A wee update

The Queuing Dead is now out, featuring a new story by me and has been a top seller in the UK for about 5 weeks.

I’ve had stories accepted to Dark Places, Evil Faces 2 and Fiend Farm.

I’m about half way with most of the anthos I’m putting together apart from Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 which is almost complete.

I owe a few people short stories so I need to get back to the writing. I’ve recently been invited to sub stories to both a Jack Ketchum and a Richard Laymon anthology. They are two of my favourite authors so I feel pretty honoured. I’m currently re-reading Dark Mountain by Laymon so I can add some little nods to his work in my story.

I’m also currently reading Mr Deathmask by Lee McGeorge and the Pigeon by Andrew Lennon and Chris Motz. Both are great but unfortunately I’m not getting much time to read for pleasure anymore due to the amount of subs I’m receiving for the anthologies.

Currently watching the Terror. I’ve watched the first 3 episodes and I’m enjoying it so far.

Not much else to tell right now. I’ve updated the book section of the site if you want to look through any of my recent releases.

Over and out…

OPEN CALL!

I’m currently putting together an anthology of carnival themed horror. I’m looking for stories over 4000 words. If the carnival theme is too light, your story will be automatically rejected. The project will run until full and the book will be published shortly afterwards in both Kindle and paperback format.

Payment is £10 per accepted story which will be paid via Paypal just before publication.

Do not leave spaces between paragraphs. Please use the ruler to indent your paragraphs and not the tab button.
Calibri size 11 for font.
No headers or footers.
I am not accepting any stories that would be considered extreme.

Subs should be sent to kevinkennedyez@hotmail.co.uk

Any questions, just ask.

What I’ve been up to

As always, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so here is another little update of what I have been working on.

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2: All stories accepted. In editing stages. Likely release date is October 31st 2018

I’ve recently had short stories accepted into The Queuing Dead, a British tribute to the Walking Dead. It’s being put together by Marc Moore from Goodmorning Zompoc. His first antho, Treasured Chests: A Zombie Anthology, also contains one of my stories and raises money for breast cancer. I had another short accepted to Mark Nye’s Fiend Farm which I believe will be out later in the year.

I’ve submitted short stories to the Dark Region Press competition, the Scares That Care anthology, the current Horror Writer Association antho and the Tales from the Crust antho. I’m currently waiting on feedback on each.

I’m still working on the post-apocalyptic novel/novella with Christina Bergling. It’s coming along nicely.

I have several other short stories to write for other anthos that I have either been invited to or just fancy giving a go.

I plan to put a collection of my own shorts together at some point but that will likely be a little further down the line.

I’m also a guest editor for Hellbound Books Made in Britain anthology that should be out at the end of the year.

I think that’s about it for now.

Another random update

As always, I plan to post here more often and then leave it ages. I’m keeping busy as always. I’ve recently released 100 Word Horrors which seems to be doing really well so far. I’m also putting together a second Christmas horror anthology. The first has been the most successful antho I have put together so I know people will have high expectations for this one. I’ve already accepted the first few stories so I know we are off to a good start.

I’m also putting together a British horror anthology for Hellbound Books as a guest editor. I’ve submitted the list of British authors that I would like to work with and the publisher has sent out invites. I’m looking forward to reading the submissions for this one. It will hopefully be available late in the year.

I’ve finished my story for the Queuing Dead antho that Marc Moore is putting together and just giving it a final going over. It’s the first time I’ve submitted a story to anyone in ages, so, fingers crossed he likes it.

I’m still working on the post apocalyptic book that I’m writing with Christina Bergling.

There are several other anthologies coming up that I would like to submit stories to but whether I have time to or not is up in the air.

I’ve read a few great books recently. Grim Riders by Tim Curran, Beautiful Hell by Jeffrey Thomas and Blister by Jeff Strand have been the best of the year so far. I’d highly recommend them all.

I think that’s about it for now. I shall be back at some random point in the future. Until then, read loads of horror and don’t forget to leave a review.

Kev

100 Word Horrors – An Anthology of Horror Drabbles

Praise for the book:

“A collection of terse, eerie, and delightful little creepers, each one like a swift uppercut to the solar plexus, proving that dynamite truly does come in small packages!”
–Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White

“Wow! With the amazing talent involved in this anthology, it’s no wonder 100 Word Horrors is such a powerful gut-punch of horror!”
–Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing

“A delicious collection of tiny tales of horror.”
–Kelley Armstrong, author of Bitten

“Each and every story will get you there, with a scare, in seconds. A terrific read for those who like their horror fast, sharp and brutal… like a good stabbing. Highly recommended!”

–Steve Gerlach, author of Rage

“Horror often is best served by the short form, and with 100 Word Horrors, you get the shortest of the short! This is a bag of Horror Candy that will make you cringe, reread, smile and savor, one twisted wrapper at a time.”

–John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Sacrificing Virgins

Synopsis:

A drabble is a short form of fiction that is exactly 100 words long (not including the title).

Kevin J. Kennedy, has once again brought together the best of the horror world to bring you an anthology that is packed with creepy tales.

Between these pages you will find over one hundred drabbles, written by a wealth of talented authors. From the best indie horror authors to Bram Stoker award winners and Amazon top sellers. We have monsters, mayhem and madness. Come join us.

Contains drabbles by, Amy Cross, William F. Nolan, Lisa Morton, Gord Rollo, Michael A. Arnzen, Mark Lukens, Richard Chizmar, Rick Gualtieri, Jeff Strand, Kevin J. Kennedy, P. Mattern, Lee Mountford, Ike Hamill, Michael Bray, Andrew Lennon, Craig Saunders, Matt Hickman, Glenn Rolfe and many more.

Links:

Paperback/Kindle

Hardback

Best books I read in 2017

A list of the best books I read in 2017. There is a link to see everything I read at the bottom of the post.

Top ten books that I read, that were published in 2017

1. Hell Divers – Nicholas Sansbury Smith
2. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis – Anne Rice
3. Spider Bunny – Carlton Mellick III
4. Kind Nepenth – Matthew Brockmeyer
5. Extinction – Iain Rob Wright
6. 68 Kill Part 2 – Bryan Smith
7. Hematophages – Stephen Kozenieski
8. The Rest Will Come – Christina Bergling
9. Murder Squad – Bryan Smith
10. Header 3 – Edward Lee & Ryan Harding

Six excellent books that I read in 2017, that were published at an earlier date. In no particular order.

That Terrible Thing That Happens – Carlton Mellick III
The Tick People – Carlton Mellick III
Discoredia – J.C. Michael
The Farm – Christopher Motz
A Life of Death – Weston Kincade
Punch – J.R. Park

Everything I read in 2017