Jack & Jill
A NEW NOVELLA FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE TURTLE BOY & KIN. When they were kids, Gillian and John used to visit the local cemetery every Sunday after church. It was a curious place for children to frequent, but they had their reasons. The main attraction was the lofty hill that separated the cemetery... show more
A NEW NOVELLA FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE TURTLE BOY & KIN.
When they were kids, Gillian and John used to visit the local cemetery every Sunday after church. It was a curious place for children to frequent, but they had their reasons. The main attraction was the lofty hill that separated the cemetery from the elementary school, and the act of tumbling down it like Jack and Jill was a ritualistic escape from the abuse they were suffering at their father's hands.
It was an escape that lasted only until John's tragic death.
Now, Gillian is all grown up. Married with two children, she has managed over the years to force the trauma of her nightmarish childhood into the darkest recesses of her mind.
But lately there are dreams, and in them Gillian sees impossibly vivid reenactments of the horrors she endured as a child. Nightly, she sees John die all over again, only not in the way she remembers.
And something else is in those dreams, stalking her, a terrible figure with wire-hanger hands and a plastic bag wrapped around its rotten face. A monster whose reach starts to extend beyond the boundaries of sleep into the waking world, threatening everything Gillian holds dear.
A monster she once called Daddy.
Publish date: December 2nd 2013
Publisher: Elderlemon Press
Pages no: 97
Edition language: English
Whew! Bloody brilliant and mind blowing. An example of the writing we love:His face was angular, vulpine, the eyes bloodshot and all but lost in the folds of dark, wrinkled sockets. Broken capillaries formed a road map of regret across his nose.After further contemplation...I'm pulling out my "get...
Well that was just all around creepy. This was a lot darker than I had anticipated, but I kind of dug it. It was a novella so it was very short, but there was definitely enough there to unnerve you. I never really connected with any of the characters, but that was ok. Instead I was mildly freaked ou...
I would like to say I loved this book but that would make me a very strange individual. How can one love the idea of the plot of this story? It's horrible... but it is a story that we seldom hear. A story of a victim taken past her mental breaking point and journeying into a grey area where things d...
Kealan Patrick Burke can sure mess you up. He writes fantastic characters and then proceeds to torture you with the awful things that happen to them. Tackling the most difficult of subjects is one thing. But to present in such a way, so deep inside the main characters fractured mind, that you cann...
This excellent novella from KPB deals with a particularly unsettling and horrific topic, Gillian is married with two kids and is plagued by nightmares of the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father.Her nightmares and the fall out, place a tremendous strain on the relationship with h...