An Evening with James Kennedy, Author of Bride of the Tornado

Thursday, October 12th, at 6:30 PM

Please join us on October 12th for An Evening with James Kennedy, author of Bride of the Tornado.


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.


James Kennedy is the author of the horror thriller Bride of the Tornado, published by Philadelphia's own Quirk Books and hailed by Booklist as "gooey, gory, and frightening" and by the Daily Mail as "a super-storm of psycho-sexual intensity." His previous books include the sci-fi novel Dare To Know, also on Quirk Books, which was named by the Times Saturday Review as their Best Sci-Fi Book of 2021, and the Guardian praised as "a fascinating, compulsively readable thriller." He also wrote the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish, which Booklist called "hilarious" and Smithsonian Magazine called "rollicking fantasy on the grand scale." James is also the founder of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. He also hosts the Secrets of Story podcast with Matt Bird. James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Head House Books
619 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Bride of the Tornado: A Novel By James Kennedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683693277
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-3 Days
Published: Quirk Books - August 15th, 2023