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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.
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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: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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16 of 18 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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14 of 16 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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8 of 10 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katlin D. W. 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Talavera on July 28, 2011
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It is the same story told in several different ways. I think that the author can produce something better. I have read other books by him, and they are OK. But this is not something worth having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bivman, Horror fan on May 13, 2011
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Great stories from a very decent horror author. Some were bloody and violent while others were slightly silly. My favorites were "The Punishment" and "The Scream" both were enough to satisfy my weird horror tastes alone. "SA" was a little rediculous but otherwise an enjoyable story. I have read pretty much all the horror that Konrath has put to paper and I have to say his books are very enjoyable and fun to read. I havent read but desperatley wish that he would release the kindle storys that him and Blake Crouch wrote on paper because I do not have a kindle and really dont have the money to buy one. We can only dream...hint hint (I know you read these, Konrath).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy & Horror Fiction Lover 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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