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The Killing Kind [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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“Critics have hailed various authors as “the heir to Richard Laymon”. But for my money, Bryan Smith is the heir apparent. He proved it with 2009’s Depraved and solidifies it with 2010’s The Killing Kind, a wonderfully macabre and twisted pulp-ride about spree killers.”--Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Ghoul

In the vein of Natural Born Killers and The Devil’s Rejects, Bryan Smith’s The Killing Kind is the tale of a wild and uninhibited mass killer named Roxie. Rob Scott finds himself helplessly drawn into the tattooed and insanely sexy goth girl’s world of blood and mayhem. As Roxie and Rob cut a bloody trail across the country, a group of college students arrive at a beach house in Myrtle Beach for spring break. The young friends are blissfully unaware of the danger bearing down on them as they enjoy the sun and surf. Because Roxie and Rob are on their way to the beach as well…

NAMED ONE OF BRIAN KEENE’S TOP 10 BOOKS FOR 2010

BONUS CONTENT: This digital edition of The Killing Kind includes three chapters from The Killing Kind 2. This is raw material that may or may not actually appear in the final version of the still in-progress sequel. Buy now for an early peek at what happens next for the survivors of The Killing Kind.

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To the spoiled rich kids on spring break the rented beach house seemed like the perfect setting for partying, drinking and general fooling around. The neighbors wouldn't be able to hear their music. But the unhinged killers about to crash the party think the house is perfect too--the neighbors won't be able to hear the screams. And there will be much more blood flowing than booze. One by one as the night of terror wears on, the college friends will learn the gruesome results of meeting a very different kind of people...The Killing Kind.

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005Q1MWJA
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bitter Ale Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RSCO1U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak horror from one of the best. June 28, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you read my review for Bryan's last masterpiece, DEPRAVED, you might remember I mentioned this book. THE KILLING KIND is the best book Bryan Smith has written...period! Characters that come off the page full of life (unless they are being brutally killed), dialogue that is true to the character speaking...and a plot that will keep you up for one long begining to end reading session.
I don't want to say anything about the plot because it really does unfold in shocking ways. Let's just say that Bryan doesn't leave a lot of living bodies in his wake. Yes, it is a pretty bleak novel. But it is well worth the price. Another great piece of horror literature from one of the best. Buy it...read it...reread it. It is THAT good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bryan Smith book!!!! July 5, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great Horror novel. I can't say i enjoyed the subject matter as much as Soultaker or Depraved, but this book is brilliant; it reminds me of a Richard Laymon book, but with a rock 'n roll spice. If you love horror, you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting And Disturbing Violence December 20, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
3 AND 1/2 STARS

This is definitely one of Bryan Smith's better horror novels. Visceral and highly charged, the first half reminded me a lot of the late, great Richard Laymon. Smith focuses on a select group of characters and their rather graphic killing spree, mainly set over a week of rampant slaughter. There are quite a few scenes of violence that will make even most jaded reader uncomfortable. Although most of the characters, on the surface, are not very likable, the female killer, Roxie, is written with meticulous care. The author nicely balances her violent acts with just enough eroticism that you find yourself ashamed to be so attracted to her.

I did feel the motivations for a lot of the killings were questionable, at best. But you can ignore those details because it is clear this book is meant for pure entertainment and to shock and keep the reader, along with the characters, constantly guessing as to what will happen next. One element that hurt the story for me was that the plot was too dependent on coincidence; not a single witness around during the violent outbreaks, people being at the wrong place at exactly the wrong time, and random violence happening outside of the main story arc (the bar beating, etc.). What are the chances all this would happen over the course of a week?

I will admit really enjoying this book until the scene at the Walgreens store, about 60 pages from the end. It was here that I felt the story's reality begin to slip into the absurd and lose a little credibility. Author Smith still manages to tie things up nicely with an effective, if gratuitous, climax. The aftermath seemed a touch pedestrian and rather expected, but, even with its flaws, I can still confidently say this novel remains a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Read September 10, 2010
By Z. Fu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
TKK is the best Leisure horror that I have read in the past couple of years. This is my first Bryan Smith novel. It is certainly not going to be my last.

Action starts right from the get-go as the main killer abducts an innocent bystander and goes on a wild killing spree. Much of it recalls Natural Born Killers. The story quickly switches to a group of yuppie kids heading to Myrtle Beach for spring vacation. Even though this second plot slows the pace, there are enough sexual intrigues and melodrama to pull me through. The story really gets off the ground by the third act, in which the killer, her abductee and her protege invade the vacationers' beach house. The tension and gore ratchets way up. The emotional payoff is considerable.

The author has also left some of the killer's key decisions and motivations (purposefully?) vague, leaving room for interpretation, and possibly a sequel, which would be immensely welcome. He has created such a memorable killer. It would be foolish not to bring her back.

(Spoiler Alert!) My only reservation is that the author tries too hard to off all of his "good" characters, and leave "baddies" go unpunished. This kind of resolution might have felt refreshingly nihilistic 5 decades ago. It gets tiresome quickly. I subtracted 1 point for that. Otherwise, TKK is a killer read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LuLu is coming! July 15, 2010
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This novel is intense. It's neck-break pace of violence is truly one of a kind. Very few of the characters have redeemable qualities, in fact, most exhibit or manifest detestable actions by the end of the novel (if they live that long). Smith fleshes these characters out and then (usually) quickly knocks them off! You won't be able to put this novel down!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening `must read' for horror fans August 13, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Throughout this modern day gore-fest, Bryan Smith invites readers to examine the build up to one of the bloodiest massacres ever to hit the USA from multiple points of view, projecting fear, loathing, delight, and pure dread through the eyes of both victims and assailants.

Robert really digs Goth chicks; the kinds with raven black hair and PVC corsets that make up his immense friend-list on Myspace. But just imagine his surprise when, whilst filling up his car, a classic Goth chick comes sauntering right up to him - and sticks a 38mm revolver in his gut. Roxie is undeniably gorgeous, but this rose has thorns; so when she orders Rob at gun point to follow a van full of preppy rich kids, then, well - who is he to argue?

After setting off, Rob gets to know Roxie pretty intimately, and develops a kind of twisted, lustful case of Stockholm syndrome. Beaten, confused, and scared out of his mind, he soon finds himself battling with a dilemma - does he really want to go back to his boring, drama-free life, or should he keep up with his psycho girl's plans?

Unfortunately, it's too late - he's been ensnared by Roxie, and she just isn't a girl you refuse. Whilst their journey towards the bloody beach bash continues, readers get to don a variety of new skins, and meet some crazy characters whilst inside them.

Turns out, Roxie isn't the only one lusting for blood - because Julie Cosgrove, an unsuspecting teenage girl, is even sicker than she is. Leaving her babysitting days behind her for a wild trip of gruesome self-discovery, Julie teams up with hill-billy corpse-raping Zeb, who "shows her the ropes". Unsurprisingly for Julie, this killing stuff is contagious - and soon, she just keeps hankering for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars why I liked The Killing Kind
my type of sex and gore. held my attention. I find Bryan Smith a very good writer. Steven King is my favorite
Published 1 month ago by allen bolick
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Let down by a few recent Smith books I read, but this one really hit the spot. Fun, gory read that never quite goes where you expect it to go. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Grind-house horror at its bloody best
Bryan Smith writes hard-core, grind-house horror at its bloody best. If you like your horror extreme (and I do), Smith is one of the must-read authors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lionel Ray Green
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Bryan Smith!
Another excellent book by Bryan Smith! This is one that you just can't put down. A twist that I DEFINITELY didn't see coming. Good ending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mookie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Smith, but not his best
The Killing Kind is just ok, if you're used to Mr. Smith's usual standard (like me). A dark journey into the minds and actions of people - mostly girls - lacking moral in any... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Varjagr
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Bryans Best
Book comes off as rushed. Story lines of "Lulu" the voice that speaks to the two escaped mental patients just suddenly stop. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brett Grossmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Character Development
This is the third Bryan Smith book I've read and like the others I just don't find them believable. The dialog is so over the top and annoying, that's my biggest problem. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Kind
This was my first book I have read from Bryan Smith and I was impressed. If you enjoy extreme horror and a decent plot line , I would recommend giving this book a shot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Drown021
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by Smith!
Every book I have read of Mr. Smith's have been engrossing and incredible. I haven't gotten one yet that I have been unhappy with. Read more
Published 9 months ago by karrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I had a pretty good idea of the story's premise before I purchased it, and I couldn't wait to dig in. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LC
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