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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. 19, 2014 :
Too much of a lightweight in the horror department. Not a shabby author but doesn't challenge or piss off the reader when doing it though. The reason I wanted him on board for my project as an executive producer is we have too many real life friends in common to be at each other's throats. I wrote Passenger because I was acknowledging him in 2006 as his quiet horror delivery is my science fiction delivery or my literary fiction delivery. That is why I call him a lightweight because when I do horror I hit a lot harder and go a lot faster, sometimes I can go darker than my darkest works. I can play Burke's style up a hell of a lot darker and no problem doing it -- not mocking him doing Passenger, I just wanted to show him what a quiet horror delivery can do when combined with genre fusion traits. His style is my genre fusions; I was aware of him in 2004 but it is an unknown when he and Sangiovanni first emerged. Collectives In A Forsaken Landscape emerged when he did, but I was stifled by the fucktoy he calls his friend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)