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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  63 reviews

"What follows is the transcript from a series of screenshots emailed to the Columbus City Police on June 7th, 2011, and subsequently distributed to the media."

Everyone has a page...

In the last few years, social networking has exploded as one of the best and easiest means of keeping in touch with people. It increases your visibility, allows the creat
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Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published August 24th 2011
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Gregor Xane
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
After seeing the first page of this one, I continued reading thinking that I likely wouldn't care for it much. The overall approach Burke takes is epistolary and kind of gimmicky, two things I'm not fond of. But I read on because it looked to be a quick read.

Well, I'm glad to report that I liked it quite a bit despite my biases. I think it was the very last line that made it all worth while for me.
Char
This story consists of a series of conversations on Facebook. It's creepy, it's fun and it's
a quick read. Even with such a tight place in which to work, Mr. Burke delivers the goods! Highly recommended!
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5 Stars
I personally love when horror incorporates modern technology. This short story is told entirely through Facebook messages, exploring the dangers of supposedly anonymous online communication. All the dialogue is written in internet shorthand, which was a bit annoying to read. Yet, despite the casual writing style, I still enjoyed this dark little story.

I would recommend Offline to anyone looking to read some ultra-modern horror.
Kimberly
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this novella to be a very unique concept--told through Face book conversations between two main characters. A very scary--yet realistically possible--scenario that will have you glued to every word. I did NOT see the end coming, and I think that it takes a truly great author to pull off something like that!
Jason Parent
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this story. I keep thinking back to it. It played up on a very real fear all on this site and trolling the net should have: you never really can be certain if those you're talking to are who they say they are.

A quick read that mimics online chat perfectly, Offline is yet another hit from Mr. Burke. 4.5 stars
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Highly recommended this little gem. Innovative with many twists and turns.
A great read.
Noah Nichols
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Creepily disturbing, Offline is a bite-sized slice of something quite impolite. And that's putting it lightly! Author Kealan Patrick Burke does so much with so little here, and it's impressive. Loved how it all came together. The twist was realistic. I could see somebody going to these sickening lengths. Easily. If you want to pay a quick visit to some speculative fic, read this.
Bogdan
I don`t understand why so much readers are hyped about this story.

The ideea, to show a dialogue in a internet application between several people, it`s not new, and here, you know that there will be something in the end, and there is, but it`s not very mindblowind, or surprisingly at the very least.

In some moments I had hoped that something apocalytic could be happening, but the answer is more simple and banal than that.

Maybe it`s only me, but I really wasn`t i
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Kasia
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-short
Every single time I read a Burke story I get jolted by the ending. By now I sort of know to expect it but it still sneaks up on me, that “whoooa, he did it again” feeling. This is pretty short but builds momentum nicely as you get sucked into the meat of the story; an innocent chat between two teens, it sounds normal but you know something eerie is right around the corner and then Baaaam! This was both entertaining and creepy, very well done Mr. Burke.
Alondra
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

See, this is why I don't like online social media. People have too much access to YOU. Your pictures, activities, relationships, locale!

This is the extreme..... or is it? SMDH
Inn Auni
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
See this is the reason you don't go around accepting friend's request because the profile picture appealed to your eyes. And also the reason you don't go around telling stranger anything personal thinking it may not come back to you. And if you must, use the video call option. If the other person decline to participate, then abort mission and block them. It's not worth it.

The story is okay. it deserve a 4 from me because it's different than what I usually expected in horror. Oh wait,
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Tanja L
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story
This was essentially a transcript of Facebook conversations between a boy and a girl who don't know each other, and as such, it was pretty awkward and without much substance. At least you can say it was realistic. Of course, all is not what it seems, but the creepiness and the reveal didn't really blow my mind. At least it was a really quick read.
Anne (w/ an E)
I definitely could see this happening and the end was a total surprise. Two of my criteria for a great story. I knew I had to read KPB and now that I have, I am going to actively search out a full-length book.
Matt
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific, quick, and eerily “real” depiction of online “friendships” and instant messaging. The twist was good and I think it takes a talented author to pull off a story told in instant messages. A well done horror short story.
Dawn
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Creepy

Creepy little story about some teenagers that get mysteriously ill. Well worth the short read! Written as an online chat, which was surprisingly well done to me. I love Burke, but was afraid I wouldn’t like this style. Absolutely check it out ;)
Tom
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Great little story. If you have read Kealan Patrick Burke before you will really like this story. If you have not read his stuff this is a great place to start. Awesome story.
Reeda Booke
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This type of story is the reason I do not accept friend requests from people I don't know :)
Super creepy!
Bill
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A short tale of FaceBook terror. Excellent and entertaining as always from KPB!
Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this creepy ass story!! Gonna go read the sequel!!
Shadow Girl
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this #ss by Kealan Patrick Burke!
It was a quick read, but there is a lot of suspense, and cat-fishing going on in the 42 pages of Offline. It's written in a style that resembles social media posts, and an online chat log. Offline might sound like an idea that's been done before, but I didn't see what was coming until it smacked me in the face!
Will I be reading more from this author?
Well... I searched my Kindle library for Kelan Patrick Burke and found that I already own Dead Leaves: 8 Tales from the
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James Campbell
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kealan Patrick Burke comes through again! This time with a very short, but intense thriller. With today's "online" society, this little short was a quick, and thrilling ride on a very possible roller coaster.
Maria Duran
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good

grabbed my attention. confirmed that we are so gullible to believe what read in a text and so eager for acceptance that all cues that we should run away from obvious weirdos is of no consequence.
Pete
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories are hard to write. Not a lot of time to get to know the characters, develop the plot, string the cheese. This one does it all. The cheese is strung!! It's a series of Facebook instant messages giving a look into the minds of the cyber minded. I'm gonna go watch some porn to calm down.
Jta
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jamie
A very short, yet intense read. This is fiction, but very much real in terms of being online in today's social networking world.

As much as this is fiction, I found this to be potentially very real. If you are facebook - give it a shot.
K.N.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic short story. One hell of a twist at the end, I shall say no more. Excellent job as always Mr. Burke.
Chris
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads, horror
Fun and creepy story told via email. Did not see the ending coming at all. Very surprising yet believable.
Marilou Johnson
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-books
Great short story that did not end up how I expected. Cool concept and creepy . . . just what I like.
Addy
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nice creepy short. It had me going. Nothing is more twisted than a catfish story. Loved it!
FanFiAddict
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh man... WHAT A TWIST.
Richard
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The concept here is perfect for a short format, as it's a standalone tale that can't really be expanded on, but feels like it's tailor-made for a short form like this quick story. Yes, it's a gimmick, but who cares, it's a great one. The whole thing is told in a series of a Facebook conversation between a high school girl and her admirer that's been transcribed into official evidence by the police. It's an enjoyable read, the same way I felt about the unexpectedly entertaining Skype horror movie ...more
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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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