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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

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Published: Dec. 19, 2010
Words: 9,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458136077
About Kealan Patrick Burke

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

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Review by: gotmud on Aug. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
this was a great book. I would read more from this author Keep the great work up.
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Review by: Bonnie Wyler on July 02, 2011 : star star star star star
Outstanding! With beautiful prose, great pacing, and a gut-wrenching twist at the end, Kealan Patrick Burke has offered up another excellent short story. I will definitely be adding more of his work to my library.
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Review by: TheDoctor on May 26, 2011 : star star star star star
Excellent. Great characterisation (especially given the length) and a great twist at the end.
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Review by: laura hill on April 28, 2011 : star star star star star
great twist at the end... fantastic
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Review by: Muthu Arumugam on March 16, 2011 : star star star star star
Very nice. Stephanie was brilliant and Freddy got f'ed up. Good story.
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Review by: stephanie sandefur on Feb. 28, 2011 : star star star star star
I couldn't put this one down.. Very intriguing from beginning to end, and when I thought I had it all figured out, there was a another twisted turn right at the end.. Would definitely recommend to anyone, not only the book but the author too
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Review by: Michael Wilson on Jan. 30, 2011 : star star star star star
Having not read another story from Kealen Patrick Burke, I wasn't sure what to expect. Underneath, though, can go down as a genre classic. The language is good and the plot-line is amazing, with a phenominal twist at the end. I will certainly be reading more of Kealen's books. Must read!
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Review by: Deb Robinson on Jan. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
Empathy, then a twist! Marvelous.
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