Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Tent - by Kealan Patrick Burke - A creepy novella with a new kind of monster

5 of 5 Stars

This is the second work I've read this week involving camping.  It's enough to keep me indoors for a long time.  Truthfully, I wasn't planning  to go camping anytime soon.  Not with my wife anyway.  She hates the out of doors.  Her idea of roughing it is spending a few nights in a motel with a pool, HD-TV and WIFI at the Jersey shore.

I think it would be appropriate to call Kealan Patrick Burke an established author at this point.  With five novels, nine novellas (including the Timothy Quinn series), over 100 short stories, and six collections to his credit, he has certainly made a name for himself as a writer in the horror genre.

In his latest novella, The Tent, Burke has created a new horror.

At least something I've never seen before, and it's hungry.  Attracting food in much the same way a Venus Flytrap would attract it's meals.  Seems the monster has developed an appetite for humans, but being in the middle of nowhere limits its food source.  What's a Monster to do?

The Tent is also the story of a family that gets lost in the woods.  A family that is not only lost in the physical sense, but also in the way they deal with one another.  A camping trip designed to bring them closer together could just end up tearing them apart.

Kealan Patrick Burke is an author to keep an eye on and, if you haven't read any of his work, The Tent would be a great first read.  I found it to be very entertaining and full of chilling surprises and it's currently available as an e-book in a variety of e-formats.

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