Kyle Riley

Biography

Explorer of the human condition.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
One of my earliest memories is of when I first picked up a pen and wrote my own version of the Jungle Book. From there I moved into fantasy. I've always had an uncontrollable and active imagination that can only be tamed when my thoughts are channeled into art.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte - From the first read, this novel had me hypnotised. The way that Bronte manages to intertwine the the search for love and value, social class, gender roles, religion, thought and feeling and best of all the spiritual and the supernatural is so incredibly exciting. Some of the twists in this novel still get me to this day on re-reads. My all time favourite novel. 10/10.

Frankenstein / Mary Shelley - The original and defining story of man vs god, sublime nature, monstrosity and secrecy. The way that Shelley explores the darker side of the human condition really hooked me into exploring and writing more of this genre.

The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde - Another dark and introspective journey into the human psyche and the results of unchecked vanity and gluttony. How could one not get lost and trapped inside the mind of a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to remain young and beautiful forever?

Dracula / Bram Stoker - The way that this novel builds through diary entries into full blown chaos and mayhem by the time Dracula finds his way back to society is made best through the suspenseful writing. There's a reason Dracula is still so incredibly cherished to this day.

A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens - Utter nostalgia, fun, magic and Christmas spirit.
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Books

Death and Madness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,510. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A full length novella that distorts the Gothic horror subgenre, explores the psyche of the mad mind, and taps into the fear and anxiety that comes with both isolation and the feeling of being different.
Colorblind
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » LGBTQ+ » Dating & relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships
A full length novella that follows the love at the heart of a toxic relationship.
Folklore
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 73,980. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A tale of redemption and survival through the bloody eyes of desperation.
Memories
Price: Free! Words: 6,330. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
An anthology of poetry reflecting on life, love, lust, pleasure, pain and healing.
Devoted
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,600. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+
A full length novella that explores the transcendence of the soulmate bond over our perceptions of identity.
Forever
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,220. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
A full length novella about a timeless and forbidden love set against the backdrop of a class orientated 1912.
Glass Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,820. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A full length novella that explores the dark side of the human condition.

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