Kealan Patrick Burke

Biography

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is an award-winning author described as "a newcomer worth watching" (Publishers Weekly) and "one of the most original authors in contemporary horror" (Booklist).

Some of his works include the novels KIN, MASTER OF THE MOORS, CURRENCY OF SOULS and THE HIDES, the novellas THE TURTLE BOY (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004), VESSELS, MIDLISTERS, and JACK & JILL, and the collections RAVENOUS GHOSTS and THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS (Bram Stoker Award-Nominee, 2009).

Kealan also edited the anthologies: TAVERNS OF THE DEAD (starred review, Publishers Weekly), BRIMSTONE TURNPIKE, QUIETLY NOW (International Horror Guild Award Nominee, 2004), the charity anthology TALES FROM THE GOREZONE and NIGHT VISIONS 12 (starred review, Publishers Weekly, British Fantasy Award & International Horror Guild Award nominee).

A movie based on his short story "Peekers", directed by Mark Steensland (DEAD @ 17), and scripted by veteran novelist Rick Hautala (Bedbugs, The Mountain King), screened at a variety of international film festivals and won a number of awards. You can view the film at the author's website.

As actor, Burke played the male lead in Greg Lamberson's film SLIME CITY MASSACRE, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic SLIME CITY, which will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Video On Demand in 2011.

Visit Kealan on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dungarvan, a small harbor town in the south coast of Ireland. Because it's an old country in which ancient castles coexist alongside modern buildings, I was raised with an innate sense of history and age, and an awareness of contrasts. The proximity of the ocean meant I was often exposed to briny old storytellers who loved to spin maritime myths and legends for the children (I genuinely believed in the banshee until I was about seventeen!) but also got to see the might and majesty of the sea in all its forms.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was eight years old, probably before that. But the first time I can remember sitting down and actively attempting to write a story that was not imposed upon me by school, I was eight years old.
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Books

Milestone: The Collected Stories (Volume One)
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,690. Language: American English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction
From the Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of THE TURTLE BOY. Somewhere out west there is a town called Milestone. You will not find it on any map. If you're lucky, you won't find it at all. Once a thriving mining community, the few souls who still dwell there know nothing of hope and everything of damnation. Because Milestone may appear to be a ghost town in the making, but it is very much alive.
The Witch (A Milestone Story)
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,210. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Bryce Carrigan is a deputy in a dying town, a man who has contributed little to the world and fears even less awaits him when he leaves. That departure may come sooner than he thinks. On the night he encounters a strange woman at the scene of a car accident, everything changes. For what she does will leave Bryce possessed of the conviction that she is no mere woman at all...
Jack & Jill
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,590. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Gillian has managed over the years to force the trauma of her nightmarish childhood into the darkest recesses of her mind. But lately there are dreams, and in them she sees vivid reenactments of the horrors she endured. And something else is in those dreams, stalking her, a terrible figure with wire-hanger hands and a plastic bag wrapped around its rotten face. A monster she once called Daddy.
The Novellas
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
An omnibus collection of four novellas by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke (Kin, The Turtle Boy). Featured in this book are the novellas THE TENT, SELDOM SEEN IN AUGUST, YOU IN?, and MIDLISTERS.
The Tent: A Novella
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,260. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
The perfect getaway... The perfect place to hide... Hocking Hills, Ohio is an oasis for campers, hikers, nature enthusiasts, and for those who just want to get away and lose themselves in the wild. And as long as you follow your guide's advice and stay within the permitted areas, you can expect to survive the night. Because deep within the dark woods, something evil awaits...
Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,590. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
The epic novel-length conclusion of the award-winning Timmy Quinn series. The Curtain has come down and now the dead walk the streets. It falls to Tim Quinn to root out the puppeteer of this madness before he loses everything he has left to live for, and the world is plunged into darkness forever. Features an exclusive preview of NIGHT FALLS ON MEMORY LANE, the new series featuring Cassie Quinn.
Digital Hell: 4 Tales of Techno Horror
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,270. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
We live in an age of technology. We are inextricably linked to one another, and now we favor convenience over caution. With these four stories, you will be reminded of the cost of complacency in a DIGITAL HELL. Included are the tales: "Empathy", "Seldom Seen in August", "Offline" and a new, never before published story "There's An App for That". Over 30,000 words of fiction.
Kin: A Novel
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,970. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in. (Please See Full Description...)
Dead Leaves: 8 Tales from the Witching Season
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,300. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke comes the second in his series of seasonal collections. Featuring seven reprints, a brand new story "The Toll", an introduction, and rounded out by the author's recommended reading and viewing lists, DEAD LEAVES makes for the perfect autumnal read.
Offline
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: Free! Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Category: Fiction
Welcome to the digital age. Cell phones and text messaging allows us to keep in touch with each other no matter where we are... Instant messaging has brought us closer together... Social networking allows anyone not only to contact you whenever they want, but to learn everything they need to know about you too. When it's the right person, it can be wonderful. When it isn't, it can be murder.
The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Available for the first time in digital format, the acclaimed collection THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS, almost 100,000 words of short fiction by the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY. "Don't read it late at night." - BOOKLIST "a collection guaranteed to take you on one of the scariest rides of your life" - RUE MORGUE
Dust & Shadow
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
From a cop dealing with the ghosts of both a turbulent past and present, to urban legends revealed to be all too real, herein lies a collection of modern ghost stories from some of the best proponents of the form. Featuring short stories by Joe McKinney, Lisa Morton, Simon Wood, Nate Kenyon, Scott Nicholson, Jeremy C. Shipp, Maria Alexander, Kealan Patrick Burke, and Joe Nassise
Cobwebs
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Retired and whiling away his days in a rest home, Alfred Ross has little to do with his time but remember the things he has lost. But on the morning he awakes to find his face shrouded in cobwebs, he realizes that a new fear has found him: a fear of being forgotten. And then there are the quiet ambulances in the dark of night, and the inexplicable shadows growing in the corners of his room...
The Acquaintance
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,560. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Fiction
For Ger Kelly, coming home after years of incarceration, drug abuse, and violence, is a bittersweet event, but it's worth it for the chance to start a new life. But not everyone is so happy to leave him forget his past, and Ger is about to find out the hard way that the shadows are thickest in the last place you expect to find them, and that for people like him, safe havens are an illusion.
Stage Whispers: The Collected Timmy Quinn Stories
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 209,930. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
Available for the first time in one volume, the complete series featuring Timmy Quinn, whose journey began in the 2004 Bram Stoker Award-Winning THE TURTLE BOY. We follow Timmy, a boy cursed with the ability to see ghosts and doomed to serve them, into adulthood, as he struggles to find the people responsible for violating the veil that separates the realms of the living and the dead.
Mr. Goodnight
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
For Kevin and his best friend Joey, summer is a time of adventure, for playing soldiers in the tall grass, sword-fighting, and searching for long-lost treasure. But what they uncover, buried deep in the shadow of an ancient tree, is not treasure, but something malevolent and manipulative, something that has been waiting a very long time to be set free...
The Grief Frequency
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Fiction
After losing his wife in a car accident, a husband struggles with survivor's guilt. But in the dark, he realizes that the dead are never very far away. Not when there are secrets yet to be uncovered. Because Paul hasn't lost everything. Not yet. And as he struggles to separate dreams from reality, he is forced to answer the ultimate question: How far would you go to get back those you've lost?
Master of the Moors
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,080. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Fiction
Young Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the moors. It is a dreary place where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape. And Kate is no different. But her plans to run away to the city are crushed one very ordinary morning when the quiet in Brent Prior is shattered by an inexplicable act of violence, perpetrated by something less than human.
Empathy
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
It begins with an email containing a link to a video that has to be seen to be believed. A video so horrific it stays in the mind long after it has been watched. And once it finds its way inside your mind, only then does the true nightmare begin.
Currency of Souls
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,770. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Milestone is a town near-death, and those imprisoned there are not content to stay that way for long. So tonight, you'll meet a witch, a man made of glass, a prostitute with an odd effect on electricity, an old man who can control fire, a mute giant, the undead, a time traveler, ghosts...and death itself, as Milestone plays host to a war among souls desperate to escape.
Theater Macabre
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,110. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2011. Category: Fiction
A hooded figure wanders a lonesome road waiting for a special someone...A criminal returns home to face old memories and new nightmares...A man awakes to find himself living in a mirror image of reality...and diners at a restaurant find themselves confronted with a terrifying revelation about who and what they are...These are the nineteen nightmarish tales that await you in the THEATER MACABRE...
Concrete Gods
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
What if everything you knew was a lie? What if we were not truly the inheritors of the earth? What if there were old gods beneath our feet? And what if they came back? From award-winning authors Kealan Patrick Burke and Harry Shannon comes a vision of the apocalypse so terrifying it will make you question everything you thought you knew about the world in which we live.
You In?
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
For years The Wickerwood Inn has stood abandoned. For a down on his luck ex-gambler, the inn's haunted reputation is not reason enough to refuse the first job to come his way in months. The Wickerwood is being renovated, so tonight Peter will watch over the machinery. And he will soon discover that there is something else in the hotel with him, something that has never died. And never will.
Saturday Night at Eddie's
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
The few souls still left in the dying town call it Milestone, but a better name might be Purgatory. They are the damned, condemned to murder other sinners for a chance to escape, though escape never comes. For the patrons of Eddie's bar, who live in the shadows of their own tragic pasts, tonight will be different. Tonight, there will come one shot at redemption for those brave enough to take it.
Peekers
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.38 from 8 reviews)
Larry just wants to enjoy the first day of his retirement. But there are a couple of obstacles in his way. First, there are the kids next door who insist on racing their dirt bikes through his yard. And then there's his eccentric neighbor Zach, who comes looking for Larry's help, to verify that Zach isn't losing his mind. Because there is something in his house that couldn't possibly be real...
Peregrine's Tale
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,850. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Category: Fiction
At eleven years of age, Timmy Quinn's ordinary life was abruptly thrown into chaos by the revelation that there exists a separate plane of existence reserved solely for the vengeful spirits of the murdered. But he's not the only one cursed with such an ability. Elsewhere, as young Timmy's life begins to change, another boy is reborn into the realm of the dead. A boy named Peregrine.
Underneath
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
For Dean, it begins with a dare, one that comes with the threat of violence if he chickens out. All he has to do is date Stephanie Watts, a disfigured girl who is the pariah at their high school. Dean agrees, and soon discovers that there is much more to Stephanie Watts than anyone dared imagine, and deadlier secrets awaiting him...underneath. A free short story from the author of THE TURTLE BOY
Vessels
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,370. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, in a small stone chapel, a woman whispers a frantic prayer to the gathering dark as something dreadful scratches at the window. A gunshot in a church in Los Angeles leads Tim Quinn into a nightmare, for on Blackrock Island, he will find love, murder and madness, and discover an earth-shattering truth about the Curtain. And those who hide behind it.
Seldom Seen in August
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,710. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Category: Fiction
Wade Crawford is a bank robber and a ruthless killer, and now three people are dead and Wade is on the run. With the cops in pursuit, he breaks into a house in a seemingly ordinary neighborhood to hide and wait on word from his partner. But this neighborhood is far from ordinary, and soon Wade will discover that life in prison would be preferable to the hell Seldom Seen Drive has in store for him.
The Hides
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,900. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's been almost seven years since the horror at Myers Pond, but for Timmy Quinn, there is no hiding from the dead. Hoping for peace, he travels to a small harbor town in Ireland. But no peace can exist in a place whose past is colored by hate and murder. And in the very foundations of an old crumbling factory, legions of the dead are gathering. And they know Timmy's name.
The Turtle Boy
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 26,480. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
School is out; summer has begun. For 11-year old Timmy Quinn, it is a time of magic and discovery. But on the day he encounters a strange boy on the bank of Myers pond, everything changes. For it soon becomes clear that dark secrets abound in Timmy's little community, secrets that come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, summer becomes a season of terror, betrayal, and murder.
Midlisters
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,540. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jason Tennant is a writer of horror novels whose career is mired somewhere south of success. Kent Gray is a popular author of so-called "sex-fi" novels, and the object of Jason Tennant's professional jealousy. At the Aurora Science Fiction & Horror Convention, these two men will meet and the motto "Better Read Than Dead" will be put to the ultimate test. With an introduction by Jack Ketchum.
Ravenous Ghosts
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,340. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Fiction
Enter a world where a man can make birds fall from the sky...the future is found in the pages of a comic book...a thief picks the worst possible target...the written word can be used to draw blood...and the Pied Piper brings horror to a small town. Enter the world of RAVENOUS GHOSTS. Seventeen tales of mystery, madness, and monsters, by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke.
Dead of Winter
By Kealan Patrick Burke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010. Category: Fiction
A boy becomes convinced that there is something not right about the snowmen in his yard...A man takes drastic steps to reconcile with his estranged daughters on Christmas Eve...Santa Claus takes a ride into the heart of darkness...A widower joins the search for a missing woman in an eerily deserted town...And a young man spends one last Christmas with his ailing father. This is the DEAD OF WINTER

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