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We Live Inside Your Eyes

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  70 reviews
In the ruins of an old parking garage, there is an effigy lashed to a pillar. To anyone else, the remains of the woman with the goat skull head is a warning. To a lonely young boy looking for escape, it is a god of salvation. At its feet lay tattered old notebooks, scattered stories, tales of strange encounters, of broken people and monstrous things, and of corrupt hearts ...more
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published April 26th 2019 by Elderlemon Press (first published April 24th 2019)
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May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I'm buying any new Kealan Patrick Burke release immediately. They also know that I'm going to bump that book up on my impossibly huge TBR, because I know it's going to be worth it. So I got this one in my hands and I was ready to rumble.

This collection is essentially stories within a story, and I love that. Burke sets the scene in the beginning that is actually taken from his childhood (Story notes are included in the back of the book, folks! You read that
Cassie Daley
Since discovering Kealan Patrick Burke through the bookstagram community, I’ve been consistently amazed at how talented he is. A couple of his novellas were the very first purchases I made “thanks to bookstagram”, and since reading those, I haven’t stopped buying. Kealan’s voice is singularly enthralling, with this really amazing creep factor that I just can’t get enough of. His writing is eloquent, atmospheric, and consistently compelling – qualities I value very much in my reading, and will ca ...more
Spooktober read #6!

Do you ever finish a horror short, shudder and mutter to yourself a slightly freaked out “Coooooool!”? If you haven’t, perhaps you just haven’t gotten around to reading Mr. Burke’s work. I’ve had that experience both with the novella “Sour Candy” ( and the novel “KIN” ( – and I felt very confident that his newest collection would hit the same spot.

The stories about a man seeking redemption for an
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
this collection of short stories is great. Every time i read KPB, i wonder why i haven't read more or wait so long to read the next one. He never fails to wow me.
Kevin Jones
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Eyes Have It!

This is a fantastic mix of short stories. Other than a framing story that starts and ends the collection, each story appears to stand on its own. There is a thread of blue eye references that runs throughout the collection, but ultimately I could not make anything of it. This disjointed approach, however, actually works to the benefit of the collection. The stories run the gamut from weird, supernatural incidents, to bloody encounters that make you question the line between fan
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2019
This is a writer at the top of his game right here. Every single story in this book was pure enjoyment. Enjoyment, that is , if you love being scared, made uncomfortable, or forced to examine your own faults, phobias, and inner demons. This book will do that, and entertain at the same time, accomplishing all of it with some of the finest writing around. True horrors lie within folks. Loved it! 😉
Fantasy used to be a main category, and Science-Fiction and Horror fell under it. However, in this book, Horror is the main category with Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literary, and even Poetry shivering under its umbrella.
The short stories, poetry, and novella are bookend-ed by the tale of a boy who reads through the stories that were written by different people: young, old, male, female. There are no repeated themes here except, perhaps, that life is hell for these characters unless they are willing to com
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short story collections aren’t really my bag. I struggle with them. Always have. Not sure why. Of course, there are a few (very few) authors that I will go out of my way to read anything and everything that they put out there, short story collections included. KPB is at the top of the list.

WE LIVE INSIDE YOUR EYES (1) - Wishes are wet sticks that will never start a fire.4*

THE LAND OF SUNSHINE – The heart that gets lost and found again 4*

TRAVELER - Vengeance matters. It’s sometimes all we have le
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Don't judge me.

But this is so freaking good so far and I no longer want to read it on my Kobo so I shelled out more money to get it on paperback... So I can read it physically. It's that good.
Missy (myweereads)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Outside there is nothing, Outside’s already gone, Inside I am waiting, Inside I am wrong…”

We Live Inside Your Eyes is the terrifying collection of stories from all kinds of horror by Kealan Patrick Burke. Featured are 13 tales which are designed to disturb the reader and they do just that. What I like about these stories is that they touch on kinds of horror which stem from within. The human monster is one scary prospect and these stories explore that and much more.

Some of my favourites were:

Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y'all already know I'm a huge fan, so I had to have this. This is a great collection of stories in stories and my favorite part (besides the last few chapters) is how he came to write each story at the end of the book. If you've never read Kealan Patrick Burke, this would be a great place to start. Highly recommend by me :)
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Kealan Patrick Burke. I feel like that is redundant for me to even say at this point. Every new collection of short stories, novella, anything surprises me all over again by this man's sheer amount of talent. Even when he writes of the darkest depths of grief, depression, heinous crimes, his prose is poetic yet reads so effortless. I'm not a writer so for all I know he painstakingly obsesses over each word but to the reader, each word is exactly as it should be and is beautiful.

This coll
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
A creepy collection of tales from one of my favorite horror authors. I had previously read The Mannequin Challenge when it appeared in Halloween Carnival 4. It was one of the best stories in that anthology and it was enjoyable to revisit it here, My favorites in this collection were You Have Nothing To Fear From Me in which a lonely middle aged woman finally finds the perfect date, and Wicked Thirst, which is a disturbing tale about an alcoholic who has given up on sobriety and is instead accept ...more
Brett Plaxton
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another solid collection of short stories from Kealan Patrick Burke!
Don Gillette
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This very eclectic mix from a solid author was (overall) quite enjoyable although I confess to "not getting" the implied theme of the title story nor seeing any thread that ran through all of them. In my reading, each story was stand-alone and most were excellent--and sufficiently creepy to keep my attention.
"Traveler" was excellent with a nice ending. "The Mannequin Challenge" was very cool and exceptionally weird. "Go Warily After Dark" was a bit of a historical fiction piece with another nice
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a really uneven collection that was kind of bookended by a metastory, like Clive Barker's Books of Blood, where each story in the book is supposed to be in a notebook lying around this woman with an animal skull head tied up in a parking garage or something. The first few stories I didn't like very much, then they started getting better, and by the end I was loving them. This might say more about me than the quality of the stories, haha. There were a couple of stories that were just sad ...more
Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
The stories in this horror collection were really captivating and immersive. I really felt as if I were there; I could feel the dank are pressing around me and choking me with mold spores. I had tingles down my spine and nightmares from some of the imagery. It was a good mix of stories and I liked that they were all encapsulated within a framing story that pulled them together. 

I dont want to give anything away because half the thrill is reading and discovering for yourself, but I will say that

Last year it was The Bone Mother, the year before was Ill Will -- this year's favourite is We Live Inside Your Eyes. This one is another short story collection (I feel like I'm reading a lot of short stories this year), which the author cleverly ties together in the last story. I can't think of a single one of these stories I didn't like, and I'm pretty sure I loved nearly all of them. They're weird and creepy and unsettling, truly like nothing I've ever read before. Highly recommend!
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: ★★★★★


In the ruins of an old parking garage, there is an effigy lashed to a pillar. To anyone else, the remains of the woman with the goat skull head is a warning. To a lonely young boy looking for escape, it is a god of salvation. At its feet lay tattered old notebooks, scattered stories, tales of strange encounters, of broken people and monstrous things, and of corrupt hearts and evil minds. In order to complete his transfiguration, the boy must read these stories, but he has no
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest collection of short stories by Kealan Patrick Burke. They are nothing short of jaw dropping shock and spine tingling terror. I devoured this book so fast, I couldn't help myself! This deserves all 5 little black sparkling stars!! 🙌👌

This author has becone an auto buy for me and this is my third book I've read by him. Small short stories, but packed with a punch, that sits with you long after you've read them! If you haven't picked up anything by this author by now, I strongly s
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listen, Burke. It's not exactly fair for you to be hogging all the talent like this, okay?

I have said for years I'm not a fan of short stories. I'm swiftly being schooled, because this collection is another absolute gem I've read lately. I loved every story in here, and I enjoyed the story notes at the end that gave some insight to the tales. There's a wide range here to display Burke's breadth - from the contemporary and disturbing Mannequin Challenge, to the dark and loamy war time tale, Go W
Kim Napolitano
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m a big fangirl of Mr. Burke, his attention to detail and the ability to drop you into the world built by his words are pure magic. Master of darkness, there is no light in these stories but rich none the less. I won’t review each short story individually as that’s not what I do, I just tell you what I feel. I especially enjoyed the first few stories in the collection that to me gave me post-apocalyptic feelings of dread.. just settles in your bones. All the stories are amazing and yo
I thought this was just alright - although I skipped the included novella, since i just bought a standalone copy of it. But I definitely feel the need to add that I really like KPB's work but often don't really enjoy short story collections a whole ton. If you are someone who loves them, don't hesitate to try this one out!

I think my favorite story in this collection was "The Mannequin Challenge". I felt like it was a kind of take on the idea of who you are is how you act when no one is looking.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Fantastic as always! This is a rare short story collection where most of the stories were heavy hitters. There were maybe 1 or 2 that I was a little meh about but that’s not bad for a collection! If you haven’t read anything by KPB this is an excellent introduction to his writing and showcases a lot of range in content. I highly recommend!
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on the strength of two of the stories, A Wicked Thirst and The House on Abigail Lane. Not every story worked for me here, but he can definitely set a very specific kind of grimly hopeless tone, that's for sure. While the specific details of the two aforementioned stories will definitely stick with me, the others kind of blended into a general feeling of gloom and decay that will also loom in my brain for awhile.
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Oh my word, some of these stories fully blew my mind."

Read my full review here!
I felt this was such a different take on the usual vampire novel, that I was intrigued from the start and quickly felt the pages turning.
Russell Connor
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mix of great stories and some that felt overly pretentious. The House on Abigail Lane is a standout, and well-worth reading on its own.
Brennan LaFaro
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 Stars rounded for Goodreads.

When attempting to get acquainted with a new author, I like to try a collection of short fiction. Thus begins my introduction to Mr. Kealan Patrick Burke.

We Live Inside Your Eyes is bookended with a prologue and epilogue vaguely tying together the eleven works we are about to read in a way mildly reminiscent of Clive Barker's Books of Blood. We are then jettisoned into The Land of Sunshine, most notable to me because of how it gives a glimpse of what to expect
Zen Ghost Bookworm
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what else to say about Burke's writing that I haven't already said in earlier reviews. He's just genius. I believe I read the first two stories with my mouth open in a gape of both horror and fascination. His settings drag you in and the way he phrases things, even simple things, is just a revelation.

I am just in AWE of this author's ability. His descriptions and skill at bringing out emotion with every line (in this case despair, hopelessness) is beyond my capacity. I've been a fa
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The frame stories “We Live Inside Your Eyes (I & II)” are definitely weird, but the opener doesn’t flow into the first collected story well. I’m not sure why a young boy from an apocalyptic world blooming with mildew would be interested in an introspective story about midlife marital doubts and anxiety. This collection evokes thoughts of Barker, but doesn’t quite grab his glee. ...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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