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The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others

The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others

by Kealan Patrick Burke

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Paul, a widower haunted by the ghosts of his wife and unborn son in "The Grief Frequency," sums up Burke's subtle approach thus: "The dead can be among the living; the living, among the dead." In 14 dark fantasies collected here, Burke (Currency of Souls) creates characters whose angst opens them up to uncanny incidents and ghostly encounters that seem an extension of their own spiritual malaise. "Empathy" tells of a journalist so distraught over a brutal terrorist execution that his nightmares begin erupting graphically into daily reality. In "Mr. Goodnight," a young boy's terrifying encounter with a malignant entity leaves him distrusting even his closest loved ones. Though plot takes a backseat to mood and atmosphere in some stories, Burke shows skill at imagining expressive supernatural experiences appropriate for his well-developed characters and their agitated emotions. (Feb.)

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