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The Novellas [Kindle Edition]

Kealan Patrick Burke
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Book Description

An omnibus collection of four novellas by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke (Kin, The Turtle Boy).

Featured in this book are:

THE TENT

The perfect getaway...

The perfect place to hide...

Hocking Hills, Ohio is an oasis for campers, hikers, nature enthusiasts, and for those who just want to get away and lose themselves in the wild.

And as long as you follow your guide's advice and stay within the permitted areas, you can expect to survive the night.

Because deep within the dark woods, something insidious awaits, something few have ever seen, something ancient, unknowable, and insatiable.

If you go down to these woods today, you won't live to see the sunrise...

YOU IN?

For years the Wickerwood Inn has stood abandoned, home to nothing but dust and the trapped echo of past celebrations...and tragedy.

For a down on his luck ex-gambler, the inn's reputation is a thing of myth, and certainly not reason enough to turn down the first paying job to come his way in months. The inn will soon be renovated in preparation for a new lease on life. So tonight, from midnight till six, Peter Haskins will watch over the machinery.

And he will soon discover that there is something else in the hotel with him, something that needs no new lease on life, for it has never died.

And never will.

SELDOM SEEN IN AUGUST

Wade Crawford is not a good guy. He’s a bank robber and a ruthless killer, and now three people are dead and Wade is on the run. With the cops hot on his heels, he breaks into a seemingly ordinary house in a seemingly ordinary neighborhood to hide and wait on word from his partner.

But this neighborhood is far from ordinary. Indeed it has a very specific purpose, and soon Wade will discover that life in prison would be preferable to the hellish torment Seldom Seen has in store for him.

MIDLISTERS

Meet Jason Tennant, a writer of violent horror novels whose career is mired firmly in a maddening swamp of frustration somewhere north of nowhere and south of success. He is a midlister, those thankless souls who labor in the shadows of sometimes better, sometimes luckier writers, and it's starting to take its toll.

Meet Kent Gray, wildly popular author of a string of so-called "sex-fi" novels. He's wealthy, handsome, and the object of Jason Tennant's professional jealousy.

Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland, and the Aurora Science Fiction & Horror Convention, where these two men, midlister and bestseller, will meet for the first time, and the midlister motto "Better Read Than Dead" will be put to the ultimate test.


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About the Author

Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, three collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, and Theater Macabre), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.

When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few. In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.

His short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a motion picture at Lionsgate Entertainment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484803264
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elderlemon Press (April 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIOFODY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Story Collection! June 9, 2013
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I initially bought this because of The Tent. I had heard good things about it and wanted to check it out. But when I realized I could get three other short stories for only a few dollars more, I went for this edition and I am glad I did. The stories seem to get better as they go and at only 187 pages, it isn't easy to put it down. Burke has a way with words that takes you out of your head and into another place, transported for a time into another body. Check out his other books like The Turtle Boy and Kin for more fantastic stories-you won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories! September 13, 2013
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Burke writes great, above-the-midlist horror that is character-driven, gloomy, and altogether modern. His work really shines where the characters come first, such as THE TENT and MIDLISTERS (reminiscent of 90's Stephen King short stories).
These novellas resemble abandoned novels more than anything: each of them could have gone longer, but no shorter.
Burke writes solid, dependable horror, skillfully rendered and professional quality. No amateur-hour flailing/typo-ridden mess here: a real author doing real work. Check it out - I think a lot of people will really like this, and four novellas for five bucks is a *great* deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me started... May 22, 2013
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By far, and I read a lot, Kealan Patrick Burke is my all-time favorite author!! I have read nearly everything he has written, and I have yet to be bored. He throws in more twists and turns than any rollercoaster I've ever seen. Love his characters - with just enough detail to love or hate them - but not so much as your imagination is constrained. If you like horror and the unexpected, and want to be taken to places you wouldn't dare to go to alone, then grab one of his books - all are fabulous. Then kick off your shoes, and make sure you can set aside a full day, because I guarantee you won't want to put it down once you enter one of his worlds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Collection September 19, 2013
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This is a very interesting collection of short stories, some I really liked, others not as much.

Overall though, I think the story that shines through for me has to be "The Tent." What a fantastic introduction to an author I had never read before! Loved the unique idea behind a villainous "tent" as well! Very creepy, and I will definitely be thinking twice the next time I go hiking or camping in the woods!

"You In?" and "Seldom Seen in August" are the two middle stories, which for me were good, but couldn't hold a candle after having just experienced "The Tent." Just my opinion here, of course, but I found "Seldom..." to be a little difficult to follow, and "You In?" just sort of felt disjointed to me a bit.

The book then closes with "Midlisters," which I found to be a very interesting read. Not as creepy as I thought it could have been, but as a frequent visitor of horror cons myself, it was interesting seeing the perspective from an author/invitee. Kind of a weird tale though, that leaves more questions than answers.

Either way, I would recommend this collection to anyone who is not yet familiar with Mr. Burke's writing, as it felt to me like a buffet of sorts, with many little tasty tidbits to sample from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KPB - The Novellas August 16, 2013
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I could take the standard route and review this collection of novellas from front to back, detailing each one and how I felt about them individually. I'm not going to do that. All right, I will make an exception with the "The Tent". If you want an original scary story, then this is it. Depending on your thresholds, you may even wish to take it along with you on your next camping trip...or maybe not. Is sleep important to you? Then don't take it. You have been warned. So that's it - that is my review of Kealan Patrick Burke's "The Novellas". I haven't even touched on "You In?" or "Seldom Seen in August" or "Midlisters" ( my favourite... brilliant! ). But for me that's not important. Why? Because I discovered something else in these four stories, which I think is far more important. Weaved into each one, to a lesser or greater degree, is Burke's wonderfully perceptive grasp of how men can feel around the women they love...and even those they don't. He picks out the shortcomings, the fear of failure, the disappointments, the sense - whether real or imagined - that nothing is ever good enough. These are men who want to commit but can't, and if they do, then they wait for the inevitable break-up. They stand in the shadows, never quite in the light, because the light hurts and the shadows don't. Shadows keep their own secret, comforting space.
You know something? You might not see what I did, and that's fine. On their own, each of these stories stand tall and proud and worthy of your attention, anyway. But for me, Burke is much more than a "horror" novelist. He knows what a man should say, but alas he didn't, and it was that, the silence, the awkwardness, the shying away ( and sometimes the downright hopeless criminality ), that in the end ruined everything. Thank you, KPB. Never have my bus-rides to work been more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. August 1, 2013
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All four of the stories had great writing and they all started off brilliantly. Unfortunately, I found that they all kind of fizzled out at the end, leaving me unsatisfied.

The Tent: 3 stars. A gripping read that loses steam when the titular tent appears.

You Inn?: 2 stars. Starts well and builds tension perfectly until the end.

Seldom Seen in August: 3 Stars. Yet again, a great start and the main character is well written. Stars off as a criminal on the run then as more of his character is revealed you find yourself both hating the man and wanting him to succeed, him being the focus of the story. Unfortunately, I found the payoff to be too far into the realms of fantasy and the ending too abrupt. Definitely hints of "A Clockwork Orange" in this story.

The Midlisters: 3 Stars. Brilliantly written again, You feel as though you are getting a glimpse into the author's mind. Quite gripping, even though the subject matter does not seem as though it should be. I was hoping for a bigger payoff though.

All of these stories are brilliantly written but ultimately fail at the final hurdle. It is obvious that Burke is a tremendous writer though and I will certainly be buying more of his stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Kindle died so I cannot comment.
Published 12 days ago by David A Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection by one of my new favorite authors
Great collection by one of my new favorite authors. I really enjoyed 3 of the 4 stories - Seldom Seen in August just didn't hold my interest for some reason but the rest of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by shelly
5.0 out of 5 stars His characters are real to me. I hear their speach
l love his style of writing. I like the characters.
they draw me in to the story and make it come alive.
Published 2 months ago by I
4.0 out of 5 stars ... Kealan Patrick Burke has always been a writer towatch. There's not...
Just another reason why Kealan Patrick Burke has always been a writer to watch. There's not a dud in the bunch.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars mindless entertainment.
The 1st short story, The Tent, is the best of the works. Well plotted and original monster. The Midlisters seemed a bit self indulgent, a writer writing for writers but good prose... Read more
Published 3 months ago by armyhousehold6
2.0 out of 5 stars I need a map this book isn't going anywhere...
Another dud for me. Just no how did this guy win a Bram Stoker award? Sorry not scary or creepy enough for me. Just okay stories that get stuck in the mud and spin tires.
Published 4 months ago by Wes Caldwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my Genrue
I enjoy horror stories/novels but the ones of the science fiction style is the one I least enjoy. Well written but not for me.
Published 7 months ago by Paulette Buongirno
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection
Was left wanting more but I guess that's the point. Had me glancing at shadows. Leaves off on quite a morose note. Enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by Aznluv
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
loved the story line. a good read for teens and adults alike. need to have read his previous books to follow story line
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Fantastic Novellas!!
I have never read or heard of Kealan Patrick Burke prior to this collection, but I'm definitely going to try and track down his other works. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.

When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.

In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

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