After The Burn

Happy Monday. It’s time for Did You Know?.

Did you know the author Ronald Kelly currently in the small press and indie horror fiction community is the same famous horror author Ronald Kelly from the 1990s?

Ronald Kelly was born and raised in the hills and hollows of Middle Tennessee. He became interested in horror as a child, watching the local “Creature Feature” on Saturday nights. In high school, his interest turned to horror literature and he read such writers as Poe, Lovecraft, Matheson, and King. He originally had dreams of becoming a comic book artist before his interests turned to writing fiction.

Ronald Kelly began his professional writing career in the horror genre in 1986 with the sale of his first short story “Breakfast Serial” to Terror Time Again. Afterward, his short fiction appeared regularly in small press horror magazines and Kelly became known as one of the few Southern horror writers of that period, setting his dark rural tales in Tennessee and other southern locations. His work was published in legendary publications such as Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Grue, Noctulpa, and New Blood. In 1989, he sold his first novel, Hindsight, to Zebra Books. It was published in 1990, and during the next six years, seven other novels were published by Zebra: Pitfall, Something Out There, Moon of the Werewolf, Father’s Little Helper, The Possession, Fear, and Blood Kin. Also during that time, Kelly put out an audio story collection, Dark Dixie, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best non-musical recording. He also had numerous short stories in major anthologies, such as Cold Blood, Shock Rock, Hot Blood, Borderlands, The Earth Strikes Back, and Dark At Heart.

In the mid-1990s, the bottom fell out of the horror market and Zebra Books closed down their horror line. During the next ten years he returned to the workforce.

In 2006, returned to the horror genre and began writing again. His works since then include the novels Restless Shadows, Timber Gray, and The Buzzard Zone, and numerous short story collections including After The Burn, The Halloween Store & Other tales of All-Hallows’ Eve, and Irish Gothic.

Ronald Kelly lives in a backwoods hollow in Brush Creek, Tennessee, sixty miles east of Nashville, with his wife and young’uns.

Ronald Kelly’s latest collection, After The Burn, is now available on Amazon.

aftertheburn1aIt was a picture-perfect Fourth of July; one that heralded both celebration and pride for millions. Folks enjoyed parades and cook-outs, the playful laughter of children and a velvet sky alive with fireworks. Afterward, they went to sleep, happy and contented, without a care in the world. Then at midnight, the sun came up, brighter than a billion sparklers and hotter than Hell unleashed.

They called it The Burn. The senseless detonation of nuclear devices across the face of the earth; randomly scattered, without rhyme or reason. Civilization as we knew it was consumed in fire that day and, from its ashes, rose a horrifying phoenix of boundless evil and depravity. Those who had once clung to the shadows, because of law and moral restraint, now stepped boldly forward to stake their unholy claim…

This collection of two novellas and six short stories follows the exploits of a handful of survivors in a nuclear-devastated world ruled by the dregs of the Earth: serial killers, child molesters, rapists, and cannibals, as well as radiation-evolved mutants. This is surely Ronald Kelly’s most extreme work to date. Now open the cover and prepare for The Burn!

Bibliophilia Templum calls After The Burn “evocative, thought-provoking, and horrifying,” and says. “These are some of the best apocalypse/post-apocalypse stories I have ever read …”

Visit Ronald Kelly’s website ( to catch up on his work and connect with him on social media, and check out After The Burn on Amazon HERE

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