Friday, March 9, 2018


Inspired by Greatness l Kraig Dafoe

Inspired by Greatness

As a young reader, I was taken with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Many years later, I found myself as a non-traditional student in college, seeking my degree in English writing. During one of my classes, Major Authors, we had an assignment to write a short work in the style of a famous author and I chose Poe. Having read the majority of his writings, including letters and essays, I noticed his writing maintained a certain style across genres. My short story later became the first story in the book, A Collection of Twisted Tales.

With this work, I tried to do what Poe did; keeping a certain style across genres. The work is a mixture of different genres, but they all have something in common, death. That may sound a little dry, though I assure you, it isn’t.

Though most of my characters remain nameless, the reader gets to know them through their actions and through much of their dialogues. Many of my stories are narrated by a character and they speak directly to the reader, drawing you in and making you feel like you’re part of the experience.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I’m almost certain Poe wouldn’t be flattered by my imitating him and his reviews for these works would probably kill any chance of their success, but nonetheless, I would like to think that the average reader, given certain passages, would have a difficult time determining who wrote what. If only I were that talented. Maybe someday.

About the Author

Kraig Dafoe was born in Potsdam, New York and grew up in Canton. He played high school football and joined the Army Reserves at the age of seventeen. 

Kraig has earned his BA in English writing and graduated cum laude from Washburn University in 2017.

Kraig has published two novels and published poetry. He is currently working on another writing project.

His current novel is A Collection of Twisted Tales.
You can visit his website at

About the Book:

Author: Craig Dafoe
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 114
Genre: Short Story Collection / Thriller

Most of these stories have one thing in common, death. Although death is the common thread, there is nothing common in the way that it comes about.
This collection is chock full of interesting characters scattered among various settings that inspire the imagination, such as a Lavish English mansion or the dark interior of a rundown home.
This book is inspired by and written in the style of, Edgar Allan Poe.


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"A Collection of Twisted Tales is an ambitious project that testifies to the author's appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe's fiction in particular. In this collection, Kraig Dafoe offers a creative homage with many original ideas and unexpected twists."
Professor Vanessa Steinroetter, PHD

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