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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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Words: 9,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458136077
About Kealan Patrick Burke

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.

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Review by: gotmud on Aug. 29, 2011 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
great twist at the end... fantastic
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Review by: Muthu Arumugam on March 16, 2011 :
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 :
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 :
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 :
Empathy, then a twist! Marvelous.
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