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Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Horror for the Holidays

The correct time to read horror is all year long—especially during the holidays. Browse these books and find the perfect read for your favorite horror fan.

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Listen to the BRIDE OF THE TORNADO Playlist by Author James Kennedy

Looking for the perfect soundtrack while you read the mind-bending Midwestern Gothic Bride of the Tornado? Author James Kennedy made this playlist for your reading pleasure.

Read on for a look inside each song choice. Spoilers ahead!

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James Kennedy’s Five Midwestern Horror Novel Picks

I grew up in Michigan and I’ve spent most of my life in the Midwest. When I began writing my horror novel Bride of the Tornado, one of the things I had in my mind was an October night in the 1990s, when my wife-to-be Heather and I headed out to rural Indiana to visit a “haunted house.”

 

It was farther away from town than we thought. When we arrived, we found just a few train cars in a desolate field. No other visitors. A creepy girl played with some dolls in the grass. After a minute, she got up and gravely led us through the train cars. A family sat around a table, greeting us indifferently as we passed. Did they live here? Who knew? These train cars were full of homemade oddities, more quirky than spooky. A bucket of plastic body parts. A cheesy mechanical doll. It was awkward and low-rent, not scary.

 

Then a maniac jumped out of nowhere with a chainsaw.

Posted by James Kennedy