So sad to hear of the passing of Joe McKinney. Joe was one of the first fellow zombie authors I got to know well, though I hadn’t spoken to him for a number of years. Way back when I was starting out (when the zombie sub-genre was first starting to become established, actually) Joe’s books were everywhere, and rightly so. DEAD CITY, FLESH EATERS and his other novels were hugely popular. Our paths crossed quite a few times, and I was honoured to write the foreword to DEAD WORLD RESURRECTION – an outstanding collection of his zombie short stories.
Rest in peace, Joe. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
I posted a while back to tell you about THE ULTIMATE UNDEAD COLLECTION – an incredibly low price ebook collection of zombie stories. It’s out tomorrow, so here are all the relevant links and a full list of contents. Enjoy! You’d be hard pushed to find this much zombie goodness elsewhere for such a crazy price.
Quarantined by Joe McKinney
The Last Survivors by Bobby Adair and T.W. Piperbrook
The Colony: Genesis (Book 1) by Michaelbrent Collings
Autumn: The Human Condition by David Moody
Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by Shawn Chesser
Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Zombie Wilson Diaries by Timothy W. Long
100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes
Dead Hunger: The Flex Chronicle by Eric A. Shelman
Wind the clock back a decade, and you’d have found far fewer zombie novels on the shelves than today. There was just a handful of us telling tales of the undead back then… myself, Brian Keene, David Wellington, and Joe McKinney to name but a few. Back to today, and it’s great to see all of my old undead compatriots still producing plenty of top-quality horror fiction. Joe, in particular, has been consistently prolific.
I was honoured a while back to be asked to write an introduction for DEAD WORLD RESURRECTION: THE COLLECTED ZOMBIE SHORT STORIES OF JOE MCKINNEY and I of course jumped at the chance. In this collection (which was recently released by Journalstone), all of Joe’s zombie shorts are gathered together. I hardly need to do the hard sell, do I? This is definitely a book I’d recommend you pick up, and I’ll quote myself as proof (if that’s not too pretentious): “In this collection, by writing about the living dead, Joe has reminded us what’s so great about being one of the living. I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these stories as much as I have.”
I’m pleased to report that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION will be available as part of the ULTIMATE UNDEAD COLLECTION – an ebook release which includes a huge 10 books (more than 2500 pages) of zombie goodness for the ridiculous price of $0.99!
The collection – which also features Joe McKinney, Tim Long, Shawn Chesser, Bobby Adair and Michaelbrent Collins amongst others – is released on 31 January. You can pre-order your download now from AMAZON.COM or AMAZON.CO.UK.
ZOMBIE WRITING is the title of an interesting new eBook, to which myself, Joe McKinney, Craig DiLouie, Jasper Bark, and many others each contributed a few words. The Kindle edition is free for the next three days, so click here for a risk-free read!