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About Kevin J Kennedy
Kevin J. Kennedy is the author of Halloween Land, Dark Thoughts, Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre, & Merry Fuckin’ Christmas and Other Yuletide Shit. He co-authored You Only Get One Shot, Screechers & Stitches. He has short stories in a wealth of anthologies from an array of publishers.
He lives in the heart of Scotland with his wife and 3 small fur people, Carlito, Ariel and Luna. He can be found on Facebook most days if you want to chat with him.
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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.
Far away, across the dusty sand dunes, three men flee the smoldering ashes of their community along with their regrets, looking for a new place to survive.
These two stories, of screechers and humans, alternate and dance around each other before the creatures and men intersect and weave into one story.
In the scorched remains, everything struggles to survive. The end of the world produced mutated monsters beyond imagination. When worlds collide, when man meets monster, who will survive in this new world?
What others said about the book:
"With apoc-wolves, giant crabs, and new-world carnage, Screechers is a bloody ripper of a tale." - Lee Murray, two-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of Into the Mist
A tale of beast and man - the perfect combination of beauty and brutality. This story gives you unexpected friendships, terrifying beasts and one of the best battles I’ve ever read. - Andrew Lennon, author of Ode to Death
“Screechers is full of badass creatures, engaging characters and great action as well. A fun, fast read.” - Mike Duke, author of Where the Gods Sleep
Old-school action packed post-apocalyptic sci fi pulp at its screeching best! Must read for fans of the genre - C.S. Anderson, author of Ocean Gores
What would you do if someone demanded you write the best story of your life, to be judged online? That your life depended on it.
Four well-known authors receive an email telling them they are responsible for a suicide. Their antagonist makes it clear she is out for revenge and they have no option but to comply. Their task is to post the best story they can imagine online and await judgement. Filled with guilt, anxiety, and even a few murderous tendencies, each writer weaves their tale and hopes for the best. It’ll be the competition of their lives. Who’s story will win? Will anyone survive?
If you enjoy tense, fast-paced horror, then you will love Kevin J. Kennedy and J.C. Michael’s You Only Get One Shot! Your shot is now. Read You Only Get One Shot today.
Praise for the book:
"Kennedy & Michael's _You Only Get One Shot_ is quite a clever noir narrative, blending several gritty tales together into one unforgettable "escape by your wits" premise that will keep you turning the pages in terror till the twisty end is brilliantly unveiled. Gleefully disturbing and darkly terrifying to writers like me, this is such a clever and diffuse story, with the same puzzling torment of the SAW movies, but all the grit of a pulp crime novel. If you have this book in your hands or on the screen right now, you better buy it right away, because you only get one shot..."
Michael A. Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Play Dead
"You Only Get One Shot gives all new meaning to a publishing deadline! Quite entertaining!"
Weston Kincade, author of the 'A Life of Death' series.
This was a fun story. Scary as heck for an author to read. Would I dare to say I didn’t enjoy it? Probably not. Good thing I did!
Willow Rose, author of the Emma Frost and Rebekka Franck series
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.
Bella Dean Joyner
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
What flavor is your nightmare?
Forty-nine authors have come together to tell us theirs. Each story is unique in its horror but all should be read with the lights on and the shadows kept at bay, because some stories tend to stay with you even after the book is closed.
From established authors, to people putting pen to paper for the first time.
Books of Horror presents its inaugural Community Anthology.
Staci Layne Wilson
Matthew A. Clarke
Eugene C. McLean Jr.
Kevin J. Kennedy
Joshua E. Borgmann
Justin M. Woodward
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
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.
Eugene C. McLean Jr
R. Michael Burns
Matthew A. Clarke
Kevin J. Kennedy
G. Nicholas Miranda
GoldieAnn S. Brand
Brian J. Smith
Justin M. Woodward
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
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.
"At Last, an Authoritative Compendium to (Fictional) Haunted Buildings for the Delight and Exploration of Reader-Travelers Around the Globe."
For nearly forty years, renowned paranormal investigator Professor Charlatan Bardot has examined, documented, and acquired stories of haunted buildings around the world. Partnered with leading anthologist Eric J. Guignard, and gifted artists Steve Lines and James Gabb, the greatest of Charlatan's discoveries are made available now in this comprehensive travel anthology!
From the Philippines' tragic Ame-Soeur Clothing Factory, to Sweden's reverent Fish Church; from Tanzania's vengeful Unguja Restaurant, to Canada's cursed Crow Island Lighthouse, Charlatan Bardot presents a lifetime of experience and insight into paranormal architecture.
27 feature stories and 36 tiny tales are included of haunted temples, diners, hotels, shops, hospitals, outposts, theaters, and other building types, along with maps, travel notes, illustrations, and more, all designed to provide an immersive experience for veteran travelers and armchair ghost hunters alike!
Enter Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World and explore the strange and curious locales of the globe and of your imagination.
In this nineties, neo-noir style, erotically charged thriller, Olivia Leadoux is a gorgeous Hitchcockian blonde being stalked by a deranged madman named 'Stitches.'
Olivia is haunted by visions of the killer’s next target, as he closes in on her and her friends. Can she stop the murderer before he kills again? Horror mystery writer, Steven Stacy and horror author, Kevin J. Kennedy join forces to tell this powerful thriller of deception and lust that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the terrifying finalé.