In a small, claustrophobic midwestern town, Tornado Day means the beginning of a plague of sentient tornadoes and the introduction of the tornado killer—a teenage boy with the power to protect the town. Bride of the Tornado’s narrator is a high school sophomore, so we get to experience this terrifying phenomenon through the perspective of a midwestern teenager: seeing the tornado killer as just a teenage boy, viewing the ominous town leaders’ plots as high school parties, sleepovers, and part-time jobs. We always feel like there’s a lot we don’t know, which keeps the tension and dread at tantalizingly high levels. I loved the narrator, a 1980s teen who rides her bike around town listening to her Walkman and carrying a cat in her basket. While the town is suffering the plague of horrifying tornadoes, she’s still trying to plan a trip out of town to see a concert, considering getting a part-time job, and navigating the social landscape of a small town high school.
—Elisabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle
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.
About the Author
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.
“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