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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN KEENE is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene's novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.

Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wands (author of Stay Dead) on August 19, 2011
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While I don't think this was an amazing book I can't find a reason to give it anything less than a 5. It was damn good, just like everything else Keene writes. I loved the short stories in the back more than Tequila's Sunrise, but really enjoyed the glimpse into the labyrinth that was offered there. I think this is definitely worth checking out even if it's your first time reading Keene. It gives you a wide variety of Keene's ability as a storyteller, a glimpse into his mythos, and some interesting commentary on the short stories by the man himself--which is something I'd love to see more of by every author.
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Deadite Press released a few of these collections of out of print Brian Keene short stories attached to one of his hard to find novellas around the same time. There's nothing really wrong with the story Tequila's Sunrise, it just isn't as interesting or satisfying as the novella's Take the Long Way Home or Jack's Magic Beans that it is competing against. However I would say that most of the very short stories that come with this volume are better than those attached to the aforementioned novellas. Tequila's Sunrise also relies on the reader having a fairly good knowledge of Keene's other work to have maximum impact as you revisit entities and creatures as they have sort of cameo appearances as the short story reaches its climax. You'll still understand the story if you haven't read those stories first, you just won't get that reminiscing factor and you'll be left with simply a tale about how Tequila came to the world and why the worm is inside.

Burying Betsy is a simple but good tale of a man who along with his sons constantly buries his daughter to protect her from those who like to do young girls harm. Dust is ghost story set in the post 9/11 New York attack world. Fade to Null visits an old lady who awakes in a strange place and doesn't know what is going on or even who she is, Bunnies in August follows a father who is struggling to cope with the death of his son and is tormented by the towns water tower which his son loved, he is also being stared at by a number of bunnies.
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By Azeryk on October 10, 2011
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Tequila's Sunrise is a short story collection by horror author Brian Keene, if you have read his previous works Unhappy Endings, No Rest For The Wicked and Fear Of Gravity then you may recognise these stories - although all of those collections are out of print so if you don't have those then this is the something to get.

The main story is a fable about the history of Tequila and how it was given to young Chalco to help him see doorways which would help save his village from the Spanish invasion. Fans of Keene will recognise the strong links to the mythos of The Thirteen which links all of his stories together. But don't worry if your new to Keene as he will explain it all to you after the tale. After this main story you get many short stories: Dust, Burying Betsy, Fade To Null, Golden Boy, Two-Headed Alien Love Child, That Which Lingers, and Bunnies In August which include death, aliens, and a child excreting gold.

This collection of stories is strong and well worth reading for any type of horror fan. Like I've mentioned these stories have been published before but are well worth re-reading if you have read a couple of them before. If you have not read any of Keene's work before then this is a great place to start.
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Not typically advertised as such, but this book is actually a short story collection. The first piece, "Tequila's Sunrise" is the longest, followed by seven flash fiction pieces.

The title piece is great, but requires a little background reading first. This story references many of Keene's other works, and so if you've yet to read Keene, I'd advise picking up one of his other Deadite releases, Darkness on the Edge of Town. The black mass from that novel is seen in "Tequila's Sunrise" so that's why I advise it. Like I said, great story though. Can't wait to read his other work to see what else was thrown into the title piece.

The other stories are also splendid, ranging from solemn (Burying Betsy) to laugh-out-loud hysterical (Two-Headed Alien Love Child). The latter was probably my favorite piece in the collection.

So get your Keene on, and dig deep with this little book!
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Brian Keene is a master of horror fiction. He clearly has a deep understanding of the genre, and a love for it that shines through in every one of these stories. He blends elements of horror, history, surrealism,gore, and humor to create a collection of stories unlike any other. The stories are fun and well done, with enough originality to drown an army of lesser writers.
Shining stars of the collection include: "that Which Lingers" "Burying Betsy" and "Golden Boy" all of which feature "twist" sort of endings, but not the sort made popular by Mr. Shamalan. These twist are revealed as the story progresses, instead of just ju8mping out at the end. This reveal is something you don't come across often in horror lit. and out of the few authors that try it, Keene is one of the still fewer who does it well.
Recommended.
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