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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.

About the Author

Author of several mass market horror novels from Leisure Books, including House of Blood, Deathbringer, The Freakshow, Queen of Blood, Soultaker,

Depraved, The Killing Kind, and The Dark Ones. Deadite Press became my primary publisher in late 2010, issuing Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies in

October of that year. I like beer, loud rock and roll, horror movies, Britcoms, a bunch of the usual stuff.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843963565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843963564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul Legerski VINE VOICE on June 28, 2010
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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...reread it. It is THAT good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William M Miller on December 20, 2010
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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 By Z. Fu on September 10, 2010
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on August 13, 2010
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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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