Burden Kansas

Vampires are not sexy or sensitive Hungry, bloody and stinking of the grave, they hunt the dry Kansas plains, taking what they want until they cross rancher Keith Harris Keith is a damaged man who s always made the hard decisions others couldn t As the two forces battle for survival, the lines between man and monster begin to blur How much of a community s burden of siVampires are not sexy or sensitive Hungry, bloody and stinking of the grave, they hunt the dry Kansas plains, taking what they want until they cross rancher Keith Harris Keith is a damaged man who s always made the hard decisions others couldn t As the two forces battle for survival, the lines between man and monster begin to blur How much of a community s burden of sin can one man take on before becoming a monster himself With Burden Kansas, Alan Ryker provides a contemporary novella of vampire horror written in the minimal voice of the western Burden Kansas is entertaining, disturbing and thought provoking than you thought a vampire western could be.
Burden Kansas Vampires are not sexy or sensitive Hungry bloody and stinking of the grave they hunt the dry Kansas plains taking what they want until they cross rancher Keith Harris Keith is a damaged man who s a

  • Title: Burden Kansas
  • Author: Alan Ryker
  • ISBN: 9780615475370
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. there comes a time in every young girl's life when she has to make that big life decision: vampire or werewolf? this book should make that decision pretty simpleese vampires are not cuddly or sparkly or beautiful. they suck the cattle dry and then go after the humans. teenfangirls be warned. most vampires aren't the nurturing type other pop culture news, cowboys and aliens is a good premise because it is a humorous juxtaposition, a ballsy "why not?" "imagine if" situation where technology pits i [...]

    2. The climate in Kansas is not for the meek. The wind blows a gazillion miles an hour most of the time. The sun bleaches the color out of everything turning the landscape a light shade of gray or dusty brown. The high temperatures in the summer evaporates water leaving ponds a muddy muck. High pressure systems and low pressure systems collide dropping golf ball size hail, pelting us with wind driven rain, and spawning monstrous, howling, black twisters. In the winter time that same wind burns our [...]

    3. This is a very different kind of vampire book. These are by no means your father's vampires. The vamps are fast, insane and for the most part, stupid.Keith is a relatively new widower who is still grieving. He is also a very angry guy; he is alienating everyone else in his life. Keith's brother and niece are trying to keep an eye on him, but his drinking and his temper are getting out of control. Keith is trying to keep his cattle ranch going during all this, but now something is attacking the c [...]

    4. Some kind of unknown and unseen animal is killing the area ranchers cattle. The sheriff is stumped. Experts from the university have never encountered anything like it. The ranchers are tired of finding their livelihood dead in the pastures the next morning and are losing patience waiting for someone to provide them answers. Keith is one of them. He's had his run-ins with the sheriff and the local band of punks. He was considered a loose cannon before he lost his wife. Now, without her calming i [...]

    5. This was great!!! The end had me squirming with the descriptions of all the blood drinking (that's not a spoiler, it's a book about vampires, obviously there's blood drinking.) but it was actually the perfect ending. Loved!!!!!

    6. Wow!I had the amazing luck of Alan Ryker contacting me on Twitter. He offered to send me one of his stories and I was thrilled. I love horror and I haven't read much lately. Mr. Ryker graciously sent me a copy of his novella Burden Kansas. I'm not one for novellas because I like a long and detailed story but this book packs a punch. What Alan Ryker can do in 132 pages puts to shame most of the 400 plus horror books I have read. I am forever a fan.Here is the book summary: Vampires are not sexy o [...]

    7. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      It is thanks to the ever amazing Karen that I attained access to this novella, and I can not thank her enough!!!I am a big fan of fan-dys-sci and the current craze of YA novels. Their brooding and sensitive vampiristic characters have brought a lot of enjoyment for me. There comes a time, though, in every woman's life where they have to face up to reality. And the reality of the matter is that if the vampire element exists it is highly unlikely that they sparkle and/or brood. Vampires are not se [...]

    8. I've read a couple of vampire westerns in my day and this is sadly the weakest of the lot. There's some really clever writing in places - I'm a particular fan of "'But you strode in here jingle-jangling like you were going to settle some foolishness'" because that's pretty killer; also the exchange: "'Sure, but you have to come up with a name. I've never been good at that.' 'How about "the vampire?"' 'Well, I guess I could've come up with that.'" Unfortunately, by the end of the book, the many g [...]

    9. So, what could be scarier than a vampire on the Kansas plain draining blood from surrounding livestock and an occasional crack addict? How bout a rancher who has had to help his suffering wife out of her misery, sitting on his porch with an empty whiskey bottle at his feet, a shotgun in his lap, a pistol, a hatchet and a knife strapped to his body and a hard-ass, don't give a shit attitude as the cherry on top.Yep, he's the one you better steer clear of. Short novel.ty, down and dirtytake no pri [...]

    10. Great novella and I think a "must read" for any vampire fan (real vampires, not the shy sensitive vampires)Not that there's anything wrong with that.No, no of course not.

    11. Blood sucking creatures of the nightNocturnal spectre hiding from the lightCries screaming out every frightEagerly awaiting plightApparitions from the pits of HellDeath plagues the streets in which they dwellDemented lust, the secrets they must keepAddicted to your bloodAt dawn they sleep-Slayer, Hell Awaits

    12. 3.5 bites out of 5.I love my vampires animalistic, vile, and non-shiny (or is it glittery). These are dirty, and mindless creatures; except for one. I don't like who turned into one, and felt the story could have taken a better turn; but I dig it.This was an entertaining read, that got a little B-movieish at time, but I love a good B-movie.

    13. This was not the book I expected it to be. I thought it was gonna be about a lonely farmer hunting vampires like a badass.And well, while that does happen (a little), it's not at all what actually happens. The plot does go a little deeper. And I suppose that's a good thing (actually, I suppose nothing - it is). But for it to have really worked this book should have been a bit longer. You can't carry a plot like this in only 133 pages. Alan Ryker tries, though, and he does it very well.Had it had [...]

    14. Ryker has an enjoyable conversational prose style. It often feels like you are being told a story on a Saturday night outside the store in the same small Kansas town where this book takes place. During a panel on Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies that I attended Ryker said this was his reaction to the glittery, romantic vampires of Twilight. There is nothing Romantic here. The vampire is savage and dangerous, mostly an instinctual animalistic predator. I'm not a big vampire fan, but when I do re [...]

    15. Burden Kansas is a really peculiar Western/nihilistic look at Vampirism out in the plains of (would you believe) Kansas.The book opens with a study of how a small cattle-ranching community would respond to new predators as they kill their livelihood off and quickly turns into a pretty great monster story. The main characters are a mean old Rancher and a sadistic young drug-dealer turned vampire, and we never get a proper handle on which one of them is more horrible than the other. Having just re [...]

    16. One of the best vampire stories that I have read in a while. Economical prose, yet detailed enough to provide good characterization. Upon reviewing Ryker's bio I discovered that he writes both literary fiction as well as dark fiction. No surprise once I had read this very well written short novel. Ryker clearly not only knows how to fashion a well-paced, exciting horror novel with good characters, settings, and imagery, but he has the chops to tackle other genres as well. And the best part is th [...]

    17. Burden Kansas breaks free from every convention of traditional vampire fiction and tells a tale that is exciting, touching, sometimes funny and always original. The dialogue is sparse and realistic, and the pacing is perfect: no unnecessary lulls in the action, but with enough character development to keep the reader emotionally invested in the story. I especially enjoyed the story's protagonist, who is such a hard-ass that I actually found myself sympathizing with the villain's plight. A very s [...]

    18. Nice and fast pace vampire story. No love story or fluff. Just all red blooded meat. Thanks Karen I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

    19. Enjoyed reading the first book in the Vampires of the Plains series. Not your typical vampire story. Like it so much I started book two (Blood Tells True) this morning. I highly recommend this book.

    20. Pretty good story I can see the survivor becoming a one-man vigilante if the author decides to make this a series.

    21. This is a very good vampire book. It wasn't your "Twilight" vampires which was great. It was an overall good book and I'll definitely read the next book.

    22. I loved this book. It had brutal vampires, brutal humans, well-written action, lots of revenge, and somehow a bunch of dogs that never got killed despite being in a horror story. Very nice.

    23. A vampire story with a contemporary western vibe. The characterisations were great, and the pace was swift. The vampires in this are straight up monsters, akin to those in 30 Days of Night. Highly recommended.

    24. In a small town in Kansas, cattle are getting attacked. Some are torn apart, while others get away with a little blood loss and some strange sort of virus. The target of the contagion isn't bovine, after all: it's human. Keith Harris, an angry man with a weak sense of self control, is the first to come across the vampires, and his actions set off a twisted chain of events that delves into the darkness lurking within us all.For a novella of its limited length, Burden Kansas does a superb job sett [...]

    25. I thought I would surely never read another vampire story. I've grown so disgusted with how the legend has gotten twisted between Bram Stoker's origins and thatat trendy teeny bopper love story thing that takes place in Washington. I'm all for poetic license and anybody will add their own interpretation to anything. But, I'm sorry folks. Vampires are not nice, they don't care, they don't fall in love with humans, and for crissake's they don't sparkle. And Alan Ryker's vampires definitely do not [...]

    26. I vastly prefer spookiness to slice-'n'-dice in dark fiction, but once in a while I crave me some vicious, 30 Days of Night vampires. This book's got 'em. (Just look at the freakin' cover!) Likable characters, though, not so much. I can take that, too . . . although I almost gave up when the protagonist started mistreating one of his dogs. I absolutely cannot tolerate that in fiction any more than I can tolerate it in real life -- my one hardline when it comes to subject matter. Fortunately, the [...]

    27. In the wake of pretty-boy Vampires & sweet Southern faerie vamp lovers, comes Alan Ryker, trailing behind him the real thing. Vampiresly, animal-like, smelly, and meand one (one town dealer) who has a semblance of intelligence left.just enough to spawn cruel vengeance. Add in a "hero" who isn't, whom you love to hate (or at least I did), and you have a real, modern-day Vampire thriller. It takes place in the farmlands of Kansas, where something has been slaughtering cattle. The local sheriff [...]

    28. If you like your vampires sexy or glittering, this book is not for you. This is how vampires should be - fast, vicious and deadly. Keith Harris, the main character, might be hard for some to like seeing how he's made some difficult decisions in the past, drinks a lot and generally doesn't care what the public thinks about him. He gets involved with helping some of the townsfolk when something is feeding on his cattle by draining blood from them and sometimes killing them. No one had an inkling o [...]

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