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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: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great fast paced story that will keep you going until the very end.
moof3r
This novella is actually closer to a novelette or long short story, but still manages to pack a hell of a punch.
William M Miller
Of the four short stories "Without You" blew me away and was easily my favorite.
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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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Brian Keene's Jack's Magic Beans is a collection of five short stories, the title one being the longest, the middle three being a couple of minutes reads and the last being about ten minutes at most. All up you'll get through the five in under an hour which may impact on what price you are willing to pay for it. The short time it takes you to read them though, will be a very entertaining time, the title story is the best written of the five. It reminded me of my experience reading Stephen King's The Mist, a short story set in the aftermath of an event that has brought terror the occupants of a supermarket who have no idea if the world they used to know exists once they leave the safety of their hiding place. The aspect that reminds me the most is that like with the Mist, there is no ending and you've become completely hooked in what is going on and are disappointed the author didn't turn the tale into a full length novel. If you liked the title story you might want to check out the novel Hater by David Moody. It has a similar plot but with more meat to the plot. In fact it ended up being a trilogy (however it probably should have stopped after the first sequel as the third went off track from the plot). The point is you should at least check out the initial Hater novel which can be read as a standalone read. I'd love to see Jack's Magic Beans turned into a movie but I think if a movie on this theme was going to be made they'd go with Moody's book as it has a lot more stuff happening simply because it is a novel and this one's a short story.Read more ›
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By Azeryk on October 10, 2011
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Jack's Magic Beans is a short story collection of horror maestro Brian Keene and released by Deadite Press. But be warned - if you've read previous the story collections Unhappy Endings, No Rest For The Wicked and Fear Of Gravity (all of which are now long out of print) then you will recognise the stories. If you have missed out of those previous collections then this will be well worth it.

The main story involves a world gone mad where everyone has gone insane and has started killing each other and the few people unaffected need to work to stay together and work out what they have in common which keeps them from going insane too. This is one of those stories where you wish it was longer as you really start to get involved in the world when it ends. After this main story is four short stories (Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and 'The King', In: YELLOW) containing murder, suicide and dead rock stars.

The collection of stories is solid, with plenty of story and gore to please any horror fan; but like I've mentioned if you are a Keene fan then some will be familiar to you but these stories are well worth re-reading; and if your new to Keene then this will show you what he is capable of.
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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.

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