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Dead of Winter

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A troubled man goes to desperate lengths to reconnect with his estranged daughters on Christmas Eve in "Visitation Rights".

On a cold moonlit night, a young boy comes to believe that there is something not quite right about the snowmen in his yard in "Snowmen".

An old man in mourning joins his friend on a late night trek through an eerily deserted town in search of a missing
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Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Amazon Digital Services
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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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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 remarkab
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Sapphire
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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Mike
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice and creepy collection of short stories with a winter/Christmas theme. Well done, Mr. Burke!
eleanor
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
So worth the read :}
Jeff Barr
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, I just don't dig themed collections; I say present the writer's best work and to hell with the common thread. That being said, this is pretty crackling: the theme is winter (maybe it's snow), and Burke is a strong short story writer. There are some really solid horror tales in here, and some truly gut-twisting surprise endings. Loved it.
Shelly
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well crafted set of stories, all centered around a dark and twisted winter/Christmas theme. Each of the tales were entertaining, which is hard to find in anthologies. My favorite would have to be Doomsday Father Christmas, which was quite touching.
Igor
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short stories for a dark winter day. Read it during summer...
Mandie
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only story in the book worth reading was "They Know". But I even felt that it was kind of weak. I thought the first two stories were stupid. I did not enjoy this book.
LalaRukh Sohail
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not worth it
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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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