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After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter b After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter bunnies, tales of the insane, a journey through Hell at Christmas time, and many other shorts to make your hair stand on end. Some are funny, some are gross and some touch upon the evil of your fellow man. Come and join us, but be warned… you may never want to leave. Praise for Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre Gruesome, outrageous, and extraordinarily entertaining: VAMPIRO AND OTHER STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE presents twisted tales of demonic possession, brutal monsters, revenge, and something like demented glee. It’s everything you’d want—and expect—from acclaimed author Kevin J. Kennedy. Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and Doorways to the Deadeye ‘Kennedy’s work is getting more impressive with each publication. I had a great time with this collection. You should seriously check it out.’ Andrew Lennon, Author of Ode to Death ‘A nerve-wracking stroll through the bad neighborhood of a brilliant horror author's dark imagination’ Chuck Anderson, author of Ocean Gores and Sin City Succubus 'Kevin Kennedy puts together a horrific selection box of tales.... Some serious, some tongue in cheek, all disturbing... That leave you wanting to devour another set' Lex H. Jones, author of Nick and Abe & The Old One and the Sea ‘This collection is a perfect read for any time of year if you’re looking for a wonderful collection of creepy and strange tales!’ Erica Robyn from the Erica Robyn Reads blog ‘These stories are not for the weak of heart, they are wonderfully nasty, deliciously depraved and at times downright licentious.’ William C. Bitner Jr, Books in my Library blog


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After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter b After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter bunnies, tales of the insane, a journey through Hell at Christmas time, and many other shorts to make your hair stand on end. Some are funny, some are gross and some touch upon the evil of your fellow man. Come and join us, but be warned… you may never want to leave. Praise for Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre Gruesome, outrageous, and extraordinarily entertaining: VAMPIRO AND OTHER STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE presents twisted tales of demonic possession, brutal monsters, revenge, and something like demented glee. It’s everything you’d want—and expect—from acclaimed author Kevin J. Kennedy. Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and Doorways to the Deadeye ‘Kennedy’s work is getting more impressive with each publication. I had a great time with this collection. You should seriously check it out.’ Andrew Lennon, Author of Ode to Death ‘A nerve-wracking stroll through the bad neighborhood of a brilliant horror author's dark imagination’ Chuck Anderson, author of Ocean Gores and Sin City Succubus 'Kevin Kennedy puts together a horrific selection box of tales.... Some serious, some tongue in cheek, all disturbing... That leave you wanting to devour another set' Lex H. Jones, author of Nick and Abe & The Old One and the Sea ‘This collection is a perfect read for any time of year if you’re looking for a wonderful collection of creepy and strange tales!’ Erica Robyn from the Erica Robyn Reads blog ‘These stories are not for the weak of heart, they are wonderfully nasty, deliciously depraved and at times downright licentious.’ William C. Bitner Jr, Books in my Library blog

30 review for Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre: A Collection of Short Horror Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always excited when I see a book by Kevin J. Kennedy on my list. I just know I'll read more original, scary, funny and gory horror stories. This book was unique in a way that all the stories are by Kevin J. Kennedy himself. I usually read the books where he collaborates with other authors. What I saw, by reading only stories by Kennedy himself, is that he has such a big imagination! All the stories Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always excited when I see a book by Kevin J. Kennedy on my list. I just know I'll read more original, scary, funny and gory horror stories. This book was unique in a way that all the stories are by Kevin J. Kennedy himself. I usually read the books where he collaborates with other authors. What I saw, by reading only stories by Kennedy himself, is that he has such a big imagination! All the stories were totally different and I did not feel like they were written by one and the same author. Great job.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Todd Love

    Strange Tales I want a carnival with Vampiro and Koko to exist. More fun, gory, and disturbing tales in this collection. Killer rabbits and a hell that celebrates Christmas, what’s now to love.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre by Kevin J. Kennedy is an awesome collection of tales that were each written by Mr. Kennedy. I was so thrilled when the author emailed me to let me know this one was coming out soon. What a perfect collection to read to kick off October! This collection was SO fun to read. I recognized a couple of the tales from other collections I’ve read from Mr Kennedy, and I was so excited to re-read them. Each tale is so unique and interesting! They are all just p Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre by Kevin J. Kennedy is an awesome collection of tales that were each written by Mr. Kennedy. I was so thrilled when the author emailed me to let me know this one was coming out soon. What a perfect collection to read to kick off October! This collection was SO fun to read. I recognized a couple of the tales from other collections I’ve read from Mr Kennedy, and I was so excited to re-read them. Each tale is so unique and interesting! They are all just perfectly written, giving the reader just enough information, but not too much to bog down the story. I really enjoyed them all! Per usual, here are my quick reactions and rating breakdowns for each story: The Games – 4/5 Goodness the first part of the story was disgusting! Then in the final game, we see the big reveal. This is where the major action was! And phew… that ending!! I loved this passage from the tale: “As one man looked down to see his guts slide out of his torn-open stomach, she had removed the heads of four more, while tearing the hearts from others. The crowd didn’t have time to scatter – never mind escape.” Thirteen Voices – 5/5 What a creepy idea! I loved when the voices in his head were explained to the reader as, “ I was as if my head was a room and I could only hear the conversations when people entered it.” However none of the voices talked about him or engaged with him. But then on his thirteenth birthday, one of the voices speaks to him. And then something terrifying happens. This passage…: “As far back as I can remember, I always had voices in my head. When I was around five it just seemed like thoughts, but by the time I was seven I knew they weren’t my own… They had become louder, more distinct and they argued. I didn’t even understand what they were talking about sometimes.” Don’t Grass – 5/5 Oh my goodness this poor kid. Dealing with his alcoholic mom was horrible enough, but add in terrible bullies? By the time we got to the end of the tale I was definitely routing for him! Would You Sell Your Soul? – 5/5 Love, love, love this one! This is a lighter tale about a troll that just wants to be a successful author. This has one very small element that shoves it into the horror genre. Vampiro – 5/5 YAS! I loved the pacing and overall plot of this one. So well done. A Town Called Easter – 5/5 I love this one so much! Absolutely terrifying! Christmas in Hell – 5/5 This is one of my favorites! It’s funny to me, I love Christmas, but all of the complaints about the holiday are so spot on for me. My Final Thoughts: This collection is a perfect read for any time of year if you’re looking for a wonderful collection of creepy and strange tales!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

    Gruesome, outrageous, and extraordinarily entertaining: VAMPIRO AND OTHER STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE presents twisted tales of demonic possession, brutal monsters, revenge, and something like demented glee. It’s everything you’d want—and expect—from acclaimed author Kevin J. Kennedy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Kate

    Review to follow.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Sinclair

    Monsters, Evisceration and Dinner with the Devil, what’s not to love! Another great collection of horror shorts by Kevin J Kennedy’s own hand. My stand out favourites were ‘Don’t Grass’ and the epic finale of ‘Christmas in Hell.’ Each tale in this collection is like a vivid wander through a madman’s dreams. As one would expect there’s monsters and some evisceration and that’s all terribly good fun. It’s all skilfully woven again with Kennedy’s dark humour which ensures these stories stand out from Monsters, Evisceration and Dinner with the Devil, what’s not to love! Another great collection of horror shorts by Kevin J Kennedy’s own hand. My stand out favourites were ‘Don’t Grass’ and the epic finale of ‘Christmas in Hell.’ Each tale in this collection is like a vivid wander through a madman’s dreams. As one would expect there’s monsters and some evisceration and that’s all terribly good fun. It’s all skilfully woven again with Kennedy’s dark humour which ensures these stories stand out from the pack. Kennedy is a real voice to be heard in the horror genre, highly recommend. Dine with Devil, I guarantee, you’ll be looking for more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    alice(noreen alice law)

    I enjoy original,inventive stories. Each story was different and refreshing in its approach to familiar subjects(I won't spoil). T hey were well developed,witty worthwhile reads. I enjoy original,inventive stories. Each story was different and refreshing in its approach to familiar subjects(I won't spoil). T hey were well developed,witty worthwhile reads.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Great horrifying tales that will peak your interest if you are a fan of the horror genre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Floyd Liff

    You got to read this You got to read this book. Short stories that you will read in one sitting. The stories in this book offers a wide range to keep you hooked. From the first to the last. If you have never read any of Kevin's books, this is a great one to start with. You got to read this You got to read this book. Short stories that you will read in one sitting. The stories in this book offers a wide range to keep you hooked. From the first to the last. If you have never read any of Kevin's books, this is a great one to start with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    William Bitner Jr.

    Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre By Kevin J. Kennedy Genre - Fiction Subgenre - Horror/Short Stories Pages - Publication Information - Independently Published, October 31, 2019 Format - Digital (ARC) Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr. (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...) Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙 Have you ever been curious about how many levels of disturbing there are? It’s something I ponder from time to time. However, in the case of “Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre” by Kevin J. Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre By Kevin J. Kennedy Genre - Fiction Subgenre - Horror/Short Stories Pages - Publication Information - Independently Published, October 31, 2019 Format - Digital (ARC) Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr. (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...) Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙 Have you ever been curious about how many levels of disturbing there are? It’s something I ponder from time to time. However, in the case of “Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre” by Kevin J. Kennedy the answer is seven. Very much like seven deadly sins...but in this case it’s seven depraved and disturbing short stories. These stories are not for the weak of heart, they are wonderfully nasty, deliciously depraved and at times downright licentious (case in point - “The Game”, the first story in this wonderful collection). The theme of disturbing continues with “Thirteen Voices”, “Don’t Grass”, “Would You Sell Your Soul?”, “Vampiro”, “A Town Called Easter” and “Christmas in Hell”. Each of these stories stands alone in it’s excellence, but having seven in one book is just a gem worth having. All you horror urges will be met and some will go beyond anything you could ever have imagined. I highly recommend getting your claws on a copy of this collection when it’s available in a few weeks. No synopsis is necessary here, if you’ve read any of Kevin’s pieces before, you know what to expect, and you get it seven-fold. From the back cover: After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter bunnies, tales of the insane, a journey through Hell at Christmas time, and many other shorts to make your hair stand on end. Come and join us, but be warned… you may never want to leave. About the Author: Kevin J Kennedy is a horror author & editor from Scotland. He is the co-author of You Only Get One Shot & Screechers, and the publisher of several bestselling anthology series; Collected Horror Shorts, 100 Word Horrors & The Horror Collection, as well as the stand-alone anthology Carnival of Horror. His stories have been featured in many other notable books in the horror genre. He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. Other Project by Kevin J. Kennedy: The Horror Collection: Gold Edition (THC Book 1); The Horror Collection: Black Edition (THC Book 2); The Horror Collection: Purple Edition (THC Book 3); Dark Thoughts: A Collection of Horror Stories; Dark Places, Evil Places Volume II; Carnival of Horrors: A Carnival Themed Horror Anthology; Collected Christmas Horror Short (Collected Horror Shorts, Book 1); Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 (Collected Horror Shorts, Book 4); Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick r’ Treat (Collected Horror Shorts, Book 3); Collected Easter Horror Short (Collected Horror Shorts, Book 2); 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles (100 Word Horror Collection, Book 1); 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles (100 Word Horror Collection, Book 2); 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles (100 Word Horror Collection, Book 3); Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016; Hydrophobia: Charity Anthology for Victims of Hurricane Harvey; Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015; You Only Get One Shot: A Horror Novella; The Queuing Dead: A Very British Zombie Anthology; Screechers: A Post-Apocalyptic Novella; VS: U.S. vs U.K. Horror; Made in Britain; Fifty Shades of Slay; Tales from the Braided Pony; Unleashed: Monsters vs Zombies Volume II; The Gatekeeper: A Kindle Short; No Place Like Home: Twisted Tales from the Yellow Brick Road; The Reverend Burdizzo’s Hymn Book; The Speculative Book; et. al.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim Glover

    I have been a fan of Kevin J Kennedy's work since my girlfriend bought me my first book by him. Most of his works are anthologies with other authors in them, this one is cool because it is a collection of short stories by just Kevin. And let me tell you he is very talented. I love his stories. After reading the first story in this collection, The Games, I went right to Amazon and bought the book that I know it was first put in. This lovely story about once a year in an old west town, where peopl I have been a fan of Kevin J Kennedy's work since my girlfriend bought me my first book by him. Most of his works are anthologies with other authors in them, this one is cool because it is a collection of short stories by just Kevin. And let me tell you he is very talented. I love his stories. After reading the first story in this collection, The Games, I went right to Amazon and bought the book that I know it was first put in. This lovely story about once a year in an old west town, where people compete in games to see who could be the winner in some of the sickest events. However who would be brave enough to spend 10 minutes in a cage with an actual vampire? Read this story and find out. Also there are stories about a vampire at a traveling carnival, find out what happens when you bully the wrong kid, what happens when you sell you soul, a town called easter, and having dinner with the devil in hell and he gives you an offer that you can't refuse. I'm telling you each story is just amazing and so devilishly twisted that you can't help but love them. Get this book and check it out, trust me you will not be disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    I received this book to give an honest review. These stories were different and unique. There was maybe one or two that I didn't enjoy as much, but that is to be expected at times. If you are looking for a good quick read something that you can read in an afternoon then this would be it. The stories are short and will hold your interest. There was one story that used a certain dialect that had me wondering what the characters meant when they said it. So if anyone knows please feel free to tell m I received this book to give an honest review. These stories were different and unique. There was maybe one or two that I didn't enjoy as much, but that is to be expected at times. If you are looking for a good quick read something that you can read in an afternoon then this would be it. The stories are short and will hold your interest. There was one story that used a certain dialect that had me wondering what the characters meant when they said it. So if anyone knows please feel free to tell me. "Ye better no f**kin' grass on us, ya c**t!" I assume that means not to rat but I could be wrong. On the story with the vampire at the circus, I wanted to know more about that clown that was built like a tank it seemed. I felt that there was more that could have been added to that story, even if it was just a little bit. I normally always try to find a quote that I like within a book and this book had my favorite one. "I can barely stand any-fu**king-one. God only knows how he tolerated billions of us."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christina Bergling

    The Vampiro horror anthology takes the reader on a fast and fun ride through horror, stopping in multiple subgenres and offering a variety of tones and themes. There are glimpses of the depraved, the horrifying, and the humorous--from the real life horror of bullying to imagining Christmas in Hell. The balance between all these varied tales keeps the reader engaged and entertained. I read the entire collection in one sitting and felt all my horror needs sated. My personal favorite was Thirteen V The Vampiro horror anthology takes the reader on a fast and fun ride through horror, stopping in multiple subgenres and offering a variety of tones and themes. There are glimpses of the depraved, the horrifying, and the humorous--from the real life horror of bullying to imagining Christmas in Hell. The balance between all these varied tales keeps the reader engaged and entertained. I read the entire collection in one sitting and felt all my horror needs sated. My personal favorite was Thirteen Voices.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert W. Easton

    This collection has seven short stories. The first one, 'The Games' is about the Braided Pony, the setting of a collection of Weird West horror tales, and tinkers with body horror. Some of them, such as the titular Vampiro are character studies showing situation the main character is embroiled in and examining the consequences. Others, such as the oddly named 'Don't Grass' drag you along with the main characters descent into horror. The apocalyptic 'The Town Called Easter' runs more horror adven This collection has seven short stories. The first one, 'The Games' is about the Braided Pony, the setting of a collection of Weird West horror tales, and tinkers with body horror. Some of them, such as the titular Vampiro are character studies showing situation the main character is embroiled in and examining the consequences. Others, such as the oddly named 'Don't Grass' drag you along with the main characters descent into horror. The apocalyptic 'The Town Called Easter' runs more horror adventure. It's a strong collecting of stories, all engaging in an uncomfortable way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keeran

    As usual, Kevin J Kennedy has composed a book of short stories that will keep you on edge. Have you ever thought about how Christmas is observed in Hell? The answer to this is found in Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. A titillating combination of thrilling stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hagy

    Great read. Fast paced short stories, something for everyone. My personal favs were Gras and Christmas in Hell. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Lopez

    Nice illustration on the cover! The guy’s kind of a cross between a wolf and a vampire. Cool! What would you do if you had thirteen voices in your head? Would you start talking to them? And would you sell your soul? These are literary tales of horror most often with a twist of irony. Some had good concepts and story lines while others were mediocre and ended a little too abruptly. I’d say this could be aimed toward YA audiences as they’re not that grisly. An okay read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David

    This one didn't do it for me. I was excited to give it a go based on past stories from Kevin Kennedy. The one story I really enjoyed was thirteen voices. It was fun story and gave me a good laugh. The others stories fell flat for me and missed the mark. This one didn't do it for me. I was excited to give it a go based on past stories from Kevin Kennedy. The one story I really enjoyed was thirteen voices. It was fun story and gave me a good laugh. The others stories fell flat for me and missed the mark.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Spencer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Walker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steve Cain

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Elizabeth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Marsh

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  29. 5 out of 5

    marianne mustee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robin Barber

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