Joe McKinney is an American author from San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of several horror, crime and science fiction novels. Quarantined was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009, as was Apocalypse of the Dead in 2010. Joe has also worked as an editor, along with Michelle McCrary, on the zombie-themed anthology Dead Set, and with Mark Onspaugh on the abandoned building-themed anthology The Forsaken. His short stories and novellas have been published in more than thirty publications and anthologies.


In his day job, Joe McKinney is a sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department, where he helps to run the city’s 911 Dispatch Center. Before promoting to sergeant, Joe worked as a homicide detective and as a disaster mitigation specialist. Many of his stories, regardless of genre, feature a strong police procedural element based on his fifteen years of law enforcement experience.

A regular guest at regional writing conventions, Joe currently lives and works in a small town north of San Antonio with his wife and children.


  • Quarantined (Lachesis Publishing, 2009 | Permuted Press, 2011)
  • Dodging Bullets (Gutter Books, 2010)
  • Dead City (Pinnacle, 2010)
  • Apocalypse of the Dead (Pinnacle, 2010)
  • The Red Empire (Bad Moon Books, 2011)
  • Flesh Eaters (Pinnacle, 2011)
  • St. Rage (TBR)
  • The Three-Year Locust (TBR)
  • Lost Girl of the Lake with Michael McCarty (TBR)

Short storiesEdit

  • "Starvation Army" in History is Dead (Permuted Press, 2008)
  • "Down in the Cellar" in Nights of Blood 2: More Legends of the Vampire (23 House, 2009)
  • "Plague Dogs" in Potter's Field 3 (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2009)
  • "Lair of the Living Dead" in The Green Hornet Casefiles (Moonstone Books, 2010)
  • "Dating in Dead Town" in The Living Dead 2 (Night Shade Books, 2010)
  • "The Day the Music Died" in Holiday of the Dead (Wild Wolf, 2011)
  • "Sabbatical in the Ohio Methlands" in Best New Zombie Tales, Vol. 3 (Books of the Dead Press, 2011)


  • Nightwork and Grimoires (TBR)


  • Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology with Michelle McCrary (23 House, 2010)
  • The Predatory Kind (Thunder Peak Publishing, 2011)
  • The Forsaken with Mark Onspaugh (TBR)

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