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Dead of Winter (Dead Seasons)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Winter it's coming... it's already here, and with it comes a horror no door can keep out. 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 ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Independently published (first published December 15th 2010)
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Winter came, as harsh as grief. The earth grew icy teeth; the ground froze. And snow fell away endlessly, whispering rapturously of autumn's death.

I know that I always rave about Kealan's writing, so I'm sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that I adored every single page of this collection of wintry short stories, but let me go ahead and make this clear: this is the most flawless writing of Kealan's I've read thus far, and easily my favorite. I know beyond the shadow of any doubt
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Mindi
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

This is the second time Burke has released a seasonal themed collection, and I love it. This is also the second time he's included a list of recommended books in a collection, and I adore that as well. Burke knows horror, and his recommendations are flawless. Every horror lover should pay attention to these lists and make note of the books he suggests. He knows what he's talking about.

I love the inspiration behind this collection so much! Burke explains in the introduction how he was
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kealan Patrick Burke sucks all the holiday cheer from the season and tells his readers seven stories to make your chilly nights a whole lot chillier--and we stand in line for this!!
The collection starts off with that cover...wow.
Then an introduction by KPB sharing with us the origins of these dark tales which really made me laugh. I love when authors share the history of their stories with us--some of these have really been around the block! But they were all new to me.
SNOWMEN was a great
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Sjgomzi
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-list-2018
So bleak, so beautiful. I don’t think this Burke guy can write a bad book. It’s like magic that every story in here makes you feel chilled to the bone, caught in an icy maelstrom of despair, with no hope in sight. Every single story earned these 5 stars! ...more
Emily
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Winter came, as harsh as grief."

I loved this grim winter collection from Kealan Patrick Burke! There's an excellent mix of stories here, and I enjoyed Dead of Winter the entire way through. There are 7 stories in this collection, so it's a very quick read.

My top 3 stories were Snowmen, Doomsday Father Christmas, and Visitation Rights. Some of the stories deal with heavier topics than I expected, and I enjoyed the depths of horror that I found here. I read all the story between 3.5 to 5, and
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Ashley Daviau
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kealan Patrick Burke knocks it out of the park yet again! At this point I’m convinced that it’s impossible for him to write something I won’t love. He has such a way with words, no matter the length of the story he draws you right in and gets under your skin. I’m glad I didn’t read this during the Christmas season because it is absolutely, deliciously creepy and would have given me nightmares. Summer is a safe place to read these stories and beware, you’ll never look at the holiday season in the ...more
Peter (Peer105)
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Kealan Patrick Burke has not dissapointed me this year! Dead of Winter is a collection of 7 creepy tales that all have the same theme, winter.

I enjoyed this one A LOT. The story Visitation Rights is ABSOLUTELY terrific!! I legit gasped near the end. Doomsday Father Christmas is another gem, a very creative look at the classic Santa Claus. Burke introduces some things into this story, that I found to be genius. The opening story, Snowmen, sets the tone for this collection perfectly. A
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Kimberly
4.5 stars.
Review pending.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Jake thought he knew what it felt like to be that tree - immobile, rooted to the ground, trapped and powerless to do anything but stand by and watch the passage of time, unable to run away from the grief, the sorrow and all the dark things that sharpened the edges of life."

Dead of Winter is not only the second seasonal assortment of short stories by Kealan Patrick Burke, but it's the second book of his that I've read. I enjoyed this collection just a wee bit more than Dead Leaves, but both are
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Patrick
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Wow! These short stories were excellent! My favorite were The Quiet and They Know both stories kept me up at night. Kealan Patrick Burke has a way with words and I love his writing. I'm looking forward to read his novels next.
Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
This is my second seasonal collection by Kealan Patrick Burke, with DEAD LEAVES being the first, and I'm really loving how the stories pair to the time of year.

While in the previous collection, the stories carried the crisp air of Autumn and the creepy feel of Halloween between their lines, in this one, whatever warmth leftover from Fall has completely abandoned the reader. The cold bleakness of the stories in DEAD OF WINTER will chill you to the bone!

The collection houses just 7 short stories,
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Well Read Beard
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
Dress warm for these cold, blustering tales. Perfect for a January night. I have said this before but Kealan seems to be able to pack more story into a short amount of space than most writers. My favorite was probably Visitation Rights.
Jamie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kealan Patrick Burke has permanently claimed a spot on my favorites shelf. Dead of Winter, his second seasonal collection of stories, is my favorite so far. Burke's writing showcases the reality that horror is much more than just scares. This collection contains stories that are haunting, but it also explores themes of grief/loss, regret, guilt, and resentment.

My favorite stories were:

-Doomsday Father Christmas

-Black Static (not even two full pages, but it packs a punch)

-Visitation Rights

-Home
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Kristy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
4.5 stars!
Jorge Castanos
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.14 / 5

A couple of days ago we were supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow. I had my plans: this book and hot cocoa by the window, late at night. That I did. But we never got snow. Not even an inch. I know it was supposed to be a big storm, and it's good we didn't get it, but I have to admit I was also disappointed.

Dead of Winter is the second collection in the Dead Seasons series by Kealan Patrick Burke. Dead Leaves is the other one, which I promise to wait and read it during the upcoming
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Kelly
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Wonderfully creepy collection of stories with a Winter/Christmas theme! My favorites were Snowmen and Visitation Rights. No other author can scare me the way KPB can. Recommend for all horror fans.
Rachel  Drenning
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great selection of Kealan's work.
Lee Anderson drunkonbookz
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I’m yet to be disappointed by KPB and this was just amazing! All the stories were so original and reading about Santa I thought was going to take the cake until I came to the final story. I was reading it nodding my head thinking how hard Christmas can be for some families and then boom! I was hit in the head a fuckin shovel and lights were glaring in my eyes as I realised the story I was actually reading. Hats off to you Kealan.
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Here comes another collection of seasonal stories, this Christmastime winter wonderland set following closely on the heels of Dead Leaves: 9 Tales from the Witching Season, Burke's Halloween and fall-themed stories.

I love the idea of these little sets of themed stories and Dead of Winter spoke to me. There are only seven stories here, but I read the collection in the week leading up to Christmas, one or two before bed each night and it was the perfect spooky treat for those of us looking for a
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Alex findingmontauk1
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Kealan Patrick Burke is just one of those authors that knows how to get under your skin, inside your brain, and rattle your nerves. This collection of short stories is perfect for winter. I chose to read it now because Atlanta metro is predicting this ice storm (which has yet to make any iota of appearing) and I thought Dead of Winter would make the perfect read while being cooped up indoors.

In the stories presented, you can practically hear the quiet and loneliness. You can feel the isolation,
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Don Gillette
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark. Very dark.
There's an awfully good possibility I may be a bit slow because it wasn't until I was halfway through this collection that it struck me: winter=everything's dead=Dead of Winter.
Doh!
Still, be prepared to have your soul wrenched from your insides, popped into a food processor for a few spins with the sharp blade, and then scooped up with a slotted spoon and tossed back inside you so you can try to piece back together any that "Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards man" shit this season
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Michelle
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1st official book of 2019 and it was good. A bunch of creepy snow stories that kept m th interests peaked.
Mili
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-the-book
Ohh sad and creepy short tales! Fantastic for the claustrofobic winter months especially Xmas period. Burke his writing is fabulous! Gripping, scary and vivid!
Jake
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review contains no spoilers, only a sense of awe.

Because the online book community-the Horror Division especially- is so tight knit, it is easy to dismiss a gushing review. There is such a massive amount of respect and admiration us writers/reviewers have for each other in this Bookish Club that some people chalk up a great review to the fact that we are all friends. Yes, I do admire Burke as an amazing writer and an all around awesome human being, but please don't dismiss this review
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Pamela
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke is a novella length book of five short stories set during the winter and all dark in tone. The tales contain a combination of eeriness, depression and horror. The title fits the theme of this book perfectly.

"Snowmen" is a story about a boy who feels that the snowmen in his yard are coming for him. It’s when he discovers what these snowmen really are, that the true horror begins for him.

"Doomsday Father Christmas” is about what Santa Claus really is. Instead
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Lisa
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have my faith back in short stories! Thank you, Kealan Patrick Burke! I almost wish I would’ve saved this one for winter/Christmas time but I didn’t enjoy it any less. My favorite story was Doomsday Father Christmas. The author also includes a list of chilling winter tales for all your little cold black hearts to enjoy. ...more
Amy
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burke's short horror stories are chilling and well-written.
Kirsten LoAndBeHolt
Dead of Winter is a collection of 7 stories, all thematically centered around the Christmas holiday, and winter in general. I think the collection functions pretty solidly as a winter read. I found myself more drawn to the stories about the cold and the blight of the season than the overtly Christmas tales, but to each his own. I'm a fiend for cold landscapes, and arguably one of the most rewarding elements of the book is the author's inclusion of a "recommended books" which match the tonal ...more
Maddie
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kealan Patrick Burke's books were my greatest (bookish) discovery of 2018. The fact that he has been publishing since the early 2000s, and I have just come across his works this year made me realize I need to put a little more effort in my book buying, and do a bit more research instead of just going for whatever new thing is put up for sale at the bookstores. This is my fourth book by him, and almost a week after having finished it, I am still haunted by the bleakness and despair so vividly ...more
Elke
All stories in this collection are related to winter and christmas.

Snowmen: this was definitely my favourite story, as it evoked a sense of utter dread and despair as I have seldom experienced. 5 stars.

Doomsday Father Christmas: I could not relate to or sympathize with the musings of the sad old man, nor did I understand why he was protrayed as only a pretense of Santa instead of the real deal, which may have made a difference and increased his tragedy. 2 stars.

Black Static: ok, but not
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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 ...more
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