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Kealan Patrick Burke
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4 Oct 2012
Sixteen-year-old Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the Brent Prior moors. It is a dreary place populated by the dispirited and the disillusioned, where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape. And Kate is no different. But her plans to run away to the city are crushed one very ordinary morning when the quiet in Brent Prior is shattered by an inexplicable act of violence.

In the wake of the tragedy, Kate's beloved father is stricken by a strange illness, and she and her brother fall under the care of the manor's caretaker and maid.

Then, as if attuned to the melancholy that has stricken Mansfield House, a fog rolls in. Villagers begin to vanish. Lithe fleeting shadows are glimpsed in the mist, and a disfigured man arrives in Brent Prior.

A man who has come back to settle an old score.

A man who calls himself the Master of the Moors.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479135895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479135899
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,517,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Called “one of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror” (Booklist), Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, The Living, Kin, and Nemesis), nine novellas (including the Timmy Quinn series), over a hundred short stories, and six collections. He edited the acclaimed anthologies: Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone. An Irish expatriate, he currently resides in Ohio. Visit him on the web at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended 16 Oct 2013
By golden
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Best book I have read in ages, although I am a lover of Kealan Patrick burned books . If you haven't read one of his books yet , I would highly recommend this one as your first you will soon be hooked .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and Brilliant! 7 Sep 2013
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As Always I could not stop reading until the end. Now I cannot sleep without checking under the bed......Cannot wait to see what happens next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece. 24 Feb 2013
By Nev
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Gothic horror that pulls you in from the very first page. Kealan Patrick Burke can write any style of book and it's wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Fun Ride! 19 Feb 2012
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on
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I borrowed this novel from a fellow Kindler.

This is an old school, gothic type horror story, complete with terrified villagers running around with torches in the foggy, craggy terrain. It's fast paced, it's fun and the characters are believable. The enemy is hard to define and that's one of the best parts of the ride.
The ending snuck up on me; I definitely wanted the story to continue and was a bit disappointed that it didn't.
All in all,though, it was a very good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This one has a bite and a bark to it 29 July 2013
By - Kasia S. - Published on
I have to disclose that I absolutely love werewolf film and fiction, I rarely get to read or watch it and I can count on my hand how many times it has met my demands but that doesn't mean that I will stop trying, here's another one, this time on a light side for the newbies but also something new for old fans, happy Sunday night, my beloved Sunday night Game of Thrones annihilation isn't here so this will have to do ...

Imagine a village surrounded by tall firs enshrouded in murky fog, it happens a lot at the edge of the Brent Prior moors. I'm talking the complete envelopment of the primordial ways of fire and steel when something dark starts to threaten villagers from the murky woods. Pitchforks and torches come out when someone goes missing. Old folklore is on the lips of every whisper released, tales of an incident from the past have comeback to haunt the future. People missing, screams and sightings of a large, stealthy animal lurking around aren't helping either..

This was such a gorgeous tale with beautiful scenery including the eerie melancholy of the woods and the bone chilling fog mixed with well written silence of the moors that I relished in each chapter. Being lost in the woods never sounded this exciting and scary before. This is a fun little story that will take the reader back to old times, fans of movies such as The Company of Wolves and The Brotherhood of the Wolf should really enjoy this one. It's subtle and visceral at the same time. This isn't a poem as romantic as it sounds, there is loss and there are such things as monsters, the unknowns truly makes us scared as past comes knocking on the door, literally. I'd like to stay vague on the general theme here, I read this without knowing anything about the book and was pleasantly surprised. This is a story about two young adults, Kate and Neil who want nothing more than to see their sick, bed ridden father rise up, he doesn't want to as he doesn't feel it's safe to be around them due to a past incident which involved the moors and some missing people, he knows something that he's not supposed to. As they get older something is revealed to them, something that will shatter their world and its illusion forever and the path they will choose will be very interesting. This was such a ride, as a reader I felt shaken up but so were the characters, Kate, Neil, Grady none of them we ready for the visit their little village got, and not all of them would see it the same way ever again. Everyone along with the reader was on their toes, this make the old folklore of the story fresh and it took an old favorite to new heights, it's not what you expect and it's great.

- Kasia S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KPB Fan 14 Dec 2012
By Newtobooks - Published on
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I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I loved the twist at the end as well. I am new to reading, and I have to say I keep coming back to Kealan Patrick Burke when it's time for a new book. There hasn't been a book yet that I haven't liked. Some may be better than others, but still all are very good and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Horror 13 Feb 2012
By recluse - Published on
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Master of the Moors is a chilling blend of old school horror with a contemporary edge. Burke brings the moors to life; you can literally feel the tendrils of fog envelop you as this authentically atmospheric werewolf tale unfolds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent atmospheric Lycanthrope tale... 2 July 2011
By Benjamin U - Published on
When I purchased Mark Hansom's BEAST OF BRAHM, I thought I was going to be getting the story that I got in MASTER OF THE MOORS. Granted, I thoroughly enjoyed Hansom's story, but that was not the "beast" story I was looking for... MoM is most definitely that story.

One of my favorite stories and settings for any horror novel is one in which the beast stalks the foggy countryside, terrorizing the villagers as it wreaks its undying vengeance on the world.

Major kudos to Kealan Patrick Burke for being able to so artfully incorporate all my favorite horror elements into a single novel.

I also found the Romanian folklore angle to be a really nice touch (it forced me to google 'strigoi'). My only slight criticism is regarding the lychanthropy as a communicable disease plot device. I'm fully aware that this is definitely a tried and true method for many were-wolf/shape change stories, but I have never really liked it. I think "catching" lychanthropy is far to similar a plot device as traditional vampirism in horror lit. There really should be a far more romantic treatment of the were-wolf archetype... and certainly one that is differentiated from the vampire archetype. But all of this is a matter of taste and it did not take away from my enjoyment of the novel.

The characters were well developed and I found myself fully invested in how things turned out. I found the twist at the end to be very clever as well.

Well done!! I am looking forward to KPB's next installment!!
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