Today we invite you to pull up a rocking chair, break out the sweet tea and moon pies, and sit a spell. It’s time to be Southern-Fried and Horrified!
In his forthcoming memoir, SOUTHERN FRIED AND HORRIFIED (September 6, 2022; Stygian Sky Media), Splatterpunk Award-winning, lifelong Tennessee author Ronald Kelly expounds on a lifetime shaped by his love of horror and the macabre, as well as a thirty-six-year career as a Southern storyteller. His early influences, the long road to publication, success as a Zebra Horror author, the devastating collapse of mass market publishing in the mid-1990s, and his ten-year hiatus from writing and horror… it is all here, between two covers, as well as his triumphant return to the genre and a fresh, new resurgence of his creativity and popularity. Sprinkled generously throughout are essays, writing advice, and lists of Kelly’s favorite books and movies, as well as his most cherished heroes, villains, and creatures from the RK mythos.
Ron is celebrating the launch in person from Noon-4pm on Saturday, September 3 at the Carthage Junction Depot at 185 Gordonsville Highway in Brush Creek. Weird Tales cover artist Lynne Hansen will host a Q&A with Ron, and special guests will also include Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jeff Strand. The celebration will also include refreshments, book sale and signings, and it’s free and open to the public.
Born and bred in Tennessee, Ronald Kelly is the Splatter Punk Award-winning author of Southern-fried horror fiction with fifteen novels, twelve short story collections, and a Grammy-nominated audio collection to his credit. Influenced by such writers as Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Joe R. Lansdale, and Manly Wade Wellman, Kelly sets his tales of rural darkness in the hills and hollows of his native state. He lives in a backwoods hollow in Brush Creek, Tennessee with his wife, Joyce, and their young’uns. (Submitted by Julia Borcherts, publicity manager, Kaye Publicity)