Joe McKinney (born September 22, 1968) is a San Antonio based author and Patrol Supervisor with the San Antonio Police Department.
Joe McKinney is an author in many genres, including horror, ghost stories, virus thrillers, crime and science fiction. Over his career, he has written thirteen novels, developed two collections of short stories, created a tale for a comic book, and been both published in and edited numerous anthologies. He is also a regular contributor to the online true crime magazine, In Cold Blog.
In addition, McKinney is a sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department as the Patrol Supervisor for the West side of San Antonio. Previous to that, he’s been a homicide detective and disaster mitigation specialist. He’s also helped run the city’s 911 Dispatch Center.
Many of his works contain a strong procedural element and a level of realism based on his years of law enforcement. He’s addressed some of the prejudice against female officers, both from the public and from their fellow officer in his novels Quarantined and Flesh Eaters. In Inheritance, he includes more in-station activities between police officers.
In The Savage Dead (2013), McKinney addressed the border relations between the United States and Mexico. Mixing the genres of political thriller, military special ops thriller, and zombie gorefest, the novel tackles this complex top from a number of different angles.
His first You Adult publication, Dog Days, was released in 2013 as part of Journalstone’s Doubledown Series, Book III, paired with Sanford Allen’s Deadly Passage. Noted as a coming of age novel, Max, the 14-year-old narrator of Dog Days, spends the summer of 1983 facing the worst hurricane the suburbs of Houston have endured in memory, as well as the possibility of a supernatural killer. Dog Days won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel of 2013.
A lifelong Texan, McKinney also enjoys exploring the history of South Texas, legends of famous and/or little known outlaws, and the mysteries of long unsolved crimes.
McKinney currently lives and works in a small town near San Antonio with his wife and children.
Dead World series
Joe McKinney – Dead City (read by Michael Kramer)
Joe McKinney – Apocalypse Of The Dead (read by Todd McLaren)
Joe McKinney – Flesh Eaters (read by Todd McLaren)
Joe McKinney – Mutated (read by Todd McLaren)
Joe McKinney – The Dead Won’t Die (read by Todd McLaren)
Joe McKinney – The Plague Of The Undead (read by Todd McLaren)
Joe McKinney – The Savage Dead (read by Michael Kramer)
Joe McKinney – Quarantined (read by Therese Plummer)
Dead World series