Cemetery Dance Publications posted a rather lengthy production update today. Included was some welcome news for those awaiting THE TURTLE BOY: PEREGRINE’S TALE and THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS.

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“We’ve received the amazing Alan Clark cover artwork (below) for THE TURTLE BOY: PEREGRINE’S TALE by Kealan Patrick Burke, along with the last of the interiors. This title is now headed to our designer.”

The Turtle Boy: Peregrine’s Tale (CDSS #6)
by Kealan Patrick Burke

Featured Artist: Alan M. Clark

At eleven years of age, strange things started to happen to a boy named Timmy Quinn. His 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: The Curtain. Worse, Timmy is a conduit for these monstrous entities, allowing them to walk freely between worlds to exact their brutal vengeance.

His search for answers has taken him halfway around the world, forcing him to endure many horrors, among them the revelation that the spiritual realm known as The Stage may have been manmade, and that the dead do not operate of their own free will, but are instead influenced by an enigmatic figure known only as “Peregrine.”

About this man, Timmy knows nothing. But he will learn, and in time, he will come to know Peregrine as an adversary worse than the vengeful dead.

Herein lies the genesis of a monster.

  • Limited Edition of 550 signed and numbered copies ($35)
  • Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies ($175) 

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“All of the materials for THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS by Kealan Patrick Burke has been approved at the printer and we expect to see our first finished copies in about a month. In the meantime, Kealan’s massive new collection is receiving some terrific reviews, like this one from Rue Morgue:

“Each tale grabs you within the first few sentences and never lets go, resulting in a collection guaranteed to take you on one of the scariest rides of your life.””

The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others
by Kealan Patrick Burke

Kealan Patrick Burke’s first collection RAVENOUS GHOSTS was released in a very limited run, promptly sold out, and now commands high prices on the secondary market. We are very pleased to introduce you to the author’s follow-up collection, an ambitious gathering of some of the tales for which he is best known.

The lonesome sound of a long forgotten train draws an old man to memories of a horrific past… A journalist makes the mistake of visiting a website where real-life executions are the order of the day… At the foot of an old tree, an insidious evil awaits two boys digging for treasure… A browbeaten salesman finds hope and a possible escape from the banality of his world when he returns home to find a fairytale beanstalk sprouting from his garden… A man resists the social pressure to quit smoking and puts himself at an unimaginable risk… A high school student accepts a dare to ask out the ugliest girl in school and enters a world of pain and violence… A bunch of barflies doomed to murder sinners get together for one last drink in a dying town…

These are some of the passengers, headed for a ride through the dark uncharted regions of the heart and mind, on a train unbound by any law but its own.

All Aboard The Number 121 to Pennsylvania.

There will be no stops.

Featuring nearly 550 pages of fiction by one of horror’s most popular young authors, THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS concludes with original novella Saturday Night At Eddie’s and the screenplay “Mr. Goodnight”. Saturday Night At Eddie’s is the basis for the upcoming novel CURRENCY OF SOULS, and this is the only planned print version of the novella!

Table of Contents:
“The Grief Frequency”
“The Number 121 to Pennsylvania”
“Mr. Goodnight” (short story version)
“High on the Vine” (original short story)
“Tonight the Moon is Ours”
“Will You Tell Them I Died Quietly?”
“The Last Laugh”
Saturday Night At Eddie’s (original novella)
“Mr. Goodnight” (original screenplay)
Story Notes

Praise and Reviews:

“In 14 dark fantasies collected here, Burke creates characters whose angst opens them up to uncanny incidents and ghostly encounters that seem an extension of their own spiritual malaise… Burke shows skill at imagining expressive supernatural experiences appropriate for his well-developed characters and their agitated emotions.”
Publishers Weekly

“Don’t read it late at night.”

Available in two states:

  • Limited Edition of 1000 signed copies ($40)
  • Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker and additional artwork ($175)

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