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Friday, November 13, 2015

Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke [5 stars]


 
From the Description


At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to eat candy whenever he wants and set his own bedtimes. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.


I received an ARC of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.


Sour Candy is a super creepy little story!! The thought of someone hurting a child is grotesquely horrific. But what if that child is a creature from another place? A creature that has alienated you from everyone you love and destroyed your life in a matter of moments? A creature that now wants the only thing you have left,,, You. That's what Phil Pendleton must face when Adam decides that Phil is his father. The thing that really makes this story work is the niggling doubt. Is Phil crazy or is Adam really the monster he seems to be. Even Phil isn't sure. This story has a sense of claustrophobic paranoia that grips you tight and won't let go until the last page is read. I couldn't put it down! Grab this fast paced and phenomenal 5 star read now.


About the Author



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.
 
His short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a feature film from Lionsgate Entertainment.