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About Joe McKinney
Joe McKinney has his feet in several different worlds. In his day job, he has worked as a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a DWI Enforcement officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, the director of the City of San Antonio’s 911 Call Center, and a patrol supervisor. He played college baseball for Trinity University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in American History, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the manager of a Barnes & Noble for a while, where he indulged a lifelong obsession with books. He published his first novel, Dead City, in 2006, a book that has since been recognized as a seminal work in the zombie genre. Since then, he has gone on to win two Bram Stoker Awards and expanded his oeuvre to cover everything from true crime and writings on police procedure to science fiction to cooking to Texas history. The author of more than twenty books, he is a frequent guest at horror and mystery conventions. Joe and his wife Tina have two lovely daughters and make their home in a little town just outside of San Antonio, where he pursues his passion for cooking and makes what some consider to be the finest batch of chili in Texas. You can keep up with all of Joe’s latest releases by friending him on Facebook.
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Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying--but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life--with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. . .
The Nightmare Begins
Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family. . .
Hell On Earth
There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors. . .but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay. . .
"Hair-raising. Do yourself a favor and snag a copy. . . thank me later." --Gene O'Neill, author of Deathflash
"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." --Brian Keene
With Laughter, Comes Death...
Emerging from the smoking ruins of Boston, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Lee leads the First Battalion, 55th Infantry Regiment on a perilous trek to its besieged home post of Fort Drum. Along the way, the unit must battle through the legions of diseased killers lying in wait, evading clever ambushes and fighting through terrifying attacks. Lee struggles to hold the battalion together while epitomizing its motto, "Bounding Forward."
The long flight out of Boston.
After weeks of non-stop fighting across an America overrun by fearless, shrieking mad killers, and a daring assault to retake their unit’s home base of Fort Drum, Lt. Colonel Harry Lee and the men of First Battalion, 55th Infantry Regiment have made it to the outskirts of Philadelphia.
The blood of the innocent.
Along the way, they’ve picked up thousands of refugees, innocents in need of protection against impossible odds.
Shelter from the storm.
The City of Brotherly Love is currently under the protection of General Anthony Bell, commander of the famed 56th Stryker Brigade, the Independence Brigade. But in a world gone mad, nothing is as it seems. And when Bell has Lee arrested and put up on charges, it’s up to Lee’s right hand man, Major Chris Walker, to pick up the pieces. Can he snatch Lee from the hangman’s noose, and can he guide his troops, and his civilian charges, through the gathering horde of maniacal killers?
Or will they all die laughing?
Print Length: 160 pages
First, the dead rose up--and civilization fell. Those who survived struggled to rebuild, creating makeshift societies with harsh new rules and harsher punishments. Some would be leaders, others slaves. But none would ever be safe from the walking death.
Humanity's Last Hope. . .
Off the coast of Texas, an island research facility offers sanctuary, supplies--and hope--to a desperate trio of survivors. But when they learn what the scientists are doing, how their experiments could unleash armies of the undead, they have no choice but to fight back.
Kill Them All. . .
Dead or alive, the enemy drives the survivors to run and hide--in the last place any human wants to go. Underground. In the tunnels below. Where the dead hunt in herds. . .and the survivors' numbers are dwindling. . .
Rage Against the Night features the megastars of dark fantasy and horror—including Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Nicholson, Nancy Holder, Sarah Langan, and many, many more.
They Rise. . .
Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines.
They Feed. . .
Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight--living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins.
They Multiply. . .
Biting, gnawing, feasting--but always craving more--the flesheaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves--her husband and daughter--and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can't bring them into the quarantine zone, they're all dead meat.
Praise for Joe McKinney and His Novels
"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." --Bram Stoker Award-winning author Brian Keene on Dead City
"Compelling. . .with a lightning-fast pace. Earns its place in any library of living dead fiction." --New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry on Apocalypse of the Dead
Six talented zombie authors take on the After-life in an interactive shared-world zombie anthology.
Welcome to Purgatory, an arid plain of existence where zombies are the least of your problems. It’s a post-mortem Hunger Games, and Blaze, a newcomer to Purgatory, needs your help to learn the rules of this world and choose the best course of action.
Purgatory is escapable, so aid Blaze to win the favor of the ruling Gatherers by earning this right. But what’s waiting outside Purgatory, is beyond what the human mind can fathom.
His fate. Your choices.
Your six different choices have been penned by Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Joe Mynhardt, Aurelio Lopez III, and Alex Laybourne.
Allow the opening scenario to engulf you into the shared-world, after which each author not only chooses the fate of Blaze, but also brings in their own take of this world, and Blaze’s backstory, since each backstory affects the choices our ‘hero’ makes. Each author also brings in a few surprises ranging between earthly creatures to beasts from the pits of hell itself. And what waits at the end of Purgatory? Some say if you fight hard enough you’ll get a free pass back to life on earth. Perhaps even Heaven. Then again, Hell might be closer than they think.
Welcome to a world of death, pain, hunger, regret, and thirst, accompanied by the uncertainty of what waits after. What waits ahead is a world beyond this one where it’s every man and woman for him or herself.
Interview with the authors:
So, what makes the Children of the Grave anthology so special?
Armand Rosamilia: The concept was special as well as the authors involved. Starting out at the same point but having a lot of freedom to tell your own story was fulfilling.
Alex Laybourne: Children of the Grave offers readers a chance to play their own part in the story they are reading. It gives them a certain degree of control that other, regular books do not. That alone sets the collection apart from others on the shelves today.
Which direction did you take with your story?
Armand Rosamilia: I decided to make my story as different as possible without losing what the created world was about and using some of the settings to better my story. I hope I succeeded.
Joe Mynhardt: My version of Blaze’s journey takes him to a large community where he needs to prove his worth, but eventually needs to decide if he wants to stay or escape.
Alex Laybourne: I wanted Blaze to be haunted, to kill his friends believing it was the right thing to do, because he wasn't like them. I had him meet up with a woman, and slowly, his real story was introduced. His time in purgatory was a test. He had one last chance to make the right decision. Did he make it? Well, people will just have to read my version of the story.
Why should readers give this zombie collection a try?
Alex Laybourne: The story is a beautiful package. From the cover, to the different elements that are drawn from Joe Mynhardt’s compelling opening. One single introduction giving birth to so many different possible outcomes. It is giving readers six different experiences in one book. While it is a zombie tale, it is so much more than that. It has regret and sorrow, a tenderness and a wild unashamed evil nature to it.