The First Chapter of Afterlife: Book One of the Arcadia Chronicles

This year started with excitement. February marked the release of my first novel, “Afterlife,” that I co-wrote with author Julie Kimbrell (writing as J.K. Ishaya). Afterlife serves as the first in a series of books “The Arcadia Chronicles” inspired by my award-winning film Passing Darkness starring and co-created with Debra and Gerald Hopkins (more about … More The First Chapter of Afterlife: Book One of the Arcadia Chronicles

Welcome to The Realm

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a fascination with the paranormal. Ghost stories, UFOs, fantasy worlds, the supernatural, all triggered an intense curiosity from a young age that informs my writing and creative endeavors to this day. I wrote about this before in a previous blog, a theme in my work I … More Welcome to The Realm

Kenneth Mader Interview with Zimbell House Publishing

This is an interview I did with my new publisher Zimbell House. My co-author J.K. Ishaya also has one on their site you can read here. Enjoy! Kenneth Mader, co-author of Afterlife, Book One of The Arcadia Chronicles Excerpts of Interview with Kenneth Mader: Personal Facts: ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence … More Kenneth Mader Interview with Zimbell House Publishing

My First Novel

A crazy thing happened on the way to making my next film. About four years ago, in the midst of finishing production on my latest feature film Displacement, I had this nutty idea to develop a book series based on my short film Passing Darkness. My partners on that project, Debra & Gerald Hopkins and … More My First Novel


When I saw J.J. Abrams’ SUPER 8 it rekindled that youthful exuberance I had for making movies when I was a kid.  I really connected with that film’s characters and its zeitgeist since I grew up in the 70’s (okay, yeah, I’m dating myself) and basically was those kids in that movie making films in the 1979 … More INSPIRATION