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Two hellish years. In Joe McKinney’s Apocalypse of the Dead, that’s how long it’s been since the hurricanes flooded the Gulf Coast, and the dead rose up from the ruins. The cities were quarantined; the infected, contained. Any unlucky survivors were left to fend for themselves. One boatload of refugees manages to make it out alive—but one passenger carries the virus.

Within weeks, the zombie epidemic spreads across the globe. Now, retired U.S. Marshal Ed Moore must lead a group of strangers to safety, searching for sanctuary from the dead. In the North Dakota Grasslands, bands of survivors converge upon a single outpost. Run by a self-appointed preacher of fierce conviction—and frightening beliefs—it may be humanity’s only hope. But Ed Moore and the others refuse to enter a suicide pact. They’d rather stand and fight in the final battle against the zombies. An apocalypse of the dead.

“A rising star on the horror scene.” —

“One of those rare books that starts fast and never ever lets up…a rollercoaster ride of action, violence and zombie horror.” —Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry

“Gritty suspense…You’re gonna like this guy.” —Tom Monteleone

“A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless.” —Brian Keene

Joe McKinney is a homicide detective for the San Antonio Police Department who has been writing professionally since 2006. He is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Dead City, Quarantined, Dodging Bullets and Dead Set. His upcoming books include Apocalypse of the Dead, The Ninth Plague, The Zombie King, Lost Girl of the Lake, and The Red Empire. As a police officer, he’s received training in disaster mitigation, forensics, and homicide investigation techniques, some of which finds its way into his stories. He lives in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio. Visit him at for news and updates.