Discover the Horror: The Book!

For over five decades, Jon Kitley has been on a never-ending quest to explore as much of the horror film genre as possible, from the early days of terror television to movie theaters and drive-ins, from the video explosion to the creation of his long-running website. Now, for the first time, fans of Kitley’s Krypt can read how it all started (and continues to this day) as Jon shares his personal “tales from the road” experiences, having attending over a hundred horror movie conventions from coast-to-coast, as well as thoughts on different sub-genres, critics, reference books, and so much more. Plus, discover plenty of tips on how YOU can get the most out of your own journey into Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All!

Discover the Horror
is now available!

There are 3 options for you to acquire your own copy:

  1. You can order it from Amazon (just click HERE).
  2. You can order it directly from me, which I will gladly sign it for you. Just let me know the name you want it personalized to, or if you just want to signature. There is no cost for the signature. Not now, not ever.
  3. Or if you wish to wait, you can pick a copy up directly from me at one of our upcoming conventions. You can see the scheduled listed our our World Tour.


Discover the Horror is $20, plus $3 for shipping within the U.S. You can send a check or money order (made payable to Jon Kitley) or send payment through Paypal by clicking the link directly below. To mail your payment, send to the address below.

Discover the Horror Book

Remember to state if you want it signed and if you want it personalized, state to who.


Kitley’s Krypt
P.O. Box 2921
Aurora, IL 60506

Below is the Q&A I did at the Discover the Horror book launch
we had at the Music Box Theatre.

Here are some reviews 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

“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

“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, Associate Dean, Webster University School of Communications

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.

Scott Bradley, author of Screaming for Pleasure, and host of Hellbent for Horror podcast

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 ExhumedTaking Shape, Taking Shape II, Slash of the Titans: The Road to Freddy vs Jason