KSO owners: get one of 100 horror novels for $1

KSO owners: get one of 100 horror novels for $1

Here we go again!

Those of you without a Kindle with Special Offers may still find something interesting in this list. If you’ve got one, there are some great bargains in this group.

You can now get a Special Offers Kindle (in the USA) for as low as $79 with the Mindle (that’s what I call it). You can tell, it may not take long for it to pay for itself, depending on how many and which Special Offers appeal to you.

The theme this time is horror, presumably for Halloween (you have to claim your promotional code by 11:59 PM  Pacific October 31st…although you have until November 30 to pick your book). Here are the details:

Special Offer Rules

Horror is something of which I’ve read quite a bit. I do consider myself a pretty eclectic reader, but that’s always been a soft spot for all forms of fantasy…science fiction, supernatural horror, and so on. There are some very interesting choices here…I think the odds are pretty good you can find something somebody on your account will like.

Here are some of the titles I think are notable on

The List

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith
published by Quirk Books
size: 1732KB
categories: parodies; humor; horror
text-to-speech access not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
price without Special Offer at time of writing: $6.99

This book, which combines the original Austen classic with new material about zombies, created a real splash. There has been a sequel, and other books inspired by it. Grahame-Smith is scripting next year’s Tim Burton version of Dark Shadows. The movie version of PP&Z just recently lost its third director, and its fate may be uncertain.

Rosemary’s Baby
by Ira Levin
published by Pegasus Books
size: 316KB
categories: horror
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
First published: 1967

This bestseller was a watershed moment in contemporary horror. Supposedly inspired by Anton Lavey and the real-life Church of Satan, it brought a reality to horror that was unusual at the time. Levin went on to write The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives, among others. The book was adapted into a movie by Roman Polanski, who also directed. Ruth Gordon won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Swan Song
Robert R. McCammon
published by Open Road Media
size: 2053KB
categories: horror
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first published: 1987
$9.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

This is a big, post-apocalyptic novel…I remember selling it when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. There were people who listed it as one of their favorites, and it won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel. This is definitely a bargain at a dollar…the paperbook was large enough to serve as a booster seat for a small child. 😉

The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told (Best Stories Ever Told)
Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
published by Skyhorse
size: 960 KB
categories: horror; occult
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first year published: 2010

Greenberg is one of the best anthologists, in my mind. That’s not an easy task…it’s like the difference between being a great music director for a TV series, picking out just the perfect song for that scene, and an amateur putting together a playlist for a party. He’s been doing it since at least the 1970s. This one is a collection of paranormal mystery stories…currently under copyright (published in the 2000s). Authors include Patricia Briggs, P.N. Elrod, Anne Perry, Steve Perry, Kelley Armstrong, Laura Resnick, and more. By the way, don’t be discouraged by the 2-star review average: that’s one review by one person who disagree with the use of the term “paranormal” (saying that at least the first stories were “supernatural” instead). I think the Kindle is especially well-suited for short story anthologies…I’m often on a short trip where a short story is appropriate…but it might stretch into another story or two. 🙂

Foucault’s Pendulum
by Umberto Eco
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
size: 1857KB
categories: thrillers; horror; occult
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
originally published: 1988
&7.62 without Special Offer at time of writing

This book, by the author of The Name of the Rose (which is only $3.28 right now at Amazon), can be a challenge. It’s definitely not a popcorn book, and I wouldn’t say it’s for everybody, but if you like a dense book (and I do…sometimes), this might get you thinking on a weekend.

The Book of Cthulhu
Ross E. Lockhart (editor)
published by Night Shade books
size: 1171KB
categories: genre fiction; anthologies
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first published: 2011
$7.99 without special offer at time of writing.

Cthulhu is one of the “Great Old Ones”…elder gods who existed on Earth before humanity. Seeing one of the Old Ones can drive a person insane. Cthulhu was created (or first publicized, if you go with the conspiracies) by H.P. Lovecraft in 1928. Interestingly, other writers got in on the action pretty quickly…and Lovecraft approved of that (corresponding with some). Writers continue to add to the Cthulhu Mythos to the current day, and this is a collection of some of those short stories. Authors contributing include Ramsey Campbell, T.E.D. Klein, David Drake, Kage Baker, and others.

There are a few of the ones that stood out to me, but there were quite a few choices. Do you have other recommendations out of the list? Feel free to let me (and my readers) know.

Remember, you need to redeem the offer (but not pick a book) by Monday night.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


3 Responses to “KSO owners: get one of 100 horror novels for $1”

  1. Bob Zimmerman Says:

    I thought this was a good deal so I went and got the code and applied it as directed. But…no go. all the books come up at regular price with no acknowledgement that there is a $0.99 cost. Am still on the phone with Amazon for 45 min and still no resolution. So much for their great service. Think I will have to bag this special offer.

  2. Bob Zimmerman Says:

    Well I have to admit I did not understand the discount buying process. Taking a great leap of faith I bought the book, in spite of the price of $8.90. The final price was indeed $1.00 when the paperwork came through. Just have to have faith, I guess. Why couldn’t the customer service people just told me that right off. Why couldn’t the true price been reflected on the web page??

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Bob!

      Fortunately, it’s never a risk to buy any Kindle book…since you always have seven days to “return” it for a refund.

      When you contacted Customer Service, do you know if you were talking to Kindle Customer Service?


      Regular Amazon Customer Service doesn’t always seem to have the details on Kindle information.

      Why couldn’t they show you a $1 price? That’s because the price wasn’t $1…they were giving you a discount when you bought it, sort of like a coupon. If they showed you all of the books as $1, you could hypothetically argue that you thought you could get as many books as want for $1…since that was the displayed price.

      The special offer details page says this:


      3. Browse the list of eligible Kindle books here. Choose the Kindle book you want, click the “Buy” button, and your code will be automatically applied to your purchase, reducing the purchase price of the item to $1. Once your code has been applied, it will expire and will not be applied to any future purchases.

      4. After your purchase, you can confirm that your code was applied by clicking the order details link upon completion of your purchase or checking your order confirmation, which will be sent to you by e-mail.


      It’s not until you click the Buy button that the price is reduced.

      It’s good that you are cautious…and it’s good that Amazon makes any Kindle book purchase safe with their return policy. Last I checked, neither Barnes & Noble nor Sony allowed the return of e-books at any time…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: