Kin (preorder)

Kin (preorder)

Illustration By Kealan Patrick Burke
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(preorder-to be published in Winter 2024/2025)

Published by Suntup Editions.

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 MassacreKin 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.



  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 519 Pages.
  • Limited to 500 copies.
  • Signed by Kealan Patrick Burke.
  • New exclusive introduction by the author.
  • First publication of new prequel novella, Cottonmouth.
  • Full cloth symth-sewn binding.
  • Foil blocked cover and spine.
  • Eight full color illustrations by Kealan Patrick Burke.
  • Dust jacket illustrated by Kealan Patrick Burke (the only edition featuring this illustrated dust jacket). 
  • Printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper.
  • Text pages set in W. A. Dwiggins’ New Caledonia with a 19th century revival, AT Sackers Roman Light for display.
  • Housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.


Kealan Patrick Burke
Kealan Patrick Burke
519 pages
Suntup Editions