THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA AND OTHERS by Kealan Patrick Burke. Forest Hill, MD; CD Publications; 2008. 1st edition hardcover.
Kealan Patrick Burke's first collection RAVENOUS GHOSTS was released in a very limited run, promptly sold out, and now commands high prices on the secondary market. We are very pleased to introduce you to the author's follow-up collection, an ambitious gathering of some of the tales for which he is best known.
The lonesome sound of a long forgotten train draws an old man to memories of a horrific past... A journalist makes the mistake of visiting a website where real-life executions are the order of the day... At the foot of an old tree, an insidious evil awaits two boys digging for treasure... A browbeaten salesman finds hope and a possible escape from the banality of his world when he returns home to find a fairytale beanstalk sprouting from his garden... A man resists the social pressure to quit smoking and puts himself at an unimaginable risk... A high school student accepts a dare to ask out the ugliest girl in school and enters a world of pain and violence... A bunch of barflies doomed to murder sinners get together for one last drink in a dying town...
These are some of the passengers, headed for a ride through the dark uncharted regions of the heart and mind, on a train unbound by any law but its own.
All Aboard The Number 121 to Pennsylvania.
There will be no stops.
Featuring nearly 550 pages of fiction by one of horror's most popular young authors, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others concludes with original novella Saturday Night At Eddie's and the screenplay "Mr. Goodnight". Saturday Night At Eddie's is the basis for the upcoming novel CURRENCY OF SOULS, and this is the only planned print version of the novella!
Table of Contents:
"The Grief Frequency",
"The Number 121 to Pennsylvania",
"Mr. Goodnight" (short story version),
"High on the Vine" (original short story),
"Tonight the Moon is Ours",
"Will You Tell Them I Died Quietly?",
"The Last Laugh",
Saturday Night At Eddie's (original novella),
"Mr. Goodnight" (original screenplay),
Praise and Reviews:
"In 14 dark fantasies collected here, Burke creates characters whose angst opens them up to uncanny incidents and ghostly encounters that seem an extension of their own spiritual malaise... Burke shows skill at imagining expressive supernatural experiences appropriate for his well-developed characters and their agitated emotions."
— Publishers Weekly.
"Don't read it late at night."
"Each tale grabs you within the first few sentences and never lets go, resulting in a collection guaranteed to take you on one of the scariest rides of your life."
— Rue Morgue.
Fine in fine dj. Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition of 1000 copies.