Review: Thirty Miles South of Dry County

Thirty Miles South Of Dry CountyThirty Miles South Of Dry County by Kealan Patrick Burke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novella is a finalist for long fiction in this year’s Bram Stoker Awards and is a pitch perfect example of understated, creepy horror. Burke does a great job of capturing that sense of dread so prized in this type of story. Written in the first person point-of-view, the protagonist speaks to the reader of a nearby town, a no-mans-land of sorts, that never returns any who are fool enough to venture there. It isn’t long before this man’s last remaining friends do just such a thing and he is compelled to go looking for them. It subtly builds to a wonderfully disconcerting conclusion. The end – literally the last few lines – is about as perfect as could have been imagined.

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