Thursday, February 10, 2011

Random: New Obsession - Jack Kilborn/J.A. Konrath

Up until recently, I have been in graduate school for the last two and a half years.  There are lots of things you give up when getting your masters' and one of those casualities is leisure reading.  Commuting and down time in the evening is replaced by reading textbooks and journal articles instead of the gory tomes I love so dear.

I become a bit obsessive with certain authors and types of literature.  I went on a chick-lit spree a couple of summers ago, reading every Jennifer Weiner-esque book I could get my hands on.   Last summer revolved around my discovery of Jack Ketchum, and I found myself standing in line at Borders weekly, plucking up another Ketchum paperback.

For Christmas, I recieved the Amazon Kindle.  I am not into shilling any company, but this is literally one of the best gifts I've ever gotten.  I can read books everywhere, even standing on the subway or sweating on the elliptical, without struggling to keep the pages open.  Additionally, many horror novels on the Kindle are cheap or even FREE. (I'm not kidding)  And this is how I discovered Jack Kilborn/J.A. Konrath.

This man has written many books, a number of which have gone unpublished.  Several of his previously unpublished works are now available on Kindle for rock-bottom prices.  Although he writes many mysteries and thrillers nowadays, most of his rejected and sliced up works were down-and-dirty horror.  I've been wanting to post more book reviews on this site, and Kilborn's books are just the right place to get started.  I'm in the midst of reading Trapped and I literally can't put it down.  I'm sitting at my desk in my office, and my sleeping Kindle is in my bag, taunting me.

If King's works aren't nasty enough for you, and you've already plowed your way through Ketchum's books, then make Kilborn your next stop.  His writing is definitely not for the weak of heart....or stomach.

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