Kealan Patrick Burke

Biography

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.

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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Kealan Patrick Burke's favorite authors on Smashwords

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Bill Crider
Latest book: Eight Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Published June 13, 2017.
Brian Hodge
Latest book: Lies & Ugliness. Published January 1, 2016.
Edward Lee
Latest book: The Doll House. Published May 12, 2017.
Elizabeth Massie
Latest book: Ameri-Scares Illinois: The Cemetery Club. Published August 31, 2014.
Fritz Leiber
Latest book: The Big Time. Published November 18, 2010.
Gary McMahon
Latest book: Rough Cut. Published July 26, 2009.
Harry Shannon
Latest book: Jailbreak. Published July 19, 2010. (4.00 from 3 reviews)
John Skipp
Latest book: Conscience. Published March 27, 2014.
Robert Bloch
Latest book: This Crowded Earth. Published November 18, 2010. (1.00 from 1 review)
Steve Rasnic Tem
Latest book: Absent Company. Published August 15, 2014.