"The Turtle Boy is fresh in a way that most horror fiction is not. It is equal parts hopeful and shocking, mixing carefully drawn scenes of horror with passages that sing with innocent wonder." --Mark Justice, HELLNOTES
"The Turtle Boy is a literate and haunting novella and serves as a fine showcase for the remarkable talent of its author" --Drew Williams, SURREAL
"Creepy and atmospheric, it will make you reminisce about your own youthful summers, but also make you look at them in a slightly different, darker light." - Ron Dickie, HORROR WORLD
"[a] disturbing coming-of-age story..." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Burke masterfully recreates that magical time from childhood: summer vacation...More than a simple trip down memory lane, the short novel pulls readers along a dark path toward horrifying events." - SFREADER
"a fantastic mix of youth, magic, and horror...You will love this one." - BOOK DEN
"All parts thriller and horror and reminiscent of Stephen King's The Body" - THE BEST DAMN CREATIVE WRITING BLOG
"A boyhood romp through the wilderness turned deadly...There is enough tension and danger to keep you glued to the page (or, as it were, your Kindle) while you root for the boy to solve the mystery with his life intact" - PANDORA'S PEN
From the Back Cover
- Michael Marshall Smith, author of THE STRAW MEN, and ONLY FORWARD
"Kealan Patrick Burke's THE TURTLE BOY is a tale of dark secrets that combines skillfully etched characters with rich, evocative prose to create a haunting depiction of relationships shredded by violence and the supernatural. A highly memorable and disquieting work."
- Chet Williamson, author of SECOND CHANCE, and ASH WEDNESDAY
"THE TURTLE BOY is a fine example of the Dark American Pastoral--not the heart of darkness, a dead end of absolute despair, but a more shadowy realm that is equally troubling for its mingling of the sad and the sinister, of dreams and the things that kill dreams."
-Thomas Ligotti, author of MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE, and THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY
"At a time in Fabulist fiction when genuine vision has been replaced with nebulousness and affectation, Kealan Patrick Burke's THE TURTLE BOY is a startling breath of fresh air whose intensely focused style borders on revelation; not only is this story scary and atmospheric, but it's also poignant and wise, and will haunt both your days and dreams for a very long time. Easily one of the finest novellas I've ever read in any genre."
- Gary Braunbeck, author of IN SILENT GRAVES, and COFFIN COUNTY