Guests Kealan Patrick Burke
With introductions & illustrations by the author
A child who can turn your reality into an unspeakable nightmare. A monster from childhood with wire-hangers for hands. A baby blanket that will suck the breath from your lungs. And a tour bus full of elderly visitors in search of a new life—even if it isn’t their own. These are the guests that occupy the mind of author Kealan Patrick Burke. Now, he invites them into yours.
Guests is a collection of four novellas by Kealan Patrick Burke, complete with new introductions to each story and illustrations by the author himself. “Jack and Jill” is a harrowing story of childhood trauma and how the scars it leaves behind can manifest into adult-sized nightmares; “Sour Candy” is a twisted and unnerving tale of psychological terror that holds readers as captive as its characters; “Blanky” is an emotionally charged study of loss, grief and rage; and “Guests,” a brand new story exclusive to this collection, is a chilling exploration of what makes a monster, what makes us human, and how the weak will always run rather than face their own reflections.
In each of these four novellas, Burke shows us that real horror lies in life’s tragedies. Guests is Kealan Patrick Burke at his most hauntingly lyrical and original, with four fear inducing tales of terror that will leave readers breathless.
About the Editions
The signed limited edition of Guests by Kealan Patrick Burke is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature thirteen full color illustrations and a new exclusive introduction by the author. This is the first publication of the title story, “Guests,” and the first signed limited edition including these stories. The text pages are set in Janson Text and Empirica. All editions are signed by the author, and are printed offset on archival Cougar Natural paper.
The Artist edition is limited to 750 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by Kealan Patrick Burke. It is a full cloth, smyth-sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by artist and author Kealan Patrick Burke. The edition is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase with an acrylic coating.
The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a full Japanese cloth binding with a foil stamped spine label and Hahnemühle Bugra endsheets. The edition is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase with an acrylic coating, and is signed by artist and author Kealan Patrick Burke.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a bradel binding with a leather spine, and distressed leather covered boards. Endsheets are hand marbled and the edition is housed in a cloth covered clamshell enclosure with a foil stamped spine label. The edition is signed by artist and author Kealan Patrick Burke.
Matching Numbers & Letters
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Illustrations by Kealan Patrick Burke
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2021 by Kealan Patrick Burke