Joe McKinney

A Class Act On All Levels

The problem with being a writer is that self publicity is essential. We use our twitter and Facebook as soundboards for our latest novels, contests, etc. It's a necessary part of the gig. For most writer, it ends there. Joe McKinney goes far beyond the call of duty.


Books vs. movies

Which are better?

Long before I ever read The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, I had seen the movie version Hellraiser on cable. Hellraiser was only one of several stories in the book, but it's what made me want to read the book. It went the same way with The Stand, Carrie, etc. I had always ended up seeing the movie first.

Frankenstein for a new generation

Book still relevant today

I've always been a lover of horror and while the classic Shelley tale Frankenstein is a major influence on writers today, I never thought about its impact on my children's generation. They have so many things today that easily outstrip the world of Frankenstein that the books doesn't seem relevant any more.

At least, that's what I thought. In a world of videogames and a million cable channels, I didn't thing my son would be interested in reading a book like Frankenstein. At his recent birthday party, his grandmother gave him several “Classics” including Frankenstein.

Write of the Living Dead

Funny and informative zombie writing

As a horror writer, I can't help but notice the glut of zombie novels and books that are out these days. You can't seem to read anything horror without bumping into a few zombies around the way. I get it, zombies are hot right now, but too often writers don't understand how to write about zombies.

Thanks to George Romero and others, zombies have a folklore about them now. Sure, you can pretty much make up the rules as its your book, but the audience is going to expect a few things and if you don't portray them correctly, then it's going to turn them off. “Write of the Living Dead” is a writer's handbook on how to write about the living dead.

Little Deaths

Prepare to have nightmares for the rest of your life.

In May, I was fortunate enough to win a small writing contest which awarded me a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. I had planned on saving it for holiday gifts, but I caved and purchased books for my daughter and myself. It was so much fun waiting for them in the mail; I remember a time when I could regularly “reward” myself this way for anything that I was proud of. Since I only buy used books, it’s pretty convenient.

Among the books I selected, Ellen Datlow’s collection of erotic horror, Little Deaths, was among them. When I saw the genre, which seemed bizarre, I knew I had to have the book. I have been trying my hand at supernatural romance and erotica for a little while now and I had to know about this format of the art. When you think about it, erotica and horror have always gone hand in hand; why else would slasher films be filled with buxom beauties and sex?


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