Book Review: The Turtle Boy (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004) by Kealan Patrick Burke - More2Read

The Turtle Boy (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004) by Kealan Patrick Burke

Praise for Turtle boy:

“Kealan Patrick Burke is one of the best writers in horror fiction today.He has a the disturbing talent for looking into the darker places of the humanmind–and the human soul–and building stories clearly designed to give thereader a permanent dose of the creeps.”
– Jonathan Maberry, New York Timesbestselling author of ROT & RUIN and DEAD OF NIGHT

“The Turtle Boy is fresh in a way that mosthorror fiction is not. It is equal parts hopeful and shocking, mixing carefullydrawn scenes of horror with passages that sing with innocent wonder.”
–Mark Justice, HELLNOTES

“The Turtle Boy is a literate and haunting novella andserves as a fine showcase for the remarkable talent of its author”
–Drew Williams, SURREAL

“Creepy andatmospheric, it will make you reminisce about your own youthful summers, butalso make you look at them in a slightly different, darker light.”
– Ron Dickie, HORROR WORLD

“[a] disturbingcoming-of-age story…”

“Burke masterfully recreates that magical time from childhood:summer vacation…More thana simple trip down memory lane, the short novel pulls readers along a dark pathtoward horrifying events.”

“a fantastic mix of youth, magic, and horror…You will love this one.”

“All parts thriller and horror and reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Body”

“A boyhood romp through the wilderness turned deadly…There is enough tension and danger to keep you glued to thepage (or, as it were, your Kindle) while you root for the boy to solvethe mystery with his life intact”

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Schools out and it’s summer that means ample time for kids to wonder where they should not. In this story some kids wander through mysterious territory near woods and a lake, they befriend an even more mysterious boy who has the strangest features. The story is of fathers, sons and buddies. This story has a theme of redemption. Kealan can really write a dark tale well, this is the first of his I have read he leaves you with a creepy and mysterious presence.

“The Turtle Boy had said: You don’t know who did it. When you do, remember what you saw and let it change you.”

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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 21 July 2011

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