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Blemish (a short horror tale from The Red Empire and Other Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Joe McKinney
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    It’s people who are haunted. The ghosts are as real as our guilt and shame make them.

    Part love story, part ghost story, part parable of the redemption of modern man, Blemish is the tale of two lovers who, for seventeen long years, chased each other through a nightmare world of violence and guilt and death.
    One of the eight tales in Joe McKinney’s debut collection of horror and dark crime stories, “Blemish” is a prime example of why the New York Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called him “the most original voice in modern horror.”

    "Joe McKinney has been my favorite horror writer since he first broke on the scene. Each story in The Red Empire is a dangerous gem of a tale. Here is the most original voice of modern horror."
    -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling Author of Assassin's Code and Dead of Night

    Joe McKinney is no longer a rising star on the horror scene; he has arrived. With each novel he writes he gets better and more mature.
    -Scott Shoyer of Anythinghorror.com

    Joe McKinney's writing is crisp, fast, and he seldom lets the characters (or readers) come up for air...an action-packed must read.
    -R.B. Payne of Shroud Magazine

    Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. For more information go to joemckinney.wordpress.com.

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    • File Size: 168 KB
    • Publisher: Redrum Horror (January 8, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006VHRJOG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Joe McKinney's experience as a police officer adds a wonderful element of authority and authenticity to his writing. Blemish was an enjoyable change of pace from some of his past horror work that I have read, with less action and more psychological horror. It is a very interesting, tightly-written ghost story that does stay with you long after the story is over. I am now looking forward to reading the collection!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and thought provoking January 16, 2012
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    Blemish is a short story from a collection that I have not yet read but it is now on my list. The reader knows this is a ghost story from the start. However, I was not aware of how haunting the tale would be. I was left wondering about the characters long after I finished the story.

    While this is a tale of horror, it is far more internal than the typical ghost story. These characters are haunted by their pasts. Their ghosts are both tangibly real and all in their heads. This is the kind of paradox that is the hallmark of good psychological horror.
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    Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined, Inheritance, Lost Girl of the Lake, Crooked House and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. In 2011, McKinney received the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. For more information go to http://joemckinney.wordpress.com.

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