The Collected Stories, Volume One
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Dark and horrifying
Somewhere out west there is a town called Milestone. You will not find it on any map. If you’re lucky, you won’t find it at all.
Once a thriving mining community, the few souls who still dwell there know nothing of hope and everything of damnation. Because Milestone may appear near-death, a ghost town in the making, but it is very much alive.
There are the stories of invisible barriers that open and close the borders on a whim, sometimes fatally, the whispers of a man in a top hat who comes cycling up out of the darkness of the abandoned mine to change the fate of the town, the buried music box that summons him, the people with unnatural powers, the old man who counts stacks of pennies and prays they never fall…and the fires that burn brightly with the sounds of screams.
Milestone is very much alive, and those unlucky souls trapped within its borders have little choice but to learn the true nature of their prison, or become its latest victim.
And even as they fight against the inevitable, the borders continue to expand.
Milestone is growing.
Includes the novellas: “The Witch”, “Saturday Night at Eddie’s”, “Thirty Miles South of Dry County” and “The Palaver”.
Milestone: The Collected Stories, Volume One by Kealan Patrick Burke is a collection of four very different novellas about legends and evils of the town of Milestone. Burke’s trademark intensity brings the people and events to vivid and horrifying life as he draws you into the terrors of this small town.
“The Witch” is suspenseful and disturbing, graphic and thought-provoking. Within this horrifying tale of Milestone’s mysterious border barrier is a dark underlying story of choices and consequence.
“Saturday Night at Eddie’s” takes us into the heart of Milestone and its people and the persistent evil that is part of everyday life there. It is told in first person, full of intrigue and suspense, and builds steadily with horrifying revelation.
“Thirty Miles South of Dry County” delves deeper into the horror and history of the town. Burke’s brilliant storytelling and characterization really comes through as he weaves this story. I found the ending terrifying in its simplicity.
“The Palaver” is the last story in the collection. It is an ominous little horror story about the renewing cycle of evil in Milestone. I found this one particularly psychologically disturbing. The ending of this one, while more or less definitive, left me wanting more stories about Milestone.
Milestone is another fantastic book to add to your Kealan Patrick Burke collection or horror collection in general. It is dark and unique and spans the horror subgenre spectrum.
It is a shelf-worthy volume I am happy to have in the Templum Library.
I received Milestone as a Christmas present.
You can get it on Amazon: getbook.at/milestone
About the Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
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, seven collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.
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 on Twitter @kealanburke.