Highly recommended. Kama is available as a free download at Smashwords.

  • Misty
    2019-04-21 17:38

    Paul Bens portrays emotions with such deftness and grace. His characters are immediately accessible, and vulnerable. Kama is shortstory that shows us the way a person can experience heartbreak and sadness on every level of their being.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-30 09:46

    Wow!! Did not see that one coming. I had to read the ending 3xs to understand what happened. I really, really hope there is another installment for Kama, cause this little read left me wanting answers and more to read.

  • Micha Meinderts
    2019-04-13 11:54

    Slightly unlikely, and I've seen a (Dutch) movie with pretty much exactly the same plot so the shock value was highly diminished, but still a fun story and a good read. Might pick up the full length novel by the same author so I guess this free e-book story served its purpose.

  • Kia Shiru
    2019-04-09 14:34

    Lovely, with a sad ending. How ones past can come to haunt us.

  • Karin Wollina
    2019-04-08 17:55

    Beautiful, breathtaking story

  • Benjamin
    2019-04-09 12:57

    Edward, our narrator, fifty something, has just been deserted by, Jesse, his lover of twenty four years. He is sitting in a bar when he is approached by a young Asian guy, Kama, in his twenties who recognises Edward's loneliness and comes to offer him solace, saying he shares such loneliness. Although initially rejecting Kama's advances, he eventually succumbs, and they soon find themselves sharing a bed. Edward learns that Kama is in the States searching for his American father, Edward offers to help him, but it all is not as straight forward as it seems.A very short by interesting tale with an ironic twist.

  • Ashley♥Alexis
    2019-04-10 15:56

    Im so confused as to what just happened... I enjoy the read but I must be really slow because I dont get it >.<