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The Novellas by [Burke, Kealan Patrick]
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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: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elderlemon Press (April 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIOFODY
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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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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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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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4.5 stars

The Novellas are, unsurprisingly, a collection of four of KPB's novellas. Since I read his novel Kin (if you haven't read it, go do that now) I have proceeded to devour everything I can get my hands on by Mr. Burke.

The Tent: The first story in this collection was my favorite. An unhappy couple and their teenage son go camping in the woods in an attempt to rekindle a crumbling marriage and reinforce the family bond. When they end up lost in the woods, their camping trip turns into anything but a heart-warming family vacation.
It turns out there are much scarier things out there than divorce. Much scarier.

You In?: When a chronic screw-up secures a job guarding a so-called haunted hotel, he thinks that he's in for some easy money. $400 a week to babysit an abandoned building is a piece of cake. Ghosts don't exist, right?

Seldom Seen in August: When his bank robbery gets botched, Wade Crawford finds himself on a street he has never seen before, ironically named Seldom Seen, where he finds an empty house in which to hide from the police. However nothing about this house is as it seems and the explanations seem to make even less sense. At least until his past comes a-knocking'...

Midlisters: My second favorite in this collection. When a 'midlist' writer, Jason Tennant, is invited as a guest at a writers convention, his main motivation is meeting who he perceives to be his biggest threat: Kent Gray. Kent is better than Jason in every way: better financed, better looking, better read, and the worst thing, a better writer.
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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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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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