I love the tag line on the cover of Kealan Patrick Burkes new novella, Blanky.
The gift that keeps on living.
And then there's the opening line. One that immediately draws the reader into the story.
You say you can't imagine what it must be like to lose a child.
Let me make it easy for you.
It's the beginning of the end of your world.
What follows is a story I'd compare to having a rug ripped out from under your feet, again and again, as a baby blanket picked up at a flea market seemingly goes on a killing spree.
In addition to being a great story-teller, Kealan Patrick Burke, is a true word craftsman filling his story with gems like these.
The light through the partially open blinds was, like me, feeble and gray.
I stayed at the bar until the choice was removed and the drinks stopped coming.
Red and yellow leaves tussled across the grass that was one rain shy of needing a haircut.
Blanky effectively blurs the line between grief and insanity and is a read I would definitely recommend.
Blanky is currently available for the Kindle. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the author of five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and editor of four anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella, Turtle Boy. Kealan also designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlamon Design.