Newsletter #1 - Introductions and Cheese

Hello! My name is Paul James Keyes, Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror author, and this is my newsletter.

I write about being an author and give book recommendations from time to time, but mostly, I just fill these newsletters with subjects that interest me: Cutting Edge Science & Technology, Futurology, AI, Robotics, Psychology & Mind Hacking, and much more across my vast range of fascinations. As both a fiction & science writer, I’m constantly researching a lot of different fields, and I’m quite good at explaining complicated concepts in accessible ways.

With this first introduction, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and share with you some personal insights to give you a taste of the kind of messages you can look forward to receiving from this newsletter in the future.

First off, who am I? My name’s Paul; I’m 35; a father; a husband in an interracial marriage to an amazing Native American woman; I’m a software developer; a science & technology enthusiast/writer; a fantasy lover; I’m a novelist with thousands of pages under my belt—that’s six books across two series, so far!

I’m a free-thinker who believes that change is necessary for a successful future. I believe there are answers to our society’s problems—that vast change is required despite the difficulty of implementation, rather than the stagnation and old ways of thinking that are currently driving society. All of my views are based in logic, science, and possibly most importantly: Empathy.

As a writer I am constantly conceiving of, inhabiting, and then embodying the minds and “souls” of my characters to deliver faithful reproductions of life to my audience. With this comes the ability to see things from many different perspectives.

I grew up well-traveled—and I know how fortunate I am to have had such an upbringing. I attended the University of Washington and obtained degrees in both creative writing and economics. When there’s a problem, I like to dig deep to its root. I am a student of human nature, inter-culturalism, philosophy and so much more as my interests inevitably wander with my writing and research.

With this newsletter, I will share with you my musings on many topics.

The next few include:

  • How I worked with a police psychologist for over a year to develop my characters
  • The ‘Stoned Ape’ theory of the evolution of man
  • A critical look at Avatar: The Way of Water
  • A new cutting edge technology that can broadcast the “sound” of a drug straight into your brain
  • A piece about how Artificial Intelligence may soon steal most of our jobs
And much much more! Ultimately, what interests me is dissecting what it means to be human in this wide and wacky world. I believe deeply in inclusion, equality, and respect.

For now, I’ll leave you with an original poem:

How Do We Know What We Know?

Not as individuals
Rather, a collective
Someone ate that cheese

That very first cheese

They didn’t know if they would die
I hope you never have to experience that

To risk it all for a bite
of unknown

Spoiled milk stored in a goat’s stomach
It turned hard and became storable
Someone took that bite
What was its smell?
Funk beyond funk in a cheeseless world

Now you sprinkle that crap on everything

But ponder this:

How many experiments did not end so cheesily?🧀

Freebie: Into the Beyond - Part 1: Fated - A Fantasy Horror Series


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Into the Beyond - Part 1: Fated - Paul James Keyes

A tale of twisted fate…

High school sophomore Lewis Graham is awoken by a seemingly all-knowing creature appearing through a portal in his bedroom. The impish fellow tells him he is important later, and that in order to reach his destiny it is imperative he does exactly what he’s told.

When he follows the creature’s instructions, the cheerleader he’s been crushing on is suddenly within his grasp—bullies start dropping like flies!

But then a Native American girl sneaks Lewis a note containing three simple words, launching him down a frightening and thought-provoking path:

Don’t Trust It.

This time-bending series packs a psychologically spine-chilling punch.


Into the Beyond - Part 2: Far From Human - Paul James Keyes

The Beyond exists outside of time,

and its threats are far from human.

Part 2 of the Into the Beyond series brings new meaning to the term ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ as unwitting hero Lewis Graham uses the riverbank of the Beyond to travel back up the river of time and re-live the events of Part 1 from a whole new perspective.

Armed only with a prophetic journal written by other versions of himself who failed at the journey ahead, Lewis must secretly help his slightly-younger self escape from the Agaresa sinister enemy that wishes to erase not only Lewis, but all of humanity by harvesting the energy of our universe‘s very creation.

A brief warning in the journal’s pages fails to provide peace of mind.

When the Agares are near, time stands still around you.  Pretend to freeze, and whatever you do, don’t forget:

They always come in pairs.

Into the Beyond - Part 3: Fires of Heaven - Paul James Keyes

The Beyond exists outside of time...

The fires of heaven burn across the ages.

Josie's summer camp experience is interrupted by blood-sucking ghasts that lure in their victims with the sounds of crying children. The horrors come in many forms in this run-for-your-life action-packed adventure.
Angels wept the day the heavens burned.  The mortal realm stood in awe as the glow of the flames bled through into our sky.  We laid out on blankets, pointing up at the shimmering glow, unknowing.  If only our eyes had been aimed lower, perhaps we would have seen that the terrors held to the fringes no longer.
Josie continued to watch the shadow in silence for some time, certain that it was no more than their wild imaginations playing tricks on their eyes... that is... until Channie whimpered a fearful gasp and the too-tall form slowly receded into the forest.

The Arcadian Complex - Book 1: Wrought by Fire - Paul James Keyes

An Ancient Magic lingers from a Forgotten Era. Wizards Reign & Terrorize with Godly Powers.

Salvine is sold to a madman who uses her flesh to form a beast with an unquenchable thirst for blood. She must do as her master commands—fetch the head of the bearer of the Mark of Kings.
Her target, a man plagued with
haunting visions of a destroyed world, discovers he can bend both man and nature to his will as long as the moon hangs in the sky. The symbol etched into his bicep is more important than he realizes. He is fated to be king, but only if he can survive a perilous journey across lands ruled by powerful tyrants.
When a local boy named Javic discovers the future king on his farm, he doesn’t think his luck can possibly get any worse. If only he knew Salvine—the girl he
secretly loves—is trapped in the mind of one of their hulking stalkers.
An epic tale of magic and mayhem spans a rich world brimming with danger.


The Arcadian Complex - Book 2: Ashen Sky - Paul James Keyes

A magical doorway is rediscovered. Any who dare enter are teleported to the Lost City of Sultrim, a dilapidated city, nestled high within the Arid Hills. An artifact of great power is rumored to reside there, but all who set forth to retrieve it are never heard from again. Perhaps the Guardians of the Sun—giant winged bears created by the wizards of old—are not as extinct as the scholars believe.
On the civilized side of the doorway, times are far from ideal in the Glowing City of Erotos. The struggle for power blurs the lines of friend and foe. Between the Arcanum, the queen, the Ver’konus, and the threat of enemy agents hiding in plain sight, everyone is a pawn in somebody’s deadly game.
The military academy holds claim over Javic and Belford, but with all-out war looming on the horizon, and unpredictable fluctuations of the Power literally tearing the streets of Erotos apart beneath their feet, there is little time to focus on their mandated training.
Belford’s past becomes clear as his memories resurface, but the more he learns about who he is and where he came from, the less certain the future becomes. Can Belford stitch together the shards of his forgotten memories before his past inevitably catches up with him?



Passenger Poet - Audrey Kohler

How do you tell your boyfriend of three years you are moving to Alaska without him?

Like the ocean, the waves of this story may carry you through from beginning to end, or you may flip freely to gather just what you need.
Apply these words to your own narrative. Reach for these poems as you would a favorite song, to bend meaning in whatever direction your heart desires.

This is heartbreak
and self-love
This is trial and error
This is everything I have felt since I was

I have done my best to craft you
a cup of tea
a conversation
to be shared and sipped

I am offering my heart to you
so, should you need it,
you might be able to tend to your own


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