Secret Faces smallI am pleased to announce that my new short story collection SECRET FACES is now available for preorder on Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo, with all other vendors to follow in the coming hours. Here’s the lowdown:

“If you are hiding from yourself, don’t expect anyone else to see you.”

Everyone has a secret. Everyone is someone else when the world isn’t looking. Sometimes that person is good, sometimes that person is not. In Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke’s latest terrifying collection of short stories, you’ll meet thirteen people who discover the horror of what happens when those secret faces are removed and the true darkness that dwells within us all is unleashed.

Table of Contents:

The End of Us
The Red Light is Blinking
I’m Not There
Memory Lane
Forced Entry
The Quiet
The One Night of the Year

With an introduction and story notes by the author.

Preorder on Amazon here.



Everybody Loves SOUR CANDY

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Okay, not everyone, because that’s pretty much impossible (and for those of you who didn’t, I tried, I swear), but I am certainly gratified by the positive feedback I’ve received for my humble little (read: weird and twisted) novella. In addition to the overwhelmingly great reviews from readers and reviewers alike, some of my favorite writers also weighed in with the following praise (a kindness for which I am endlessly indebted):

“SOUR CANDY is spectacularly good. A brilliant premise, marvelously executed, it’s as close to a perfect story as I can remember reading. I only wish I’d written it myself.” – Bentley Little, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE POLICY and THE CONSULTANT.

“On top, SOUR CANDY is a parental nightmare. But just under the lid is a mindscrew-story of a man’s life exploding. Like The Twilight Zone and the great, shorter stuff by Beaumont and Matheson, Kealan Patrick Burke opens a door that we didn’t even know was in the house.” – Josh Malerman, author of BIRD BOX

“SOUR CANDY is Kealan Patrick Burke at his beautifully hideous best. Original, compelling, and unsettling as hell, it’s must-read horror!” -Christopher Golden, New York Times #1 bestselling author of DEAD RINGERS

“An unexpected knife-turn in psychological suspense…” Christopher Fowler, author of NYCTOPHOBIA, THE SAND MEN, and the Bryant & May series.

If you haven’t already found out why Phil Pendleton really shouldn’t have accepted candy from a strange kid, you can procure your SOUR CANDY here.


“The Red Light is Blinking”

Focusing on Internet trolls and vengeance, my latest short story “The Red Light is Blinking” is now available to read for free at Nightmare magazine and Dread Central. Alternatively you can download the complete magazine for Kindle at Nightmare magazine or

And you can read the nonfiction postscript “Random Acts of Silence” on this very blog here.

New Release: THE TENT



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 insidious awaits, something few have ever seen, something ancient, unknowable, and insatiable.

If you go down to these woods today, you won’t live to see the sunrise…

A brand new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.

Available now on,, B&N, and Available via all other vendors soon…

THE SEVEN: Gary Raisor

Continuing my interview series called THE SEVEN, in which I invite some of my favorite authors to answer seven questions about their most recent projects, today’s guest is Gary Raisor, a writer I first discovered in the pages of the much-missed magazines Night Cry and The Horror Show, and more recently in Cemetery Dance and Grave Tales. His mosaic novel (a linked series of stories) Sinister Purposes, also released by Cemetery Dance Publications and now available digitally, ranks as one of the best single author collections I’ve read. Empty Places, his graphic novella released by Crossroad Press, is also a particularly fine read, with wonderful artwork by Jeff Austin.

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Q. What is your most recent release?

Less Than Human to Crossroad Press.

Q. What inspired the project?

A desire to mix two of my favorite genres, westerns and horror.

Q. What is the primary theme you’ve chosen to explore with this project?

The nature of friendship, particularly the boundaries.

Q. Of everything you’ve written to date, which project has been the most difficult for you?

Rewriting some parts in my next release Sinister Purposes. I felt like I missed it the first time around. Got another chance, but damn it’s hard to find that same mindset as the first time I wrote these stories.

Q. Which title would you suggest as a good introduction for newcomers to your work, and why?

I’d go with Less Than Human. It’s the one that I’ll be remembered for, if I’m remembered at all.

Q. What are your thoughts on the burgeoning digital market?

It’s a jungle, and I’ve lost my compass. Help!

Q. What’s next for you?

Hopefully a new novel, soon as I wrestle Sinister Purposes into shape.

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Visit Gary at his blog here.

DEAD LEAVES: 8 Tales from the Witching Season

I’m pleased to announce my latest digital release: DEAD LEAVES: 8 TALES FROM THE WITCHING SEASON has just gone live on Smashwords and for the Nook, with Kindle and other formats to follow over the next few days.

Two brothers find themselves drawn to the only house in the neighborhood not decorated for Halloween…A man returns to his hometown to bury his overbearing mother, and finds more than memories awaiting him in the shadows of his childhood home…A young girl walks a lonely country road, recalling a rhyme that brings with it memories of death…A teenager hoping for romance gets more than he bargained for when the object of his desire introduces him to the object of hers…An aging millionaire awakes buried in a cheap coffin with only a lamp and a bell for company…The son of a woman accused of being a witch accepts the villagers’ peace offering at her funeral, but all is not quite as it seems…A woman with a violent past realizes that this year’s Halloween party may be coming for her…and a lonely trick-or-treater awakes in a house rumored to be a place of death.

From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke comes the second in his series of seasonal collections. Featuring seven reprints, a brand new story “The Toll”, an introduction, and rounded out by the author’s recommended reading and viewing lists, DEAD LEAVES makes for the perfect autumnal read.