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Kevin J Kennedy is the co-author of You Only Get One Shot, and the man behind the best-selling Collected Christmas Horror Shorts & Collected Easter Horror Shorts anthologies. His short stories have featured in many other notable anthologies in the horror genre.


Kevin lives in a small town in Scotland with his wife, step daughter and two strange little cats. 

Keep up to date with new releases or contact Kevin through his website: www.kevinjkennedy.co.uk

Friday, 15 September 2017

Collected Halloween Horror Shorts is only 99p/$1.28. Grab it now, before the price goes up!


If you love horror, Halloween is probably your favourite time of the year. Well… It’s ours, too.

A mixture of authors from Collected Christmas Horror Shorts and Collected Easter Horror Shorts have come back together, and invited a few friends, to make this Halloween an extra special one.

Lock your door, dim your lights, add some pumpkin spice to whatever you are drinking and light your jack-o’-lanterns. This will be a Halloween you will never forget.

Table of Contents

John R. Little - The Halloween Phantoms
Lisa Morton - Pumpkin Rex
Richard Chizmar - Mister Parker
Christopher Motz - The Halloween Playground
Kevin J. Kennedy - Halloweenland
Mark Cassell - A Story of Amber
Peter Oliver Wonder - Dressed For Success
Christina Bergling - Black Widow
Stuart Keane - Hollowed Be Thy
Andrew Lennon - Girlfriend
Briana Robertson - Trick Turned Treat
James Matthew Byers - Jenny Greenteeth
J.C. Michael - The First Shot
Mark Lukens - The Coffin Man
Suzanne Fox - The Devils Fruit
Steven Stacy - Don't Fear the Reaper.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

General Ramblings and Updates.

I mainly use my blog on my website now but I still pop on here from time to time. If you want to follow me or have a look around my website you will find it here:


As time passes by I seem to be working on more projects but feel I am getting less done. That been said there have been a few new releases and a few more in the pipeline.

My Kindle short 'The Gatekeeper' is free on Amazon on the 29th and 30th of July.

My new, co-written novella, 'You Only Get One Shot is also available for 99p/$1.28 and free on Kindle unlimited.

A new antho that contains my story 'The Games' was released yesterday. Tales From the Braided Pony. It's a western themed horror antho that looks pretty amazing. Just waiting on my copy coming through in the mail. My story is a little homage to Richard Laymon as he is the main reason I love horror literature.

You can find all my books and the ones I'm featured in on my Amazon page.



I recently watched two horror movies that were pretty good, Knock Knock and Circle. Nothing else I've watched recently is worth recommending.

I've haven't had a whole lot of reading time recently but I just finished Hell Divers 2, which was outstanding. I can not wait for the 3rd book in this series to come out. If you haven't read the first book, go and have a look at it. It was the best book I read in 2016.

Friday, 7 July 2017

'You Only Get One Shot' by J.C. Michael and Kevin J. Kennedy. Too good to miss!

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.

"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

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Gatekeeper. A Kindle short. Last day free on Amazon

If you could have anything you wanted, once a year, in return for completing a simple task, would you do it? What if that task, was to let all of the demons out of hell, for a night of fun and carnage? Meet the GateKeeper. 

Email: Kevinkennedyez@hotmail.co.uk


Friday, 24 March 2017

Paperback now available!

From the darkest recesses of some of the horror world’s most chilling minds, Kevin J. Kennedy brings back together some of the authors that brought you Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, alongside several new authors, from upcoming indie stars to Amazon top sellers. 

Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages. 

Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.

C.S.Anderson – He Has Risen
Christopher Motz - Magic Awaits
Veronica Smith​ - It’s Not All About Bunnies and Chocolates
Peter Oliver Wonder​ - Easter Gunny
Mark Cassell​ - The Rebirth
Andrew Lennon​ - Trying To Write A Horror Story
Mark Lukens​ - Mia's Easter Basket
Lex Jones​ - SonnesHill
JC Michael​ - Lord of The Dance
Steven Stacy - Echoes of The Bunny-Man
Weston Kincade​ & David Chrisley - An Easter Prayer
Christina Bergling​ - Hatch
James Matthew Byers​ - Killer Jelly Beans from Outer Space (poem)
Jeff Menapace​ - Paying It Forward
Jeff Strand​ - Rotten Eggs
Lisa Vasquez​ - Bunny and Clyde
Mark Fleming​ - Sulphur
Suzanne Fox - Last Supper
Briana Robertson​ - Baby Blues
Latashia Figueroa - Easter Eggs
Amy Cross - Lamb to Slaughter
Kevin J. Kennedy - A Town Called Easter

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The blog has now moved.

The blog has now moved to my new website. The site is still having content added however it is operational and I will only be using that blog going forward.

New blog.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

General Ramblings and Updates 4

I haven't posted here for a while so I thought it was time to update you all on what's been going on.

I was recently a guest on the Panic Room radio show, chatting with James Longmore and Xtina Marie. Author Mike Duke was on before me then I come on around the 50 minute mark. As always people talk to the Scottish about the weather but it gets fun after that. ;)

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On the reading from it's been a pretty good year so far. I started off with Punch from J.R. Park. I had never read the author but I had fancied the book for a while. I'm a big fan of boardway/seaside tales and this was a great one to start the year with. If you haven't read it yet take a look. I left a review on Goodreads.

I read Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis next which absolutely blew me away. I find Anne Rice to be hit and miss but this book was a tremendous entry to the series. If you haven't read the Vampire Chronicles I doubt that it's for you though.

Mark Mathews On The Lips of Children was next. Another good read but I didn't enjoy it as much as my first two reads of the year. Again you can find out my reasons why on Goodreads.

I've just finished Heart Shaved Box by Jeff O'Brien. Absolutely loved it. I do enjoy a Bizarro tale but normally stick to Carlton Mellick. For funny books I go to Jeff Strand and for crazy I generally go to Edward Lee. This short story reminded me of all three authors. It was a great tribute to the 80s and just plain mental. Will be reading more by Jeff.

I'm currently reading Discoredia by J.C. Michael and the Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough. Both are excellent so far.

I think I finished last year on only 48 books read, way less than ever before and I want to fix that. This year I plan to both read and write more. With that being said I suppose an update is appropriate on what I am working on. I currently have a novella subbed to a publisher with J.C. Michael called 'You Only Get One Shot'. We are waiting to hear back on whether they like it or not at this stage. I'm working on s novelette with author Weston Kincade which we plan to sub to the Chiral Mad 4 anthology and I'm working on my next solo novella which has a working title of 'The Prison'. I may be putting another anthology together in the next few months but it's very early stages on that so far.

Goodreads Reviews here.

I think that is all for now. I've watched a few horrors recently but nothing was outstanding. As Above, So Below was okay, nothing special, The Girl With All the Gifts was pretty enjoyable but most others seem to have disliked it by the sounds of things on Facebook and The Green Room was pretty good. I'm not sure I would label the Green Room as horror but it's on Netflix as a horror and others seem to be saying it's a slasher flick. Either way I quite enjoyed it.

Until next time...........


Thursday, 5 January 2017

My Top Ten Reads In 2016

Although all of the books on the list weren't released in 2016 I read them all in the last twelve months. This is a countdown of the ten I enjoyed the most. I read around 50 books in 2016 which is a really slow reading year for me but I was a lot more selective in what I read. Here is my top ten.

10: I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter by Carlton Mellick III

9: Rack N Cue by David Owain Hughes

8: Depraved 3 by Bryan Smith

7: Tar by Iain Rob Wright

6: The Charlotte Chronicles by Stuart Keane

5: Vortex by Ray Garton

4: Clownfellas by Carlton Mellick

3: Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

2 They Rise by Hunter Shea

1: Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

I loved every book on this list and hope you found something that you might be interested in. A few that just missed out were Skin Medicine by Tim Curran (left out as I had read it previously), Man-Eating Fucks by David Owain Hughes and B&B by Amy Cross.