Ronald Kelly was born November 20, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee where he was raised a Southern Baptist. He attended Pegram Elementary School and Cheatham County Central High School (both in Ashland City, Tennessee) before starting his writing career.
Ronald Kelly began his writing career in 1986 and quickly sold his first short story, "Breakfast Serial," to Terror Time Again magazine. His first novel, Hindsight was released by Zebra Books in 1990. His audiobook collection, Dark Dixie: Tales of Southern Horror, was on the nominating ballot of the 1992 Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album. Zebra published seven of Ronald Kelly's novels from 1990 to 1996. Ronald's short fiction work has been published by Cemetery Dance, Borderlands 3, Deathrealm, Dark at Heart, Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear, and many more. After selling hundreds of thousands of books, the bottom dropped out of the horror market in 1996. So, when Zebra dropped their horror line in October 1996, Ronald Kelly stopped writing for almost ten years and worked various jobs including welder, factory worker, production manager, drugstore manager, and custodian.
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That was the first thought that crossed Cindy Biggs’ mind when she heard of the brutal triple-murder in her hometown of Coleman. Yes, the awful crime was nearly identical to the one performed during her hard-scrabble childhood at the time of the Great Depression. And, strangely enough, it had taken place in the same place… the ruins of the old tobacco barn near the edge of Green Creek.
By Ronald Kelly
Published: September 28, 2013 by
In Long Chills, acclaimed horror author Ronald Kelly explores the dark hills and hollows of his native South, as well as other disturbing places, with this new collection of thirteen novellas and long fiction stories. The scares are intense and the shadows long and deep as Kelly takes you on lengthy journeys of darkness and depravity, as well as madness and the macabre.
Including the bonus novella "Potter's Field"
Little Cindy Ann knew things no one else knew; saw things no one else saw. Ever since she'd nearly died of fever, the gift of second sight had been hers. Only it didn't seem like such a gift when the other children called her a witch and wouldn't play with her. Or when her visions resembled nothing so much as her worst nightmares.
By Ronald Kelly
Published: November 27, 2012 by
It was passed down from generation to generation. The legend of The Dark'Un, the strange beast that roamed Pale Dove Mountain. The dark monster that no one had ever seen — at least not and lived to tell about it — except, so it was said, old Fletcher Brice who lived at the foot of the mountain.
No one really believed in The Dark'Un. It was just a story to make a child's flesh crawl.
By Ronald Kelly
Published: November 23, 2011 by
It was a legend in Fear County... a hideous, flesh-eating creature - part snake, part earthbound demon - that feasted on the blood of innocent children in the cold black heart of the Tennessee backwoods.
But ten-year-old Jeb Sweeny knows the horrible stories are true. His best friend Mandy just up and disappeared.
As the residents of Old Hickory, as well as the local police, begin to fall victim to an unknown evil, four individuals—the town nerd, a high school jock, a widowed gunsith, and a mysterious transient from a distant shore—find themselves facing what could possibly be a hellish lycanthrope from ancient Ireland … the legendary Arget Bethir … the Silver Beast.
The China Doll
The summer of 1932 was a troublesome one for Jack Alder. His grandmother's health was fairing poorly, they were having a difficult time making ends meet during the Great Depression, and the town banker was threatening foreclosure on the family farm. The future seemed dismal and help was nowhere in sight. But Grandmama's faith in God brought renewed hope in the form of a lost childhood toy.
After the Burn
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. This is Ronald Kelly's most extreme work to date - including his acclaimed novellas FLESHWELDER.
Unhinged - Tales of Darkness and Terror
In Unhinged: Tales of Darkness and Depravity, Southern Horror author, Ronald Kelly, explores the blackest recesses of the human psyche in eleven chilling tales of dark suspense and terror. Serial killers, mass murderers, and other no-account folks stalk these pages, ready to leap from the shadows and chill the stoutest heart.
Twilight Hankerings - Things That Go Bite in the Night
Stories of hunger - of "hankerings" - deep south monsters, vampires, werewolves and more from dixie horror writer Ron Kelly, bringing the darkside of the south to his own flavor of horror. This is a brand new collection, only available in digital.
Dark Dixie I
Previously available on audio cassette from Darkscribe Press, this collection was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992. Dark Dixie collects the following works of southern horror by author Ronald Kelly. This book includes all the stories from the audio book and several more.
The Sick Stuff
Dark southern horror from a true master: An old man’s living fluids reveal a horrible secret from his past…A mentally-unstable woman uses a sexual obsession to take an unwilling hostage…Parasites from within, self-vampirism, and spontaneous decay… all stem from a voodoo curse cast upon the unfortunate survivors of a Louisiana family…
This is the sick stuff.
Cumberland Furnace & Other Fear Forged Fables
Seven tales of terror that could only beat in the dark, diseased heart of Dixie… - An abandoned furnace stands as a monument to cruelty and torture…as well as a gathering place for old ghosts… - Grandma’s culinary gifts of comfort and compassion contain a special ingredient conjured from the very depths of Hell… And much much more!
Chaos reigns supreme. Social and economic upheaval, rampant terrorism, and nuclear annihilation have turned the earth into a vast wasteland. And, in Texas, the gates of Hell have been cracked open, unleashing its evil and fury upon the undeserving.
Dark Dixie II - Tales of Southern Horror
From the dankness and decay of the Louisiana swamps, to the dust and sweat of Texas, and into the author's own, the mossy gloom of the Tennessee backwoods, as well as the turned earth of its fertile farmland. Creatures lurk within these pages as well. Spiders and gators, things dwelling within jars and the currents of the wind, and the abominations of Hell, let loose to run rampant in the night.
Harmony, Tennessee possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.
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