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“The Red Light Is Blinking” by Kealan Patrick Burke

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In a tiny room, two people exchange insults via the internet.  They are both trolls but this isn't an ordinary one-sided exchange.  As the story unfolds, it becomes clear these trolls are locked in battles with one another for their survival.   Constantly conscious of the camera that is trained on them 24 hours a day, they fight to keep the LED light from turning to red, meaning they've lost.  This will set off the klaxon, the timer to countdown, and whatever fate lay beyond their cell.

The Red Light Is Blinking

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About the Author
Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from an early age that he was going to be a writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella THE TURTLE BOY. Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design. A number of his books have been optioned for film.
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