Apocalypse of the Dead Will Lead Off the Zombie Research Society’s 2012 Book Club

2012 is starting off with a bit of fantastic news. My novel, Apocalypse of the Dead, was just announced as the Zombie Research Society’s lead off selection for their 2012 book club list.

The ZRS, in case you’ve never heard of them, is the brainchild of Matt Mogk, whose book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies is probably the finest piece of zombie non-fiction I’ve ever read. Matt brings his unique style to the ZRS’s posts every day, covering everything about zombies, ranging from the best weapon to defend against them, how long can they remain a viable threat, to a comprehensive list of possible outbreaks throughout history. Seriously, check these guys out. Leave some time, though, because their site is loaded with the kind of content serious zombie enthusiasts love to argue about.

And that’s why I’m thrilled to be a part of their book club. Matt tells me they’ve got a full schedule of events planned for me. First up is a detailed interview with me coming out on January 23, 2012. Matt, as I’ve said, really knows his stuff about zombies. We sat on a panel together in the Aliens to Zombies Convention in Los Angeles late last year, and we had a lively discussion then. Now that it’s going to be just the two of us, I know the discussion going to go deep.

Following the interview will be a live question and answer session on Twitter on February 15, 2012. Everybody’s welcome for this one, and I’m looking forward to some great conversations with the book club participants. This will be my first ever Twitter-based interview, so I’ll be honest, I have no idea what to expect. It ought to be fun, though!

So, if you read Apocalypse of the Dead, I hope you’ll join me for the ZRS’s book club. Information on the Zombie Research Society can be found here. If you like what they do, you can join them in their mission to educate the world. Here’s how to that. Also, you can get some general information on the book club and the important dates here.


Questions about Dead City?

Quite a few readers have written to me with questions about my novels Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead, so I thought it would be helpful to write a reader’s guide to the whole Dead World series. You can find it in the headings listed across the top of this webpage under “A Reader’s Guide to Dead World.”

I’ve tried to avoid spoilers, while at the same time providing some useful information. Of course, I can’t anticipate every question, so if there’s something special you want to know, just ask it in the comments section on that page. I won’t worry about spoilers in my answers back to you.


Joe McKinney’s DEAD CITY is one of those rare books that starts fast and never EVER lets up. From page one to the stunning climax this book is a rollercoaster ride of action, violence and zombie horror. McKinney understands the genre and relies on its strongest conventions while at the same time adding new twists that make this book a thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended!
–Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghost Road Blues and Dead Man’s Song

I enjoyed Dead City. It was a quick, fun read. I also thought McKinney did a fine job of realistically portraying the police officers and keeping their world accessible to “civilians”. Not always an easy balance, but he pulled it off.
–Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rising, City of the Dead, and Dead Sea

Dead City is a real thrill for the reader, jam-packed with fast driving, shooting, desperate stand-offs and lots of blood. McKinney, a San Antonio homicide detective by trade, writes with an authenticity that brings the events of “Dead City” to bloody, grasping life.
–Matt Staggs, Editor of Skullring.org

Tight writing…is what makes Dead City seem frighteningly possible. I like to have chills race up and down my spine, and I like to have to look over my shoulder to make sure I’m safe, and his writing had me feeling this way the entire time I was reading … and even after I’d finished the book!
–Phillip Tomasso III for In the Library Reviews

From the very first page of this urban thriller, Joe McKinney puts the cuffs on his readers and throws away the key. Gritty suspense, great characters, and very real cops. You’re gonna like this guy.
–Tom Monteleone, author of The Blood of the Lamb and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel

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