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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.
on Aug. 29, 2012 :
What if cities were built on creatures left by the Old Ones?
I have to admit, the premise of this story interested me enough to purchase this little story. First thing that surprised me was the length, which I expected to be longer. Yet once I started reading, I found that it was just long enough.
Shown through multiple points of view, this story collects a variety of people's experiences as the city around them wakes up from its long slumber. As expected, there are a lot of deaths. You never really see the monster, which in this case works really well for the story itself. Yet having so many characters, it's more like reading drabbles than an actual story itself, as there is no real flow between character to character except in one instance.
The story is also written in past tense, which unfortunately destroys any and all feeling that what was happening was happening RIGHT NOW. Instead, it reads like a past experience recorded down, which of course is impossible as everyone you read about pretty much dies. This was one flaw in the story, and sadly a glaring one. Had this been written in present tense, the action would have been more intense, the feeling of confusion and death more apparent. Instead, we are left looking at it all from the eyes of things already past.
Possibly the best part of this story is the ending. I thought the last segment did a good job of explaining what was happening, and why it was happening. Unlike the rest of the stories in this tale, it was possibly the best one put together story-wise.
If you want a very quick read, and enjoy Lovecraft, then this story will be interesting to you. Other than that, it's a good example how choosing the wrong tense can change the feel of a story.
(reviewed long after purchase)