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review 2020-04-30 19:30
DEAD OF WINTER by Kealan Patrick Burke
Dead of Winter - Kealan Patrick Burke

The weather here in the northeast right now is making it feel like we're still in the dead of winter. Going through the stack of books in my TBR, this title stood out like a sore thumb and here we are.

 

This collection centers around winter horror. Those short days when, after the snow has fallen, it's eerily quiet...sound has been dampened, and there's an illuminating glow from that snow after the sun goes down. Just enough of a glow to make shadows where there were none before. But, I ramble.

 

All of these stories were enjoyable but I especially loved DOOMSDAY FATHER CHRISTMAS. (To be honest, I really can't stand Christmas, so I agreed with Santa's feelings about it. Well, mostly.)

 

VISITATION RIGHTS was another special story that might not have worked in the hands of a lesser author.

 

Make no mistake, this book is dark. Grief and guilt are Kealan Patrick Burke's forte, he writes about them like no one else. These emotions are woven into his words, but the reader doesn't always know it at the time. It's when the story is over that it hits you like a freight train, or a bullet between the eyes.

 

Thankfully, I have a few of Mr. Burke's other books in my to be read stack. I am rationing them because I don't want to run out. It's great to have an author you know you can count on for entertaining stories.

 

Recommended! 

 

You can get your copy here: DEAD OF WINTER

 

*I bought this book with my hard earned cash.*

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text 2018-12-28 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Novellas of 2018!
I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge
Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand
Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke
Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke
Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells
The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
October - Michael Rowe

Welcome to my Top Ten Novellas List!

 

This was a great year of reading here at CHC. I read a ton of novellas in 2018,

(as usual), and here are what I thought were the best of the best!

(These are books I read this year, They were not necessarily released this year.)

Click on the cover to read my review.

Let's get started!

 

I've adored the work of Brian Hodge for many years now, and thanks to my friend Andi, I now happily own a copy of this beautiful, dark novella. It's out of this world!

 

 I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge  

 

 

WYLDING HALL by Elizabeth Hand was a phenomenal ghost story in the perfect length. 

Just the way I like them, short, dark and creepy. 

 

Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand

 

 

Kealan Patrick Burke is one of my very favorite dark fiction authors. Sometimes in your face gritty and other times, subtle and grief ridden. In which category does BLANKY fall? You should read it and find out.

 

Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke 

 

STIRRING THE SHEETS by Chad Lutzke is a beautiful and poignant novella and I just adored it. Mark my words people, Chad Lutzke is the REAL DEAL.

 

Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke 

 

RATTUS NEW YORKUS 

I love me a good creature feature and this is definitely one of the best I've read this year! 

If you're not reading Hunter Shea, you should rectify that ASAP!

 

Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea 

 

I read a lot more science fiction this year, and Martha Wells' Murderbot Series is definitely part of the reason why. This, the fourth novella in the series was my absolute favorite. I think the novellas got better with each entry. (I cannot get Booklikes to locate the copy of the book I reviewed, this is the cover of the audio.)

 

Exit Strategy - Martha Wells 

 

 

I've been reading the work of Luke Walker for a few years now and it's my opinion that he deserves to be more well known. I particularly enjoyed this book which featured insane creatures running around and a world that accept them. 

 

The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker

 

THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY was a deep,  dark novella featuring gorgeous prose. It was difficult to read at times, but also beautiful.

 

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs 

 

Chad Lutzke appears AGAIN on my list, this time co-writing with another favorite author of mine, John Boden. A creatively told tale that takes its time to unfold. And then when it does, your heart snaps. 

Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden 

 

Lastly, one of my favorite horror authors: Michael Rowe. (One that I wish would write more in the genre.) A respected author and journalist, OCTOBER blew my mind. Maybe it could blow yours too?

 

October - Michael Rowe 

 

Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019.

 

 

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review 2018-09-02 15:42
Bar dla potępionych
Bar dla potępionych - Kealan Patrick Burke

W tytułowym barze poznajemy wiele prawdziwych postaci - większość z nich ma na swoim koncie morderstwo lub inne nie do końca jasne postępki. Co noc w barze pojawia się wielebny Hill, zabierając jednego z bywalców na drugą stronę. To on informuje o tym, kto umrze danej nocy. Tym razem jednak plany się skomplikują i nie wszystko pójdzie po myśli wielebnego
Akcja rozgrywa się w sennym, zapomnianym przez wszystkich i Boga amerykańskim miasteczku Milestone...wszechobecna szaruga, mgła i deszcz. W barze ''U Eddiego'' tylko stali bywalcy - zrezygnowany szeryf, miejscowy dziwak, femme fatale, tajemniczy starzec, narwany dzieciak, niemy wielkolud i barmanka o strzaskanych marzeniach.
Z całą pewnością książka nie wpisuję się w ogólnie przyjęte ramy powieści grozy. Czas spędzony w tym mieście można porównać do odwiedzin w umyśle szaleńca. Nic nie jest takim jakim się wydaje. Miłośnikom czarnego kryminału i horroru może przypadnie do gustu, o ile wyrozumiale podejdą do potknięć pisarza. Pozostałym raczej umiarkowanie. Jedni uznają to za coś dobrego, a inni, że nigdy nie trzymali w rękach czegoś tak okropnego. I oczywiście będą mieli rację, gdyż jest to specyficzna książka. Dla mnie owa pozycja niestety była z tych gorszych. Niczym mnie nie zaskoczyła w niektórych momentach była bez sensu. Nie moje klimaty.

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text 2018-08-13 23:28
Currency of Souls by Kealan Patrick Burke
Currency Of Souls - Kealan Patrick Burke

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was okay for me. I liked some parts more than others and thought it was a decent story overall. I was really excited going into this book because I was in the mood for a little horror and I have heard great things about Kealan Patrick Burke's work. I am glad that I decided to give this book a listen.

The beginning of the story actually ended up being my favorite part of the book. The book opens with Tom going to Eddie's Tavern for his normal Saturday night. Everyone at the bar spends their Saturday nights together waiting to see if they will be picked for an unpleasant task. Nobody wants to be there but they know there is really no choice in the matter. The group of characters at the bar were great. All of them were incredibly unique and added something to the story. I couldn't wait to see what they were waiting for.

Of course, things do not go as planned on the night in question. Honestly, things go about as bad as they possibly could. There are new characters introduced and a few unexpected situations but the magic of those opening scenes in the bar just never seemed to return to the story. The story had a lot of different threads and kind of seemed to be all over the place at times. Things did come back together by the end of the story some things didn't make a whole lot of sense.

I thought that Rich Miller did a good job with the narration. I thought he had a very pleasant voice that was really easy to listen to hours at a time. My only complaint would be that it was hard to tell when there was a change in point of view of the story which was confusing at times. Overall, I think that he did a great job keeping the story moving forward. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again in the future.

I do think that some readers will like this one more than I did. I did have good time with this one even though I had to go back and listen to certain parts more than once when I found myself feeling a bit confused. I do hope to read more of Kealan Patrick Burke's work in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator via Audiobook Boom.

Initial Thoughts
I am somewhere between 3 and 4 stars right now. I am going to take a little bit of time to think about this book. I liked the story but some of the twists were way out there. The narrator was very good but it was sometimes hard to tell when there was a change in POV. The characters in this one were definitely unique.

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review 2018-04-03 00:00
Peekers
Peekers - Kealan Patrick Burke Read Peekers, they said.
It's a good short story, they said.

Well, I read it, and it's a good short story, but what they failed to mention was it was also freaking disturbing and now I'm looking at all the corners and edges in my area, like "Where you at? Nope there's nothing there. There's nothing there. There's nothing there." and I swear to Cthulhu if anyone tries to jump out at me today, I'm gonna blame this ruddy short story as my murder defense. OK?

Okay, so now that we have that established...

Read Peekers, I say.
It's a good short story, I say.
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