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KID [Kindle Edition]

Steve Emmett , Julia Kavan
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the acclaimed Diavolino comes this chilling, short horror story set somewhere in England a few centuries ago. Born hideously deformed, Kid was never even given a name. When illness took away his hearing, his family shunned him completely and he retreated to the forest. Chanced upon by the local sheriff, Kid is forced to work as torturer and executioner. One evening he is visited by a stranger bearing a gift. All Kid has to do is choose...

What reviewers have said about Kid:

"Remember Steve Emmett’s “Diavolino”? You know, the one that makes Stephen King’s most horrifying fiction seem like fairy stories; the one that, if you’re fortunate enough to be in Italy, makes you check out your surroundings twice.

If you thought that was a masterpiece of horror, take a look at his “Kid”. This may be a short story but Steve has condensed as much into it as most authors would in a complete novel. He excels at concise, no-holds-barred prose and this is horror in its rawest form. If you love to be terrified, then this is a page turner that will have you panting for more. It had my eyes out on stalks, and I’m not squeamish. A keeper." Susan Roebuck

"I swear I spent more time thinking about this book than reading it. At only 12 pages long, you might not think that an author can cram in scenes so vivid that every sense comes alive. It's creepy and disturbing." Lizzy Lessard

" 'Kid' is a short story but is certainly not a small story. In just a few pages, Steve Emmett packs a full and horrifying story guaranteed to conjure up terrifying images. Not one for the fainthearted. Be prepared to be chilled - and thoroughly entertained." Catherine Cavendish


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HE159O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Steve Emmett is 5' 10" in his sock feet, 56 years of age, and may weigh more than 120Kg depending on the time of day. What little hair he has left is brown going grey, but in years gone by he had a rich unruly mop which was tamed according to fashion - poodle perm; New Romantic side parting; bleached both in whole and part. His challenge to the barber these days is rather more workaday.

Steve studied architecture at the AA in London where he once witnessed Dame Zaha Hadid fall through a canvas chair (admittedly she was just plain Ms Hadid then). He spent most of his working life selling Italian country homes to northern Europeans and Americans, and spent many years living in London and Italy. He will always be grateful to Lehmann Bros for wrecking his comfortable existence and providing him with the opportunity to fulfill his writerly ambitions. Steve grew up on Hammer Horror films, Dennis Wheatley and M R James stories, so not surprising that his main genre is horror and dark matter. When not scaring readers he likes to make them smile.

He is a member of the Society of Authors, the British Humanist Assocation (and is a Humanist Funeral Celebrant), and reviews for the New York Journal of Books when he can find time. You may have come across him at the occasional book festival, book signing, or making merry on BBC Radio York. He is always open to offers, the more bizarre the better. You can find him at www dot steve-emmett dot com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Tale of Horror 20 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
'Kid' is a short story but is certainly not a small story. In just a few pages, Steve Emmett packs a full and horrifying story guaranteed to conjure up terrifying images. Not one for the fainthearted. Be prepared to be chilled - and thoroughly entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted 18 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Remember Steve Emmett's "Diavolino"? You know, the one that makes Stephen King's most horrifying fiction seem like fairy stories; the one that, if you're fortunate enough to be in Italy, makes you check out your surroundings twice.

If you thought that was a masterpiece of horror, take a look at his "Kid". This may be a short story but Steve has condensed as much into it as most authors would in a complete novel. He excels at concise, no-holds-barred prose and this is horror in its rawest form. If you love to be terrified, then this is a page turner that will have you panting for more. It had my eyes out on stalks, and I'm not squeamish. A keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 18 Sept. 2011
By JuneT
Format:Kindle Edition
This gripping and shocking short story had my emotions in turmoil. Fantastically written. Read this then you must by the authors other bookDiavolino
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 8 Aug. 2013
By Tamara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent short story. Was very amazed at the amount of info in so little pages. Author did a great job
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much impact in so little words 21 Sept. 2012
By Lizzy Lessard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I swear I spent more time thinking about this book than reading it. At only 12 pages long, you might not think that an author can cram in scenes so vivid that every sense comes alive. It's creepy and disturbing. I think the choice Kid made was 100% the wrong choice. The ending isn't well-defined but I'm left with the feeling that the results of this gift aren't going to make Kid's life any better. Definitely a 5 star short story.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted 18 Aug. 2011
By Sue Roebuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Remember Steve Emmett's "Diavolino"? You know, the one that makes Stephen King's most horrifying fiction seem like fairy stories; the one that, if you're fortunate enough to be in Italy, makes you check out your surroundings twice.

If you thought that was a masterpiece of horror, take a look at his "Kid". This may be a short story but Steve has condensed as much into it as most authors would in a complete novel. He excels at concise, no-holds-barred prose and this is horror in its rawest form. If you love to be terrified, then this is a page turner that will have you panting for more. It had my eyes out on stalks, and I'm not squeamish. A keeper.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kid 1 Jan. 2012
By horror fan 13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i have never heard of this author , ebook was free so i picked it up, glad i did.story was short but good. enjoyable i recommend for a short story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Tale 23 Dec. 2011
By Lisa McCourt Hollar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved Diavolino, by Steve Emmett, so when I heard he had a short story available for kindle, I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Kid draws you into his story and hangs on tight until the very end. Deformed and deaf, discarded by society, Kid takes a job working for the Sheriff. It isn't a pleasent job and Kid's deformity fits into the terror that the Sheriff plans for those he accuses. But Kid is given a rare opportunity to change his life. And when he takes hold of the gift he learns a valuable lesson. Be careful what you wish for.

This is a short story, but well worth the .99 cents. The ending was perfect and haunted me long after I finished reading it.
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