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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

BRIAN KEENE is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene's novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.

Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

Customer Reviews

The short stories were good and very entertaining.
Ronald Newberry
Of the four short stories "Without You" blew me away and was easily my favorite.
Amazon Customer
A great fast paced story that will keep you going until the very end.
moof3r

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2011
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Excellent book! Jack's Magic Beans is a novella with four bonus stories, all of which are superb. You want blood and guts? You got it. You want great writing that pulls you in and doesn't let go? You got it. It's all here and I suggest this book to anyone who loves good, well written horror.

"Jack's Magic Beans" was my favorite of the five stories, though my only complaint would be that it was too short and the end was mildly unsatisfying (I think this was due to the fact that I was enjoying the story so much that I didn't want it to end). Of the four short stories "Without You" blew me away and was easily my favorite. Clever, poignant and vicious. Just the way I like it.

Do yourself a favor and get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William M Miller on October 5, 2011
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Readers should know I am reviewing this book based on quality not quantity, as every book should be based. This novella is actually closer to a novelette or long short story, but still manages to pack a hell of a punch. This Deadite Press version contains four other stories that are very much worth reading.

Jack's Magic Bean's has a simple, streamlined premise, and is one of Brian Keene's more violent stories. The little twist about the "beans" will keep you alert and nearly just as paranoid as the characters. This could have easily been expanded to a longer work, but I'm guessing the subject matter was a bit too close to Keene's zombies and he didn't want to travel down that road again.

The four short stories that follow "Jack's Magic Beans" are a great compliment to the main story. Every tale is viciously brutal in its own way, and although most readers will finish this book in one or two sittings, I highly recommend it. The author commentary and insight after each story was also a nice bonus to the collection. The cherry on top is the gory Deadite cover, by artist Alan M. Clark. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. on October 4, 2011
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This book consists of a novella followed by 4 short stories. Jack's Magic Beans is a blood soaked story about people becoming violently psychotic and killing one another. While this is happening, four unaffected, relative strangers band together at the Save-A-Lot grocery store in an effort to stay alive. I enjoyed this work, but wished it was longer. The ending leaves you wondering what will happen next.

The short stories, Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and 'The King', In: YELLOW, are all quite good. They involve suicide, murder, and some dead rock stars. I particularly liked the ones with "The Exit", as the author calls him. As I was reading those two stories, I could picture them as an interesting horror movie or even a series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Shaw on July 3, 2011
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Employees and customers of a grocery store are suddenly overcome by murderous rage and start slaughtering everyone they see. Four people, who appear to be immune to this rage, try to survive and determine why they have remained uneffected. Gory, violent, quirky and humorous. I loved this story and wish that it would be lengthened into a full novel.
There are also four additional short stories included in this book. This collection is a must for any Keene fan.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Shawn Jenkins on June 30, 2011
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Jack's Magic Beans definitely needs a sequel. Or at least an extended edition. I feel like it wouldn't end well, but whatever. Gotta have a hard copy of this if you're a Keene fan. Screw Kindle. The bonus stories are entertaining, as well. Yes, it's a relatively small book. Big deal, buy it anyway. Yes, Keene has better stuff out there. No, that doesn't justify skipping this purchase. Still better than most stuff allowed to be published (traditional or e-book).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moof3r on July 31, 2011
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Jacks Magic Beans by Brian Keene was once a hard to final short novella, but no longer. With this edition you also get the bonus short stories Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and The King, in YELLOW.

In Jacks Magic Beans, all of a sudden people are turned into psychotic killers who go after anyone around them. There are a few though, who don't turn, and are witness to the violent acts of everyone else. They barricade themselves against the horror, and try to figure out why they haven't changed as well. What will happen to this group that have nowhere to go, no way of knowing if they themselves will suddenly turn into killers, and hopefully find out what is causing the citizens of their town to turn into killers. A great fast paced story that will keep you going until the very end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob on July 8, 2011
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Keene has quickly emerged as not only an amazing writer in the horror genre but also a talented story-teller. Keene's work is not just for his die-hard fans, but for anyone interested in great storytelling. He presents here another great addition to his ever-growing body of work. Jack's Magic Beans will appeal to all readers. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everything that Keene writes!
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By MommaCat on June 10, 2014
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No matter how many stars I give this, it's not enough. This collection is fantastic! Keene gathered out of print stories for this book. It's not a long read, but it's well worth it.

It's on my favorites shelf. I hope you enjoy it too!
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