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About Kevin J Kennedy
Kevin J. Kennedy is a horror author, editor, and anthologist. He is also the owner of KJK Publishing.
He lives in the heart of Scotland with his wife and his three cats, Carlito, Ariel and Luna. He can be found on Facebook most days if you want to chat with him.
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We have assembled some of the very best in the business from whom you can learn so much about the craft of horror writing: Bram Stoker Award© winners, bestselling authors, a President of the Horror Writers' Association, and myriad contemporary horror authors of distinction.
The Horror Writer covers how to connect with your market and carve out a sustainable niche in the independent horror genre, how to tackle the writer's ever-lurking nemesis of productivity, writing good horror stories with powerful, effective scenes, realistic, flowing dialogue and relatable characters without resorting to clichéd jump scares and well-worn gimmicks. Also covered is the delicate subject of handling rejection with good grace, and how to use those inevitable "not quite the right fit for us at this time" letters as an opportunity to hone your craft.
Plus... perceptive interviews to provide an intimate peek into the psyche of the horror author and the challenges they work through to bring their nefarious ideas to the page.
And, as if that – and so much more – was not enough, we have for your delectation Ramsey Campbell's beautifully insightful analysis of the tales of HP Lovecraft.
Ramsey Campbell, John Palisano, Chad Lutzke, Lisa Morton,
Kenneth W. Cain, Kevin J. Kennedy, Monique Snyman, Scott Nicholson,
Lucy A. Snyder, Richard Thomas, Gene O'Neill, Jess Landry, Luke Walker, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Marie O'Regan, Armand Rosamilia, Kevin Lucia,
Ben Eads, Kelli Owen, Jasper Bark, and Bret McCormick
And interviews with:
Steve Rasnic Tem, Stephen Graham Jones, David Owain Hughes,
Tim Waggoner, and Mort Castle
They say that third time’s a charm and for the third installment of the Books of Horror community Anthology, it’s a fact. With well over seventy stories submitted, there was just too much content for a single book. Volume 3 is being brought to you in two parts. You’ll find the book(s) you’re about to read filled with tales of horror that span the genre, crafted by veteran authors, as well as first time writers.
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Nikki R. Leigh
Thomas R. Clark
G. Nicholas Miranda
Lee Allen Howard
Justin M. Woodward
Shawn W. Foley
Thomas K.S Wake
Kevin J. Kennedy
An excellent collection of horror tales, ranging from dark and disturbing to perverse and dark-humored to just flat-out disgusting. Great stuff!
Jeff Strand, author of Everything has Teeth
Kevin Kennedy is one of the new breed of horror writing talent who is beginning to make waves in the industry with his captivating style dripping with dread. Definitely one to watch.
Michael Bray, author of the Whisper Trilogy
Dark Thoughts by Kevin Kennedy is everything you want from a horror collection and more. The variety on display here is staggering, from the supernatural to the evil in the hearts of men, but it is always underlined with a visceral grittiness that you just can’t shake. I think we have horror’s answer to Irvine Welsh.
Lee Mountford, author of The Demonic
A stunning horror collection that will keep you turning the pages long after dark.
Christopher Motz, author of Pine Lakes & Tenants
Kevin J. Kennedy writes with an unparalleled voice that grips the reader with an alarming urgency from the first page. Each of the stories told within this solo anthology is a masterpiece of suspense and pacing, each one adeptly spun of the stuff of nightmares and evils yet undiscovered.
Horror has no happy endings. And these dark tales are purely distilled, 100 proof, gut twisting horrors.
Look forward to dimly lit corridors too long for the building, a feral child raised by Pavolvian parents with a taste for human flesh, a camping trip to a forbidden lake that no hikers return from, terrible choices with consequences in the world of drug trafficking, a raw and bloody Tarentino take on The Wizard of Oz classic, and more.
To quote the disfigured and macabre ticket taker in the story, ’Canivalland’
“Perhaps you are meant to join us.”
P. Mattern, author of Strident House
A surreal carousel ride of horror, revenge and crime.
Matthew V. Brockmeyer, award-winning author of Kind Nepenthe and Under Rotting Sky
A richly imagined and brilliantly executed collection of dark tales by a rapidly emerging voice in the horror genre.
C.S. Anderson, author of The Black Irish Chronicles
This horror collection will pull deep strings in your mind...
The end of the world through a double-decker's window glass. Torture —ashes to ashes. Have you tried to walk in a cannibal's shoes? They have their own ghosts...
Would the gates of eternity have the shape of a carnival monstrosity?
Oh, a drug dealer shall tremble when hearing "yes... but family."
Perhaps you would prefer dancing a macabre waltz with Dorothy and her friends in the land of Oz? What about "revenge, sweet revenge"?
Worry not, you can keep the fury of the gods and a flesh feast for dessert.
After all... the author well knows there's no end like an ancient course to tie up this bouquet of nightmares.
Did this seem to shudder? Wait until you turn the first page, it won't let you go. You'll find yourself smiling more than once, it will awake your most disturbing side.
Ten stories to steal your sleep —and your mind.
Featuring stories by Amy Cross, Mike Duke, Matthew Brockmeyer, Lex H. Jones, J.C. Michael and Kevin J. Kennedy.
A man looking for love marries a jukebox.
A popular children's character is brought to life, but something isn't quite right.
A shady exchange on a Kaiju cruise leads to catastrophic complications.
Peculiar Monstrosities is packed with fourteen exquisitely crafted stories from new and established authors of Bizarro fiction.
Featuring tales by: Kevin J. Kennedy, Zoltan Komor, Shelly Lyons, Tim Anderson, Tim O'Neal, Gregory L. Norris, Joshua Chaplinsky, Stanley B. Webb, Jackk N. Killington, Kristen Callender, Michael Pollentine, Tony Rauch, Mark Cowling, and Alistair Rey.
The world as we know has come to an end. There is destruction and chaos as far as the eye can see. Are you prepared?
THE END COMES IN MANY FORMS, WHICH ONE SPEAKS TO YOU?
Author Valerie Lioudis has assembled an original anthology of stories from a group of today’s hottest writers. Inside there are tales of extinction level events, survival in a broken wasteland, a bar at the end of it all, and so much more. This is a collection of new views on the Earth’s demise and humanity’s will to survive despite it.
With stories from L. Douglas Hogan, Derek Shupert, Kevin J. Kennedy, Veronica Smith, Stefan Lear, Robert W. Easton, Jack Appell, Austin James, Ellen A. Easton, William Stuart, Michael Gillette, T.D. Ricketts and Valerie Lioudis this wildly diverse and entertaining collection is sure to entertain you with each word.
End of the Line by Valerie Lioudis
Still Here Somehow by William Stuart The Pit
Forsaken Gravitas by Robert W. Easton
Underground by Jack Appell
The Picnic by Ellen A. Easton
Spaceship Earth by Michael Gillett
Countdown by Veronica Smith
Lycan Rising by Derek Shupert
The Cataclysm by L. Douglas Hogan
Satan's Apocalypse by Kevin J. Kennedy
Wasteland Wanderer by T.D. Ricketts
The Pit by William Stuart
Flare-up by Austin James
Bury Em' Deep by Stefan Lear
Featuring explicit, sexy and depraved never-before-published stories from;
Matthew M. Clarke
David Owain Hughes
Kevin J. Kennedy
Kyle M. Scott
Since its conception in 2018, The Horror Collection series has been a firm favourite amongst global horror readers.
The Extreme Edition is the unruly weirdo in the family who has no filter. The one that all the good crass, uncomfortable and disturbing stories come from — you wouldn’t trust them alone with your wife or kid! Hell, you don’t exactly want to be caught up alone with them yourself! This one has no boundaries. It’s the social anarchist of the relatively straight-laced bunch — that’s even with the freaky bizarro cousin interwoven through the books.
If you always wish for that bit more gratuitous sex and violence, this book is for you.
Table of Contents:
12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem)
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith
Santa's Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin' Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez
Slay Bells by Weston Kincade
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Cover design by Lisa Vasquez
This anthology will dance readers through an array of styles and horror sub-genres, including bizzaro through the looking glass of unique Christmas ornaments; such treats always come with a price. Discover the dark secrets between the Claus’ and Krampus that you’ll never forget. There’s a touch of sci-fi when a lone worker discovers a hidden department in a derelict store. There are family horror tales of obsessive tradition, reunion, and mayhem. This edition promises something festive to satisfy a cornucopia of horror pallets.
In this invite-only anthology, KJK Publishing presents 11 new tales of frightful festive horror shenanigans from: Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Eric Butler, Matthew A. Clarke, David Owain Hughes, Lex H Jones, Kevin J. Kennedy, Zoltán Komor, Patrick Reuman, RJ Roles, Veronica Smith and Steve Stred.
Don't forget the milk and cookies, and be good kids — someone is always watching. Those damn elves are not to be trusted!
Zak and Wendy are a couple of horror buffs who love Halloween.
In their sleepy, run-down little town, an exciting attraction promises to inject some life into the place for one special night only. A travelling carnival, making its debut on Halloween.
Anticipation builds, and the mysterious 'Halloween Land' carnival is the talk of the town; the calliope music, bright lights, and sweet and savoury smells from the pop-up carnival lure in the crowds flocking to the pier. The two teenage friends Zak and Wendy are eager to be among the first.
Revelations unfold, mysteries peek from the outer limits. The kids have to think and act fast to defeat the evil that's come to town and it’s nothing like in the movies!
This tale is full of mystery, fun, magic, tension and dread.
Step up for the ride, give your ticket to the clown, she'll show you a good time; no one can say where you will end up, but it'll be a wicked ride!
PRAISE FOR HALLOWEEN LAND
"A fun, spook-filled throwback that evokes Laymon and R. L. Stein in equal measure... imbued with a real sense of adventure."
— Kyle M. Scott, author of The Club and Dark Island
Kennedy has given us a great tale, reminiscent of Bradbury. Halloween Land was truly a joy to read.
— Andrew Lennon, author of A Life to Waste
“Kevin J. Kennedy’s Halloween Land peeled back the years of adulthood and revived the youthful lover of All Hallows’ Eve inside me. This fun and frightening tale of a Halloween carnival with sinister intentions captivated and entertained me from beginning to end. Buy your ticket now... but beware of the Funhouse!”
— Ronald Kelly, author of Fear, Undertaker’s Moon, and Irish Gothic
"A genuinely creepy, nostalgic romp from light into deepest darkness."
— Christopher Motz, author of Pine Lakes and A Hostile Takeover
"Kennedy's 'Halloween Land' comes at you a million miles an hour. Filled with as much emotional depth as carnage. This one will have you hooked from page one!"
— Steve Stred, author of Ritual
If the thought of crazed clowns and killer carnivals have you trembling from both fear and anticipation, then Kevin Kennedy’s Halloweenland is the nightmarish novella that you need.
— J.C. Michael, author of Pandemonium and You Only Get One Shot
"Old school horror clashes with new in this surgically-lean coming of age tale. Lean, hip,
and well-seasoned with blood and carnage, just the thing to get you in the Halloween spirit."
— Tim Curran, author of Clownflesh and Bioterror
"Part Bradbury, part Laymon, Halloween Land is something straight off the paperback horror rack! Classic horror fans need to check this out."
— Glenn Rolfe, author of August's Eyes and Until Summer Comes Around
"Halloween Land may be dripping festive themes, but you do not need to wait for Fall to get your ticket to the dark carnival. The wonderful blend of Halloween, carnival, and coming-of-age tropes blend perfectly into a fun and enthralling novella. Halloween Land is horror comfort food to be consumed in one sitting, perhaps by a fire with a stiff drink and some leftover candy. The story starts in a Halloween carnival to tickle your inner child before powering into adult badassery.
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R. Michael Burns
Matthew A. Clarke
Kevin J. Kennedy
G. Nicholas Miranda
GoldieAnn S. Brand
Brian J. Smith
Justin M. Woodward