Kealan Patrick Burke


Hailed by Booklist as “one of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror,” Kealan Patrick Burke was born and raised in Ireland and emigrated to the United States a few weeks before 9/11. Since then, he has written five novels, among them the popular southern gothic slasher Kin, and over two hundred short stories and novellas, including Blanky and The House on Abigail Lane, both of which are currently in development for film and TV.

A five-time Bram Stoker Award-nominee, Burke won the award in 2005 for his coming-of-age novella The Turtle Boy, the first book in the acclaimed Timmy Quinn series.

As editor, he helmed the anthologies Night Visions 12, Taverns of the Dead, and Quietly Now, a tribute anthology to one of Burke’s influences, the late Charles L. Grant.

Most recently, he completed a new novel, Mr. Stitch, a collection of novellas entitled Guests for Suntup Editions, and adapted Sour Candy as a graphic novel for John Carpenter's Night Terrors.

Kealan is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House and Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content.

He lives in an unhaunted house in Ohio with a Scooby Doo lookalike rescue named Red.

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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Where to find Kealan Patrick Burke online


Timmy Quinn
Meet Timmy Quinn, an ordinary eight year old boy enjoying a summer free of school. Until the day he meets a dead boy sitting on the bank of a local pond and his life is thrown into chaotic nightmare that will follow him for the next thirty years of his life as he tries to protect the people he loves.
The Turtle Boy
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The Hides
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Peregrine's Tale
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,270. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In the wake of his infant daughter's tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, and unable to work, he seeks solace in a bottle of bourbon. Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter's old room, now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers...except for her security blanket, affectionately known as BLANKY...
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.
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
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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.
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...)
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
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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
Master of the Moors
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,060. 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.
Peregrine's Tale
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,830. 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.
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,360. 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.
The Hides
Series: Timmy Quinn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,580. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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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: 26,430. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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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.