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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 ...more
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Erica 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
...more
Susan Hagy
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Eric Guignard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
William Bitner Jr.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
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.
...more
Andrew Kurtz
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jim Glover
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Autumn
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
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
...more
Christina Bergling
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Robert W. Easton
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ann Keeran
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
David
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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.
Sandra Lopez
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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Erica 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
...more
Susan Hagy
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Eric Guignard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Autumn
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Andrew Kurtz
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jim Glover
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
...more
Robert W. Easton
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Christina Bergling
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ann Keeran
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
William Bitner Jr.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
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 -
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.
David
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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.
Sandra Lopez
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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Kevin J Kennedy is a horror author & editor from Scotland. He is best known for his 100 Word Horrors & The Horror Collection anthology series. He is also the man behind the Collected Horror Shorts series and an editor on multiple other anthologies.
He co-authored You Only Get One Shot & Screechers and has two solo collections available called Dark Thoughts & Vampiro and Other
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