Kealan Patrick Burke

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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,
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Kealan Patrick Burke My method of dealing with writer's block is to write long rambling conversations between two people. It can be mundane, pointless, directionless, but…moreMy method of dealing with writer's block is to write long rambling conversations between two people. It can be mundane, pointless, directionless, but sooner or later it starts to cohere and brings me back to wherever I need to be to write a full story.(less)
Kealan Patrick Burke You're very kind, Cathy, thank you, but the truth of the matter is that it's entirely a product of good lighting, good photography, and Photoshop.…moreYou're very kind, Cathy, thank you, but the truth of the matter is that it's entirely a product of good lighting, good photography, and Photoshop. Special effects, in other words. What nobody realizes (and it's why I don't do very many public appearances unless I'm assured that everyone there is blind drunk before I arrive) is that in reality, I look rather like a cross between a shaved ostrich and a slice of wheat toast that somehow survived reentry into our atmosphere.(less)
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“Horror itself is a bit of a bullied genre, the antagonist being literary snobbery and public misconception. And I think good horror tackles our darkest fears, whatever they may be. It takes us into the minds of the victims, explores the threats, disseminates fear, studies how it changes us. It pulls back the curtain on the ugly underbelly of society, tears away the masks the monsters wear out in the world, shows us the potential truth of the human condition. Horror is truth, unflinching and honest. Not everybody wants to see that, but good horror ensures that it's there to be seen.”
Kealan Patrick Burke

“Finch was his own country, the government unstable, the population volatile.”
Kealan Patrick Burke, KIN

“The living have enough to worry about these days without the dead coming back to complicate things.”
Kealan Patrick Burke, The Turtle Boy

“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”
John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“Being scared isn't the problem. It's not running away that's the hard part.”
John Connolly, Nocturnes

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ”
Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.”
Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

“Somewhere beyond the sink-hole, past the magnolia, under the live oaks, a boy and a yearling ran side by side, and were gone forever.”
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Kealan Burke Jen wrote: "Thanks for the friendvite, Kealan! I'm looking forward to chatting with you about lots of awesome books! =D"

Thank you, Jen!


Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ Thanks for the friendvite, Kealan! I'm looking forward to chatting with you about lots of awesome books! =D


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Kealan Burke Catherine wrote: "Thanks for the invite, Kealan, I think you are a wonderfully talented (if somewhat creepy) writer!"

By that you mean the *writing* is creepy, right? Not that *I'm* creepy? I'm a teddybear!

(And you're welcome! :)


Catherine Thanks for the invite, Kealan, I think you are a wonderfully talented (if somewhat creepy) writer!


message 40: by Maria

Maria Thanks for the friend invite, Kealan!
I look forward to reading some of your books.
Cool name, BTW. : )


message 39: by Kealan

Kealan Burke Kelly wrote: "Thanks so much for the friend invite, Kealan! Looking forward to reading more of your work. :)"

Thank you, Kelly!


message 38: by Kelly

Kelly Thanks so much for the friend invite, Kealan! Looking forward to reading more of your work. :)


message 37: by Kealan

Kealan Burke Julie wrote: "Kealan wrote: "Julie wrote: "Do you happen to have a listing you can send me of all your available works in order? We are hoping to go back and start with your older stuff first, but I cannot seem..."

You're very welcome!


message 36: by Kealan

Kealan Burke Kat Stark wrote: "Did I tell you how awesome you are? If I didn't.

Here it is again.

YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

Thanks for the list!"


Haha! Thanks, and I very much appreciate the interest!


message 35: by Kealan

Kealan Burke Julie wrote: "Do you happen to have a listing you can send me of all your available works in order? We are hoping to go back and start with your older stuff first, but I cannot seem to find a good reference. A..."

Sure! I'll limit it to major works:

THE TIMMY QUINN SERIES:

THE TURTLE BOY
THE HIDES
VESSELS
PEREGRINE'S TALE
NEMESIS

NOVELS

MASTER OF THE MOORS
CURRENCY OF SOULS
KIN

COLLECTIONS

RAVENOUS GHOSTS
THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS
THEATER MACABRE
THE NOVELLAS
MILESTONE: THE COLLECTED STORIES

NOVELLAS

MIDLISTERS
SATURDAY NIGHT AT EDDIE'S
JACK & JILL
THE TENT
THE WITCH (novella)

I *think* that's all of them. I've omitted short stories and mini-collections.

Each category shows those books in the order that they were written. The oldest works on the list are THE TURTLE BOY, RAVENOUS GHOSTS, and MASTER OF THE MOORS.


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Kealan Burke Julie wrote: "Kealan wrote: "Julie wrote: "Yeah I am fangirling right now for sure! ;). Thank you for the friend request!"

You're very welcome! Thank you for the kind reviews!"

Next up for our Burke Gore BR i..."


Actually writing the sequel to KIN now, so it may be a while before anything new sees the light of day...


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Kealan Burke Julie wrote: "Yeah I am fangirling right now for sure! ;). Thank you for the friend request!"

You're very welcome! Thank you for the kind reviews!


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Kealan Burke Carla ☺Did I Say That☺ wrote: "Holy Shit!!..Okay I'm a fan..so I'm trippin!!
Thanks so much for the friendvite Kealan..absolutely love your writing..can wait to read more!!"


You're very welcome, Carla, and thank you! Your enthusiastic review (and hilarious commentary) on JACK & JILL just made my day :)


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Kealan Burke Chad B. wrote: "Kealan, thank you for accepting my friend request. I've downloaded The Turtle Boy, looking forward to reading it."

You're very welcome, Chad, and I hope you enjoy THE TURTLE BOY!


Carla ☺Did I Say That☺ Holy Shit!!..Okay I'm a fan..so I'm trippin!!
Thanks so much for the friendvite Kealan..absolutely love your writing..can wait to read more!!


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Kealan Burke Thanks Stuart! We Burkes get around, and that's just the ones we know about!

Stuart wrote: "Thanks for bringing me into the fold, Kealand. Quite impressive resume, especially salesmen for a day. :-) You're my third Burke friend; 2 in real life. The Burkes have a mighty good line. Best of ..."


message 28: by Stuart

Stuart Land Thanks for bringing me into the fold, Kealand. Quite impressive resume, especially salesmen for a day. :-) You're my third Burke friend; 2 in real life. The Burkes have a mighty good line. Best of luck with your stories.


message 27: by Dustin

Dustin Thank you, my friend!:)


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Kealan Burke And the same to you, Dustin!

Dustin wrote: "Hi, good day, Kealan!

I hope all's well with you and yours.:)


Thank you so much for adding me to your Friend's list, it is an honor to befriend you. Have a wonderful day and week!"



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Dustin Hi, good day, Kealan!

I hope all's well with you and yours.:)


Thank you so much for adding me to your Friend's list, it is an honor to befriend you. Have a wonderful day and week!


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Kealan Burke Carole wrote: "Hello, Kealan!
thanks for befriending me."


You're very welcome, Carole!


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Kealan Burke Thanks Nancy!

Nancy wrote: "Hi Kealan,

Thanks for adding me to your circle of friends!
Looking forward to reading "The Turtle Boy".

-Nancy"



message 22: by Carole

Carole Gill Hello, Kealan!
thanks for befriending me.


message 21: by Kealan

Kealan Burke Janie wrote: "Thanks so much for the friend request! :)"

You're welcome, Janie!


message 20: by Janie

Janie Johnson Thanks so much for the friend request! :)


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Kealan Burke Nikki wrote: "Thanks for the friend-vite, Kealan :)"

You're very welcome, Nikki, and thanks for accepting!


Ms. Nikki Thanks for the friend-vite, Kealan :)


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Kealan Burke Maciek wrote: "Hi Kealan! Thanks for the friend request! Looking forward to talking with you about books! :)"

Thanks Maciek! Likewise!


message 16: by Maciek

Maciek Hi Kealan! Thanks for the friend request! Looking forward to talking with you about books! :)


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Kealan Burke Jeff wrote: "Hey Kealan. Thanks for the friend request. I loved Kin. It was a great read. I had never heard of you before, but this site recommended several of your works. The Turtle Boy is next on my list."

You're welcome, Jeff, and thanks for reading KIN!


message 14: by Jeff

Jeff French Hey Kealan. Thanks for the friend request. I loved Kin. It was a great read. I had never heard of you before, but this site recommended several of your works. The Turtle Boy is next on my list.


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Kealan Burke Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Hi Kealan. Thanks for the friendship invite. I am a pretty big Richard Matheson fan myself."

You're very welcome, Danielle! Matheson is a master.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Hi Kealan. Thanks for the friendship invite. I am a pretty big Richard Matheson fan myself.


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Kealan Burke Jenn wrote: "Thanks for the request, Kealan!! This is the first time in I think over 10 years where I'm scared out of my mind while reading a book. My cats think I'm totally paranoid. I have 30% left & I don't ..."

Likewise, and I'm delighted the book had that effect on you! :-)


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Jenn Thanks for the request, Kealan!! This is the first time in I think over 10 years where I'm scared out of my mind while reading a book. My cats think I'm totally paranoid. I have 30% left & I don't want it to end but I do ha.

Nice to meet you!


Kealan Burke T.j. wrote: "Hey, Kealan. Thanks for the friendship.

Man, I've got to tell you we're having a blast with Kin. I'm at about 80% and it's the first real rockin read I've had this year. Congrats on such a ba..."


Delighted to hear that, TJ!


Kealan Burke Recluse wrote: "Kealan,
Just wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving."


Yikes, just seeing this now. Thank you sir!


message 7: by T.J.

T.J. Hey, Kealan. Thanks for the friendship.

Man, I've got to tell you we're having a blast with Kin. I'm at about 80% and it's the first real rockin read I've had this year. Congrats on such a badass book.

TJ


Jon Recluse Kealan,
Just wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.


Kealan Burke krisabelle wrote: "Thank you for the friend request, Kealan! I read The Turtle Boy and The Hides on the same day and they were incredible. I can't wait to read more of your work!"

Thanks so much, Krisabelle! I'm delighted to hear that!


xoxokrisa Thank you for the friend request, Kealan! I read The Turtle Boy and The Hides on the same day and they were incredible. I can't wait to read more of your work!


The Book Posh Thanks for the friend request!! I am looking forward to reading Turtle Boy & Ravenous Ghosts!!


message 1: by Nancy

Nancy Hi Kealan,

Thanks for adding me to your circle of friends!
Looking forward to reading "The Turtle Boy".

-Nancy


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