GeneralReading, writing, good movies, my family, working on the house, sports, web and page design
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BooksSilence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Exorcist, Carrie, Salems Lot, The Shining, Cujo, Firestarter, Christine, Rosemary's Baby, Boys from Brazil, Creepers, Light in August, Less than Zero, Bright Lights, Big City, American Psycho, Face, Hour Before Dark, Girl Next Door, anything by Kellerman, Cornwell, Crais, Shutter Island, Mystic River, The Alienist...far too many more to list
About me:VIEW TRAILER FOR THE REACH
I'm a dark suspense and horror writer from Massachusetts. My newest release, SPARROW ROCK, hit shelves in May 2010 from Leisure Books, and received rave reviews from BOOKLIST, DREAD CENTRAL, DARK SCRIBE, SHROUD and many more. I've had short stories published in various magazines such as SHROUD, and in the anthologies MONSTROUS, LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, NORTHERN HAUNTS, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES DOWN, and TERMINAL FRIGHTS, among others. My first novel, Bloodstone, is available in paperback from Leisure Books (April 29, 2008).
Bloodstone is a supernatural suspense novel in the style of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. It received rave reviews from places such as Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Fangoria, and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. My second novel THE REACH was released in December 2008. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and raves from places such as Booklist, Rue Morgue and many others. THE REACH was also a Stoker Award Finalist and was recently optioned for film. My third novel THE BONE FACTORY was called "masterful" by Booklist, and my sci fi novella, PRIME, was an Apex Books bestseller. You can find out more about me and the books, including trailers, excerpts, a journal, and message board, by visiting my website: natekenyon.com. Thanks for reading!
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AN EX-CON on the run from his own shattered past…
A WOMAN taken against her will…
A YOUNG MAN consumed by rage…
AND A TOWN on the edge of darkness.
In White Falls, a horrifying truth is about to be uncovered that will unleash an ancient evil. Some secrets should remain buried…
A recovering alcoholic on the run from his past, all Billy Smith wants is to be left alone. But the visions that torture his every living moment will not let him rest. Commanded by the voices in his head to commit acts of violence he does not understand, he kidnaps a prostitute known only as Angel and heads north to a bucolic little New England town called White Falls.
There, the two strangers try to blend in while they struggle to understand the bizarre circumstances that have brought them together. But in this town all is not what it seems. Something monstrous has taken root in White Falls, and has waited centuries for the right time to awaken.
As the town draws closer to its Spring Festival, psyches begin to unravel and violence erupts. Nobody is safe from the madness that spreads from neighbor to neighbor, kin to kin. As Billy Smith and Angel hurtle headlong towards their ultimate destiny, they find themselves in the grip of a power much greater than they can imagine.
The dead have returned to life...and they are hungry.
"Kenyon gives his tale an impressive panoramic sweep that shows the horrors manifesting subtly and insidiously through the experiences of a large cast of characters.”
“…evokes an atmosphere of small-town claustrophobia…[a] tale of classic horror.”
"One of the strongest debut novels to come along in years...highly recommended."
“It’s always exciting when a first novel signals a career on the rise, a writer to follow, and a talent to enjoy…vivid references to guilt, penance, and redemption, duty, and familial obligations, all grant the narrative an additional moral layer of meaning….a striking, atmospheric first novel that’s just perfect for those who prefer their horror cerebral rather than graphic.”
“Kenyon calls into question the makeup of evil itself, and whether it resides in one person, one spirit or perhaps an entire town…he breathes fresh life into [familiar material] with his complicated characters. His writing is not sensational or obvious, giving some credit to the reader by not handing over all the chills on a silver platter.
“While it certainly reads as a horror novel, complete with a satisfyingly unexpected plot twist, Bloodstone is ultimately a story of love and redemption, giving the reader more to chew on than the average exercise in fright.”
“Bloodstone surprised me more then once…just when the plot lines seemed to be spinning out of control the author, masterfully, pulled it all back again. The climax was exciting and unexpected…Kenyon is one to watch.”
Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction
“The ideal vacation destination White Falls would not be, but it is the perfect setting for Nate Kenyon’s Bloodstone, a chilling tale of classic horror in which the portals of the underworld open up in an otherwise unremarkable small town…Kenyon may have been influenced by the greats, but his talent as an individual is unmistakable.”
The Romance Studio
“Bloodstone is destined for greatness. I would not be surprised if this story made its way to the big screen…the horrors these two characters face is unimaginable. From their horrid dreams to the realization of their true destiny, this hero and heroine are brought to life with such inspiration and strength. Keep a mindful eye open as you read through the pages of Bloodstone, for nothing is as it seems. The storyline is strong and kept me guessing…from the first page, Kenyon grabbed my attention and kept my interest peaked…what classic horror was destined to be.”
Book of Dark Wisdom
“What sets Bloodstone apart from horror novels in its class is that the demons are found within the characters themselves…how the characters deal with these inner demons, and the decisions they make as a result, is what hurtles this book to its shocking conclusion. Bloodstone delivers strong writing, well-developed characters, and a gripping story that demonstrates Kenyon can produce a captivating novel. Nate Kenyon is definitely a new horror author to watch.”
Edge New England
“Bloodstone is an epic horror romp, complete with dusty old manor houses and grotesque family histories. More than being a well-organized genre story that checks all the right boxes, though, Kenyon’s debut novel is also a festival of fright…the result is eerie, poingnant, and ultimately wrenching. Well-paced but never too obvious — the twists blindside you with jarring force — Bloodstone is a well-told tale that would bring a chill around even the brightest campfire. Kenyon explores humanity’s emotional shadows with delicacy and intensity in a book that is as accessible as an old-fashioned horror movie, but as nuanced as a novel ought to be.”
Romantic Times Magazine
“…an enjoyable read…the characters are strange in this dark and disturbing book, and the voices guiding them are even stranger, but it fits together into a horrific tale…”
Fantasy Book Spot
“A well-written debut…never during the course of this book did I feel the pace falter, even when the plot focuses .. characters in the town…a nice twist on a familiar theme. Good strong, well written characters, and creepy atmospheric scenes.”
“Bloodstone is a wonderfully chilling evil ghost story, complete with the dead rising and taking revenge on the hypocritical living. If you like that kind of stuff — and wow, do I! — the novel delivers. Buy this exceptional novel and read the shocker of a twist yourself…here’s a clue to the speculative romance industry: get yourself a copy and take some notes.”
“Bloodstone is a vivid, moody, and at times startling novel; a very good start to what will hopefully be a prolific career.”
“A dark thrill ride, layered in an atmosphere of dreamlike unease and disturbing imagery… characters that are so three-dimensional they threaten to step off the page…a debut that will live on in your nightmares long after you’ve finished it.”
“A solid first novel by any standard…one part ghost story, one part spiritual journey, and one part Our Town rolled up into a neat package. Nate Kenyon is a writer to be watched.”
Midwest Book Review
“Reminiscent of Salem’s Lot, Bloodstone is a terrifying horror novel that is action oriented yet doesn’t neglect the development of the characters that come across as believable to the audience. Even ghosts take on a new dimension in this chilling tale as Nate Kenyon’s concept of what they are is both original and frightening. This is the kind of horror novel that will make readers want to sleep with all the lights in the neighborhood shining brightly.”
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Who I'd like to meet:Anyone interested in reading or writing fiction!
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Massachusetts
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: Athletic
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: College graduate
1989 to 1993
- Graduated: 1993
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: English
- Minor: Studio Arts
- Greek: Pi Kappa Alpha
My novels BLOODSTONE, THE REACH, and THE BONE FACTORY are out in paperback from Leisure Books. My novella PRIME is out from Apex. My next novel, SPARROW ROCK, will be out in May 2010 from Bad Moon in hardcover, paperback from Leisure.