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Brian Keene Books In Order

Publication Order of Rising Books

The Rising (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of the Dead (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deliverance (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earthworm Gods Books

Earthworm Gods (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes from the End of the World (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthworm Gods II: Deluge (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Clickers Books

Clickers II: The Next Wave (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clickers III: Dagon Rising (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clickers vs. Zombies (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Levi Stoltzfus Books

Dark Hollow (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Walk (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gathering of Crows (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last of the Albatwitches (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Last Zombie Graphic Novels

The Last Zombie (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inferno (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neverland (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before the After (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead New World (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lost Level Books

The Lost Level (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Terminal (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rutting Season (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hollow (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghoul (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Sea (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill Whitey (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castaways (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Urban Gothic (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shades (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Damned Highway (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Entombed (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King of the Bastards (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complex (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pressure (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Rise and Fall of Babylon (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rising: Necrophobia (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halves (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scratch (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cage (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dust/Divorcing the Dead (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack's Magic Beans (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take the Long Way Home (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tequila's Sunrise (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alone (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sundancing (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crane House (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl on the Glider (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

No Rest for the Wicked (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
4 x 4 (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Talking Smack (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rise and Fall of Babylon (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Rest At All (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear of Gravity (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Little Silver Book of Streetwise Stories (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unhappy Endings (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infernally Yours (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Rode Out (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intermusings (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Page: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 1 (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where We Live and Die (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Dark, All the Time: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 2 (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Terminal: The Play (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Dead of Night: Devil-Slayer (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doom Patrol: Fire Away (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best of Horrorfind (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Horrorfind II (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Dark Voices II (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sympathy for the Devil (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running with the Devil (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Fear (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leader of the Banned (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trigger Warnings (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


An American writer who is primarily known for his horror and crime-fiction, along with his many comic books as well, the author Brian Keene has been writing for a number of years now, as his audience has been building steadily over the many years of his now highly regarded literary career. Winning various awards for his work, he is seen as being at the forefront of the recent trend in zombie fiction that has been enjoying mainstream appeal. Not only that, but he has also worked for a number of big name franchises as well, including such titles as Doctor Who, Superman and Hellboy.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 22nd of September in 1967, the author Brian Keene was brought up in Pennsylvania in the United States, before moving on to West Virginia as well, both places featuring heavily in his work later on, as he became a writer of much repute, creating a name for himself. The places would not only help to inspire him and his settings, but they also managed to provide him with the many experiences needed to create the narratives and characters within as well. All of this led up to him becoming the writer that he is today, as he took in his surroundings, along with establishing his love of literature and the written word.

Graduating from high-school he went straight into work serving for some time in the United States Navy for sometime aboard a landing platform dock, or LPD, working as a radioman for a period of time there, taking in a variety of different experiences over the duration of his stint positioned there. This also helped him to gain a worldly sense to his material, as he traveled around, giving his material an even greater level of depth than it would have had otherwise. It was then after his enlistment into the US Navy had ended that he went on to undertake a variety of other jobs as well.

Working in a whole diverse range of different roles following his time in the army, he undertook a variety of different positions such as truck driver, telemarketer, custodian, salesman, disc jockey, data entry clerk, repo man, foundry worker, daycare instructor, dockworker, store manager and bouncer. All of this is what he himself accredits to his writing of unique and interesting characters that manage to populate his novels. It has also worked in his favor in that it provides him with a great degree of material for his writing as well, enabling him to provide situations that he may not otherwise have created.

All of this has led to him becoming the successful writer that he currently is today, as he lives in York, Pennsylvania. He also maintains a weekly podcast titled ‘The Horror Show With Brian Keene’ that keeps its listeners updated with all the latest in horror. Not only that, but he works for charity as well, advocating for a group that’s called ‘Scares That Care’, which he helps fund-raise to this day for, as he continues to write.

Writing Career

Bringing out his first novel in 2003 with The Rising, Brian Keene is credited with bringing in the latest pop-cultural fascination with zombie folklore. This is an honor he shares with Robert Kirkman who wrote ‘The Walking Dead’, as they both created comic books on the subject too. With this influence being credited to him, he’s now seen as an influential figure within the horror publishing industry.

Winning awards, such as the 2001 Bram Stoker Award, which was given to him for a non-fiction title of his, he’s gained a large amount of success over the years. Not only is he critically acclaimed, but he’s commercially successful as well, Brian Keene has the best of both worlds when it comes to his work. With plenty more titles set to be released on the horizon as well, it’s clear that he’s showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

The Rising

First published in 2003 in April, it was the first in a long running series of novels which were brought out through the Delirium publishing label. Setting up the franchise for the many subsequent novels that were to follow, this was a zombie horror themed title that was credited for helping start the recent fascination with the genre. Inspiring a number of filmmakers afterwards, along with a new generation of horror fanatics, it worked to create a style and tone all of its very own that was dark and foreboding.

Starting out with Jim Thurmond as its leading protagonist, it sees him navigate his way across a now zombie infested post-apocalyptic wasteland as he sets off to find his young son. Traveling alongside him is the preacher Martin who is determined to hold onto his faith despite the odds being stacked against him, and Frankie a now recovering heroin addict who is equally determined to survive. Going from state to each subsequent state, the group come across unspeakable horrors not only from the undead, but from their fellow man as well. Will they make it? Where is his son and is he still alive? Do they have what it takes to face up to the rising?

Dead Sea

Whilst the The Rising may have reignited an interest in zombies and the undead, this sought to take it one step further with a new series titled ‘Dead Sea’. One of two so far, it was first brought out in 2007 through the Leisure Books publishing house, as it attempted to replicate the success of his previous novels, whilst also taking it up a level in terms of suspense and horror. Whilst it may hold much of the now signature style and suspense that Brian Keene is famous for, it also manages to hold its own standing on its own two feet as a separate entity from his past works.

Featuring the story of Lamar Reed this time, a group of survivors attempt to make their way out of the zombie infested city to board an old Coast Guard ship that is situated out to sea. This will help to put a lot of water between all of them and the undead, but it appears that it isn’t quite the safe-haven they had hoped for as the boat becomes a deathtrap. Faced with no way of getting back to land they must deal with the zombie threat if they have any hope of surviving in the face almost sure death. Will they be able to get off the boat? Can they get back to mainland? What will become of them all as they face the horrors of the dead sea?

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