JAMES KENNEDY at Books Inc. Laurel Village

Author image of James Kennedy and cover photo of his book Bride of the Tornado

Books Inc. Laurel Village is thrilled to host James Kennedy at the shop for a celebration of his newest novel Bride of the Tornado! 

A young woman's secretive midwestern town is engulfed by a mysterious plague of tornadoes every generation-and she must escape it before it claims her.

Stephen King's The Mist meets David Lynch's Twin Peaks in this surreal, mind-bending horror-thriller.

In a small town tucked away in the midwestern corn fields, the adults whisper about Tornado Day. Our narrator, a high school sophomore, has never heard this phrase but she soon discovers its terrible meaning: a plague of sentient tornadoes is coming to destroy them.

The only thing that stands between the town and total annihilation is a teen boy known as the tornado killer. Drawn to this enigmatic boy, our narrator senses an unnatural connection between them. But the adults are hiding a secret about the origins of the tornadoes and the true nature of the tornado killer--and our narrator must escape before the primeval power that binds them all comes to claim her.

Audaciously conceived and steeped in existential dread, this genre-defying fever dream of a novel reveals the mythbound madness at the heart of American life.


"A genre-bending horror thriller that grapples with adolescent desire and existential dread in equal measures...gooey, gory, and frightening, Kennedy's latest will appeal to fans of coming-of-age horror."-- Booklist

"Kennedy puts an eerie, surrealist twist on the American Midwest, highlighting everything unusual about small-town living... Horror fans who value ambiance over jump scares will want to check this out."-- Publishers Weekly

"This genre-defying horror-thriller, delves into surreal, mind-bending depths. James Kennedy, author of Dare to Know is back with more mythical madness of bizarre Americana; painting a chilling portrait of small-town living. Fans of eerie, atmospheric horror will be hooked." --SciFi Now


James Kennedy is the author of Dare to Know. Before becoming a writer, he was a computer programmer with a degree in physics and philosophy.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
Bride of the Tornado: A Novel By James Kennedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683693277
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Published: Quirk Books - August 15th, 2023