Touching the Flame

by Paul Kane
Release date: 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, short stories

Stretch out your hand, your fingers. Closer, closer. Can you feel the heat? You know you shouldn't, but the flame is so pretty, so bright... Now what can you see?

A man is imprisoned and tortured for information he doesn't have, while another finds he has incredible powers of mental projection... A doctor seeks the answer to the ultimate question and at the same time one writer is handed the biggest break of his life... A night out on the town has dire consequences for a gang of youths and a strange maze holds mysteries so terrifying they chill the blood... And as two singers return from the grave, unknown disease stakes its first deadly claim...

Spanning the whole of his career so far, "Touching the Flame" is a worthy follow-up to Paul Kane's well-received first collection. Just be careful you don't get buried...


  • Introduction: Burnt Fingers (by Simon Clark)
  • The Torturer
  • Astral
  • The Face of Death
  • Shadow Writer
  • Prey
  • Star-Pool
  • Visiting Hour
  • Facades
  • At the Heart of the Maze
  • The Bones Brothers
  • Nightlife
  • The Hypnotist's Gaze
  • Grandpa's Chair
  • The Disease
  • Blackout
  • St August's Flame
  • The Persistence of Dali
  • Eye of the Beholder
  • Melted Wax
updated 2010-09-07

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