Kin

Kin

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by Kealan Patrick Burke
     
 

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A new novel by the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY.

On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers -- a family of cannibalistic lunatics --

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A new novel by the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY.

On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers -- a family of cannibalistic lunatics -- are closing in.

A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.

In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.

And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance... a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.

It's time to return to Elkwood.

In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world -- the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge -- and sets them on an unthinkable journey... back into the heart of darkness.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Furlong
"It's odd that an Irish transplant to the Northern US has written one of the best Southern Gothic novels in recent memory. I'll look forward to Burke's next work just as much as I hated to see this one end. I would highly recommend Kin to lovers of old fashioned horror fiction with a twist. If you're going to read just one noir cannibal revenge novel this year, Kin should fit the bill."
Christopher Shearer
"If you're a fan of Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, or movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, don't miss Kin. Burke's novel not only re-imagines the classic slasher tropes, but it invents new ones. Kin is sure to garner Burke a wider readership, awards, and to inspire a slew of new slasher novels and films. This is a modern classic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough."
Nick Cato
"THIS is serious horror fiction that has set a high standard for future stories in this subgenre. Don't miss it."
Bryan Camp
"If you took the moral quandaries about revenge, justice and violence against evil from Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie novels, spread it over the sprawling cast of a Stephen King thriller, and mixed it with the Southern Gothic grotesques of Eudora Welty, you might end up with something like Kealan Patrick Burke’s new novel, Kin."
Blu Gilliand
"Kin ends a long period of silence from Burke, and has me quite excited to see what's coming next. It's due out this Fall...and I urge you to get a copy. It gets my highest possible recommendation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479110490
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/17/2012
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
410,989
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet 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, three collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, and Theater Macabre), 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.

You can find him on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com

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Kin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Shelly65 More than 1 year ago
An amazing, epic story full of beauty and horror. Love it, devoured it over the course of a few days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is brutal, but I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every sick, depraved, horrifying word. You seldom find books in this genre that are so well written; every detail fleshed out to create a picture you may sometimes wish you couldn't see. I have loved everything I've read from this author thus far and won't stop reading until there is nothing left. If you're looking for sunshine and rainbows, turn away. If you're in the market for something a lot more gritty, then prepare to be captivated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't say enough good things, my new fav author. I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed the ending, it ended as it should, maybe not the way most would want, but what makes this a great novel is THIS COULD REALLY HAPPEN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twists & turns, suspense, horror, and belonging Should be a motion picture!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I often check reviews to see if a book is too short to bother with. One of the reviews said this was a 1700 page book. Great! I purchased it ready to settle down for a long read... only 250 pages!! What a bummer. Done in a couple hours. Gnarly read, though, very gory.
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Shades of Laymon and Edward Lee, but full of well-drawn characters and gritty realism. Not just another inbred hillbilly cannibalism type horror novel but one that deals with complex human emotions, and how the choices we make resonate throughout our lives, as well as the very real heart of darkness. Burke is an author worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page-turning, white-knuckled mystery! Cannot wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down,it was one I was so excited to get and read and I was not disappointed at all
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I enjoyed this book, but it's not for everyone. It was shocking & disturbing. It's a long book, 1700 pages plus. But it was a fast read. There are some very unusual characters at the core of the story.