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Tequila's Sunrise

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  215 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Discover the secret origins of the "drink of the gods" in this dark fantasy fable by best-selling author Brian Keene.

Chalco, a young Aztec boy, feels helpless as conquering Spanish forces near his village. But when a messenger of the gods hands him a key to unlock the doors of human perception and visit unseen worlds, Chalco journeys into the mystical Labyrinth, searching
Leather Bound, signed limited to 500 numbered copies, 61 pages
Published 2007 by Bloodletting Press
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Aug 11, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
In this novella from Deadite Press, Brian Keene gifts his longtime loyal readers with a story set hundreds of years in the past, where a young Aztec boy, Chalco, goes hunting for wild game but instead finds something altogether different. Fans of his Labyrinth mythos, if you haven't read this, you should. Several bonus stories are included in this fine collection, such as "Dust," a haunting and heartbreaking 9/11 story, "Burying Betsy," a disturbing tale of all too human monsters, and "Bunnies i ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is a collection of short stories. The title story is one tale that Keene wrote to homage his followers. As you are aware Brian Keene books are set in several realities but everyone of them linked by the Labyrinth Myth. Each book as some reference to the Mythos, often some character has some knowledge of it or you get the reference because you've read it somewhere else.

In this book, set in the Americas pre-spaniard invasion, we get a Chalco that meets Huitzilopochtli that warns him that he
Jul 22, 2014 Natasa rated it it was amazing
This was a very short collection of stories. This is also my first Brian Keene work that I read so I can't really judge by the short stories if he's my new favorite author as I suspect will be...but I liked this collection for sure.

I loved the ever present theme of evereday life problems, from pedophilia, losing your dear one, lies in relationships to not being taken, respected and / or loved for who you really are.

The stories were actually sad, all of them.
May 10, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it really liked it
Published back in 2007 by Bloodletting Press, Brian Keene’s novella ‘Tequila’s Sunrise’ was only available in a limited edition signed and numbered hardback (500 copies) or a more deluxe lettered hardback edition (26 copies). This has made the novella reasonably rare already and indeed quite a sought after book.

The tale begins with Keene setting the scene for this mythical fable. The reader is quickly introduced to the land of Oaxaca and the tribe of the Tenochas (who Keene states were later kno
Jonathan Echevarria
I will admit I had my reservations going into this title, mainly because I'm a lazy reader who is easily intimidated by topics bogged down by heavy amounts of overly detailed description. In this case I was worried I wouldn't be able to understand the story without having a interest in the Aztec culture. I don't like to venture out of my comfort zone often, but I will accept challenges from authors who have earned my respect. However those who know me will know I'm a huge supporter of Brian Keen ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Frank rated it really liked it
“Brian Keene's short story collection TEQUILA SUNRISE is superb! A collection of previously published but long out of print work is a treasure for Keene fans and a great point to start for the Keene newbie.

The namesake story shows Keene's ability to write outside of his comfort zone. Though there is a part that encompasses all of his 'mythos' into a few tantilizing paragraphs, the guts of the story really lie outside of Keene's normal genre writing. This is his attempt at fable writing and he pu
Shells Walter
May 11, 2011 Shells Walter rated it it was amazing
Tequila's Sunrise by Brian Keene, is a collection of 8 short stories that include:

Tequila's Sunrise:
A tale of the Tenochas or Aztecs, one in particular named Chalco. He is a hunter of his kind and learns to discover what it means to have Gods, to believe in the end of the world and to see what comes after he is able to see on the other side of things.

Burying Besty:
Tells of a father who buries his daughter alive to keep her from harm whatever it maybe.

Is a ghost story based on Laura who had
Lisa Sandberg
Jul 21, 2014 Lisa Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories.

I can't say I had a favorite, because I liked them all.

I also enjoyed how Keene added comments at the end of each one.
Ken Jensen
Apr 12, 2016 Ken Jensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is a very fun quick read. Interesting before and after the tie to Keene's mythos.
Joshua Wiles
Another great read from Brian Keene

Brian Keene always brings his A-game to his writing. This book's main story features his version of the origin of Tequila. Unlike most of his stories, this one ties in quite closely to his Mythos, but not to the detriment of the plot or characters.

For frequent readers who desire a deeper exploration of the Labrynth, this is the perfect book for that. For new readers, it's also a great read as Brian Keene's Mythos doesn't bog down the story. You're given enough
Nov 09, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
4 Stars

A great short story from one of my favorite horror authors. I have enjoyed his other short stories as well as his full length novels.
Seth Tucker
Dec 09, 2014 Seth Tucker rated it really liked it
This book is great. Fans of Keene will not be disappointed by Tequila's Sunrise or the other stories contained within. Tequila's Sunrise is the first real look inside the Labyrinth that we've gotten, and fans of the Keene mythos will only find themselves salivating waiting for more about this puzzling hallway of horrors. Burying Betsy and Rabbits in August were extremely good. Dust, the least horror themed story, reads like some of Stephen King's shorts. If you aren't familiar with Keene's work ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tequila's Sunrise is a short story collection by horror author Brian Keene, if you have read his previous works Unhappy Endings, No Rest For The Wicked and Fear Of Gravity then you may recognise these stories - although all of those collections are out of print so if you don't have those then this is the something to get.[return][return]The main story is a fable about the history of Tequila and how it was given to young Chalco to help him see doorways which would help save his village from the S ...more
Adam Wilson
Jul 07, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it
Tequila’s Sunrise
Tequila’s Sunrise is a novella that shows that Keene has the ability to try new things. I have never read another story like this one, although it is still linked to several of Keene’s other works. The idea behind the fable is fascinating and I will definitely not forget it. It is what I would call historical fiction but I don’t think I am using that classification correctly. Still, it talks about the discovery of tequila and of a chance to stop Cortez and the other Conquistador
Jan 15, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it

At only fifty-eight pages, Brian Keene's "Tequila's Sunrise" is not a novella, and barely a novellette. It is exactly what Keene calls it in the book's afterword: "Tequila's Sunrise" is a fable. I'll get to all that, but first I'd like to talk about the physicality of the book itself.

Bloodletting Press proves once again that they're one of the Good Guys. The book screams quality all the way from the 'keen' numbering scheme to the cover-matching marker ribbon. Beyond that, Al
Aug 15, 2011 John rated it liked it
Tequila's Sunrise is a nice little set of short stories, It seemed alot quicker than some of Brian Keenes other collections but maybe that was just because I have been in a reading type of mood more so than normal.

The titled story was pretty solid and the detail of the labyrinth was very awesome for someone who has read almost all of Brians previous works. It ties together multiple stories in just a small little way that makes you smile. As well as having a nice little end to give you a cheap la
Mar 02, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of horror short stories. Most of the short stories were really good, pretty disturbing, just the way I like it. The title story was a novella. It was an interesting spin on a fable, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the shorter stories. I think Keene really shines when sticking to a more concise method of storytelling.
خالد أمين
taquila is a load of a crap but the rest of the short stories are really good .. u got a pregnant gul who did abortion and then haunted by the ghost of the unborn who is trapped inside her belly ! pregnant forever by a ghost !
Trevor Firetog
This is one of those Brian Keene books that you wont be able to truly enjoy unless you are an avid fan and have read most (if not all) of what he has out there so far.

The book itself is enjoyable. There were plenty of typos and formatting issues I've found, which, I'm sorry to say, is very consistent with other books from Deadite Press I've read.

The short stories were also very good, but I'm only reviewing the title novella.

I think I will give this book another read somewhere down the line, afte
Jun 05, 2011 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather short collection with eight stories, all with afterwards from the author. The title story is an interesting fable, very much different from anything else I've encountered from Keene. Two others that struck me were a very powerful 9/11 story called "Dust", and an amusing short called "Two-Headed Alien Love Child." He's known almost exclusively for his novels, but these Deadlite Press books show that Keene is also an accomplished short fiction writer. The cover of this one is nice, too, u ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Eduardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Keene never disappoints, the main story made me even more excited for his Labyrinth Saga. The rest of the stories are quite good as well.
Jun 06, 2011 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A collection of really solid stories that showcase Keene at the prime of his narrative powers. The titular novella, "Tequila's Sunrise," is an entertaining, dark fantasy romp written specifically FOR long-time Keene fans, as it delves deep into the Labyrinth mythos he weaves throughout the entirety of his catalogue.
Mar 14, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
A very good collection of short stories and the title novella.The title story is a new fable.It incorporates parts of Brian Keene' s mythology from his other stories.However you do not need to have read them to enjoy this book.
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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