The Caretaker – A short story by Dan Klefstad @danklefstad


I’m not very good at reviewing short stories, but when Dan Klefstad sent me a copy of The Caretaker, which is to be published on 1st February in the lit journal Crack the Spine (Issue 210), I read the first page as my curiosity got the better of me. I do like a vampire story! Needless to say, that first page ensured I read the rest. It might not be many pages long, but they are captivating and chilling. It’s a vampire story, but quite unique.

I have permission from the author to share this quote with you all, from the opening page –

Dear Applicant, Congratulations. Out of hundreds of applications, yours stood out…..But, I must warn you: The more you read, the more my employer will consider you a threat if you decline our offer. If you have no intentions of taking the job, delete this message now before reading further.”

I’m sure you can see now why there was no way I could not read the rest!

I liked how the story starts as a job interview of sorts, leading to initial training, for a job which is far from conventional. That first contact would have had scared the **** out of me, but I guess the generous salary and benefits would more than pique the interest of many!

We learn how Daniel started his career. He offers his advice and shares his initial experience with the new applicant.

Well written, creepy and brutal!

I’m glad to hear that Dan Klefstad hopes to expand this in to a full length novel. I think it will prove to be a great read.

Many thanks to Dan Klefstad for sending me a manuscript of this intriguing vampire story.

I will share the link when The Caretaker is published on 1st February.

In the meantime, you will find Dan’s other books on his Amazon author page

And if you missed it, check out my Q&A with Dan here – Q&A with author, Dan Klefstad


#Rockford #literary #podcast with Dan Klefstad @danklefstad

Hi, I have something a little different for you today…..

There’s a new literary podcast out of Rockford, Illinois, and Dan Klefstad is their first guest. The Rockford Writers’ Guild recorded Dan reading five of his stories, beginning with “The Caretaker” which I reviewed – The Caretaker – A short story by Dan Klefstad @danklefstad. The other four are follow-ups. Dan will record a handful more later this summer. Give them a try — they’re free!

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Photo courtesy of The Rockford Writers’ Guild


Ep.1 “The Caretaker”

Ep. 2 “The Interview”

Ep. 3 “Solstice”

Ep. 4 “Wolf at Fiona’s Castle”

Ep. 5  “Hauptsturmführer Fillennius”



#FlashbackFriday with @alisongaylin @danklefstad @saramegan @alisonbrodie2 @ava_mccarthy @A_B_Morgan Virginia Mcgregor & @ritabrassington #BookReviews

Welcome to my #FlashbackFriday feature. 

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading at the same time in previous years, since starting my blog.

Here are my reviews from January 2017 & 2016…..

What Remains Of Me cover


Beautiful Broken Things cover

Brake Failure

Dead Secret

Beside Myself

The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells

The Good Kind Of Bad

Have you read any of the above?


The Interview by @danklefstad #ShortStoryReview

Some of you may remember that I reviewed a short story called The Caretaker, by Dan Klefstad, back in January –

The Interview is a very cleverly written follow up to The Caretaker.

Daniel has dedicated most of his life to his employer. 35 years of his life, in fact, and he’s now looking for someone to take over.

He has an interviewee who is initially intrigued, unsurprisingly, by the pay. He soon realizes there is good reason for the six figure pay packet though and he isn’t sure he’s up to it, but too late…. he knows too much already. It’s safer for him to stay.

This interviewee is quite a character. We don’t know his name and I’m not sure discretion is his strongest trait which could be very dangerous in this particular job. He has a million questions, but he has to be patient, as do we. Will he suit his new role?

Daniel is still an intriguing character and I like that we see a little more of the boss in this story, but only vaguely. I’m still left wondering.

Why not have a read for yourself. You’ll find the story at the following link…..

Many thanks to Dan Klefstad for sharing his story with me.


Dan Klefstad wrote the novel “Shepherd & the Professor” ( and the short story “The Caretaker” ( He writes in DeKalb, Illinois, and Williams Bay, Wisconsin.


Blog stats #2017

Following on from my #goodreadschallenge post yesterday I thought I would share my 2017 blog stats, for anyone who might be interested. I find the whole thing quite fascinating!

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My top 5 posts with the most views…..

The Caretaker – A short story by Dan Klefstad @danklefstad

Q&A with author, Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @bookouture #AuthorInterview

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas *Review*

Q&A with author, Mark Nolan

Out Of The Darkness by @KatyHogan #BookReview

A big thank you to each and every one of you for reading, liking, commenting on, sharing and supporting my blog in any way you do.

Kerry x

January wrap up…..

Is it seriously February already???

A big thanks for sticking with me in January 🙂 In case you missed anything, or this is the first post of mine you’re seeing, here’s what’s been happening on Chat About Books…..

My 5* reads of 2016…..

Up To No Good by Marsha Cornelius @marshacornelius #Q&A #PublicationDay

Added to my TBR list, December 2016…..

December wrap up…..

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2 #BookReview #AuthorInterview #Excerpt

Bloodhound Books open for submissions! (Re-blogged)

Flashback Friday #BookReviews @ritabrassington @virginiawrites @A_B_Morgan @ava_mccarthy

A short story by Jelena Borojevic (Re-blogged)

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard @saramegan @panmacmillan #BookReview @NetGalley

Reader/Writer events in #Stoke-on-Trent #Staffordshire @SoTLibraries

Q&A with author, Tracey Sinclair @Thriftygal

The Caretaker – A short story by Dan Klefstad @danklefstad

Q&A with author, Catherine Hokin @cathokin @YolkPublishing

What Remains of Me by A.L. Gaylin #BookReview @NetGalley

Q&A with author, Clare Pedrick @ClarePedrick @matadorbooks

Q&A with author, Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait

Q&A with author, Tess Makovesky @tessmakovesky @caffeinenights

Q&A with author, Anna Franklin Osborne @HomeOsborne

Q&A with author, Alice May @AliceMay_Author

Q&A with author, Claire L Brown @CLBrown_author

Q&A with author, Jackie Buxton @jaxbees @urbanebooks

Q&A with author, Cheryl Rees-Price @CherylreesPrice @AccentPress

14th March 6X6! (Re-blogged)

Random Ramblings – What do bloggers do? (Re-blogged)

Q&A with author, Tara Lyons @taralyonsauthor @Bloodhoundbook

#PublicationDay #DontLookBehindYou by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #TeamSherratt

Have a fab February!

Kerry x