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Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.
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, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at Gothic.net, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.
When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design.
A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a major motion picture.
Represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House Agency.
on Nov. 24, 2011 :
Burke's writing is sheer poetry and his use of metaphors ranges from amusing to intriguing. As a horror writer who attends conventions myself, I felt an affinity to the story that perhaps the average reader might not have. I did have to chuckle a few times when Burke's native slang comes through this "American" piece but it makes it more fun. This is well-written and doesn't really go where you think it will, which in itself, is a treat.
(reviewed long after purchase)