The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others
by Kealan Patrick Burke
About the Book:
Kealan Patrick Burke's first collection Ravenous Ghosts was released in a very
limited run, promptly sold out, and now commands high prices on the secondary
market. We are very pleased to introduce you to the author's follow-up collection,
an ambitious gathering of some of the tales for which he is best known.
The lonesome sound of a long forgotten train draws an old man to memories of
a horrific past... A journalist makes the mistake of visiting a website where
real-life executions are the order of the day... At the foot of an old tree,
an insidious evil awaits two boys digging for treasure... A browbeaten salesman
finds hope and a possible escape from the banality of his world when he returns
home to find a fairytale beanstalk sprouting from his garden... A man resists
the social pressure to quit smoking and puts himself at an unimaginable risk...
A high school student accepts a dare to ask out the ugliest girl in school and
enters a world of pain and violence... A bunch of barflies doomed to murder
sinners get together for one last drink in a dying town...
These are some of the passengers, headed for a ride through the dark uncharted
regions of the heart and mind, on a train unbound by any law but its own.
All aboard The Number 121 to Pennsylvania.
There will be no stops.
Praise and Reviews:
"In 14 dark fantasies collected here, Burke creates characters whose angst
opens them up to uncanny incidents and ghostly encounters that seem an extension
of their own spiritual malaise... Burke shows skill at imagining expressive
supernatural experiences appropriate for his well-developed characters and their
— Publishers Weekly
"Don't read it late at night."
"Each tale grabs you within the first few sentences and never lets go,
resulting in a collection guaranteed to take you on one of the scariest rides
of your life."
— Rue Morgue
"The Grief Frequency"
"The Number 121 to Pennsylvania"
"Mr. Goodnight" (short story version)
"High on the Vine" (original short story)
"Tonight the Moon is Ours"
"Will You Tell Them I Died Quietly?"
"The Last Laugh"
Saturday Night At Eddie's (original novella)
"Mr. Goodnight" (original screenplay)
Published in two states:
Limited Edition of 1000 signed copies ($40)
Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in
leather with a satin ribbon page marker and additional artwork ($175)