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An Interview with Kealan Patrick Burke

Published May 16, 2015 by MommaCat

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What’s your earliest memory about you making up your own stories?

Oddly enough, I remember always trying to write sequels in novel-form for movies that I loved. Two of the ones I clearly recall were Aliens 2 and Ghostbusters 3. The former had the Momma Xenomorph from Aliens somehow (inexplicably) surviving entry into the earth’s atmosphere after her ejection from the airlock and landing in a rural lake. After that the details (mercifully) get a bit hazy, but I remember the idea was to have rural folks going up against the Xenomorph with shotguns and pitchforks. Which, given the period in which the Alien movies are set, makes absolutely no sense at all.

I also remember a short story entitled “The Calling”, which involved people locking themselves into a church at night to avoid sleepwalking into the tide at the behest of some hypnotic force. Although I’m sure I’m being merciful to the ego of my younger self, I remember that one not being too terrible. I also remember it was one of the first stories I finished on my very first typewriter.

For those that haven’t heard about Digital 50, would you tell us all about it?  The idea is brand new to me, how did you come up with it?  Also, can anyone in the world take advantage of this awesome offer?

DIGITAL 50 is a subscription-based book club in which you pay an upfront fee ($50) and receive every digital title I release over the next ten years, or 50 books, whichever occurs first. In addition, you also receive a personalized short story written just for you, which will be signed and mailed to you. I’m not really sure where the idea came from, other than witnessing similar models used in pretty much every digital business these days. I launched it as an experiment, and suspected it wouldn’t do very well. Already though, the response has been superb. And certainly, anyone anywhere can take advantage of it. You can find out more about Digital 50 here: www.kealanpatrickburke.com/digital-50/

If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

I’d like to have been around in America in the 1950s, or in the Wild West to experience frontier life (and probably die young and horribly), or in Athens in the Fifth Century to see the birth of democracy, or England to see Shakespeare’s plays when they premiered, or go see Mozart or Beethoven perform in concert. There are so many answers, but I guess the simplest one would be self-serving, sentimental, and a total cheat (because I was alive in this place and time): I’d like to go back to my teens and do things differently.

Do you consider yourself handy around the house?

I think in the Internet age, nobody has an excuse not to be at least moderately handy around the house. You can look up how to fix something in two seconds flat. So yes, I can screw in a lightbulb, hang a picture or a door, change a plug, fix a chair leg, but anything much bigger than that and I’m destined to fail.

What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

World Gone By, by Dennis Lehane, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly.

If you could claim one book as your own – think fame, not fortune – what book do you wish you wrote and why?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

Kanye West. I’d mail all his money to Kealan Patrick Burke.

Who are the authors that influenced your life the most?

Stephen King for sure. Charles L. Grant, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, John Connolly.

What do you do to lift yourself up when you’re feeling down?

Usually take the day off and just vegetate in front of the TV, or with a book, or a video game. I’m never down for long. Life’s too short to waste it in the doldrums.

What are a couple of items on your bucket list?

Have a Hollywood movie made from my work (which seems imminent); travel the world; get married again and have kids; buy my dream house (think Gothic Victorian); be financially secure, and move back to Ireland.

What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Monica Belluci, my highschool English teacher, Zelda Fitzgerald, Paul Newman, and Veronica Lake.

Would you talk about what books you have forthcoming? And specifically, is there going to be a KIN 2?

Yes there is. And quite possibly a third volume if certain characters’ backstories don’t quit haunting me. But first up is NIGHT FALLS ON MEMORY LANE, the first book in my new series featuring Cassandra Quinn (daughter of Timmy) who can see people’s memories just by touching them. She is called in to solve the mystery of a town in Pennsylvania in which people seem to have been stricken with mass amnesia.

How do you want the world to remember you?

As a good person and a good writer.

Thank you for a terrific interview, Kealan.  If you want more, you can find Kealan on Facebook, on the web, on Goodreads and follow him on twitter @kealanburke.

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Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

Published May 16, 2015 by MommaCat

KIN.  How long has it been since you read it?  KIN remains KPB’s most popular book to date.  Does Momma-in-bed bring back memories?  What a memorable character she was!    For the seven of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, KIN is a novel about hillbillies gone out of control.  I mean wild like nobody’s business.  This is a revenge novel in the best Southern Gothic tradition.  It’s violent and twisted in a good old fashioned horror sort of way.  If you’re into Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum you should love this.  And, as KPB said in the interview, he’s working on KIN 2!

What are you waiting for?  Need another copy?

Buy KIN at Amazon.com now!

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The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke

Published May 16, 2015 by MommaCat

THE TENT scared the crap out of me the first time I read it.  It was awesome!  It was one of the first stories by KPB that I read and completely hooked me on his books.  It’s the darker side of his writing – not as dark as JACK AND JILL (my favorite) –  if you’re into scary stuff and you like camping, give this a try…but maybe not at the same time!  And if you’re not into camping, great!  Read this while you’re snug at home by yourself and not a creature is stirring…

It will take your breath away.

Buy THE TENT at Amazon.com

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And the winner is…

Published May 13, 2015 by MommaCat

STEPHEN GRIGLAK!

Stephen lives on the east coast of the U.S and responded (several times) this morning.  He will receive the LETTERED EDITION of THE GRAY ZONE directly from John R. Little.

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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest.  Keep following Cat After Dark, you never know what might happen next.

An Interview with John R Little

Published May 1, 2015 by MommaCat

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You seem to have a fascination for the ‘backwards’ story line. Would you talk about that?

First of all, thank you for inviting me to be part of your interview series! I appreciate it very much. As for backwards story lines, I’d generalize it more to say I’m interested in all aspects of time. I like stories where time is treated differently than we typically view it. I absolutely love writing those kinds of stories. My best examples are Miranda, The Gray Zone, Secrets, and The Memory Tree, but others tread close to the same turf. Why? Who knows? Maybe it’s something in my DNA, but it’s an area I’ve always loved, both as a writer and a reader. I think everybody has things that they’re captivated by. Time is one of mine.

If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

Right here, right now. I love my life, and wouldn’t change a thing. If I was somehow forced to change to another environment, well, I’d probably just want to go someplace warm. The “when” doesn’t matter as long as I had something I can type with.

You mentioned you were working on a book called Soul Mates. Without divulging too much, could you tell us a bit about it?

Soul Mates will be published by JournalStone on September 11, 2015. In some ways, it’s a very personal novel, with the main female character modeled after my fiancée. I’ve been mulling over this story for more than five years, and this was the year to finally tell the story. It’s part love story, part thriller, and part supernatural mystery. I hope it will resonate with my readers, and I think it will. The protagonist (Alannah) is a woman who has an identical twin sister, who is a bit more rebellious than Alannah. The other main character is a disgraced magician. I’ve always enjoyed magic shows and wanted to write about them for a long time. The characters evolve very significantly through the novel and there’s some blistering shocks in store for them. Hee hee. I think that’s about all I should say at this point.

What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

These could change, but right now I’d say The Amazing Mr. Howard by Kenneth Harmon (looks like a great twist on the vampire genre), Submerged by Thomas F. Monteleone (one of my favorite authors), and The Top of the Volcano by Harlan Ellison (even though I’ve previously read all the stories the book contains, I know I’ll love re-reading them).

What have you never taken the time to do that you really want to do? (bucket list item)

You know, that’s a tougher question than it should be. I’m now 59 years old and I’ve had amazing opportunities my whole life. I’ve traveled to many places, had two successful careers, been able to read thousands of wonderful books and write a bunch of my own. I’m in the best relationship of my life and getting married this summer. When I look back at all this, what could I possibly want that I haven’t already enjoyed? The only thing that comes to mind is attending more horror conventions, but sometimes that’s not possible due to timing.

What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

Probably Stephen King. It’d be interesting to see what it’s like inside his head.

Who are the authors that influenced your life the most?

Stephen King, Thomas F. Monteleone, Jack Finney, and Rod Serling all come to mind pretty easily. I’m sure there are lots of others. I think writers get influenced by dozens of other writers and they never even know it. These four I know for sure.

If we were to look in your refrigerator right now what would we see?

Hang on, while I go look . . . okay, we’ve got bread, deli meat, and cheese. Grapes, eggs, milk, apple juice, and Coke Zero. Hmm, it doesn’t seem all that interesting, does it?

What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party?

Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Steve Jobs, and Jesus Christ.

Your collection, Little by Little, in currently nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. This isn’t the first Stoker nomination you’ve received, but I’m guessing the feeling doesn’t change much. Would you talk about the awards a bit?

I’m so very fortunate. Truly. I’ve been nominated three prior times for The Memory Tree, Ursa Major, and Miranda (which won). The thrill never changes. I was incredibly happy all four times because it helps to confirm that I’m doing something right with my work and that it appeals to readers. I’m in a category with four other very talented writers, and that’s an amazing honor, regardless of who wins on May 9.

What’s happening with the film version of Ursa Major?

It’s coming! There’s been lots of pre-production work so far, and I am thrilled with the screenplay. The producers have lined up a live grizzly bear as well as hired an animatronics special effects company in England. Filming is planned to begin sometime this year, and hopefully it’ll be in theaters next year or 2017. It’s taken quite a while to get to this point, but the producers love the book and want to make a faithful adaptation. I believe that’s exactly how it will turn out.

What’s up next for you?

In 2015, I have two books being released. Soul Mates (mentioned above) and a currently secret project. I have been asked for several short stories, and I’ll be writing them shortly. I’ll be starting my next novel at the end of the summer. It’s working title is Joe, the Dead Guy. We’ll see if that sticks. That one will be published in late 2016 by JournalStone. I also hope to find time to finish a sequel to Scavenger Hunt. I have about 25,000 words complete, but it’s been on the back burner due to other commitments for a while now. We’ll see!

How do you want the world to remember you?

This sounds horrible, but I don’t really care how the world remembers me. In fact, I doubt many people will remember me at all. I do care how my family remembers me, though. I hope they will think of me as somebody who was nice to them, and who tried his best to make them happy.

Find John on the Web and check him out on Facebook!

At this point I normally say thank you to the author and hope that I get to talk to them again.  But John has something special he wants to give to one of my followers, the lettered edition of The Gray Zone.  There were only 26 copies printed.  It’s a beautiful hardcover with a lot of material that was not included in any other edition and artwork that didn’t appear in any other edition. All you have to do to enter to win in a random drawing to be held on May 13,2015 is be a follower of Cat After Dark and send me an email saying “I want that book!”  I must receive your email by 12:00 noon mst on 5/13/15 or your entry won’t count. Only one entry per person. Include your name/nick with the email.  If your name is drawn you will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond with your mailing information or the prize will be forfeited and another drawing will be held.  This will continue until the prize has been given away.  Emails should be sent to momkitty@gmail.com  Follow Cat After Dark by clicking the follow link (not the Twitter link) on the right sidebar about the middle if the bar. Good luck!

Little by Little by John R Little

Published May 1, 2015 by MommaCat

If you were to only buy one book per year (yeah, right! who am I kidding?) I would suggest that book to be LITTLE BY LITTLE.  This book is packed with some of the best stories that John R. Little has written to date. They include:

Miranda – This is a story of a man who lives his life backwards.  Not just aging backwards, but talking backwards, going from birth to death backwards, raising a family…That can be an extremely lonely life without someone to share it.  Miranda is that person.  This novella length story is unforgettable. John won a Bram Stoker award for Miranda.

Dreams in Black and White – Charlie has problems sleeping.  Well, the problems aren’t with his sleeping really, but with his dreams. Are they precognitive? Can he do anything about it?  And why does he continually wake up at 4:42am?

The Gray Zone –  This is the story of Henry.  He befriends a family while on vacation in Egypt and saves a little boys life.  Henry finds himself able to play around with the timestream in this novella length story.

Ursa Major – John steps away from playing with time to being chased by a bear in this camping trip turned horror story (sorry!).  Think guts and gore.

The Halloween Phantoms – This is a great scary short story for early on Halloween night. Better watch out!

These are just a few of the titles included in this amazing book.  Previously published in paperback by Bad Moon Books, you’ll be able to purchase this in digital format next year.

LITTLE BY LITTLE is the latest book by John R. Little to be nominated for a Stoker award.  On Saturday, May 9, the Horror Writers Association will reveal the winner in the category Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

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Darknet by John R Little

Published May 1, 2015 by MommaCat

DARKNET is not at all what I was expecting to read from John Little. It is extremely dark fiction. It starts out simply enough exploring the underbelly of the internet that few people know how to find and utilize.  Back in the day we knew we could anything we wanted at Alice’s Restaurant.  Except for Alice.  Well, the DarkNet makes anything gettable if you have enough bitcoins.  Even Alice. From the person on the other side of the chat room taking control of your computer to bitcoins, everything you’re about to read is real.  If this book doesn’t scare you, I don’t think anything will.

DARKNET is available to scare the hell out of you at Amazon.com

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