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"She shudders at the thought of those silent plots, those vaguely human-sized mounds in the lush grass, those endless rows of chiseled names, all lost in the fog, but most definitely there, for they have nowhere else to be, and no place else will have them." - "How The Night Recieves Them"

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Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from an early age that he was going to be a writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family 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, 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 number of his books have been optioned for film.