The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others

Kealan Patrick Burke, Author Cemetery Dance $40 (542p) ISBN 978-1-58767-168-5

Paul, a widower haunted by the ghosts of his wife and unborn son in “The Grief Frequency,” sums up Burke’s subtle approach thus: “The dead can be among the living; the living, among the dead.” In 14 dark fantasies collected here, Burke (Currency of Souls ) creates characters whose angst opens them up to uncanny incidents and ghostly encounters that seem an extension of their own spiritual malaise. “Empathy” tells of a journalist so distraught over a brutal terrorist execution that his nightmares begin erupting graphically into daily reality. In “Mr. Goodnight,” a young boy’s terrifying encounter with a malignant entity leaves him distrusting even his closest loved ones. Though plot takes a backseat to mood and atmosphere in some stories, Burke shows skill at imagining expressive supernatural experiences appropriate for his well-developed characters and their agitated emotions. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-1-4810-3009-0
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