MOON A great new Science Fiction movie

Just when I had lost hope in ever seeing a good science fiction movie along comes MOON. Duncan Jones’ latest release is going to be coming to San Antonio’s Santikos Bijou at Crossroads on July 10, 2009. From what it sounds like there’s going to be a number of local writers and artists attending this little event, and I’m going to try to be there.

Cool Joel Sutherland Contest

Frozen BloodMy good friend Joel Sutherland, author of a truly wonderful gothic novel called FROZEN BLOOD, has just announced a new contest to help celebrate his nomination for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

Here are the contest details. I wholeheartedly recommend taking part in this.

To celebrate the Bram Stoker Award nomination for FROZEN BLOOD, I’ve decided to run a contest to say thank you to everyone who has helped to spread the word about my first novel.


Points will be awarded for various acts, such as purchasing a copy of the book and writing an Amazon review. Once the contest has closed, points will be tallied and you will be awarded as many ballots as you have points. Ballots will then be randomly drawn to determine the winners.

Although some acts will be verifiable (reviews), others will be on the honour system (purchases).

Please email me with a list of all the acts you have completed. You may email me as many times as necessary (don’t wait until you have a final tally at the end of the contest, or you will miss out on the chance to win bonus weekly prizes). Send all emails to sutherlandjoel [at] yahoo [dot] ca, with “FROZEN BLOOD CONTEST” in the Subject line.


-Purchase FROZEN BLOOD from any online retailer. If you purchased a copy before the contest, don’t worry, it still counts (but email me just to make sure I count it). 50 POINTS

-Post a review of the novel on any Amazon site (.com, .ca,, etc.). 25 POINTS PER REVIEW (feel free to post the same review on multiple Amazon sites for extra points)

-Add a tag on any Amazon site. 1 POINT PER TAG (no limit)

-Add it to a Listmania! list on 10 POINTS PER LIST

-Write an Amapedia entry on 15 POINTS

-Write a post about this contest and link to it on your blog (Myspace, LiveJournal, personal website, etc.), or on your Facebook page. 5 POINTS PER POST (but only one post per blog/site)

-Go to a public library and suggest that they purchase a copy of FROZEN BLOOD (give them a printout from the book’s page with the ISBN). It doesn’t matter whether or not the library decides to purchase it. Feel free to make the same suggestion at different libraries. 25 POINTS PER SUGGESTION


-Grand Prize: A one-of-a-kind signature sheet (with the cover images of every nominated work) Joel had made for this year’s Stoker Weekend, signed in silver marker by all of the attending nominees.

-A copy of FRIED! FAST FOOD, SLOW DEATHS, signed by the co-editor, Colleen Morris, and myself.

-A rare signed copy of my illustrated storybook, THE TEDDY BEARS OF TOMORROW.

-ALIENS DVD box set (the first four films, X DVDs in total) – brand new


-SWINGERS DVD – brand new

-X-FILES DVD (the good one) – brand new

-Bonus: Every week beginning in July, a mystery prize will be randomly drawn from anyone who has a minimum of 5 POINTS at that time. This will not affect the final draw – you can still win one of the main prizes if you win one or more of the bonus prizes.




August 31, 2009

New Guests Announced for WHC 2011

My good friend Lee Thomas just sent me the following bit of good news. Here it is, folks. World Horror 2011 is going to be a blast.

June 22, 2009

For immediate Release
Contact: Lee Thomas
Nate Southard

Award Winning and Critically Acclaimed Authors
Joe R. Lansdale and Brian Keene Join WHC 2011

Austin – June 22 The World Horror Convention Austin is proud to announce the additions of legendary author Joe R. Lansdale and bestselling author Brian Keene to the lineup for its 2011 convention. Lansdale, the master of mojo storytelling, will be taking on the mantle of Toastmaster for the event, while Keene will be in attendance to run an intensive workshop on the business of writing.

“You can’t have a spec-fic convention in Texas without Joe,” said Convention Co-Chair, Lee Thomas. “Well, you could but it would be just plain wrong. He’s iconic. With superlative works in the suspense, science fiction, Western and horror genres, he is a versatile and exceptional craftsman, and we’re honored he’ll be attending.”

Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Lost Echoes and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards.

Lansdale joins award-winning authors Sarah Langan and Brian Keene on the WHC 2011 guest list. Special guest Keene’s workshop on the business of writing will be a unique WHC presentation.

“Attendees are going to have their eyes opened,” Nate Southard, Co-Chair of the convention, said. “Brian has always dedicated himself to helping aspiring writers, and his presentation will carry on this commitment. His distinguished career has given him insights into the realities of publishing – the good, the bad, and the grotesque – and he’s going to share them with a roomful of his colleagues.”

Keene, who came to prominence in 2003 with the release of his debut novel The Rising and has since published over 20 books, in addition to his work with Marvel Comics, will be presenting Business Unusual: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Business Of Writing But Were Afraid To Ask. Seating for this informational seminar will be limited and pre-registration required. Details are forthcoming.

This international conference of horror’s brightest talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011. Additional Guests of Honor, registration information, and hotel information will be forthcoming. A website featuring convention information is currently in development.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:
Sarah Langan:
Joe R. Lansdale:
Brian Keene:

For more information please contact Nate Southard at or Lee Thomas at

ApolloCon 2009 Programming Guide Announced

ApolloOkay, I’m gearing up for Apollocon 2009 in Houston this coming weekend. I just received the programming guide and it looks like it’s going to be a great convention. The special guest of honor this year is Wil McCarthy and I’m really looking forward to meeting him.

Apollocon 2009 will run from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 at the DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport and there are still rooms available.

Here’s a list of what I’ll be doing.

Friday, June 26:

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – “Raiders of the Lost Maguffin” This is a panel discussion on the appeal of action adventure novels. I’ll be sitting in with Rosemary Clement-Moore, Gail Dayton, and Tim Frayser. This will be in the Scottsdale Room.

Saturday, June 27:

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – “Modern Horror: The Changing Face of Fear” This is a panel discussion on current trends in horror fiction and how the genre is evolving. I’ll be sitting in with Lee Thomas, Linda Donahue, and Gabrielle S. Faust. This will be in the Tucson Room.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – “Writing 101” This is a panel discussion on the business of writing. I’ll be sitting in with Martha Wells, Bill Crider, Julie Kenner, and K.M. Tolan. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Autographs. I’ll be signing copies of my novels Dead City and Quarantined, plus several collections in which I’ve appeared, including History is Dead (Permuted Press), Potter’s Field 3 (Sam’s Dot Publishing), and Nights of Blood 2: More Tales of the Vampire (23 House Publishing). I’ll be sharing space at the autographing table with Lillian Stewart Carl and Gail Dayton. This, logically enough, will be at the autographing table.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – “YA Dark Fantasy: Beyond Twilight” This is a panel discussion on the present state of young adult dark fantasy. I’ll be sitting in with Gabrielle S. Faust, K. Hutson Price, and Lee Thomas. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

Sunday, June 28:

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – I’ll be reading from my latest novel, Quarantined. Lillian Stewart Carl will also be reading from her work. We will be reading in the Tucson Room.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – “Mythology Schmythology: Is Joseph Cambell Over-Used in Fantasy?” This is a panel discussion on the uses of mythology in speculative fiction, dealing especially with the map of the hero’s journey as made famous by Joseph Campbell’s landmark book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. I’ll be sitting in with A. Lee Martinez, Mel. White, K. Hutson Price, and Linda Donahue. I am ready to be a monomyth. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

I’ll be returning to San Antonio shortly after the Joseph Campbell panel, but I’ll probably grab a bite to eat first. I hope to see you all there.

In Cold Blog

scales-of-justiceHey guys, I recently started writing for In Cold Blog and I did my first post today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. Gant. Come by here and take a look.

Arizona v. Gant is an important decision because it not only turns thirty years of police training and practice on searching vehicles incident to arrest on its ear, but also because it represents a significant departure from the precedents established in Chimel v. California and New York v. Belton.

The basic issue here concerns an officer’s legal authority to search your car in addition to your person at the time of the arrest. In Chimel v. California (1969) the Court said that an officer could search the area within the reach of an arrested person at the time of the arrest. In New York v. Belton, the Court extended the scope of their decision in Chimel to include the entire passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. To me, the Belton decision represented a simple, common sense standard for arrest, search and seizure. And that makes the Court’s decision in Arizona v. Gant mystifying. They violated the old common sense rule of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Come by In Cold Blog and read the full article, where you’ll get a much more detailed account of exactly what the Court decided in Arizona v. Gant, plus my take on how this will change police procedures in the future.


The World Horror Convention 2011 in Austin!!!

June 15, 2009

For immediate Release
Contact: Lee Thomas
Nate Southard

Award Winning and Critically Acclaimed Author
Sarah Langan confirmed as Guest of Honor

Austin – June 15 The World Horror Society has named Austin, Texas as the location for the 2011 World Horror Convention (WHC). The international gathering of horror’s brightest talents and their fans will take place from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

Austin, Texas was chosen for its unique style and rich genre history. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed near the city, and the remakes of both Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th were filmed in town. Austin also serves as home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, and at sunset 1.5 million bats fly over the city, truly marking it as a horror locale. (There’s a reason the city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”)

“Texas has a long history of strange fiction, serving as home to such luminaries as Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and Joe R. Lansdale,” says Convention Co-Chair, Nate Southard. “Bringing the World Horror Convention to Austin is a natural. It’s a vibrant city with a taste for the eccentric and a love of the arts. Further, its central, southern location makes it convenient for travelers throughout the US, and visitors from abroad will have no trouble reaching us either.”

Known as both the Capital of Texas and the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin provides the entertainment and cultural draws of a large city with the intimacy of a small town. This smaller size translates to ease of transportation in and around the city with many opportunities for convention attendees to absorb what Austin has to offer.

Convention Chairs, Southard and Lee Thomas, promise to bring the convention back to the US in style. Focusing on literary horror’s newest stars, WHC 2011 has already confirmed author Sarah Langan as its first Guest of Honor.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Lee Thomas, Co-Chair of the event, said. “Sarah was at the top of our list, and her enthusiastic agreement to attend really set the tone for what we hope to achieve with this convention. We’ll be inviting additional industry luminaries, and we’ll make announcements when those folks are confirmed.”

Ms. Langan’s first novel, The Keeper, was named a New York Times editor’s choice. Her second novel, The Missing, won the Bram Stoker Award for outstanding novel and earned an American Library Association Award. Her third novel, Audrey’s Door, will be released in late 2009 and has already been optioned by the Weinstein Company for film.

Additional Guests of Honor, registration information, and hotel information will be forthcoming. A website featuring convention information is currently in development.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

For more information please contact Nate Southard at or Lee Thomas at

2008 Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced

The Bram Stoker Award

The Bram Stoker Award

Well the awards are out, and some great titles won. Congrats to everyone who made it to the final ballot, and a big congrats to the winners! Way to go, folks!

Novel – Duma Key by Stephen King
Single Author Collection – Just After Sunset by Stephen King
Anthology – Unspeakable Horror edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helde
Poetry Collection – The Nightmare Collection by Bruce Boston
First Novel – The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti
Short Fiction – The Lost by Sarah Langan
Long Fiction – Miranda by John R. Little
Nonfiction – A Halloween Anthology by Lisa Morton
Specialty Press – Bloodletting Press (Larry and Debra Roberts)
The Silver Hammer Award – Sephera Giron
President’s Award – John R. Little
Lifetime Achievement – F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Another Great Write-Up of Quarantined

Cover Art for Quarantined

Cover Art for Quarantined

My friends over at Missions Unknown are helping me spread the word about my novel, Quarantined. Come over and check out what they had to say.

Quarantined Released!

Quarantined CoverGreat news, everybody! My new novel, Quarantined (Lachesis Publishing, 2009), is now on sale at Amazon and Lachesis Publishing!

Here’s a look at what’s inside…

The citizens of San Antonio, Texas are threatened with extermination by a terrifying outbreak of the flu. Quarantined by the military to contain the virus, the population is in a desperate struggle to survive.

Inside the quarantine walls, a San Antonio Police Homicide Detective named Lily Harris is working burial statistics duty at the Scar, San Antonio’s mass graveyard, when she finds a murder victim hidden amongst the plague dead.

But from the very start, Lily’s investigation makes a lot of powerful people very uncomfortable, and she soon finds herself caught up in a vicious battle between a corrupt local government, a beleaguered medical institution, and a civilian population threatening to boil over into revolt at the quarantine.

Now, with a second and even deadlier strain of the flu virus surfacing, Lily is forced to do the unthinkable. With the clock ticking toward annihilation, Lily must lead her family through the quarantine walls and escape with news that just might save us all.

I’ve had some enthusiastic early reviews, and here’s what they’re saying…

“McKinney has woven a taut whodunit, then ramped up the suspense and the stakes by spreading it across the backdrop of an apocalyptic plague. But as grisly as the murders and the disease are, the author wisely holds everything together with the powerful passion of a mother’s love for her daughter, thereby making his tale all the more satisfying and memorable.”
—Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dying to Live and Gospel of the Living Dead

“A crisply written police procedural set in the ravaged plague zone of a quarantined metropolis, rich in character and action, often brutal and sometimes touching, Joe McKinney’s latest is the kind of novel that may keep you up late into the night because it’s so hard to put down.”
—Bruce Boston, author of The Guardener’s Tale

Quarantined is a personal favorite of mine. Not only did it give me a chance to use some of the training I received working in disaster mitigation for the San Antonio Police Department, but it also gave me the chance to talk about women in policing. For the last ten years or so I’ve felt uneasy about the way female officers are treated, both by the public at large and, in a few cases, by their fellow officers. Female cops are expected to be physically tough, yet they’re frequently snickered at when they fail to maintain their femininity. If they are as strong and as tough as their male counterparts, people make jokes about them being dykes. If they are pretty, people assume they’re too girlie to do a cop’s job. Or worse, make jokes about them being sluts and sleeping their way up the chain of command for easier assignments. The issue really bothered me, and until I got to know Detective Lily Harris, I had no way to wrap my mind around the issue. What I needed was a way to walk a mile in a female officer’s shoes, and Lily Harris allowed me to do just that. I hope that when readers meet Lily Harris they see a woman struggling to be the best cop she can be, while at the same time trying to be a lover to her husband and a nurturing mother to her daughter. She is pulled in every direction at once, sometimes succeeding and sometimes not, but always doing the best she can with what she’s got.

Oh, and if you enjoy Quarantined, and I hope you do, check out my story “Plague Dogs” in the recently released anthology Potter’s Field 3 (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2009). While not a sequel in the true sense of the world, “Plague Dogs” takes place in the same world as Quarantined…and gives you a peak at Lily’s world four years into the future.

I hope you get to read some great books this year, everybody!

Wishing you the best,


Joe McKinney

Missions Unknown: New Interview Posted!

The AlamoA few very talented friends of mine got together recently and started a brand new website dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror here in San Antonio. John Picacio, the World Fantasy Award-winning artist and all around cool dude, Sanford Allen, writer, musician, and president of the San Antonio Writers Guild, and Paul Vaughn, a writer, graphic artist, and web designer, combined their talents to form one of the most literate and entertaining sites on the web. Come by and check them out here.

Oh, and did I mention that they were kind enough to interview me for their site? Sanford Allen asked some great questions and it turned into a pretty lively discussion. Come by and check out that interview here.

And keep up the good work, guys. See you at ArmadilloCon 31.

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