Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke - Numbered Edition

Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke - Numbered Edition

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Suntup Editions is pleased to present the definitive edition of Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke, featuring a new introduction and illustrations by the author, as well as a brand-new prequel novella, Cottonmouth.

First released in 2011, Kin was hailed as “one of the best Southern gothic novels in recent memory” (Dark Discoveries) and “a modern classic” (Fearnet), making an immediate impression upon readers as a violent departure from the author’s quiet ghost stories.

The novel opens on a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, as 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 are closing in.

In the spirit of films like Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Kin approaches its subject matter from a different angle, examining the aftermath of such horror. In Burke’s story of teens run afoul of religious zealots in the backwoods of Alabama, the focus is on what happens after the nightmare: the grief, the trauma, and ultimately, the thirst for vengeance. In Kin, the line that separates us from evil is fragile when revenge corrupts the innocent and turns good people into monsters.

Now, Kealan Patrick Burke returns to the world of Kin with a never before published prequel novella, Cottonmouth. Set in the aftermath of the Great Depression in Tennessee, it is a time of religious fervor and charlatanism, of thieves, murderers, and moonshiners.

Here you’ll meet Horseshoe Collins, a traveler on a vengeful search for the father who abandoned him; Billy Wray, a snake-handling Pentecostal preacher bringing the promise of salvation to rural communities paralyzed by fear of the devil; and Jonah Merrill, a child grieving the loss of his beloved father and tormented by his mother’s wrath.

With the threat of a second World War looming on the horizon, destiny will bring these three people together and set innocent young Jonah on the path to his eventual fate and a new name: Papa-In-Gray, the patriarch of the dreaded Merrill family whose horrific exploits were first introduced to the world in Kin.

The signed limited edition of Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Classic editions.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 519 Pages.
  • Limited to 250 copies.
  • Signed by Kealan Patrick Burke.
  • New exclusive introduction by the author.
  • First publication of new prequel novella, Cottonmouth.
  • Millimeter style binding covered in custom printed Dubletta cloth with the upper and lower edges capped in black goatskin.
  • Leather cover label is foil blocked.
  • Eight full color illustrations by Kealan Patrick Burke.
  • Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra.
  • Head & tail bands are handmade with cloth.  
  • Printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper.
  • Text pages are set in W. A. Dwiggins’ New Caledonia with a 19th century revival, AT Sackers Roman Light for display.
  • Housed in a Dubletta covered clamshell enclosure with velour-lined floors. 
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2023 by Kealan Patrick Burke.

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