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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145388579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453885796
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Kilborn is the pen name for J.A. Konrath, author of seven Jack Daniels thrillers (Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, and Shaken.)

Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas, and under the name Joe Kimball, he wrote the sci-fi novel Timecaster.

More About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the science fiction Timecaster series.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.

He has sold over a million ebooks

You can visit him at www.JAKonrath.com

Customer Reviews

I loved this book, a good read, couldn't put it down!!
amanda
If the first half was bundled under their own collection I would have given it five stars.
Rita Book
If you want to be entertained and surprised, this is a good set of stories for you.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By L. Kujaca on March 30, 2010
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I enjoyed this collection of horror stories. Some of the stories verged more into the territory of "torture porn" than classic horror, but were enjoyable nonetheless. The Santa Claus story was incredibly clever and definitely worth a read. It does appear, however, that the book was rushed. There's a couple of typos and grammatical errors. At one point, it appears that a note from a reviewer or editor still remains in the story. I think if the copy were cleaned up a bit, I'd give the book another half a star.

If you've enjoyed other Kilborn/Konrath stories (many of which I read from the author's website some time ago) and have a stomach for gore, torture and squirmy situations, you'll enjoy these stories.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Jack Kilborn / JA Konrath is one of my favorite horror authors, and I've found that pretty much all of his books are worth reading. In the past couple of years he has released a TON of content that can be purchased for your Kindle (with no physical edition), and Horror Stories is one of these products. Basically it's a collection of horror stories that range from creepy to gross, from boilerplate to fresh, from scary to funny. The stories are mostly good, with a few misses - I'll run down some of my favorites here:

Dear Diary - Teenage drama in diary-form, written by a sweet little girl with a really dark secret.

Trailer Sucks - What would happen if a bunch of trailer park rednecks managed to capture a hot female vampire?

The Screaming - A cool old-school Van Helsing vampire story that takes place in 1960s England.

First Time - Coming of age story about a growing boy/man's "first time". I saw the ending coming, but it was still well done.

Finicky Eater - People stuck in a bomb shelter after nuclear war, trying to figure out what to do about food. Reads like a really gross Twilight Zone episode.

This collection is a fantastic value at around 25 stories for just $2.99. If you're not squeamish and can appreciate a good scare, then I'm sure you'll find a bunch of stories in here that you'll enjoy. My only real criticism is that this collection doesn't quite seem as tight as you would expect a finished product to feel. It's hard to put my finger exactly on it, but some of the stories seem kind of like filler to me, but maybe they just weren't my style. Regardless of this, there's so much great content in here that every type of horror fan should love it.

I'd buy Horror Stories II for sure - get on that one Mr. Konrath/Kilborn!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By laisaac2 on September 30, 2010
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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 building intense feelings of suspense & attachment to his charaters is totally wasted in short story form. It takes time to build just the right dramatic affect, and he does it so perfectly, just not in this collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teri Tipton on July 16, 2010
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Good Horror fiction is hard to find. Good Horror in the short story form is even harder. I'm SO glad I came across this collection. The stories are alternately scary, suspenseful, funny, and totally gross, the author can write ridiculous scenarios in a way that lets you buy into them. Whether writing new twists on classic stories or under 500 word quickies, the stories are well developed and original.

As a side note, I purchased this for the Kindle, and the value is amazing. Not to mention, it's great to find solid horror for the device!

Very very impressed, will be purchasing more from this author and his alter-egos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katlin D. Warren on August 12, 2010
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I love Kilburn/Konrath's Endurance and Trapped. I haven't started Afraid yet, but that's another review. I'm a fan of short story collections anyways, but these are great for when I need a break from my other books. They're also great for if I'm waiting somewhere, but don't want to get to into my other books. I love them! Definitely recommended :]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Edwards on February 3, 2011
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Reading this book for me was a bit like listening to an old skool hiphop album.
Some cuts are brilliant, some a bit under produced, but isn't that part of the joy of it? I think it is.
Well worth digging into - and I went back to a couple of stories that didn't get me first time around.
Read this and a thing called Beyond this week. Good week!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rayne Hall on March 19, 2012
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I bought this book on Amazon.co.uk (the Kindle version).

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2012
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I have downloaded many kindle books and freebies by bestselling authors--as an author myself. I'm always studying craft to see what other writers are up to. This collection grabbed me by the throat. I love sharp prose that cuts, and Kilborn/Konrath is a master of that. If you want to be entertained and surprised, this is a good set of stories for you.
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