Kealan Patrick Burke Talks Horror on Get Lit With Leza


“A refreshingly casual and atypical interview in which the standard questions are dispensed with in favor of off-the-cuff discussions on a wide (and sometimes bizarre) range of topics. In short: a lot of fun.”

Kealan Patrick Burke




I noticed Kealan Patrick Burke on Twitter because tbh he is fine af. One day I decided to reach out to him & to my delight he accepted my invite to come on my show. I was not prepared for his equally swoon-worthy accent, but I forged ahead like a pro, asking him about his writing rituals, why he loves horror, about his rad cover art, and other intrusive life stuff. It was a lot of fun & he was a great sport.

Jon us for this special episode of GET LIT WITH LEZA! 





In the wake of his infant daughter’s tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, who refuses to be inside the house where the unthinkable happened, and unable to work, he seeks solace in an endless parade of old sitcoms and a bottle of bourbon.

Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter’s old room, a room now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers…except for her security blanket, affectionately known as Blanky.

Blanky, old and frayed, with its antiquated patchwork of badly sewn rabbits with black button eyes, who appear to be staring at the viewer…

Blanky, purchased from a strange old man at an antique stall selling “BABY CLOSE” at a discount.

The presence of Blanky in his dead daughter’s room heralds nothing short of an unspeakable nightmare that threatens to take away what little light remains in Steve’s shattered world.

Because his daughter loved Blanky so much, he buried her with it.




Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full 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 at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at, associate editor at Subterranean magazine, 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.

Visit him on the web at

Twitter: @kealanburke

Instagram: @kealanpatrick



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