From the cover, right through to the very last word, there was nothing I didn't like about this creepy little story.
Take the opening line, for example, "Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton's teeth fell out."
Phil Pendleton never should have taken the day off, never should have gone to Walmart, never should have taken that piece of Sour Candy from the boy in the check-out line.
Sour Candy has an amazing twist right at the start of the novella, but it's far from the only surprising turn of events as Phil's world is turned completely upside down and inside out more than once. Eventually he's driven to the breaking point, driven to do what, at one time, he would have considered unfathomable.
This is, by far, one of the strangest stories I've read in 2015 and I loved EVERY minute of it.
Self published and currently available only in digital, Sour Candy, is a treat for your reading taste buds. Is that a thing? If it isn't, it should be.
Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels, over a short stories, six collections, and editor of four anthologies. When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlamon Design.