Book Review – Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke

Title: Dead of Winter

Author: Kealan Patrick Burke

Edition: Paperback

Page Count: 96 pages

Rating: 4 / 5 ✨✨✨✨

Short Summary: 

Winter it’s coming… it’s already here, and with it comes a horror no door can keep out. It’s there in the yard, in the faces of the snowmen a young boy doesn’t remember building. It’s in the oddly empty streets below Santa Claus’s crumbling sleigh. It’s in the unnatural movement of the snow that suffocates a widower’s town, and in the cold eyes of a lonely man’s estranged children.

Here, there is no holiday cheer, only spine-chilling fear, in the DEAD OF WINTER.

Featuring seven stories, an introduction by the author, and a list of recommended books for the winter season.

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This is my second seasonal collection by Kealan Patrick Burke, with DEAD LEAVES being the first, and I’m really loving how the stories pair to the time of year.

While in the previous collection, the stories carried the crisp air of Autumn and the creepy feel of Halloween between their lines, in this one, whatever warmth leftover from Fall has completely abandoned the reader. The cold bleakness of the stories in DEAD OF WINTER will chill you to the bone!

The collection houses just 7 short stories, so you can easily read this in a single sitting (I read it by candlelight in the bath, and 5/5 would recommend this method!).

My favorite stories were “VISITATION RIGHTS” and “SNOWMEN”. The latter in particular would receive a 10 star rating alone if I could do that, because it completely took me by surprise, and if any of you following me for awhile know anything, it’s that I freaking LOVE shocking twists in my reading (when well done, of course)!

None of the stories got less than 3 stars from me, so I’d say this is a pretty solid collection! Definitely check it out, and pick up DEAD LEAVES while you’re at it as well, because having both books next to each other gives a happy feeling that you’ll want to hold onto after reading about all the sad, cold things that winter can bring.

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