What I’ve been working on and reading.

It’s been ages since I’ve bene on so I thought I better post an update. I’ve been really busy and got loads going on.

Currently working on
100 Word Horrors Book 3 – Will be released in just over a week, all going well
The Horror Collection: White Edition – This is the Christmas themed edition. It’s currently in edits and I aim to have it available for October.
Halloween Land – My novella based on the short story I had in Collected Halloween Horror Shorts
Screechers Blood Wars – Book 2 of Screechers, currently with Christina for her chapter. We are making good progress.

I’ve had several short stories an drabbles accepted into other anthos that are awaiting release.
They are:
Winds of Despair anthology by Fantasia Divinity Press
A water drabbles antho also by Fantasia Divinity Press (Not sure of the antho title yet.
Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights by Things in the Well Publications
Apocalypse a Dark Drabbles book by Black Hare Press
Dark Tides – A charity antho raising money for the Virginia Beach tradegy

I’m also working on a few short stories right now and I’m getting back to the novella that Andrew Lennon and I were writing.

Currently reading, Lake Infernal by Christine Morgan, The Return of Moloch by Lee McGeorge, Low by Mike Duke, a biography called Running with the Firm and a graphic novel by Max Brooks called The Extinction Parade. Oh, and the Usborne Illustrated Originals version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’m not getting as much time as I would like to read but enjoying all of these so far.

Think that’s about it for now. I’ll be back with more updates soon.

Some of the covers for upcoming anthos that I will appear in:

Update on current works.

Dark Thoughts, my solo collection is now available

The Horror Collection: Purple Edition is now available

Screechers 2: Blood Games – Co-written with Christina Bergling – is still in the works. Unfortunately, I have held this one up and Christina is waiting on me because I have had a lot going on

Summer of ’95 (tentative title) – Solo novella – 5K written.

Halloween Land – Solo novella – 10K written.

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 3 is being cancelled, however, there may be a White Edition of The Horror Collection, which will be Christmas themed.

100 Word Horrors Book 3 is about 80% full. Hoping to have it released within the next few months.

Subbed a short story to an antho recently. First in a long time. Also subbed a nonfiction piece to an antho I was invited to. Waiting to hear if the like it. Never written any non-fic articles before.

I think that’s about it for what I have going on just now.

A pic P. Mattern had made for the Carnivalland story because she enjoyed it so much.

I love carnie stuff as you probably all know by now. Carnivalland is in my short story collection, Dark Thoughts.

Other carnival works:

My carnie anthology: Carnival of Horror

Halloweenland, one of my most popular stories, is in Collected Halloween Horror Shorts. This one is currently being turned into a novella.

My 100 word drabble, Children of the Carnival is in 100 Word Horrors.

I’ve probably written other carnie stories but these are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head.


Dark Thoughts

Kevin J. Kennedy has put together some of the horror world’s bestselling anthologies over recent years. Now, for the first time, he has collected some of his own short stories in one place. Dark Thoughts features a brand new, eight thousand word, tribute story to Richard Laymon’s Dark Mountain.

Praise for the book:

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

A collection of good, gory, crazy fun.
Jeff Menapace, author of the Bad Games series

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.
Mar Garcia – TBM Horror Experts

Dark Thoughts is an awesome collection of fast-paced tales of a wide variety of horrific topics that will keep you at the edge of your seat. From zombies, cannibals, and other monsters, to intensely dark payback and awakening a curse, there’s something in this collection for every type of horror fan!
Erica Robyn Reads

I laughed, I cried, and ultimately, I was left wanting more! Bravo Mr. Kennedy.
RJ Roles Author of Girl’s Best Friend

Serving up tales of terror like a cannibal serves up flesh, Kevin Kennedy’s Dark Thoughts are exactly that, and they don’t come much darker. Rounding off the collection with a fitting tribute to Richard Laymon, the stories take you on a red double decker bus ride to a lonely mountain via caves, Oz, and a beach-based carnival. Strap on your seat belt and get ready to go.
J.C. Michael, author of Pandemonium



Update on what’s in the pipeline.

I thought I would give you all a little update on where I am at with upcoming books.

Dark Thoughts – My solo collection – Finished and with my editor.
Screechers 2: Blood Games – Co-written with Christina Bergling – Around 5K written.
Summer of ’95 (tentative title) – Solo novella – 5K written.
Halloween Land – Solo novella – 10K written.

The Horror Collection: Purple Edition – 4 stories accepted so far. Aiming for between 7 to 9 depending on the length of the stories.
Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 3 – Invites sent to authors. Aim to release arounds October 31st, 2019.

That’s about it. I no longer have time to write shorts to sub to others anthos. The next release is likely to be Dark Thoughts.


Screechers 2 Artwork

Some of these creatures will be in Screechers 2 and some might not make the cut but I thought I would post them for those of you who read and enjoyed book 1. Book 2 is under way and book 1 is available now. Links below. Artwork by Phil Beachler. Both books co-written with Christina Bergling.



More artwork to come soon.