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There was a time, after the first zombie outbreak was contained, that America could stand back and catch its breath. We could look at how bad things really were, and take stock of all that we had lost.

It was a time of shock, of grief, and of fierce political reprisals.

A wall stretched from South Texas to Gulfport, Mississippi. Locked behind it were millions of zombies, and with them, all those unlucky enough to be trapped within the Quarantine Zone before the walls went up. They were known as the Forgotten. And it was for those Forgotten, scraping out an existence as best they could among the living dead, that the rest of America grieved.

Enter Samantha Calloway, reporter intent on telling the story of the Forgotten.

One night she sneaks through the Coast Guard blockade and lands on a deserted beach in South Texas. Her mission–spend three weeks wandering the wastes, finding out how those left behind live their lives and whether or not escape is possible. Get in and get out. It’s all supposed to be very easy.

That is, until she meets Jessica…

In THE CROSSING, Zombie Master Joe McKinney returns to the post-apocalyptic world he introduced in DEAD CITY and takes us behind the wall, where death comes easy, life is cheap, and survival may come at a steep cost… your humanity.

As an added bonus, this Kindle edition of THE CROSSING contains free previews of four other PRINT IS DEAD novels.

THE CROSSING is available from Amazon.


“Joe McKinney is no longer a rising star on the horror scene; he has arrived. With each novel he writes he gets better and more mature.”
-Scott Shoyer of

“If you are looking for a shocking and explosive read featuring the evil zombies of urban legends, this is the next series you need to read.”
-My Overstuffed Bookshelf

“Joe McKinney’s writing is crisp, fast, and he seldom lets the characters (or readers) come up for air…an action-packed must read.”
-R.B. Payne of Shroud Magazine

“Welcome to Joe McKinney’s Dead City universe, a relentless thrill ride where real characters do bloody things on nightmare streets. Break out the popcorn, you’re in for a real treat.”
-Harry Shannon, author Dead and Gone and The Hungry

“McKinney writes zombies like he’s been gunning them down all his life.”
-Weston Ochse, author of Empire of Salt


Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined, and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and in Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. For more information, please visit his website.