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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Necessary Evil Press; First Edition edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975363506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975363508
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,911,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)

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, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.

When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.

In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

Customer Reviews

This book kept me reading from start to finish.
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I liked the book, but it was a little too far-fetched for me, and it seemed to end too soon, as though there was more to the story to come.
Patricia W Baird
The story is well written, with an interesting plot and great character development!
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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful By e3verson on August 29, 2011
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The Turtle boy sounds like a sweet innocent story about a boy and his turtle right? Wrong!! Sure the story starts out innocent enough, two young boys playing outside while on summer vacation, just a lazy day trying to figure out what to do. That is until they decide to make their way to the pond, and that is where it begins to get a little disturbing. Once they meet the turtle boy their lives will change forever!

This book was such a great intro to Kealan Patrick Burke and his work. I am of course planning on reading the rest of the series, and anything else I can get my hands on by this author. This book isn't going to hit you over the head with graphic violence and gore, but is instead geared for those who appreciate the subtle eerie nuances that can make for an interestingly creepy read. There was a point in the book towards the end when something was revealed (not going to say what beside that it involved a single flicker of lightning) where my mouth literally fell open. For anyone who is debating on whether or not to read this book, stop debating and READ THIS BOOK!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on October 20, 2008
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This is an interesting and fun story that tried to cram in a ton of explanations and speculations in the last 15 pages of the book. The story's protagonist is an 11-year old boy named Timmy, who along with his friend encounters a horrific child at a local lake that he ends up calling The Turtle Boy. Timmy has unknowingly come upon a secret involving the boy and his neighborhood, and the story unfolds as Timmy's actions force the secret of the Turtle Boy back into the open.

It's really hard not to give away spoilers here as this is a novella. But the story builds up slowly and then at the end you get slammed with the answers, and even more than you were expecting or needing. I think some of this could have been spread out through the story rather than crammed in at the end. It felt like there was a narrator telling you what just happened, like we really needed all that explanation. *shrug* Regardless, this was a very entertaining story, effortless to read, and left the reader wanting more, which the author helps with by leaving open speculation about his father. This story is easily recommended.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By sue mattson on July 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Turtle Boy meanders like a lazy summer afternoon that soon turns itself inside out. With frightening speed that warm afternoon is ripped away to reveal a night sky, razor shredded by lightening. Images back-lit, sickening and unexpected crawl off the pages and carve their way under your skin like so many demonic chiggers.

This story was awesomely disturbing. The beginning had a bit of a To Kill a Mockingbird/Stand By Me vibe. The pacing was perfect as this creepy little tale whipped itself into a horrifying frenzy. The images jump out, stick there and simmer, brewing `til you try to sleep. Buckle up, Skippy, the nightmares are going to be intense.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Abigail89 on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read recently a review in which the reviewer compared THE TURTLE BOY favorably to such classics as Stephen King's "The Body" (from DIFFERENT SEASONS--filmed as STAND BY ME) and Robert R. McCammon's BOYS LIFE. After reading this novella, I have to agree. At turns heartwarming, terrifying and funny, this creepy little story will get under your skin and stay there. It may also serve to remind you of your youth and when you first realized magic can end.

Highly recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Sassy Lady on August 18, 2011
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I must admit the second biggest reason that I got this book was because it was free, but I have to say it great. The langue is stunning and the story compelling and creepy. I know that one person didn't like it because they didn't seem to get that this is a ghost story. If you are the kind of person that has been ruined by instant gratification, buckets of gore, and are a fan of the Saw movies then don't waste your time. But if you have imagination and are looking for something more than your typical vamp book then this is for you.
The only problem that I had with it was that it's too short, I wouldn't event call it a novella. It's not even a terribly long short story, but I will definitely get the next in the series, I'll event pay for it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James L. Woolridge VINE VOICE on February 7, 2012
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Burke's THE TURTLE BOY is the first novella leading to a book series about eleven year old Timmy Quinn. Kind of a frighteningly simple story that leads to the fantasy edges. The potential is here for a nice series, but the story slipped a little away from the author toward the end of the story. But hey, try it...Free!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2010
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The Turtle Boy, originally published in Cemetery Dance, is a great example of the sort of slow-building terror.

Kealan Patrick Burke really gets horror; the Turtle Boy isn't about "gotcha" scares and gross-outs, but rather showcases the kind of terror that creeps up when you least expect it and glues your eyes to the pages.

In the beginning, you might be convinced that you're reading a light coming of age tale as Timmy Quinn enjoys summer with his best friend Pete and they talk about the things that 11 year old boys do: digging for treasure, being bored, and going fishing.

Burke describes his scenes in vivid detail, which makes it all the more scary when the weirdness starts to quietly bleed in around the edges. Things start going wrong when the titular turtle boy shows up, gaunt and pale, with a head like a "busted squash". The creepy undertone fades in and out and grows until it's so oppressive that you can no longer remember how simple and normal everything seemed in the beginning. The payoff is an unexpected, terrifying climax that makes The Turtle Boy worth reading by even the most finicky of horror fans.
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