1934 Guthrie, Louisiana: population 577…make that 571.
Severed heads, caked in blood, are piling up in the sweltering Louisiana sun with no trace of the bodies they were once attached to. The town is run by dimwitted Sheriff Elmer Avant. His new deputy, a Cincinnati transplant with a dark past, Jack McMann, is trying to ward off his demons by hunting down the killer and saving the people of Guthrie. Unfortunately, the folks in Guthrie don’t take kindly to outsiders, and Jack can’t seem to drag the truth out of anyone no matter how hard he tries. With a killer roaming around, pecking folks off with no rhyme or reason, it seems everyone in town is averting their eyes to anything that might be considered suspicious. Nothing makes sense in the small town filled with dirty blood and dark secrets, but Jack will have to figure out the brutal be-headings and strange clues before Guthrie is left with a population of zero.
The Blood in Guthrie is Kira McKinney’s first novel. It is heavily rooted in early Blues music and can be likened to a cross between Jim Thompson’s “Killer Inside Me”, Sweeney Todd, and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”.
Kira McKinney was born and raised in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in Central Pennsylvania. She suffered a traumatic childhood in which her only escape were books and music. She soon discovered that the mountains and ancient buildings held a plethora of secrets from legends and folklore as old as the area itself. She searched for as many of those stories as she could digest, and tucked them away in her mind for future use.
Kira currently lives in Texas with her husband and two sons. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree with Arizona State University in May 2018. She graduated summa cum laude. During her time in school she released a memoir chronicling her childhood, adolescence, and young adult life up to the point when she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and anxiety in 2016. It was written as both a therapeutic endeavor and a way to reach out to others with similar experiences to let them know they are not alone.
Kira enjoys baseball, horror movies, classic rock, and is a Supernatural addict. She also has 3 adorable cats named Castiel, Rowena, and Charlie (or The Thing of Moderate Evil).