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Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)
Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.
When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.
In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.
A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.
on Feb. 20, 2014 :
this one is a style I am more known for and got published with. Have this story set in a real haunted place, the way Burke responded to my invitation is like i called him the word that starts with a "t" and sounds like "craig" -- yeah not my style to insult him on that level when he pretty much called me the "r-word" by snubbing me off. I sincerely do want to run this one as a print and I put one of my opus on the chopping block for about $2.00 the difference between me and him is I am more visual and seen powerful mediums paired up with me. Especially when I do metafiction. I was curious about his short form stuff to see what I was up against -- as there might be a journalist curious of two writers in the horror genre, one day apart and same year as well as the same month. Kealan is still the immigrant and the outsider in the rust belt, and I am the only author in this generation from the Stars and Stripes who can do a European style horror story set in the Midwest. I think Burke is scared that someone really can go the distance with him here -- but he is not interested in meeting new people because he appears with total jerks in the business.
(reviewed the day of purchase)