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Winter isn’t coming…it’s already here, and with it comes a horror no door can keep out. Buy From Amazon

It’s there in the yard, in the faces of the snowmen a young boy doesn’t remember building.

It’s in the oddly empty streets below Santa Claus’s crumbling sleigh.

It’s in the unnatural movement of the snow that suffocates a widower’s town, and in the cold eyes of a lonely man’s estranged children.

Here, there is no holiday cheer, only spine-chilling fear, in the DEAD OF WINTER.

Featuring seven stories, an introduction by the author, and a list of recommended books for the winter season.

Editorial Reviews


“The settings here are quite stark (as suggested by the book’s coverimage), but these moving narratives will have you trembling from morethan just the chill.” — MACABRE REPUBLIC

Dead of Winter is an essential tome for fans of straight up holiday horror and fans of horror short fiction in general. ” – HAUNTED BY DEADLINES

“Burke’s style is reminiscent of Stephen King” – GREEN MAN REVIEW”I am in awe of his talent.” – Bentley Little, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of THE STORE

“one of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror” – Booklist

Kealan Patrick Burke is one of the best writers in horror fiction today.He has a the disturbing talent for looking into the darker places of the humanmind -and the human soul–and building stories clearly designed to give thereader a permanent dose of the creeps.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Timesbestselling author of ROT & RUIN and DEAD OF NIGHT

From the Author


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, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

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

A number of his books have been optioned for film.

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Review of Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke PDF

Dead of Winter is a collection of five winter-themed stories from Kealan Patrick Burke. The stories are a combination of eeriness, depression and outright horror. Four of the stories are excellent reads and the other, while not up to the level of the other four, is still a good read.

“Snowmen” is a tale about something every child fears — something scary in the night and parents unable to help. This one is very suspenseful with a perfect ending.

“Doomsday Father Christmas” tells about Santa’s growing depression over how the world has changed, with Christmas becoming more and more about greed and sales and kids’ short attention span and no longer treasuring Christmas gifts for extended periods of time. While the ending was not a surprise, it was still effective.

“Black Static” is a short tale about an adult whose joy at Christmas has been hindered by an ailing parent. The story was too short to really connect with the characters, but that wasn’t its intent. While still a good story, it wasn’t up to par with the four longer ones in the collection.

“They Know” tells about a man’s means of attempting to cope with his wife’s death which occurred in the past and also the pain he currently experiences as it’s Christmas time. Depressing thoughts go through his head and that of a friend of his after a mysterious phone call. A trek to discover answers leads to something out of The Twilight Zone.

“Visitation Rights” tells of a father’s attempt to make up for lost time with his girls, having not seen them in over a year due to a divorce and his battles with alcohol. His attempts would likely ring true with people who have gone through similar situations in their own lives. There is a nice twist at the end which sums up the story, but also makes you want to rethink what you’d read prior to that.

The last two stories were the best in the collection. Overall, it’s a very good collection of winter-themed short stories that I’d heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys tales of this nature.

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