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Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is an award-winning author described as "a newcomer worth watching" (Publishers Weekly) and "one of the most original authors in contemporary horror" (Booklist).
Some of his works include the novels KIN, MASTER OF THE MOORS, CURRENCY OF SOULS and THE HIDES, the novellas THE TURTLE BOY (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004), VESSELS, MIDLISTERS, and JACK & JILL, and the collections RAVENOUS GHOSTS and THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS (Bram Stoker Award-Nominee, 2009).
Kealan also edited the anthologies: TAVERNS OF THE DEAD (starred review, Publishers Weekly), BRIMSTONE TURNPIKE, QUIETLY NOW (International Horror Guild Award Nominee, 2004), the charity anthology TALES FROM THE GOREZONE and NIGHT VISIONS 12 (starred review, Publishers Weekly, British Fantasy Award & International Horror Guild Award nominee).
A movie based on his short story "Peekers", directed by Mark Steensland (DEAD @ 17), and scripted by veteran novelist Rick Hautala (Bedbugs, The Mountain King), screened at a variety of international film festivals and won a number of awards. You can view the film at the author's website.
As actor, Burke played the male lead in Greg Lamberson's film SLIME CITY MASSACRE, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic SLIME CITY, which will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Video On Demand in 2011.
Visit Kealan on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com
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)