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

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

The Full TOC for 100 Word Horrors

Andrew Lennon – Lunchtime
Chris Kelso – Streethearts
Dave McCluskey – The Guest
Dave McCluskey – Air
Matthew Brockmeyer – Lightbulb
Matthew Brockmeyer – Hide and Seek
Veronica Smith – Post Halloween
Veronica Smith – The Dublin Pub
John Dover – Late Night Drive
Mark Lumby – Bessy
Glenn Rolfe – They Came For Me
Pippa Bailey – Heart Shaped Box
Pippa Bailey – Silence
Brandy Yassa – Alone
James Matthew Byers – Don’t Look Back
James Matthew Byers – Edmond
P.J. Blakey-Novis – I was Loved
P.J. Blakey-Novis – The Other Me
Matt Hickman – Hobby
Michael Bray – I Am The End
Suzanne Fox – Delusional
C.S. Anderson – Knock Knock
C.M. Saunders – Coming Around
Elizabeth Cash – Weeping Keys
Chad Lutzke – Sugar & Spice
A.J. Brown – Strength In the Blood
Lee McGeorge – Experimental Animal 7
Lisa Morton – The Dead Thing
Gord Rollo – Someone’s In My House
Derek Shupert – Till Death Do Us Part
Mark Fleming – Initiation
Mark Fleming – Firing Squad
Valerie Lioudis – Clean
Valerie Lioudis – The Box
Billy Chizmar – It
Richard Chizmar – The Man in The Black Sweater
Mark Lumby – Greed Has No Heart
Rhys Hughes – Cupid and Death
Rhys Hughes – Mr Fancy Pants
James H. Longmore – Bad Cop, Bad Cop
Rick Gualtieri – Selfie
Georgia Lennon – Cold Toes
Lisa Vasquez – Night Terrors
P. Mattern – Harsh Sentence
Mike Duke – The Festival of Gluttony
Suzanne Fox – A Caring Community
Suzanne Fox – Coming Home
Briana Robertson – Delivery
Mark Lumby – It Came
James Matthew Buyers -Bummed Light
Mike Duke – No More
Mike Duke – Never Leave Me, Nor Forsake Me
Christina Bergling – Jack Frost
Christina Bergling – Grand Slam
Christina Bergling Bergling – You Don’t See Me
Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar – The Boy
Norbert Gora – It is Just Local Gossip
Craig Saunders – The Dead Train
Weston Kincade – Jolly Ol’ Infiltrator
Howard Carlyle – Meal For One
David Owain Hughes – Virtual Reality
Theresa Jacobs – Nights in Whitechapel
Jeff Strand – Shock Collar
David Owain Hughes – Dancing
David Owain Hughes – Cut Down to Size
Robert W. Easton – What is Schizophrenia, Anyway?
Billy San Juan – A Demonic Pact
Nicholas Diak – Will-o’-the-wisp
Eric J. Guignard – Forever Men
Donelle Pardee Whiting – Trees
Antonio Simon, Jr – Shadows
Ellen A. Easton – It’s Just A Dream, Right?
Becky Narron – Stone
Duncan P. Bradshaw – Winter’s Embrace
Adriaan Brae – Consumed by Desire
Mark Lukens – The Dolls
Lisa Vasquez – Vermillion
Jason M. Light – I Was a Teenage Eulogist
Alex Laybourne – Beasts From Below
Alex Laybourne – From the Mouths of Drunks and Babes
John Dover – Spellbound
Pippa Bailey – Beast in the Bedroom
Howard Carlyle – The Artist
Mark Cassell – A Song for Them
Mark Cassell – Over the Edge
Kevin J. Kennedy – Children of the Carnival
Rebecca Brae – The Feast
Megan Ince – Escape
Michael Paul Gonzalez – Destiny’s Embrace
Stefan Lear – Best of Friends
Sara Tantlinger – Stone Dry
Sara Tantlinger – Breadth of Bone
Sara Tantlinger – Beauty Mask
Jessica Gomez – A Flash Beginning
William F. Nolan – Another Tonight?
Christopher Motz – What’s for Dinner
Christopher Motz – Just a Game
Michael A. Arnzen – Checkmate Roommate
Michael A. Arnzen – Running From Him
Michael A. Arnzen – Baby Steps
Kevin J. Kennedy – The Beauty of the Sea
James McCulloch – Stage Fright
Peter Oliver Wonder – Shower Thoughts
Brandy Yassa – Priscilla’s Pugnacious Pampered Pups
Lee Mountford – Betrayal
Ike Hamill – Beautiful Francesca
Ike Hamill – Disregarded Advice
Amy Cross – The End of The Pier
Amy Cross – Jonathan
Amy Cross – The Grave

Coming Really Soon!!!

Another long overdue update

So, we have probably established now that I’m not going to be very good at keeping this up to date but I have updated the book section again to include my new works. Have a look. There is some great stuff in there. Collected Halloween Horror Shorts is now available, along with two charity anthos containing my stories.

Hydrophbia, I think will be the next book released that I was involved with. This one is raising money for the survivors of hurricane Harvey in Houston. I don’t have a story in this one but I was part of the team who read the submissions and I voted on each story to see which would make the final book. A lot of great authors submitted there stories to help out. I also decided the final order they would appear in the book. It should be on Amazon within the coming days.

I’m now working on several projects. The first is another co-written book, this one with Christina Bergling. It will be a posy-apocalyptic tale but that’s all I can tell you right now. I’m working on a solo novella about a guy who doesn’t like people very much but is a massive animal lover. This story will be about his deep unhappiness with fox hunters. The third is a novella that will be set in my Carnival Tales world, which another few authors are working on stories for as well. If you haven’t already you can check out the first story in Collected Halloween Horror Shorts. The rest will have links to this story but will also be stand alone stories.

A little update on some of my recent watches:

Brawl in Cell Block 99
Thought this was a pretty good movie but it’s quite slow in parts.

Jungle
I really enjoyed this one. It was also slow in parts but Radcliffe’s acting was excellent and kept it going. It’s also based on a true story.

68 Kill
I had really enjoyed the book and often that means I will be let down by the movie but this one was excellent. Hopefully there will be more Bryan Smith books made into movies in the near future.

Spiderman Homecoming
In my opinion this is the best Spiderman movie that has been made to date. Loved Keaton in it too.

Glasslands
A good cast but the pacing was too slow. Was bored through most of the movie and didn’t particularly like the ending.

The Babysitter
I really thought this looked crap but too many people had said it was good so I gave in and watched it. It’s a really well put together movie. Lots of laughs, lots of gore, decent acting, what else do you need?

I think that’s about it for now. As always I’ll try and post more often but you can always keep up to date with me on Facebook too. You’ll find my page through the links section on here.

A few updates for you

I’m trying to use the site more and more. It’s been slow going but I’m getting there. I’ve updated the books section and started using the blog again after a little while away. I’ve been pretty busy over the last few months so thought I’d post some updates.

The novella that J.C. Michael and I were working on for over a year is finally out. If you haven’t heard me going on about it in one place or another here’s a look at the cover.

The feedback so far has been great and it’s only been released for two days. I recently appeared in a charity antho as well. Pic below.

You can find links to all of these books in the book section, along with synopsis.

In the next week or so this one will be available.

And last but not least I can finally reveal the cover for an upcoming antho that I don’t have a release date for but do have a story in.

Now, there are probably a load of things I’ve forgot to cover but I will post again soon with any more updates that spring to mind. Happy reading 🙂