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Friday, September 22, 2017

Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke

 
 
From the Description
 
In the wake of his infant daughter's tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, who refuses to be inside the house where the unthinkable happened, and unable to work, he seeks solace in an endless parade of old sitcoms and a bottle of bourbon.

Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter's old room, a room now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers...except for her security blanket, affectionately known as Blanky.

Blanky, old and frayed, with its antiquated patchwork of badly sewn rabbits with black button eyes, who appear to be staring at the viewer...

Blanky, purchased from a strange old man at an antique stall selling "BABY CLOSE" at a discount.

The presence of Blanky in his dead daughter's room heralds nothing short of an unspeakable nightmare that threatens to take away what little light remains in Steve's shattered world.

Because his daughter loved Blanky so much, he buried her with it.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of SOUR CANDY and KIN.
 
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Length: 73 pages
 
I received a free review copy of this novella from the author. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.


This masterfully written novella hits you right in the feels, evoking both intolerable sadness and gut-wrenching terror. Steve Brannigan is living through every parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of his infant daughter. To make matters worse, his wife has moved back in with her parents, unable to cope with living in the house where she died. I was in tears while reading the beginning of this book, but then,,,,, Blanky shows up and the terror begins. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading this book, unable to escape the siren’s song of just one more page. If you haven’t picked this book up yet or had the pleasure of reading Kealan Patrick Burke, what are you waiting for? Highly recommended!!
 
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About the Author
 

Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.

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 rock band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at Gothic.net, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design.

A number of his books have been optioned for film.

Visit him on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com or you can find him on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.  
 
Praise
"I am in awe of his talent" - Bentley Little, author of THE STORE, THE POLICY, and THE HOUSE.

"BLANKY is an outstanding work, filled with macabre details and breathless scenes of "witchy" suspense and dread. An epistolary-styletouch at the conclusion of the novella only adds to its brilliance." - MORBIDLY BEAUTIFUL
"...an emotional, literary work of art...BLANKY is another spectacular tale from Kealan Patrick Burke." - HORROR AFTER DARK