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Thirty Miles South of Dry County (Milestone)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Milestone is not a town that can be found on any map. Those who are aware of the place avoid it, and those who call it home treat it with a respect borne from fear. A once thriving mining town, the legends of myriad horrors operate as a warning to those who seek to cross its borders.

After his friends disappear, Warwick Tanner, an old man whiling away his days outside a liq
Published January 23rd 2012 by Delirium Books
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Paul Nelson
Thirty Miles South Of Dry County introduces us to the mythical western town of Milestone and of the worst day you could possibly imagine will just pale in comparison to this town summoning you into its clutches.
If Milestone has set it's sights on you then everything's going to change and you will end up there eventually 'because Milestone is its own universe, and every universe needs an equal balance of order and chaos.'
It's just a town you might think, how can it pull people to it but this ai
Chance Maree
Mar 21, 2013 Chance Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Congratulations to Kealan Patrick Burke for Thirty Miles South of Dry Country appearing on the final ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards.

For a horror novella, this was spot on. The voice of Warwick Tanner, the story's plot & pacing, and characterizations in general were all polished, phrasing professionally turned, subtly horrifying, and thoroughly entertaining.

At heart, the story is about aging, loneliness, and loss. The creepy aspect feeds on vulnerability, yet, in a way, redeems it.
Adam Light
I read this without having read the novel CURRENCY OF SOULS, having been advised this novella was a sort of sequel to, but which also serves as a fine stand alone story. Good advice. This was a deep and satisfying read, tinged with mystery and sadness. The end was quite admirable. Once again, Mr. Burke has shown me, through his mesmerizing prose and seamless storytelling style, that he is an author who deserves all the respect in the world. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Mar 28, 2013 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to 11811 (Eleven) by: Adam Light
Dark, sad, original, emotionally unsettling, and creepy as Kudzu. Quintessential Kealan.
Jon Recluse
Jan 26, 2012 Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 5-star-horror
This novella, a sequel to Currency Of Souls, finds Burke at the top of his craft, relating the tale of a man's search for his missing friends in the cursed mining town of Milestone. Burke brings a heartwrenching realism to this dying locale, as the nightmare that dwells within it envelops the reader, revealing dark secrets and darker wonders. This is one road trip you won't soon forget.
May 18, 2012 Gatorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant follow-up short story to Currency Of Souls, once again visiting the creepy town of Milestone and its mysterious pull on certian people who are destined to visit and stay for a while. Highly recommended.
Benjamin Uminsky
This novella was a wonderful tale told in the same style and setting as Kealan Patrick Burke's previous fantastic novel CURRENCY OF SOULS. In "Thrity Miles..." (TMSDC for short), Burke further explores the very strange and dangerous world of Milestone. In CURRENCY OF SOULS, Burke introduces us to what feels to be a highly isolated (and desolate) decaying town of Milestone, where dark miracles happen to unfortunate souls. In CURRENCY, Burke leaves us with the notion that Milestone is perhaps a to ...more
Dave Thomas
Jan 25, 2012 Dave Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Milestone is not only the name of the run-down kudzu-covered town that haunts those who live outside its borders, it is a central character in Kealan Patrick Burke's "Thirty Miles South of Dry County," a novella linked to his previously published "Currency of Souls." (The latter of which need not be read to enjoy this haunting little tale.)

While the town is the main player in this heartfelt read, the beauty of the story lies in its narrative, the first-person account of Warwick Tanner, an old ma
Frank Errington
Feb 20, 2012 Frank Errington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tale from the world created by Kealan Patrick Burke in his novel, "Currency of Souls" 4-stars, too. "Thirty Miles South Of Dry County " features one of the characters we met in the previous work, but the story can certainly be read as a stand-alone novella.

Warrick Tanner, "Tan" to his friends has spent, nearly, the last ten years of his life, hanging with his friend Dick, outside Sven's Liquor & Gas. The establishment is just a bit outside Milestone, a place you wouldn't want to be,
Weldon Burge
Mar 22, 2012 Weldon Burge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kealan Patrick Burke is probably the most subtle writer I know in horror today. He builds terror under the surface in this story, slowly ratcheting things up as the story progresses. There's something odd from the first paragraph, something bordering on paranoia that grows into pure dread as the lead character faces his fear. The ending doesn't disappoint!

This novella is a fine introduction to this writer--after reading Dry County, immediately buy and read his novel KIN. For a transplanted Irish
Chuck Rios
Thirty Miles South Of Dry County by Kealan Patrick Burke is a novella of friendship, a forgotten secret and a haunted town. In TMSODC, Burke makes great use of his fictional town of Milestone (the town also appeared in his novel Currency Of Soul) and when Warwick Tanner, an old man who spent his life hanging out in front of the local liquor store, loses his best friend, he knows of only one place where he can be found, if he could be found at all.
Kealan Patrick Burke is a master of creep up on y
D. Ward
Mar 08, 2013 D. Ward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of slow-burn, creepy spec fic.
This novella is a finalist for long fiction in this year's Bram Stoker Awards and is a pitch perfect example of understated, creepy horror. Burke does a great job of capturing that sense of dread so prized in this type of story. Written in the first person point-of-view, the protagonist speaks to the reader of a nearby town, a no-mans-land of sorts, that never returns any who are fool enough to venture there. It isn't long before this man's last remaining friends do just such a thing and he is c ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Currency of Souls. This is a story about Warrick Tanner and the haunted city of Milestone.Most people who go to Milestone, either die or never comeback. It is up to Warrick to find his two friends that have disappeared. Tanner knows that his friends have gone to Milestone. Tanner travels to the town of Milestone to find his missing friends. This is one trip that he will never forget. It will haunt him for the rest of his life. This is a novella that I would highly recommend ...more
Zafir Ignatov
Sep 07, 2013 Zafir Ignatov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Great novella !!!
Jun 20, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, thoughtful haunted town tale.
Frederic Raymond
Mar 02, 2012 Frederic Raymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me a while to get used to the style, but once I got into it I loved the story.
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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 st ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Milestone (4 books)
  • Currency Of Souls
  • The Witch (Milestone)
  • Milestone: The Collected Stories

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