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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  19 reviews
PRAY FOR THE DAWN — The vampire curse of the Cravens ended over a century ago when Josiah Craven was buried in an unmarked grave and a stake driven through his heart. But tonight, his ancestors have awakened their Great-Grandpa Craven. They're planning a party in the backwoods of Tennessee. And the folks of Green Hollow are in for the night of their lives. The last night o ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Zebra
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: Graeme Rodaughan
4.5 Stars. Buddy read this with some friends and the author at Castle Dracula. I was late to the party but some talked to me about it 😉

This book was so damn good! Old school vampire story set in Tennessee. I’m set in Tennessee people 🤣😂. I loved the characters and hated when some died. I loved the atmosphere as well. I would recommend this book to old school horror buffs!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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Graeme Rodaughan
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a classic vampire story
Tennessee Shocker! Ancient Vampire Preacher Seeks Converts: "Well, Grandpappy up and bit my throat, now I'm an undead monster!"

A marvelously entertaining and always on point classic vampire horror story. If you enjoyed Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot,' you'll love this book.

Beautifully drawn characters, unapologetic villains, flawed but plucky heroes, and a well crafted plot with balanced pacing and suspense.

Strongly Recommended: 5 'Small-Town Fangers,' Stars.
Wow! This book was literally awesome! I cannot say enough great things about this book as I was just literally swept away on "vampire wings" as I read the story!

A little backstory for you readers:

Green Hollow, Tennessee is home to Craven's Mountain where Josiah Craven lays in restful slumber in an unmarked grave until Dud Craven accidentally "digs" him up. From that moment forward, all hell breaks loose on the mountainside and the town as Josiah becomes unleashed in full vampire form. When Josia
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood Kin by Ronald Kelly is a good old southern vampire tale of fun! It's everything I have come to expect from this author. Great characters, a great story that flows very quickly, great writing. This is a unique and original vampire tale.
1898- We meet the Craven family just as Papa (Josiah Craven) is being prepared for his grave. There's an uproar from his congregation about how his burial is being handled but Mama ain't having none of that. She buries him in secret, in the dead of night.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Story - 4.5 Stars

Blood Kin by Ronald Kelly was a good old fashioned vampire-in-town story. The likeable characters were well developed, and there were varying degrees of baddies. Overall, the story had a decent pace, but really became a page turner at about 75%! The ending was perfect!

I also enjoyed the Southern flavor of this story, but I'd have liked it better on Audible audio with a good narrator.

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Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This just wasn't my cup of tea. I liked the setting and the unique take on vampires with the shape shifting and the Appalachian mountain man versus vampire but it felt off. The parts with the most tension didn't involve the vampires it involved an over involved in law who was more of a blood sucker than the blood suckers. That was the real horror of this book. Was watching a man whose relationship with his wife crumbles and his kids are slowly dragged along in the pain. That's real horror and it ...more
Cassandra  Glissadevil
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, vampire
5.0 stars! One of the greatest vampire novels ever!

Old fashion vampiric tale. Just the way I like it. Scarey, non-stop dread, terror! Who cares if Kelly doesn't add any newfangled angle to vamipire mthyology. The man can tell a story that simaltaneosly startles, alarms, and petrifies you.

Everyman carpenter Boyd fast tracks towards a divorce from a wife and children he loves. Plus, one of the most annoying, intrusive, evil mother-in-laws ever writ in horror literature. In a world before cellpho
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't particularly care for either the south or the vampires, but this book was just so much fun to read. I've read Fear by Kelly before long time ago and I remembered liking it and this book lived up to the memory's expectations. Josiah Craven is the Dracula of backwoods Tennessee. Having been awaken from his involuntary 100 or so year long nap, he proceeds to gather his descendants, his eponymous blood kin, so that they can all become one happy blood imbibing family. Only an alcoholic unempl ...more
Kevin Lucia
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining take of Southern horror from Ronald Kelly!
Chris Berko
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I read Fear by this author many many many moons ago and was impressed with how original and scary the story was. I don't know why it has taken so long for the follow up by Mr. Kelly but this one has been recommended to me lately by multiple people singing its praises. Blood Kin starts out strongly, and without giving too much away, I liked how the story is not just focused on one vampire and the clan he is growing but multiple vampires with different agendas. I thought some monster showdown was ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dudley Craven was plowing some land that he had never used before. Dud's plow struck this wooden object that was buried in the ground. He tried to dig around the object with his hands but it was to big. Dud, went back to the farmhouse to get a shovel. While Dud was digging around the object, it started to look like a coffin. The first thought that ran through his head was, maybe there a valuables hidden somewhere in the coffin. Dud could finally open the coffin and what he saw took him by surpri ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It was exciting, fast-paced, and deceptively simple in that it didn't present a misunderstood or conflicted vampire (a format which Kelly denounces in his delightful "Gimme That Old-Time Nosferatu! The Writing of Blood Kin"). This is a black and white, good versus evil tale of a town under siege by a vampire in the classic mold.

It did get clumsy in places. Twice, the author simply stated what a character was feeling and didn't bother to show the reader; it was at thi
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, the four star rating I am giving this book is directed at people who know what they are getting into. Its a vampire tale set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (which bear no resemblance to the rocky snow crested peaks on the Zebra Paperback Original's cover). It was my first Ronald Kelly book and I can say that I enjoyed it very much and it took me by surprise. Kelly has a very laconic, easy going writing style, but his laid back delivery makes the excellent characterizations and heavy em ...more
Rebecca L. Carpenter
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually do not read vampire books but everything I have read so far of Ronald Kelly’s book. This did not disappoint me at all. It’s a must read. I never saw the ending coming.
Ingrid Kim
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up from 3.5. You get what you paid for, not exceptional but a fun, quick and efficient vampire novel.
Janie Johnson
This is a pretty decent vampire story. Also this is the first time I have read anything by Ronald Kelly. It did not really disappoint me, but not as much action as I would have liked to see. It was pretty quick and to the point. Not a whole lot of character developement either, but I feel like the characters were adequate.

One character did stand out for me, more than any of the others, and that was Boyd. He is a good ole boy, pretty much fighting his own demons only to be led to fight a demon th
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, vampires
This was my first novel by Ronald Kelly, though I had read some of his short fiction before. Kelly has a keen eye for pacing, and the novel moves along at a steady clip, never to fast or too slow. Blood Kin has it's fair share of action and gore (including some truly eye-popping scenes), but also develops interesting and believable characters. Kelly's writing style actually reminds me a bit of a Southern Stephen King, maybe not quite as sophisticated in some ways, but he possesses the same well ...more
Ghost~still Luna~
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
awesome in my opinion
Nell Blevins
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Could not put it down! Will read more by Ronald Kelly. Twelve Gauge is next. A new author to me.
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Ronald Kelly was born and raised in the hills and hollows of Middle Tennessee. He became interested in horror as a child, watching the local "Creature Feature" on Saturday nights and "The Big Show"---a Nashville-based TV show that presented every old monster movie ever made ---in the afternoons after school. In high school, his interest turned to horror literature and he read such writers as Poe, ...more

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