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Sour Candy by [Kealan Patrick Burke]

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"an excellent terror-filled novella....a stomach-twisting ride through the depths of horror, breathing new life into an often-stagnant part of the genre."
-- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Sour Candy is spectacularly good. A brilliant premise, marvelously executed, it's as close to a perfect story as I can remember reading. I only wish I'd written it myself."
-- Bentley Little, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Resort, and The Store.

"On top, Sour Candy is a parental nightmare. But just under the lid is a mindscrew-story of a man's life exploding. Like The Twilight Zone and the great, shorter stuff by Beaumont and Matheson, Kealan Patrick Burke opens a door that we didn't even know was in the house."
-- Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

"Sour Candy is Kealan Patrick Burke at his beautifully hideous best.Original, compelling, and unsettling as hell, it's must-read horror!"
-- Christopher Golden, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Dead Ringers

"An unexpected knife-turn in psychological suspense..."
-- Christopher Fowler, author of Nyctophobia, The Sand Men, and the Bryant & May series.

"a twisted exercise in psychological suspense"
-- Cemetery Dance

"Taut, frightening, almost painful to read (but isn't that a good thing in a horror tale?) with great characters and an O. Henry-on-acid ending, Sour Candy is a must-read for horror fans"
-- Dread Central

"...a stellar addition to the underrepresented "Evil child" sub-genre, and Adam is one of the nastiest, most original Evil Children I've ever come across...This is beautifully-written,exquisitely creepy stuff.....Highly recommended."
-- The Crabby Reviewer

"...one of the best psychological horror novellas I've read this year."
-- Scream Magazine

From the Author

SOUR CANDY Q&A Q. Where did the idea for SOUR CANDY come from? I first had the idea for SOUR CANDY on a sweltering hot July day back in the summer of 2013. I was at Walmart to do some quick shopping (and with me, there's never any other kind), and when I was in the candy aisle, this little kid started screeching his lungs out. Startled, I looked at him; he glared back, and then I glanced at his mother, who looked so beaten down and depressed, I immediately felt guilty for staring. On my way home, I wondered what would happen if I got home and found that child waiting for me there, maybe to make me pay for looking in the first place. That was as far as the idea went. It wasn't until years later that the rest of it came to me and I wrote it more or less in one sitting. Q. There seems to be a hint of Lovecraftian horror in the book. Was this intentional? I didn't set out to have any kind of Lovecraftian elements in the story, but by the time I reached a certain point, I knew I was consciously and rather gleefully weaving them in there.  Q. Right now, the book is a digital exclusive. Are there any plans for a print edition down the road? Absolutely. I'm currently in talks with a publisher about a signed limited edition of the book. We haven't hashed out all the details just yet, but it's more or less a done deal. And of course, as with all my books, it'll be available in paperback too. Q. The cover, your own design, has gotten a lot of attention. It's also not very typical of your design work. Why the departure for SOUR CANDY and can you talk a bit about what inspired it? I came across a stock art photograph online of a robed man wearing what appeared to be a deer mask, complete with antlers, and knew I had to use it in some way. Not only did it inspire certain elements in the story, it also inspired the cover. And while I usually blend multiple art pieces to get the effect I want, this one didn't need them. I played around with some solid colors and settled on red and it just jumped out at me, so I went with it. It is very different, but then, I think the story is quite different too from anything I've done before.
Q. The book has been optioned for film?

It has been optioned more times than any other book I've written. Blumhouse had it for a while, with director Mike Flanagan on board, and then Oz Perkins wrote a script for it. It's passed through many hands, but thus far hasn't caught fire. Someday, maybe!   

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B017QCGW24
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 13, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1856 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 84 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 1,071 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and horrific story...
By LA FEMME READERS REVIEWS - @lafemmereaders620 on July 20, 2018
Book Review: After reading Sour Candy, I had a craving for sour gummy worms. So, I gave in and grabbed some at the store, hence my photo. 😋 Now, enough about candy since I am dieting after all *sighs.*

Kealan's writing was superb! From the first chapter, until the very end, I was intrigued and captivated by the uniqueness of the storyline.

The characters were easy to understand, especially Phil, the protagonist. I felt his anguish and emotion throughout the chapters. I caught myself rooting for him, which is a great feeling as a reader.

I can't disclose too much away as to not spoil any surprises. But, I will state that the direction shifted towards the clause and I was pleasantly surprised. It's one of those aha moments when you put all the pieces together and conclude the meaning behind it all.

In all honesty, I wish this would have been a novel, instead of a short story. The potential behind the premise was great and I wish I could have read more of it!

If you are looking for a fast paced read that has horror elements, then definitely pick Sour Candy up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy kids are always scary!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little occult horror read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good short story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good short story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2021
This 84 page novella was dark and fast-paced with an interesting and unique plot.

The writing was very good although I prefer character-driven books but given that this is a novella, it ticks all the boxes as a short plot-driven story.

A perfect quick read before bed, which is what I used it for.
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Unapologetic_bibliosmia
4.0 out of 5 stars Oof. Like a punch to the stomach, this one hits hard.
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