Rated 4.74/5 based on 19 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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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • 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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RIP32 reviewed 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)
Parents' Little Black Book Reviews reviewed 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)
Stacia Hughes reviewed 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 25 days after purchase)
Sirrah Medeiros reviewed on March 4, 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 13 days after purchase)
Tiffiny Sarradet reviewed on March 1, 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)
Leslie Whitaker reviewed 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)
Christine Sutton reviewed on Feb. 8, 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 11 days after purchase)
JENNIFER THOMAS reviewed on Feb. 1, 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 6 days after purchase)
vix kirkpatrick reviewed 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)
Melissa Stevens reviewed 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)
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