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Blood Kin

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  10 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 of ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Zebra
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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 ...more
Kevin Lucia
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining take of Southern horror from Ronald Kelly!
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
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 ...more
Cynthia  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
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 ...more
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
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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