Kealan Patrick Burke


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, 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.

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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Secret Faces
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,060. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A new collection of short stories from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of SOUR CANDY, THE TURTLE BOY, and KIN.
Caramelo Ácido
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,590. Language: Spanish. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Una nueva novela del autor ganador Bram Stoker Premio del Niño TORTUGA y KIN.
Sour Candy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,430. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
At first glance, Phil Pendelton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.
The Palaver
Series: Milestone, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,710. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Milestone is a haunted place, but it was not always so hostile or so desolate. Once upon a time it thrived, even as a war tore apart the world beyond its borders. Until a pale stranger came sauntering up out of the mine armed with nothing more than a barber's razor and a warning for the townspeople. And if they refuse to listen, there will be no one left alive to tell the tale.
Thirty Miles South of Dry County
Series: Milestone, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,610. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Milestone is not a town that can be found on any map. Those who call it home treat it with a respect borne from fear. The legends of myriad horrors operate as a warning to those who seek to cross its borders. After his friends disappear, Warwick Tanner, an old man whiling away his days outside a liquor store, is forced to go find them, which means crossing into the dreaded town for the first time.
Offline: In the Flesh
Series: Offline, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
On the Internet, strangers are just a click away. But despite the risks, sometimes love can blossom amid the chaos. Every day, millions of people find the one they were meant to be with, their soul mate, their one true love. But on the Internet, where anyone can pretend to be someone or something other than what they really are, the only thing more dangerous than trust, is love.
Milestone: The Collected Stories (Volume One)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,690. Language: American English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Series: Milestone, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,210. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,590. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,260. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,590. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,270. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,970. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,300. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Series: Offline, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,560. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 209,930. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,080. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,770. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Concrete Gods
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Series: Milestone, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,850. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,370. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,710. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,900. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 26,480. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,530. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,340. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,530. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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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