Discover the Horror is now officially live and out there in the world! There are three options for acquiring your copy:
- If you want to wait, you can always pick it up from me directly at one of our upcoming conventions. You can see our schedule listed on the Discover the Horror World Tour!
- If you can’t wait, you can order it from Amazon (just click HERE).
- You can also order it directly from me, especially if you want it signed. Just let me know the name you want it signed to. There is no cost for the signature. Not now… not ever.
Discover the Horror is $20, plus $3 for shipping within the states.
You can send a check or money order (made payable to: Jon Kitley) or send payment through Paypal. To mail your payment, send to:
P.O. Box 2921
Aurora, IL 60507
To send payment through Paypal, use our email address: email@example.com. Make sure you include your mailing address with payment, as well as if you want it signed or not.
I would also ask that once you read it, please post a review on Amazon. Doesn’t have to be a long review but the more reviews the more attention Amazon puts on it. So every little review helps.
Here are the reviews that have started coming through from Amazon already:
“This is not a book about horror movies. It is a book about one man discovering his passion for horror movies and finding a way to incorporate into his life. It is also a very entertaining read. For those of us who have ever had a passion that we wished to be a part of but life got in the way; Mr. Kitley is an excellent example of how having a “real” job doesn’t mean you can’t live a life immersed and involved in the field/craft you love. Full of great stories and also looks behind the scenes of working the horror convention circuit. BTW; his website is the best horror web site out there!” – Chris
“A love letter to falling in love and staying in love for keeps, Jon Kitley’s book is part memoir, part philosophical essay, part recruitment pamphlet, and part historical document about the restorative power of embracing your passion. In Mr. Kitley’s case, the passion comes from the myth, legend, and lore of the horror story.
In a very egalitarian and pop-culture way, Kitley attempts to show how he was given a hobby, a passion, and even a moral center through the power of mythical storytelling. Imagine the late Harvey Pekar focusing his working-class poetry on a lifetime of watching horror films and you’ll have an idea of the funny and heartwarming style of Kitley’s writing.
As the title suggests, we get a tour through five decades of pop culture and the horror fan subculture. The journey is framed by Kitley’s; we are there for his earliest connections to monsters and then through the formative experiences that made a hobby into a passion, to become a creator and storyteller himself. However, there is a parallel story that runs with the historical and philosophical path, and that is of a man who goes through a personal emotional journey that has him find love, family and friends. Upon closer review, it is apparent that the two love stories are inseparable from each other.
DISCOVER THE HORROR is a great travelogue through a time long before pop culture was given any serious consideration, and before there was any cachet to being a geek, and before the internet made it easy for misfits to connect and unite. But what makes this so much fun to read is that Kitley is able to evoke the thrill and excitement of the early days of fandom and fan conventions by inserting himself, his family and his friends into the fabric. After 50 years, Kitley hasn’t lost any of his youthful energy around the horror genre and his stories crackle with his excitement about the community he immersed himself in, wholeheartedly.
What really separates this book from other examinations of pop culture is the high priority that Kitley puts on human interaction, the need for community, and a spirit of inclusion. Even though it is quite apparent that Kitley is very much a collector and curator of horror culture, it is even more apparent that none of that treasure collecting matters if the end result isn’t a loving connection with others and sharing it with others-even passing the torch to new and curious viewers.
By the title alone, DISCOVER THE HORROR, welcomes you and entreats you to join along with Kitley and his fellow horror fanatics. He knows that no good journey is done alone and that the greatest joy in finding treasure is sharing it with those you love.” – Scott Bradley, author of Screaming for Pleasure.
“Jon Kitley is frighteningly knowledgeable about the horror genre. You can feel in the writing that if he made a list of the horror films he’s seen more than five times, it would be longer than the list you would make of every horror film you’d ever heard of. And yet this book, essentially a tour of his life as a fixture of horror culture for the past 30 or so years manages to be both accessible and inspirational. Though he clearly knows more about horror than you, he makes you feel welcome in his world, and gives you some great ideas for how to increase your own knowledge of the genre and shares some excellent ways to get involved in horror culture. This is a book for anyone: from brand new horror fans to Great Old Ones of genre fandom. An excellent, wise, unpretentious and humorous book that tries to inspire readers to try new aspects of the genre, while also giving a capsule history of the fandom that has coalesced around it for the last quarter century. Highly recommended.” – Aaron AuBuchon
“I enjoyed the heck out of this book. As a frequent visitor to Jon Kitley’s website (kitleyskrypt.com) for several years, I knew I needed to read this immediately…and the book didn’t disappoint. It is loaded with information, facts, tips, ideas, as well as very entertaining personal stories of his lifelong journey “Discovering the Horror.” I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout this book. This man is an absolute treasure trove of Horror information and goodies!
No matter what kind of Horror fan you are, Jon’s book would be a great addition to your Horror library!
I am looking very forward to volume 2! Don’t make us wait too long for it, Jon! ;)” – Aj0764
“I met Jon for the first time roughly about 10 or 12 years ago, while at a gathering to watch (you guessed it) a horror film. Cannot remember which one (Jon might). But anyway from the moment I met him it felt like I’d known him forever. We’ve only talked in person a few times over the years, but through the magic of email we have keep in touch through our love of horror movies. Through his banner, kitleyskrypt, I was able to discover quite a few gems that I normally would not have seen otherwise. And after reading Discover the Horror, I have found a few more and in the process re-discovered my love of horror films. And also learned more about Jon as a person, whom I could relate to, having had some of the same experiences as a kid growing up. So many times while reading Jon’s book, I felt myself nodding about having had the same experience or found myself laughing out loud or even feeling a tear come to my eye as I read some of Jon’s stories. I would very highly recommend this book!!!” – Lance Ford
“Whether you’re a seasoned horror movie fan or are just getting into the genre, you’ll enjoy Discover The Horror and will undoubtedly learn something in the process. The author manages to entertain while providing a wealth of horror movie information, all the while wrapped in a very personal narrative. It will be obvious to the reader that the author is stepping out of his comfort zone at times while relating some of his personal experiences in becoming a diehard horror fan, but these experiences are directly related to his horror movie journey. As a decades-long horror fan myself, I could relate to quite a few similar parallels in first exposures to the genre and subgenres. This is a well-written, thoughtful, and oftentimes humorous book. You’ll certainly learn things that will enrich your horror movie viewing experience, regardless of where you currently happen to be on the horror fan spectrum. You won’t be disappointed…highly recommended.” – Hoby Abernathy
“Required reading for all horror film fans. Jon Kitley ( kitleyskrypt.com) has done an excellent job of taking the reader on a personal journey through “discovering” his personal quest of everything horror. The book took me down memory lane as I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA during the 1970’s, watching horror movies on Chiller Theater and reading Famous Monsters magazine. The author has done a stellar job of arranging the book chapters in a way that reminded me of how I came to love the horror genre (Horror Film Books, Drive-in Theaters, Horror Conventions, etc.). Bloody good stuff!” – Lewis Carrol
“If you are looking for a first person narrative of all things horror, then this is the book for you. Similar to Stephen King’s “On Writing,” Jon Kitley explores his obsession, love, and relationships with the genre in a serious, comedic, thoughtful, and even spiritual way where his voice is powerful and well researched. Reading his memoir feels like having a conversation with him. His voice lifts off the page and you are left with an enlightening experience.” – Matthew C. Harding
Discover the Horror is a marvelously enjoyable treasure trove of stories that span a multitude of horror-related topics. Loved every bloody page of it. If you’re familiar with Kitley’s Krypt, you know this is going to be good. If you’re not familiar, then familiarize yourself!” – Dustin McNeill, author of Phantasm Exhumed, Taking Shape, and many others.
Here is the advance praise for Discover the Horror:
“Discover the Horror is a bloodstained trip down memory lane with the ultimate horror fan as a guide. Through Jon Kitley’s personal journey, you’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you’ll remind yourself what made you fall in love with horror movies in the first place.”
– Adam Rockoff, author of The Horror of It All and Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher film, 1978-1986
“Jon Kitley possesses the most important thing any fan could hope for and that is passion. The only thing equal to his passion is his quest for knowledge of our beloved genre.”
– Damien Glonek, Co-Creator of Living Dead Dolls
“As a lifelong fan of the horror genre, it always fascinates me to read of the experiences of like-minded fanatics. Jon Kitley is one such individual. His insights into the appeal of the genre and his own personal journey through the highs and lows of fandom makes for a remarkably entertaining read. He manages to cover a lot of ground, always with an eye towards conveying that special kind of passion and devotion that typifies a true Horror Nut.”
– Troy Howarth, Rondo-nominated author of Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy and So Deadly, So Perverse