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Seldom Seen in August

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Wade Crawford is not a good guy. He’s a bank robber and a ruthless killer, and now three people are dead and Wade is on the run. With the cops hot on his heels, he breaks into a seemingly ordinary house in a seemingly ordinary neighborhood to hide and wait on word from his partner.

But this neighborhood is far from ordinary. Indeed it has a very specific purpose, and soon
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Published 2008 by White Noise Press
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Thomas Strömquist
Hard boiled crime and likewise horror meets "Twilight Zone"-like twist and shivers in this quick, clever and very well written story of a bankrobber on the run who invades one of the slightly odd feeling homes on Seldom Seen Drive. But it'll probably be all right because no-one seemd to be home. Still, he's not all alone - and did domething significant ever happen in August?
Initial thoughts: An interesting concept, an entertaining read. Review to come.

A solid three stars. No spoilers.


This will be a short review, since this was a short read. The story opens with our main character on the run after committing a crime. He finds himself in a quiet street, and proceeds to break into what he thinks is a quiet house. He plans to hide out for the day, and hopes that no one will come home in the meantime. The house isn't what it seems. And he's dealt a hand he hadn
Jan 16, 2015 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seldom Seen is a actually a cleverly named destination from Burke's works. When a career criminal sociopath decides to hide out in one of the houses while fleeing the police, he stumbles upon a very specific very horrifying form of psychotherapy. Burke is as always eloquent and original, yet there is something in his stories that prevents me from actually loving them madly. I do appreciate them tremendously, though. Despite its shortness, this was actually neither a particularly quick nor easy r ...more
Meh. Not as good as some of his other work but is Kealan Patrick Burke.
Apr 30, 2016 Karéz rated it liked it
2.5 Stars!
Apr 16, 2012 Gatorman rated it liked it
I liked this short story from Burke but not as much as other stories I have read by him. I didn't completely buy the premise of what happens to Wade nor did I feel the resolution really brought the story to a satisfying conclusion. Nevertheless, it is well-written (as usual with Burke) and compelling.
Aug 07, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2013-reads
I will give this one 3 1/2 stars because I enjoy reading anything KPB writes even if I don't get into the story so much. I didn't care for the twist in the story or the resolution (opinions may vary) but I gave extra points for execution. KPB is really a marvelous writer.

If you haven't read any KPB novellas, I would recommend starting with The Grief Frequency, which is devastating.
Jason Parent
Jul 20, 2013 Jason Parent rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Well, this story didn't quite go the way I expected it to. Creepy beginning with a strong, love-to-hate lead - the makings of a great ghost story, turned Clockwork Orange way after Clockwork but Cabin in the Woods way before Cabin.

Check it out. Solid horror tale.
Jeff French
Oct 05, 2012 Jeff French rated it really liked it
Excellent story! I've come to expect nothing less from Kealan. He is a master wordsmith. His descriptions and metaphors paint very vivid pictures. I love the cockiness of the main character, Wade, and how that cockiness slowly disintegrates given the situation in which he finds himself. The ending is so sudden and so creepy. As despicable as Wade is, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him at the end knowing what is going to happen to him. If you are a horror fan, you should be reading Kealan Pat ...more
Crystal Rafuse
Sep 18, 2013 Crystal Rafuse rated it liked it
As the third story in The Novellas, I have to say so far, this story has been the hardest for me to follow. While I like the idea of using someone's worst memories as a sort of penitence, I still found Cochran's methods a little difficult to follow (that could just be my head-cold talking, though... May have to give this one another read after my sinuses clear). The ending was perfectly spooky though, so big points for that!
Feb 27, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an exciting short read, I really enjoyed this one. To me, Mr. Burke blends sci-fi and horror nicely, which is hard to accomplish successfully, but I think he does that here quite well. I'd recommend this one looking for a fast read that will keep you wondering :-)
I don't like those creepy eyed dolls either.
Jul 19, 2014 Kerrie rated it liked it
enjoyed this one.. although I think it had the potential to be a full book rather than a short story
Ashley James
Jul 16, 2013 Ashley James rated it really liked it
great premise almost feel wasted on such a short story but maybe it worked better that way loved reading thisa and felt disappointed when i finished it as i wanted more well worth a read
John Copeland
Jul 31, 2013 John Copeland rated it liked it
Well written, strong central character but too far fetched and unbelievable and with a disappointing payoff.
Cristian Marrero
A fast read. This character Wade sounded good but the idea of a torture room is Seldom Seen with technology and manipulation of the mind.
Brandon Nagel
Jun 17, 2014 Brandon Nagel rated it really liked it
A scary piece of fiction. Short but powerful. A new way to control and punish the evil and wicked. You will never forget...
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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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