Feed

Rated 4.74/5 based on 20 reviews
This is a short story.

Saved by the hunger of a child, Ian is changing ... transforming into something not human. Something Old and undead.

He struggles between two lives -- the side that still breathes, and the side that must feed on the living to exist.

The real horror is being a man.

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Words: 6,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465823519
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Reviews

Review by: RIP32 on March 19, 2014 :
This book is scary, gory, great vampire stuff, good story but,
Too much good stuff at the end and not at the beginning. Enjoyed the read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Parents' Little Black Book Reviews on March 29, 2012 :
The vampire novel in extreme: "Feed" takes you on a journey with Ian as he goes from a quiet middle class life to the realization that he has been made into a vampire.

All Ian wanted was an evening with the lovely Penny. A woman who had caught his eye for weeks has noticed him and taken him to her home. Interrupted by her son Ian leaves, not suspecting that a simple evening will change his life permanently. As he becomes ill Penny comes to help him, to explain to him.

Finally realizing that life will never be the same Ian throws himself headfirst into his new lifestyle. He begins to like what he has become. Ian, however, is luckier than most. For some reason he has attracted a mentor. Someone who leaves offerings for him.

As the years wear on Ian begins to feel more remorse than he expected. He decided to leave the suburbs and move on to the country. But he just can't leave without visiting the city one more time. The city and the woman he has become enamored with. There, on his last night, he meets someone more devilish than he is, someone who will show him who the real monster is.

I found this to be a most unusual vampire short story with a very interesting plot and premise. The writing was very tight, crisp and full. No words were wasted but nothing was missing. Each character performed his part in the story to the fullest and moved the plot forward. The first person narrative was the correct form for the story and was done with style and aplomb. The ending was totally unexpected and fit so well.

This is one I would recommend to anyone who loves vampire stories, horror, the macabre or just a tight short with an interesting and well thought out twist.

The read time on this short story is about 20 to 30 minutes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacia Hughes on March 18, 2012 :
Really good! All of Jerry's stories are great, I can't stop reading until Ive finished the whole thing. You really feel for the characters. If you like gory, creepy stuff, this is a must read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sirrah Medeiros on March 04, 2012 :
“Feed” by Jerry McKinney is a horror story with a twist. A well-crafted story line smoothly transitions to each new level. Characters are very well developed. The author has incorporated some of the traditional aspects of vampire lore and added his own impressively unique dimension to this vamp horror, a very difficult task when there are so many stories within this genre and topic.

The beginning captures your attention and keeps it throughout, which is exactly what the reader wants. You won’t be able to put this story down, and the ending has a twist that will shock you, very unique. Jerry McKinney constructed a fantastic story in “Feed.”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on March 01, 2012 :
The more I read from Mr. McKinney, the more I WANT to read! In this, the second of his stories I have read, the author has found a new voice and (IMO) a new level of skill.

"In Extremis", the first McKinney book I read, was a great stand-alone novella. The detail was fantastic without being wordy, the characters were easy to understand without going very deep, and the story itself was quite creative - not easy in this day and age when we think we've seen all there is to see regarding zombie horror.

He's already proven he can capture our attention with a single page, that he knows how to be concise, and that he knows how to balance sentimentality with horror. Now he's shown that he also understands that most basic concept so many new authors don't grasp - human nature.

In "Feed", McKinney exposes an entirely new side of himself. We're more focused on the protagonist, digging much deeper into who he is than we did with the nun. The author is more open with emotion and vulnerability, providing a character we can all identify with on some level as opposed to a generic "good" person. Who among us has never felt lonely, out of place, or uncomfortable in our own skin?

Even the secondary characters were spot on. A struggling mother who loses control for just a moment. A macho man of mystery. A manipulative seductress with evil intentions. All are colorful and contribute to the story; none feel out of place.

I'm very impressed with what I've seen from McKinney, and the few faults I might otherwise mention are so insignificant when compared to the whole that they become irrelevant. I would love to see a full novel (or better yet, a series) from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on Feb. 27, 2012 :
This was my first Jerry McKinney story and I LOVED IT!! It is a short read but kept me captivated from the first word to the last. The story moved quick and covered alot without being too rushed. I cant wait to read more by Jerry!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christine Sutton on Feb. 08, 2012 :
I was very impressed with this story. It was interesting, compelling and well written. The characters were well developed and interesting. Even Ian's maker, who only has a bit part in the story, was well defined using allusions to her motivations. The story was a quick, fascinating read, and has piqued my interest in reading more from this author. With somewhere around 7000 words, he has made a fan out of me. The ending was fantastic, by the way!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 01, 2012 :
This is a truely amazing and passionate vampire story. For me this book touched emotions that I never thought I would have for vampires. From the beging you can feel the pain that the characters feel for what they have to do to survive and the hate that they feel for what they are.
I really enjoyed the way this story was written and the way you are able to get to know the characters in the book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Jan. 24, 2012 :
this was recommended to me... and at first I was really unsure.. it leapt along with so many cliches that i was groaning and about to give up.
HOWEVER... it soon slowed and gave such vivid brain visuals it was impressive... but the best bit in a sad way is the ending... unique and mind blowing!
I would really like the author to revise this and maybe eek it a little bit more.... the bits i enjoyed were over in seconds... and ending just touched on the potential horror!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Stevens on Jan. 22, 2012 :
This short by Jerry McKinney paints a new look at the old vampire tale. I enjoyed learning as the newly turned vamp learner, but would have like to have had a bit slower pace in the beginning, with a bit more description. Jerry makes up for the quick pace a little less than mid way through, when he really gets into his stride and you are seeing the world through the main character's eyes. The imagery and rawness he portrays is perfect for this story.
As for the ending, I'm not going to give anything away, but trust me, it's one you will be thinking about for a while. Jerry McKinney has crafted an imaginative yet real story, well worth the read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Very nice, mild vampire story until it rips your throat out with it's imagery. You do not want to miss this one, believe me. Jerry McKinney has created a masterpiece with Feed, an original take on the ever popular vampire mythos. Very nice Jerry.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa McCourt Hollar on Jan. 19, 2012 :
When I first started reading Feed, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. It is a short story, but I felt that it was moving along way too fast. I would have prefered for a slower pace and more details into how the main character, Ian, came to become the desperate creature he is and some more into the characters he encounters.

That being said, I did enjoy this book. Ian, a newly transformed vampire, is clueless to how he became the way he is. Yes, he knows it was Penny, a beautiful vampire with a young son that changed him, but he doesn't know what about vampires is true. The sunlight is and the hunger for blood, but why can't he do anything else that vampires can do.

Then there is his mysterious keeper. Someone is leaving him 'food' and he has been forbidden to go into the city. He doesn't understand why, but is drawn to a woman that lives in a Victorian house. Soemtimes he does sneak out to see her.

The ending brought about a twist that I didn't see coming, leaving me shocked and wanting to know more about the creture that proved to be Ian's undoing.

I really hope the authors write a longer version of this short story. I would be one of the first in line to buy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: James Garcia Jr. on Jan. 05, 2012 :
"I just read a short story that restores my faith in horror’s potential when it comes to the subject of vampires.
The beauty of this tale is the fact that for the beginning I fancied it being the same old-same old. The only thing that made it different was the writing. I found myself walking beside the character as he struggled through his new existence. I could see the sights and smell the foul stench of not only his haunts but his actions. The pacing was also very well done.
The pay-off came with a twist, and man was it good! What we thought we knew was suddenly tossed out of a second-storey window where we, along with McKinney’s main character, had been peeking through. We were all duped, let me tell you.
With an unexpected twist and writing that reminded me of the best of Clive Barker, McKinney surprised me and made me an instant convert. Beware reader, Feed might mean more than you think it means."
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Jan. 02, 2012 :
How long should a person have to suffer for a bad first-date? This short read by Mr. McKinney was off and running on the first page and had me turning my Nook pages faster than I thought possible. Ian was only looking for a good time and throughout this story he had a good time, but that depends on whose definition you are using. I liked the adrenalin rush that I felt when I read this book and the emotions where all over the board with the characters. The ending was quite surprising and poor Ian, but again....he got what he wanted. I read this book at night which I realize was a mistake as I had dreams/nightmares of Ian and his affairs- great job for a short story!

"You can always die if you choose it. ....in the same way others chose by living mundane lives...never dreaming...never reaching..never feeding their hunger."
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: michele on Oct. 26, 2011 : (no rating)
This book was amazing.Great story line with suspense and twists that keep you reading.Couldnt put it down till it was done.Gruesome and mind blowing ending.2 thumbs up.You will not be dissapointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aline Iniestra on Oct. 10, 2011 :
Hunger, deep emotions, a child, a mother, compassion, being lost and found in the horror of the night...Well, you got all this and more in McKinney's story. A vampire is portrayed since the moment he's born, when he hunts, how he "lives", and how destiny plays with him in the end.
You have never seen a vampire like this one, living his own horror, and I'm sure you'll feel exactly what this character feels. Be humane and don't judge.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rafael Lopez on Oct. 08, 2011 :
A truly gruesome story to feed the appetite of vampire and horror fans alike. Jerry McKinney is a great story-teller whose characters make you feel their emotions.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Oct. 05, 2011 :
I downloaded and read immediatley. The first paragraph sucked me in, it's an excellent story. Vampires...even they suffer, and for such a long time. Expect the unexpected in this great read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alycia Derrick on Oct. 05, 2011 :
Jerry McKinney definitely offers us a vampire tale for the ages. "Feed" is almost a pioneer in tales of vampirism. McKinney delves into the humanity of the monster of his main character, offering us a view of the true emotions one must truly feel after having been 'turned'. The 'demons' the main character, Ian faces are not only something a ghoul faces, but each of us in daily life face questions about morality and immorality.

My favorite part of this story is the twist in the end. I would even suggest to McKinney to write a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on Oct. 02, 2011 :
Are you famished for a deftly written tale of terror? Then feast your eyes upon "Feed"!

There are some fates worse than death. Most people might wish for superhuman abilities such as those possessed by vampires. But is the sacrifice of your humanity worth becoming more than a mere mortal? That question is beautifully addressed in this unusual and eloquent short story by Jerry McKinney. From the start I found "Feed" to be both poignant and magnetic, masterfully word-painted by a true artist of Horror. By the end I discovered myself forever touched through the depth of emotion portrayed. Throughout, I was drawn into the plight of a protagonist who must suddenly hide on the fringes of society as he strives to hang on to his human emotions while slowly and horrifically transformed into something else . . . a mutant; a self-described monster.

The author has crafted a very special portrait of a vampire, one that stands out from the mass of fanged Dracula wannabes. This is a character who seems to breathe, even as his human life ebbs. In a cruel twist of fate, he encountered something to live for at the same time that his doom was sealed. That is one of the most heart-wrenching aspects of his misfortune. Another is that Ian becomes more human, more compassionate and caring, a better person just before he will lose the life that too many of us take for granted. Does he eventually embrace a future filled with bloodshed, forced to sorrowfully hunt and kill to feed his growing appetite? Read his story and learn what happens to a man you will not be able to forget. A man who now dreads that rumble of hunger inside, which compels him like all of us to "Feed" . . .
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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