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Horror Stories

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  452 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This collection features a menagerie of horror stories. Some are scary. Some are disturbing. Some are funny. Meet werewolves, vampires, zombies, psychopaths, aliens, cannibals, ghosts, and various things that go bump in the night.

Previously published in dozens of anthologies and magazines, some of these tales are mild, but some are extreme. Let the reader beware...

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Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published March 1st 2010
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Jack Kilborn or J.A. Konrath, whatever his name is, the man is a DEMENTED, DISTURBED, SICKFUCKAPATH...and I think I am developing a bit of a man-crush on him. This is the fourth book by NUTSO that I have read (the others being DRACULAS, Endurance - A Novel of Terror and Whiskey Sour) and he continues to shockrock my worldview. I wonder if this is the same kind of odd fascination that impulses women to start up prison romances and marry convicted serial killers. Oh well, I have decided to run sc...more
I've never given 5 stars to a short story collection, but Jack Kilborn is rocking the horror genre with these nasty, brutal, repulsively entertaining short stories!

This book is a smorgasbord of awesome: an elementary school where kids are tortured instead of nurtured; rednecks get their asses handed to them by aliens; a starving man crash lands on a planet inhabited by dog men; a dead mother & daughter team up for revenge in the next world; a redneck (is this guy friends with Ed Lee?) drags...more
Exactly the kind of mad nasty crazy gory bloody and occasionally hilarious stories one would expect from the author of Afraid. This book was lots of fun, great cover art too. I'm so glad I was able to find this at the library. I highly recommend this one.
I absolutely LOVED this short story collection by Jack Kilborn! I don't believe I read one bad story in the entire collection - great sense of humor, engaging characters, and very unique plots. I will definitely be adding Mr. Kilborn to my list of favorite authors.
If you're looking for quick, gruesome, gory, descript horror stories, this is the book for you. I didn't count them but there's alot of very short stories that work great for reading on quick work breaks. I'm gonna drag this puppy back out near Halloween.
I could not read this book. I got 3 pages into it and decided that my stomach could not handle it.
Jordan Anderson
Simply put J.A. Konrath may be the most underrated author of all time. Ever since stumbling across him by accident one fateful day, I have been unable to stop downloading and reading his many books. Sure I’ve read 4 or 5 of his full length novels, but it’s the short stories that truly showcase his talent. Move over Stephen King because Konrath has a thing or two to show you.

In “Horror Stories” you have 26 collected shorts from the vast catalogue of Konrath’s stuff (most of which have never been...more
This was a very quick read and I have not read very many of his other works so I can't really compare how his quality has developed. Instead of calling these scary tales, they should be described as disturbing. As you can predict from the cover the contents are gory and unsettling and I guarantee that you will be making facial expressions or gasps in a few of the tales. The violence against women in multiple stories began to feel like what someone else described as 'torture porn' and it made me...more
Overall, this is one of the funniest horror books I have read, that said its not perfect and has its fair share of errors and boring moments. His longer novels are well worth a read!

Finicky Eater: The A-bomb has dropped and Jack Kilborn serves up some yummy food possibilities, the more it continues the more gross it becomes.

The Screaming: JK states at the blurb beginning that he wanted to get the local vernacular correct, big fat no from me. Did he miss the fact that 50p was not in circulation u...more
What do I think? I don't know WHAT to think! Some of the short stories leave you cringing and speechless! I don't know WHERE Jack Kilborn/JA Konrath gets his ideas from......... I can't get enough of his books! I already have 4 more of his books (both writing as JA Konrath, and Jack Kilborn)downloaded on my Kindle...the hard part is picking ONE of them to read next! I LOVE short stories...and some of the stories in this collection took me 5 minutes to read - start to finish! And I am a slow read...more
As far as short stories go, these were decent. They just seemed too short to actually be horror. There wasn't enough time to build up enough suspense & horror. These stories don't grip you but they are entertaining. Read them after "Afraid" & "Trapped" and you will probably come away feeling unsatisfied & irritated. But, sometimes that is the nature of a short story, it deosn't have the time to "wow" you like a normal novel. Jack Kilborn's flair for visual writing and knack for build...more
Billy Wells
I loved the book so much I read it three times. It is definitely the most gruesome collection in one book I've read. Some of the stories are so depraved, I had to laugh, sometimes out loud, I was so shocked at the level Jack went to in many of his tales of gore and torture, I had to reread the passages several times to verify it really said what I thought it said. I don't think the stories will scare you, they are more black black horror. The author says his stories are horror with a wink. I agr...more
Not as scary as I thought it would be...the best stories were at the beginning and went downhill from there. The quality of the stories are VERY uneven.
Eric Krause
Great book of short stories. Each was a neat read, either full of gory horror, scares, humor, or all three. When I read a short story collection, invariably I'll skip at least a couple of stories that simply don't grab me right from the beginning, but I didn't do that with this book. I also enjoyed the short explanation of each story, either the publishing history or the reasons behind the story. Many of the stories were also on the shorter side, flash fiction or not much more than that, meaning...more
I like a good horror story and there were several good ones in this anthology; however, many missed the boat for me. Several were way too sexually explicit for my taste. I also prefer more sophisticated psychological and/or supernatural horror rather than just gross out based stories which were also prevalent here. These certainly evoke a viceral reaction but not necessarily fear and/or anxiety which is more what I am typically looking for. The good ones were good so I gave it 2 stars but even t...more
Apr 11, 2011 Laura added it
I have never read this author before, but 25 stories for only 2.99 on my Kindle? Yes, please...

Overall, I enjoyed this collection. Very gory, but suspenseful and scary. This is for those who have a stomach for blood, gore, cannibalism and all those other squeamish factors. Some stories felt a little rushed, but they are 'short' stories, so that is understandable. My favorites were "The Screaming" and "Finicky Eater" Great story for all horror lovers. Hopefully Mr. Kilborn will put out a second c...more
Brandy Hunt
I completely consumed this anthology in 4 hours. It is a blistering, horrific, terrific, disgusting read from beginning to end. Exactly what I needed the morning after thunderstorms and tornado warnings.

I would have given this a five star rating, except for one thing. I feel almost knit picky about mentioning it, but the story titles were in a very strange font that doesn't show up well in the smashwords edition on my nook. While every story title wasn't unreadable, by the end, it had become an...more
A.J. Armitt
A really nice anthology of horror stories.

Dark, grisly, humorous, imaginative, sickening... these are only some of the words that I could use to describe this tightly written collection.
There were a few stories that were a bit too surreal for my liking and one that was almost vomit inducing, but apart from that, I thought it was a good eclectic mix that left little to the imagination and left me wanting to read more.

I will definitely be purchasing more books by this author.
I like J.A Konrath/Jack Kilborn. This collection offered a really nice mix of gross-outs, aliens, cannibals, were-critters, and ghosts. Some of them scared the daylights out of me, while others, I could have done with out, or were walking the "Too-Gross" line (But I have a strong stomach). I like the variety of content, and most of the stories weren't so frightening that I lost sleep over them. Go ahead and read this one, but not if you have a weak stomach.
Loved it, if ur a horror fan this is for you
Michelle Plass
Overall, I found this collection to just be ok. There were a few stories I really loved but most of them I found too predictable or too overdone.

My favorite was Finicky Eater. This has to be the story that has most disturbed, grossed out, and chilled me I've read. Ick ick ick ick ick. The twists just keep on coming and each one is more horrifying than the last.

I love good horror stories, and these are great.They're seriously scary. Some are shocking.

The trademark of these stories is that each has several twists which change the plot in totally unexpected ways several times.

They're well written, too.

I recommend this collection to lovers of the horror genre.
Seriously good short story book, I had co workers asking me what I was readying and I just said "A murder mystery" so they would go away and not ask any questions. This book was fast paced and easy to get through. I hope he keeps writing and pours all his thoughts on as much paper he can get his hands onto.
This book contains short 'horror' stories. If you have read other Jack Kilborn novels or novellas, you may be disappointed. A lot of the stories were magazine rejects and I can see why. Some of the stories are ok, and many left a lot to be desired... I finished the story saying "that's the end?"
I usually like horror short stories but a lot of these stories were too gross even for my taste. A lot of unnecessary perversion and gore that were not pertinent to the plot but more of a filler. I didn't even bother to finish this book just not my taste. I read 75% of it and had enough.
This is a good anthology. I didn't know what to expect when starting it, but it turned out to be a good read. The only story I didn't get into too much was "S.A." I won't spoil anything, but there's a point where it's even too silly for me.

I look forward to reading more by him.
This was the first book by this author and my first foray into "extreme horror" And im shocked and stunned at myself when i say i absolutely loved it!!! Not for the faint hearted ive recently read a few more of his books (Endurance and trapped) and cant get enough!!!
Interesting horror. Orignal, creative.
Georgiann Hennelly
Horror stories is a fantastic read you get a little bit of everything from horror to gore, werewolves, vampires, space aliens, so if you looking for a laugh or to be a little grossed out i highly recommend you read horror stories.
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Jack Kilborn is pen name for writer J.A. Konrath. The Kilborn name denotes his horror novels; the Konrath name his thrillers.
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