THE TOLL: A HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY
KEALAN PATRICK BURKE
An aging millionaire wakes on Halloween night to find himself buried in a coffin with only a bell and a lamp for company, a bell meant to alert those above ground that he is alive. But Miles Camden is not quite ready to ring that bell. To him, it's an admission of defeat. No, he has not gotten to his station in life by conceding to the games of others. So he plans to wait and use the time to uncover his tormentor. But no man can hope to win a game without knowing the stakes, and Miles is about to discover that the stakes are very high indeed.
Another amazing, well-written story from Burke. This short story (approx. 16 pages) is an eerie tale of a millionaire who never really invested emotion into anything but making more money. He knew one day his enemies would catch up with him. When one does, he is amused to find himself buried in a coffin. Instead of freaking out, he admires his enemy's creativity.
I have yet to be disappointed by anything I've read by Burke. I highly recommend this short story!
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