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Sour Candy
Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke
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"Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton's teeth fell out." At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to eat candy whenever he wants and set his own bedtimes. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life. A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN. Praise for Kealan Patrick Burke "one of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror "- Booklist "A newcomer worth watching."- Publisher's Weekly "one of the best writers in horror fiction today."- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and PATIENT ZERO "Reminiscent of Stephen King"- The Green Man Review "a true master of his art"- Zonacrypt
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Daughter-of-words
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Short and creepy novella
🍬🍬🍬🍬/5

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fandom_hellspawn99
Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke
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Okay I keep seeing this man pop up everwhere, I'm starting to think it's a sign 😂😂😂

UnidragonFrag I read Sour Candy and it was just meh. Not scary at all. Or even creepy. I know tons of people love his stuff though. 5mo
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collegecatlady
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A creeptastic novella that‘ll give you an aversion to sour candy 🍬

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Elma
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy Birthday, @Elma! May all your dreams and wishes, especially book wishes, come true! ❤️🎂🎉 9mo
Elma @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you, Jee!! My husband wouldn't let me get the mail the last couple days and I know he has some plans for the day. I'm anxiously awaiting to see what they will be. 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Elma I'm sure he has! Have a great birthday! Please share with us some pictures, if you don't mind! 😊❤️ 9mo
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Elma @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you! I will try to remember to take pictures. 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz ❤️❤️😊 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book is NUTS 😬 9mo
Elma @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I really want to read it. 9mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 9mo
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BekahB
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Book 2 of #24in48

This was super unsettling! A creepy kid with a dash of weird cosmic horror - I loved it! 😱

This is the first book I‘ve read by this author, but it won‘t be my last.

monkeygirlsmama Stacking 10mo
Reggie Try Kin by him next. It was sooo good. It was as if McCarthy wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 9mo
BekahB @Reggie oh wow! I‘ll definitely look for that one next. Thanks! 9mo
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collegecatlady
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@Carolyn11215 you are so amazing!! You got everything so perfectly right and thank you so much for sending a makeup package! #feedareader

Carolyn11215 Oh yay! It arrived. I‘m so pleased that you like the package. It was truly my pleasure to send a replacement package!! 10mo
monkeygirlsmama Awesome 10mo
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BekahB
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Woo hoo! My internet is finally fixed - just in time for #24in48! Now I won‘t eat up my cellular data during the readathon. 😂

This is my stack so far. I‘m excited to jump into these books, but I have plenty of unread books waiting in the sidelines if needed. I also have a couple audiobooks and ebooks lined up. Hoping to put a small dent in The Stand. 📚

Karkar Oh you got some really good sounding books picked out!!! 10mo
BekahB @Karkar I‘m excited for these! I‘m thinking of starting with Sour Candy. 10mo
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Kmiloslavich
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Still jet lagged from my trip and decided to creepy myself out at 4 am.

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Kappadeemom
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I love this cover and it‘s was a super creepy read! A short story but it was perfect ❣️You will never look at a Sour Patch Candy the same again 😂

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Kappadeemom
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Or a grocery store 🤷‍♀️

wanderinglynn Or at the dog park! 😂 10mo
Kappadeemom @wanderinglynn yep! That too! 10mo
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BookishTrish
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An unsettling one-sitting read with a killer cover and great premise. @FantasyChick #n4c

FantasyChick So happy you liked it! 10mo
Lizpixie Stacked! 10mo
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BookishTrish
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Ho Ho Holy sh*t did you spoil me, Vanessa! I am gobsmacked by how thoughtful and very very me everything you sent is. Even the mug is perfect for me - when my anxious daughter is having a tough time I always prompt her to say “I Got This” ❤️💕❤️💕 #nightmareforChristmas #n4c @FantasyChick @teebe

FantasyChick Yay!! I'm so happy you like everything! It was the best time shopping. Have an awesome Christmas 😘😘 11mo
BookishTrish @FantasyChick I love love love every bit of it. Xoxo Happy Christmas 🎄 11mo
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howlinglibraries
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Absolutely flawless and unsettling as heck, just as I‘ve come to expect from all of Kealan‘s work! #horror

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m.galehuxley
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I read this one after unboxing on Halloween. It was such a fun, quick read. It‘d be cool if the author revisited it and put out a longer novel with the same storyline. I definitely want to read more by the author.

Also, I didn‘t mention this in my Halloween post, but I love the Poe pin! Thanks again, @sprainedbrain 🖤🖤

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love the cover. Creepy. 12mo
sprainedbrain That cover, though!! 😱 12mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer I read another one of his novellas called Blanky that was super creepy! 😨 12mo
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JoScho
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At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other family. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.
#candy #octoberputaspellonyou

readordierachel That cover is properly unsettling 🙈 13mo
vkois88 Sounds good to me! #Stacked 13mo
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DimeryRene
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Panpan

Way too predictable and not long enough for any real plot or character development. Love that cover though. :)

BookishTrish I have almost ordered this several times because #coverlove 13mo
DimeryRene @BookishTrish That‘s why I got it! :) 13mo
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elisebarker
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I‘m kind of on a reading roll this week! This was creepy, but I wish it had been longer!

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JoScho
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@MaleficentBookDragon I love all my goodies!! I loved that water bottle when we did the bottle and book swap and now I have my own! The magnets are amazing and the It bookmark! I love my kindle books and print books! Plus I am a huge Beyonce fan so those lemonade socks are perfection! Thanks so very much! 🖤🖤🖤
Awesome swap and thanks to the fabulous Rita for organizing all of this-it is a job! 🖤🖤🖤
#summerslasherbookswap #summerslasherswap

ReadingRover Great package!!! 1y
JoScho @ReadingRover I know! So much fun stuff! 🖤🖤🖤 1y
MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I'm glad you like everything. I really wanted to keep the Jason magnet. PenPal is seriously creepy. 1y
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JoScho @MaleficentBookDragon I love the Jason magnet! I can‘t wait to read all the books! Thanks again so much and enjoy your trip! 🖤 1y
tammysue Wonderful gifts!! 1y
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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

Had this little book for a while and finally got around to reading it tonight.
I really wish this were longer. It didn't build up any foreboding or creepy factor for me. I couldn't really care for Phil. *shrug* wasn't all that scary, but I can see this as a pretty cool movie.

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MiyakoBunny
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4🌟🌟🌟🌟 Tasty Tasty little morsels 🍬🍬🍬😈... This Author‘s novellas are fast becoming favorites of mine ☠️☠️☠️

ReadingRover Yay!!! 👏👏👏I‘m so glad you enjoyed it!!! 1y
ReadingRover I love the cover so that alone made me want to get it for you! 1y
MiyakoBunny @ReadingRover Right!? The cover is stunningly dark 🖤🖤🖤 *Big Hugs* Thank you so much I‘ve been wanting this for awhile now 😍😍😍🤗🤗🤗 1y
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laundry_piles Hello my friend! Hope you're ok, haven't seen you on here in awhile! 🤗 1y
teebe Hey hope you‘re doing alright. Can you please send me an email when you see this? (edited) 1y
MiyakoBunny @laundry_piles @teebe Hi 👋🏼 Sorry for the exceptionally late reply *Hugs* I‘m back on Litsy 🤗🤗🤗 💜💜💜💜 1y
laundry_piles @MiyakoBunny yayyyyyy!!!!! 🤗🤗🤗👋👋👋💜 Hope everything is good! 1y
teebe @MiyakoBunny yay! Glad you‘re back! 1y
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Captivatedbybooks
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❣️ thank you @MaleficentBookDragon I LOVEEEE MY DROGON!!! I squealed so loud i had to explain. That‘s also one of my favs from a pets life too already hanging from one of the cat carriers! And these expresso beans OMGGGG me and my mom were fighting over the bag! Why hadnt i had these before!!!! Thank you! Loved everything!!! #keychainswap

CareBear I love that cover of uprooted! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I‘m glad you like everything. I had a lot of fun with this swap. 2y
BethM I love Uprooted! I don't watch or read GoT but the dragon is adorable! 1y
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UnidragonFrag
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Sour Candy is a lot smaller than I expected! But I got my #bookhaul which includes some non-pictured postcards :) stoked to get to both of these!

#pcs3

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Well, that was weird. And creepy. And pretty good. Thanks again @JoeStalksBeck
It‘s also another one down from my #unreadshelfproject2018 #kindle edition

RainyDayReading I just read Death on the Nile, it was quite good! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Look what the awesome @JoeStalksBeck sent me. Looks very scary and creepy. One of the most terrifying twilight zones for me is the one with kid who can make everyone do what he says, and the blurb for this book reminds me of that. Thank you so much!!! 💕🤗
#randomactsofbookishkindness
https://youtu.be/5AZtNokI8wE
https://vimeo.com/38320380

JoeStalksBeck You‘re welcome my ❤️📖 2y
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Onceuponatime
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Well, this is a fun read (If, for you, “fun” = creepy and disturbing). Part psychological thriller, part straight-up horror, this was my first introduction to Kealan Patrick Burke...and now I‘m off to search for more! 😱

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ReadingOver50
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A good solid horror story. Unique but with a nod to H.P. Lovecraft. The story did not progress in the way I expected, and that made it so much better. I love the imagery of the deer head skull with the antlers. So creepy!

GrilledCheeseSamurai Love the cover! 2y
Burghbookaddict Sounds super creepy! I will definately be checking this one out 2y
rohit-sawant Oo, sounds great! 2y
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ReadingOver50
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So excited to get these 3 Kealan Patrick Burke books. I finally spent my Barnes and Noble gift card I received for my birthday in October. Deciding what to buy was a big decision. So many options 😄

Jas16 I just used the gift card I received for Christmas today. I changed my min about what to order so many times. 2y
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BookDude
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When a story reminds you of the best of King and Lovecraft, you know you've read something great. This short story is delightfully creepy and unsettling. Here's the first sentence to whet your appetite.

"Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton's teeth fell out."

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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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It's something you've been told since childhood: never take candy from a stranger because possibly some very bad things will happen to you & that's exactly what happens to our protagonist Phil. His entire life changes & suddenly a creepy little boy is calling him daddy. I liked this short creepy psychological horror novella, although it got a little weird for me at times. It did confirm my belief that children are super creepy.

Available on KU.

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JoeStalksBeck
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Has anyone else read this?

Cathythoughts No 😱😨😰looks too scarey for me 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Cathythoughts I‘m just getting started but looks to be good 2y
AceOnRoam Too creepy looking for me too! 2y
Jinjer Uh, no! 😱Stacked! 2y
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Erin7
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Lady Killer was EXCELLENT...and what a quick read. Onto book #4 of @DeweysReadathon just in time for dinner. Hope everyone is enjoying today‘s reads. It‘s been a great opportunity to catch up on the library book pile I‘m behind on.

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Erin7
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I'm finishing #thehauntingofhillhouse today and have my lineup for#screamathon in October ready @4thhouseontheleft . #ATB perfect time of year to get creepy🦇🕷🕸🎃👻

jb72 I'm excited to get started on some creepy scary reads this October! 🤡👻☠️💀😈 2y
4thhouseontheleft The Haunting of Hill House is on my #screamathon #tbr! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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Awesome pre-Halloween read. Very Lovecraftian with weird elder monsters, a creepy kid, a twilight zone type twist.

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Anton
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This year I beat my 2015 total by two books! Happy New Year everyone!!

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JoeStalksBeck 🎉📚🎶❤🌈 3y
James Congrats 🎊🎉 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great year!! 3y
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Sparkpuppypup
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This little novella was a little disturbing and unsettling. I think I'm sorry I read it. I'm kind of freaked out, and now I don't know WHAT to read. 🤔

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked it, sorta. It was weird. 3y
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Sparkpuppypup
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Bella's not sure what to make of this novella, but she's been very jealous of her cat sisters having their pictures on Litsy recently. So here's my pretty girl, making her Litsy debut. #PetsOfLitsy #DogsOfLitsy

BooksForYears So adorable!!! 3y
mllemay So cute!! 3y
Sparkpuppypup @BooksForYears @mllemay Thank you! She's the most loving little angel I could ask for. ❤️😊 3y
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Faibka Cutie!!! 😍 3y
Sparkpuppypup @Faibka Thank you! 💖 3y
Sparkpuppypup @CherylDeFranceschi Bella heard you were a bit under the weather and hopes you feel better very soon! 😘 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Awww. Thank Bella for me. It's true. I am so miserable! But that makes me feel better! 💕🐶 3y
Scurvygirl He's an interesting author. Can't remember if I read this one! 😹 3y
Scurvygirl Nope, after reading bio, I haven't. 3y
Sparkpuppypup @Scurvygirl I happened upon this e-book by chance. It was on sale for .99 yesterday! 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
BeckyRenner Cutie! 😍 3y
Linsy So cute! 3y
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Anton
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This is a great, creepy short story. It reads like a Twilight Zone episode with a little Lovecraft mixed in. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton
Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke

You know when you read a blurb and you're suddenly dying to read the book? That.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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This title with this cover had me gnawing my fingertips. Scary! And at only 65ish pages, a one-sitting scarefest. Woo hoo!

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RedAce77
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This book seemed odd at first but it kept me hooked up to the last page.