Saturday, May 14, 2011

TIMBER GRAY and CUMBERLAND FURNACE... Ready to Order from Bad Moon Books!

Roy Robbins at Bad Moon Books just informed me that the trade paperback editions of both Timber Gray and Cumberland Furnace & Other Fear-Forged Fables will be available and ready to ship on May 20th!

Both of these books were previously only available in digital e-book format, but BMB has now brought them to true-book life in these slick paperback editions. Cumberland Furnace is a much-expanded edition of the seven story mini-collection, featuring 22 previously-published tales of Southern-fried horror, as well as several brand new stories. Timber Gray is my first published western novel. It is not a horror western, but is a very dark and violent tale of a wolf hunter who must deal with his hatred of timber wolves following the violent deaths of his family, as well as endure the hardships of blizzards, renegade bounty hunters, and other dangers as he tracks fifty maurading wolves across the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming.

You can order your copies now at:

And be sure to keep an eye open for more news concerning upcoming Ronald Kelly/Bad Moon Books projects that are currently in the works!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pod of Horror #64 with Legendary Horror Author Ronald Kelly

Hey, they said it... not me!

I reckon you might be considered in that league if you've been around as long as I have and survived as many publishing disasters. The big question is: do I feel legendary? And the resounding answer would be: heck no! It's hard to feel very legendary when you have to drag yourself out of bed at 3AM to go to work and drag home ten hours later, reeking of oil, grease, and raw steel. But if they want to say that, well, I'll humbly endure it and grin like a persimmon-eating possum. Of course, if my head begins to swell too big, my wife is always within earshot to stick the pin in the balloon with requests like "Mr. Legend, could you please plunge that turd out of the commode?" or "It's time to take the garbage to the dump, your Royal Hind-Endness."

If you'd like to hear what ol' Legendary Ron has in the works these days, you can head on over to Mark Justice's excellent Pod of Horror at Horror World. There, I talk about a variety of topics: my upcoming books, how my religious beliefs effect my horror writing, and the long-awaited unveiling of the true identity of "Publisher X"... the forthcoming publisher of the Essential Ronald Kelly Collection. You can also chuckle in amusement as I drawl and twang like a backwoods hillbilly wired on Red Bull.

And always remember, if you see me on the street, I'm never too legendary to sign books, shake your hand, or kiss your ugly baby.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Library of Southern-Fried Horror... now at Amazon Kindle!

All you folks with Kindles, Nooks, and other new-fangled reading devices... gather 'round! Ol Ron is serving up a heaping helping of Southern-fried horror down at the Kindle Store. Nine terrifying titles and more to come!

The supper bell's a-ringing. Come and get it... if you dare!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Bad Moon Books has just put up two of my upcoming titles for pre-order.

Cumberland Furnace & Other Fear-Forged Fables is my second full-fledged short story collection. It contains 22 tales of Southern-fried fright, including several previously unpublished stories. This is the print version of the digital collection released by Crossroad Press in 2010, except greatly expanded. It also contains a section of story notes giving my thoughts on every tale in the collection.

Timber Gray is my first published western novel (if you don't include the ones I ghost-wrote for the Jake Logan series back in the early 90s). It is much darker and more violent than your run-of-the mill western, detailing a man's struggle with his intense hatred of timber wolves, as well as his battle with shadows of the past; madness, grief, and death.
These two BMB editions will be offered in trade paperback for the affordable price of $17.95 each. They both boast wonderfully intense covers by master horror artist Zack McCain.
You can pre-order your copy at the following links:
Hope y'all enjoy them!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

UNHINGED: Tales of Darkness & Depravity

My newest digital collection, UNHINGED: Tales of Darkness & Depravity, is now available from Crossroad Press.
This collection of eleven stories explores the darkest side of the human psyche. Serial killers, mass murderers, and other no account folks stalk these pages. UNHINGED includes some old favorites as well as several new, never-before-published tales.
You can get yours here:
UNHINGED is also available at the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords websites.
Hope you enjoy this excursion into darkness!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

TWILIGHT HANKERINGS: Things That Go Bite In The Night

My new e-book collection, Twilight Hankerings: Things That Go Bite In The Night, is now available from Crossroad Press.
This collection of eight stories involve a ravenous gathering of creatures whose appetites go into over-drive when the shadows of evening fall and the night hours rings the dinner bell. You'll find just about every creature imaginable in this collection; everything from vampires and werewolves, to man-eating caterpillers, backwoods succubi, and things that lay patiently by the side of the road, waiting for the curiosity of some unfortunate victim to spring the trap.
You can purchase Twilight Hankerings now at:
Twilight Hankerings should also be available on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and Barnes % Noble in a day or so. Also, watch this blog for another upcoming collection titled Unhinged: Tales of Darkness & Depravity, which features some of my best dark crime stories concerning serial killers, mass murderers, and other no-account folks. Hope you enjoy them both!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ronald & Joyce's 20th Anniversary!

Today my wife, Joyce, and I are celebrating two decades together as man and wife.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have lucked up on such a wonderful soulmate and thank the good Lord every day for blessing me in such a way. Joyce and I met under very odd circumstances back in January of 1991, marrying a mere nineteen days following our first date. Alot of folks claimed that we were foolish and hasty in our decision, but, hey, we proved them all wrong, didn't we? You can't deny true love and that's what we have, plain and simple.
Joyce has been with me through the good times and the bad, through triumph and tears. Under the rainbow and through the fire we walk, arm and arm, and I know with God and Joyce on my side I can weather any storm. She's blessed me with three incredible children and, together, we've tried to do our best for them and raise them in a loving, Christian home. Joyce was there for me during those dark days following the loss of my first horror-writing career and supported 100% when I decided to come back to writing. She is a truly amazing woman!
Yesterday, we spent a day out together, with the kids in school and daycare. We went to see a couple of movies together... Country Strong and True Grit... and went out to eat a couple of times. No great romantic getaway, but just being together, hand in hand, was terrific and we had a wonderful time.
I'm hoping that we will be blessed with another many more decades together. I couldn't ask for anything more in life than to spend it with her. I love you, Sweetie!

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Story at Literary Mahem!

I've got a new story featured in the fiction section of Peter Schwotzer's Literary Mahem website for your reading pleasure (?).

It's called "Devourer" and takes place in the snowy foothills of the Tennessee Smokies in the dead of winter (how's that for timing?). It also includes a chilling sketch by artist Robert Aragon.

While reading the story, be sure to take note of the "Devourer" and "Darkhaven", both of which play major roles in my next novel, A Dark & Bloody Ground.

You can check it out here:

Bon Appetit, y'all!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Piercing Development

"You got another friend request," my wife said, sitting in front of the computer the other night.

I peeked around the doorway of the kitchen, where I was doctoring a pot of chili. "Who is it?" Since finally deciding to indulge in the Facebook community, I've dreamt about recieving friend requests from Stephen King or Clint Eastwood or Gene Simmons from KISS -- somebody really famous -- although, for some reason, that hasn't happened yet.

"Some girl," she answered. "An Alexandrious Skabrenenski."

Intrigued, I put the chili on low heat. Walking into the living room, I peered over Joyce's shoulder. The request claimed that we had eight mutual friends. Looking at the tiny roll of faces, I recognized all eight as fellow horror writers, all well-respected and of sterling character. When we share that many friends, I usually okay the request without question. "Go ahead and confirm it," I told her.

My wife wasn't so quick to act, though. "Maybe we should check her out first." When we pulled up Alexandrious's page, we saw her profile photo a bit more clearly. She was a ravishing beauty with an unruly mane of golden Farrah Faucett hair and an ample bosom that would have put Dolly Parton to shame. Her eyes were partially closed and her lips in mid-sigh, as though in the throes of passion... or dozing off. It was hard to tell which.

"Why, she can't be a day over 22," Joyce said. "Why would she want to be your friend?"

I had to admit, pretty girls requesting to be my friend was an unlikely occurance (the rare exception being my wife, God bless her!) Then an idea came to mind. "Maybe she saw me at a convention and admired my virile manliness from afar."

The look on Joyce's face told me that she didn't believe that for a second.

Suddenly, I figured out what was going on. "You don't think she's one of those piercing gals, do you?"

"Well, there's only one way to find out." Joyce pulled up her profile. At first it seemed to be legit. She even claimed to have attended a Christian college in Iowa ( although I had a difficult time believing there was actually an Alexandrious Skebrenenski enroled in the Iowa educational system.) Then my wife positioned the cursor over the photograph and the caption magically appeared.

"Hi. My name is Alexandrious. I got a new piercing today, but I can't show it to you here. Please log onto for a better look. You must be 18 years old or older to register."

I can't say that I was surprised. I'd recieved a couple of other dubious requests a few days earlier, one from a woman in Indonesia and another from a young lady in Peru. Each one had extended the exact same invitation, word for word, and all had sported exotic names and photos.

I hate to admit it, but I couldn't help but ask. "I wonder where... you know... her piercings are?"

"I'll give you two guesses," Joyce said. "And you'd probably be right on both counts."

Annoyed with my indecision, she asked "Refuse and block?" For a second, I was certain that I detected a tiny hint of jealousy in her eyes. Maybe she was peeved because she had never recieved her own piercing-viewing invitation from strange men with intriguing names like Studdly McNuggets or Antonio Testosteroni.

I gave her the safest -- and most diplomatic -- answer possible. "Refuse and block." Which she did at lightning speed.

I could see how such an unwanted -- but enticing -- spam request might appeal to a middle-aged man on the downhill side of fifty. It was an unexpected boost to the male ego to recieve a friend request from a scantly-clad twenty-something girl from a strange and exotic land (well, Iowa could be strange and exotic, if you use your imagination). But, being the church-going fella and devoted husband I am, I simply gritted my teeth, averted my eyes, and declared "Get thee behind me, devil woman who jingle-jangles like a cowboy's spurs on a grueling cattle drive!"

Still, those lude invitations have made me wonder about the whole piercing scene and exactly what the appeal of it is. Not that I'm totally ignorant to such acts of self-expression as tattooing and body piercing. I've come across certain individuals on the job who were walking advertisements for such indulgences. I've seen multiple piercings in ears, noses, and eyebrows. Several guys I've worked with actually had tongue studs, which would seem like a terribly painful ordeal. One giant of a fellow had a golden stud on his tongue roughly the size of a golf ball (or so it seemed to me). I've never actually inquired about the purpose of a tongue stud... although, from the sly grins on their faces, I could very well imagine what it would be. I even came across a rather weird dude who liked to be pierced beneath his shoulder blades by giant fish hooks and suspended from the ceiling. I never knew if he was pulling my leg or not, but knowing him, he was probably on the up-and-up.

Out of curiosity, I Googled "body piercing jewelry" the other day and was amazed at the variety of doo-dads you could purchase. Studs, rings, chains... you name it, they've got it in their inventory. You can even get charms, like those on a charm bracelet. Little cheerleading megaphones, your high school graduation year, and tiny baby shoes complete with birthstone. I'd say they would be right popular with some distant relatives in the Kelly family tree. "Look, y'all... I've got a golden fooler hanging from my right nostril in commemoration of little Bubba's first birthday!" (In case you don't know what a "fooler" is, its a southern expression for a baby pacifier.)

Personally, I suppose I can see justification in tattoos over piercings. Tats can be a doggone work of art if done right. I've even seem Alex McVey's blue werewolf painting -- which graces the cover of my upcoming book, Undertaker's Moon -- turned into a pretty cool-looking tattoo. Of course there are disadvantages. With age, tats can stretch and distort, turning into a fleshy version of a Salvadore Dali painting. I've witnessed enough sixty year old grandmothers with lower back tattoos in Wal-Mart to know that for a fact.

Truthfully, I don't mean to intentionally poke fun at folks with body piercings. Maybe I'm just a little old-fashioned or just blissfully ignorant of the true motivation behind the whole body piercing phenomenon. The way I see it, if God had intended for us to have extra holes in our bodies, He would have put them there Himself. But, hey, if folks want to hang ornaments from themselves like a dad-gum Christmas tree, that's their business, not mine.

Monday, January 10, 2011

AFTER THE BURN from Thunderstorm Books Now Available for Pre-Order!

I'm pleased to announced that my collection of post-apocalyptic horror tales, AFTER THE BURN, is now available for pre-order at Thunderstorm Books!
This collection of two novellas and six short stories follows the exploits of a handful of survivors in a nuclear-devestated world ruled by the dregs of the earth; serial killers, child molesters, rapists, and cannibals, as well as radiation-evolved mutants. AFTER THE BURN is a project that I've had in mind for many years -- over twenty years, in fact -- originating way back when my story "Flesh Welder" was first published in 1990. But don't expect Ol' Ron to pull any punches in this one. ATB is my most extreme and explicit work yet (would you expect any less in a post-apocalyptic world where evil reigns over goodness?) However, an inspirational theme does thread its way throughout the majority of the stories, showing that hope and decency will, eventually, prevail over the most heinous of tragedies, even a man-made Armageddon.
AFTER THE BURN is being offered in a special, limited hardcover edition as one of Thunderstorm Books Black Voltage titles. The design and production values are first-rate with this one and boasts yet another incredible cover by artist Zach McCain, this one depicting the majority of the characters in the book, which is vast.
You can put in your order for AFTER THE BURN now at:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again... with a Herd of Southern Horror!

The latter half of 2010 was sort of tough for Ol' Ron. After an idyllic two week vacation in Flrorida back in June, a black cloud seemed to loom over the horizon and things got a little stormy and off kilter. I missed work due to one illness or another, the head gasket blew in the engine of my car, and I was practically blind in my left eye because of a nasty Stage-4 cataract. I had cataract surgery toward the latter half of Novemeber and what should have been a cut and dried procedure led into further complications when the lens implant slipped downward and we had to go back into the operating room and do it all over again. Due to all of this happening within a matter of only a few months, I must admit a stretch of depression set in. I attributed the majority of my inactivity as far as writing, blogging, and corresponding to my eye condition, but, looking back, I realize that a lot of it had to do with an almost crippling bout of low spirits on my part.

But the improvement of my eyesight in early December and the arrival of the Christmas season did wonders to drive those black clouds away and now I'm officially back in the saddle again. As 2010 ends and 2011 begins, I can see a brighter, more prolific, much more published future ahead. Here are just a few projects I have scheduled with publishers for the coming year:

Cumberland Furnace & Other Fear Forged Fables / In early 2010, Crossroad Press released an e-book collection of my short stories published after my return to horror in 2006. In late January or February of 2011, Bad Moon Books will release a trade paperback edition of this best-selling digital collection. Not only will it contain the original nine stories of Cumberland Furnace, but also most of the short stories that didn't make it into my first short story collection, Midnight Grinding & Other Twilight Terrors, as well as selections from my extreme horror collection The Sick Stuff and several formerly unpublished tales. 23 stories in all, if my recollection is right.

Timber Gray / Around the same time as the Cumberland Furnace release, Bad Moon will be publishing a trade paperback edition of my first western novel, Timber Gray. This straight-forward, yet dark and suspenseful western was also first offered as a digital book for Crossroad this past year. The storyline involves a wild game hunter-for-hire who pursues a pack of fifty murderous wolves across the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming. Along the way he encounters both friendship and menace of a human nature; an obsessed preacher and his frightened family, a cowboy on the run from the law, and a band of blood-thirsty bounty hunters.

After the Burn / Sometime during the spring or summer of 2011, Thunderstorm Books will be releasing my post-apocalyptic horror collection, After the Burn, as one of their Black Voltage limited hardcover edtiions. It will contain two novellas and six short stories following the exploits of survivors existing in a nuclear-ravaged world inhabited by serial killers, child molesters, radiation-infected mutants, and cannibals. And it boasts yet another incredibly unique cover by artist Zach McCain. You can reserve your copy of After the Burn now at:

The Essential Ronald Kelly Collection - Volume 1: Undertaker's Moon / Finally, after making the rounds with several ill-fated publishers, my Irish-Werewolves-in-Tennessee novel, Undertaker's Moon, will finally see print in a lavish hardcover edtion as the first volume of The Essential Ronald Kelly Collection. As I've said several times before, the Essentials will be offered by a yet undisclosed (but highly respected) small press publisher. Undertaker's Moon (formerly published in 1991 by Zebra Books as Moon of the Werewolf) will feature Alex McVey's infamous "Blue Wolf" cover, as well as a brand-new "prequel" novella titled "The Spawn of Arget Bethir". UM should be available in late spring or early summer of this year.

More Kelly fiction from Cemetery Dance...

I'll have several new projects coming from Cemetery Dance Publications in 2011 and 2012. So far this is what I have lined up...

* The Crane House / This is a Halloween round-robin tale that I participated in recently. Along with my contribution, it includes the dark talents of such respected horror masters as Brian Keene, Kealan Patrick Burke, Al Sarantonio, Rick Hautala, Bev Vincent, Brian Freeman, James A. Moore, James Newman, Norman Prentiss, and Ray Garton.

* La Sanguinaire / This continuation of my 1988 Deathrealm story, "The Web of La Sanguinaire" will be offered as one of CD's upcoming Signature Series books. And you all know how I love to write a good spider story, especially one that takes place in the dark, dank swamps of Louisiana!

* A Dark & Bloody Ground / My next full-length novel (now in progress) will be a historical conspiracy/horror suspense story about an evil Southern state totally erased from the annals of American history... until a husband and wife team, who have searched for the truth behind the legend of Syntrillia and its hellish capital of Darkhaven, stumble upon an ancient map pinpointing their whereabouts. With a half-Cherokee moonshiner named Ruby Buchanan along to guide them, they travel into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains in search of the missing providence... and soon wish that they had left well enough alone.

So there you have it... a generous helping of Southern-fried horror coming your way during the coming months of 2011 and beyond. Keep an eye on and my blog site, Southern-Fried & Horrified, for updates on these novels and collections, along with various short stories peppered in-between!