Publishers Weekly ran a great review of Dark Awakenings.Here's an excerpt:"Life is a horror for which there is neither remedy nor release in the seven metaphysical terror tales that make up the bulk of Cardin's provocative second collection (after Divinations of the Deep).Cardin's tales are rich with references to Lovecraft, Nietzsche, and other writers whose work gives them unusual philosophic depth.This thinking-man's book of the macabre is capped by three essays, all of which speak eloquently to the supernatural themes of the stories." In January I announced that I would abandon all social media and go on cyber-sabbatical for the whole of 2011, for personal reasons that had to do with psycho-cyber overload. It turned out that only five months were needed to clear the mind and re-center the soul. All in all it was a restful, transformative, and illuminating retreat, and I highly recommend that you try something similar if the idea has been nagging at you. Dark Faith featured my story "Chimeras & Grotesqueries."about cultivating a deep relationship with the creative daimon/muse/genius, I have published the second installment in my article series about the muse's ontological status. It discusses receiving perceived communications from "higher intelligences."