Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

McKinney, Joe

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Icon made by Freepik from


(1968-2021) US police sergeant (with the police department of San Antonio, Texas) and author who began to publish work of genre interest with Dead City (2006), in which the Disaster scenario of multiple hurricanes afflicting Houston, Texas, is followed by a Zombie apocalypse caused by the Ebola-like "necrosis filovirus". This opens the Dead World sequence of standalone novels, plus some short stories, that share the same background setting. Of greater direct sf interest are Quarantined (2009), where a flu Pandemic rages in San Antonio and the city is blockaded by the military; The Red Empire (2011; exp as coll 2012), in which a colony of oversized fire ants developed as a secret biological Weapon gets loose on the Texas/Mexico border; and the tetralogy The Retreat opening with The Retreat 1: Pandemic (2013) with Craig DiLouie (billed as the principal author) and Stephen Knight, in which the response to another Near Future pandemic is tinged with elements of Military SF. Zombies recur in the standalone The Savage Dead (2013), and in the Deadlands duo comprising Plague of the Undead (2014) and The Dead Won't Die (2014).

Most of McKinney's work inclines toward Horror and features police-procedural elements reflecting his experience in the US police. He also wrote at least one non-genre thriller [not listed below]. [DRL]

Joe Clayton McKinney Jr

born Cambridge, Massachusetts: 22 September 1968 [San Antonio, Texas, has also been given]

died San Antonio, Texas: 13 July 2021

works (selected)

Dead World

  • Dead City (New York: Pinnacle Books, 2006) [Dead World: pb/]
  • Apocalypse of the Dead (New York: Pinnacle Books, 2010) [Dead World: pb/]
  • Flesh Eaters (New York: Pinnacle Books, 2011) [Dead World: pb/]
  • Mutated (New York: Pinnacle Books, 2012) [Dead World: pb/]

The Retreat


individual titles

collections and stories

  • The Crossing (place not known: Print Is Dead, 2012) [story: chap: pb/Julia Sevin]
  • Dog Days (San Francisco, California: JournalStone, 2014) [coll: title novella plus short story: hb/M Wayne Miller]
  • Speculations (San Antonio, Texas: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2018) [coll: hb/George Cotronis]

works as editor


previous versions of this entry

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies