Death Bonds

Rated 4.89/5 based on 9 reviews
This is a short story.The twin girls were dead. This was a fact. They faced each other, their heads held back by their long, dark brown hair twisted around the wire that secured their feet, mouths opened wide in a scream; a scream that was never heard. They whisper as they wait. Time has no meaning to the dead.

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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 5,680
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458050021
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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Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on Sep. 5, 2012 :
McKinney is an undisputed master in the art of creating mental images - whether it's something you want to see or not!

This is not my favorite of McKinney's work because, to me, the characters don't seem very original. Creepy dead twin girls - The Shining. Loving yet very insensitive husband with an oddly accepting wife who's great to him anyway - same book/movie. Even the creepy caretaker-type figure; it's been done before. I'm accustomed to pure originality from this author, so I'm probably being a little tough on him.

Characters aside, the setting and story are EXCELLENT! The descriptions are so spot on and detailed, Mr. McKinney has images jumping into your mind from beginning to end. It's very fast-paced. At no point are we given a chance to catch our breath or even think of boredom. Frankly, we're too creeped out to think of anything but what awaits us on the next page. I thought I even smelled the decaying, maggot-infested raccoon!

This is a very entertaining story packed with elements of horror, the supernatural, mystery, and crime. How this author manages to combine so many genres and still make it work, I will never know and always admire.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 5, 2012 :
This story sent chills up my spine!! Mr. McKinney's descriptions of the twins was enough to give me a shiver! A young couple looking to start "fresh" has stepped into a nightmare. Mr. McKinney's images come through clearly and his characters are very well written. I have definately become a HUGE fan!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 5, 2012 :
If you like stories that leave you feeling like you need a shower after you read it, well here you go. This one has everything you could ever want in a horror. There is just enough background on the main characters to make you want them to be happy. You know something bad is going to happen when you walk into a house and find a dead animal in the flue of the fireplace and you get a dripping of maggots from and from it's mouth from the fireplace to the door.
Once again Jerry has used his gift of words to paint pictures in my mind that will last a lifetime. Awesome Read!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Feb. 1, 2012 :
Bent halos... what a great description for a marriage with problems! Lindas "affair" was so truthful it hurt.
then the pleasantries stop! a full on ghost story with a stomach churning ending.
Jerry yet again manages to wrap you up in a story which throws you from happy families to complete horror in a turn of a page.
descriptive to the point of smelling the characters, you come away from the book with a distinct chill and sense of yuck!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Jackie Williams on Feb. 1, 2012 :
Beware, if you think you are getting a good deal on a house, everything comes at a price. A real creep fest of a story. This story twists and takes the reader with it, totally enjoyable.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Sandy on Jan. 21, 2012 :
If the opening lines of this short story doesn't give you the creeps, something is wrong. Just visualizing, "remnants of bodily fluids gelling beneath them as the carpet soaked up the moisture, the pungent, sickening sweet smell of death..". Fantastic choice of words make this story worth reading. As the story unfolds, you are introduced to a young couple trying to get a fresh start in life. They start on an adventure which ends with a house with a history. Thinking his uncle is a generous man setting them up in his house, the eager couple is getting more than what they have bargained for in the long run. The author jumps right in and sets the stage for this creepy story from the beginning which makes the reader think twice about getting the facts about "a good deal". After reading this quick, life-changing read, perhaps instead of just getting "car facts" we should start getting "house facts" too.

I love the line "A gust of warm air billowed out of the house as if it were exhaling." Great choice of words!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Alycia Derrick on July 28, 2011 :
The main thing I love about Jerry McKinney's writing is that it flows effortlessly. What I enjoyed most about "Death Bonds" was the understanding McKinney has of all of his characters, thus making the reader believe that what they are reading has to be non-fiction! The short ride he took me on with this story only had one thing disappointing... it ended way too soon. I wanted to keep turning page after page and see how else McKinney could chill me to the bone.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Lori R. Lopez on April 2, 2011 :
Buying a house isn't always a dream come true. Sometimes it's a nightmare. This horror tale could make you think twice about owning a home, when most houses come with a history. Jerry McKinney delivers some scares in "Death Bonds", and will make you question the people around you. How many can be trusted? But then, sometimes loyalty isn't about being friendly or nice . . .
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Aline Iniestra on March 29, 2011 :
"Death Bonds" gives you love, pain, sacrifice and compassion. How can horror embody those things? Well, it can. McKinney managed to come up with a story where he mixes lovely images with gore. The narrative of this story pretty much appeals to the senses via the descriptions; that is, McKinney depicts scenes that bring musical essence and rhythm to the story, words that will be stuck in your mind for awhile, sounds that hunt you like they hunt the characters. That is one of the greatest features of this writer who is able to take you to a comfortable place then take you back to horror in two words.
Are you ready to decide if a sacrifice is worth the lost ones? If evil can get to be good? If living is worth dying? If the past is still worth the present madness?
Deal with it dear reader; horror and love can be one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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