Kealan Patrick Burke

Biography

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.

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

Dead Leaves: 8 Tales from the Witching Season
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,300. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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.
Cobwebs
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
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...
Peekers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.38)
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...

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