Brian Keene (Photo Credit: John A. Pavoncello)
Brian Keene is an American author of horror, dark fantasy, crime and thriller novels, graphic novels and comic books. His novel The Rising is credited with helping to inspire pop culture’s fascination with zombies, alongside Robert Kirkman‘s Walking Dead series and the film 28 Days Later. His films Ghoul, The Ties That Bind and Fast Zombies Suck have been adapted for film (and several others are in development or have been optioned). Keene has written for such franchises as Doctor Who, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe and Superman. He lives in rural Pennsylvania and has two sons.

Brian Keene made his debut as a published author in 2001 with the collection No Rest for the Wicked. Below is a list of Brian Keene’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of The Rising Books

Publication Order of The Earthworm Gods Books

Earthworm Gods / The Conqueror Worms (2005)Description / Buy at
Earthworm Gods II: Deluge (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Clickers Books

Clickers (By: J.F. Gonzalez) (1999)Description / Buy at
Clickers II: The Next Wave (With: J.F. Gonzalez) (2006)Description / Buy at
Clickers III: Dagon Rising (With: J.F. Gonzalez) (2010)Description / Buy at
Clickers vs Zombies (With: J.F. Gonzalez) (2012)Description / Buy at
Clickers Never Die (By: Stephen Kozeniewski,Wile E. Young) (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Levi Stoltzfus Books

Ghost Walk (2008)Description / Buy at
A Gathering of Crows (2010)Description / Buy at
Last of the Albatwitches (2013)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Last Zombie Books

Publication Order of Lost Level Books

The Lost Level (2014)Description / Buy at
Return to the Lost Level (2017)Description / Buy at
Hole in the World (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Bastards Books

(with Steven L. Shrewsbury)

King of the Bastards (2015)Description / Buy at
Throne of the Bastards (2017)Description / Buy at
Curse of the Bastards (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of LeHorn's Hollow Books

Dark Hollow / The Rutting Season (2006)Description / Buy at
Ghost Walk (2008)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Labyrinth Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Terminal (2004)Description / Buy at
The Hollow (2006)Description / Buy at
Ghoul (2007)Description / Buy at
Dead Sea (2007)Description / Buy at
Kill Whitey (2008)Description / Buy at
Castaways (2009)Description / Buy at
Urban Gothic (2009)Description / Buy at
Shades (With: Geoff Cooper) (2011)Description / Buy at
The Damned Highway (With: Nick Mamatas) (2011)Description / Buy at
Entombed (2011)Description / Buy at
An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley (2012)Description / Buy at
The Complex (2015)Description / Buy at
Pressure (2016)Description / Buy at
School's Out (2016)Description / Buy at
White Fire (2018)Description / Buy at
Suburban Gothic (With: Bryan Smith) (2021)Description / Buy at
Thor: Metal Gods (With: Yoon Ha Lee,Jay Edidin,Aaron Stewart-Ahn) (2024)Description / Buy at
Island of the Dead (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Rise and Fall of Babylon (2003)Description / Buy at
Halves (2009)Description / Buy at
Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)Description / Buy at
The Cage (2010)Description / Buy at
Scratch (2010)Description / Buy at
Jack's Magic Beans (2011)Description / Buy at
Take The Long Way Home (2011)Description / Buy at
Tequila's Sunrise (2011)Description / Buy at
Alone (2012)Description / Buy at
Sundancing (2012)Description / Buy at
The Girl on the Glider (2013)Description / Buy at
With Teeth (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

No Rest for the Wicked (2001)Description / Buy at
4 X 4 (2001)Description / Buy at
Talking Smack (2002)Description / Buy at
The Rise and Fall of Babylon (2003)Description / Buy at
No Rest At All (2003)Description / Buy at
Fear of Gravity (2004)Description / Buy at
A Little Silver Book of Streetwise Stories (2008)Description / Buy at
Unhappy Endings (2009)Description / Buy at
Intermusings (With: John Lee) (2012)Description / Buy at
Blood on the Page (2013)Description / Buy at
Where We Live and Die (2015)Description / Buy at
All Dark, All The Time (2016)Description / Buy at
Love Letters From A Nihilist (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Terminal: The Play (With: Roy C. Booth) (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Dead of Night (2009)Description / Buy at
Doom Patrol, Volume 3 (With: Keith Giffen) (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Jobs in Hell (With: Kelly Laymon) (1998)Description / Buy at
Sympathy For The Devil (2004)Description / Buy at
Running with the Devil (2006)Description / Buy at
The New Fear (2007)Description / Buy at
Leader of the Banned (2010)Description / Buy at
Trigger Warnings (2014)Description / Buy at
Unsafe Spaces (2016)Description / Buy at
Other Words (2017)Description / Buy at
End of the Road (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Masters of the Universe: Origins of Eternia Books

Origin of Hordak (With: Keith Giffen) (2012)Description / Buy at
The Origin of Skeletor #1 (By: Joshua Hale Fialkov) (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The X-Files Books

Goblins (By: Charles L. Grant) (1994)Description / Buy at
Ground Zero (By: Kevin J. Anderson) (1995)Description / Buy at
Whirlwind (By: Charles L. Grant) (1995)Description / Buy at
Ruins (By: Kevin J. Anderson) (1995)Description / Buy at
Hunter (By: Charles L. Grant) (1995)Description / Buy at
Antibodies (By: Kevin J. Anderson) (1997)Description / Buy at
Skin (By: Ben Mezrich) (1998)Description / Buy at
Fight the Future (By: Elizabeth Hand) (1998)Description / Buy at
I Want to Believe (By: Max Allan Collins) (2008)Description / Buy at
Trust No One (With: Gayle Lynds,Heather Graham,Jonathan Maberry,Max Allan Collins,Kevin J. Anderson,Tim Lebbon,Keith R.A. DeCandido,Peter Clines,Gini Koch) (2015)Description / Buy at
The Truth Is Out There (By: Jonathan Maberry,Kelley Armstrong,David Farland,Rachel Caine,Hank Schwaeble,Kami Garcia,Jon McGoran,Hank Phillippi Ryan) (2016)Description / Buy at
Perihelion (By: Claudia Gray) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best of Horrorfind(2001)Description / Buy at
Excitable Boys(2002)Description / Buy at
Shivers(2002)Description / Buy at
Shivers II(2003)Description / Buy at
The Mammoth Book of New Terror(2004)Description / Buy at
A Walk on the Darkside(2004)Description / Buy at
The Undead(2005)Description / Buy at
Best New Horror 16(2005)Description / Buy at
4 Fear of...(2006)Description / Buy at
In Laymon's Terms(2008)Description / Buy at
The Big Book of NECON(2009)Description / Buy at
Smoke and Mirrors(2009)Description / Buy at
New Dark Voices 2(2009)Description / Buy at
Infernally Yours(2009)Description / Buy at
Shroud 7(2009)Description / Buy at
Hungry for Your Love(2009)Description / Buy at
Shivers VI(2010)Description / Buy at
Dust & Divorcing the Dead(2010)Description / Buy at
The Living Dead 2(2010)Description / Buy at
Four Rode Out(2010)Description / Buy at
Grave Conditions(2010)Description / Buy at
Zombies: The Recent Dead(2010)Description / Buy at
Shroud 11(2011)Description / Buy at
The Crane House(2012)Description / Buy at
21st Century Dead(2012)Description / Buy at
Extreme Zombies(2012)Description / Buy at
Dueling Minds(2013)Description / Buy at
Mister October, Volume II(2013)Description / Buy at
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road(2013)Description / Buy at
Piercing the Darkness(2014)Description / Buy at
In The Dark(2014)Description / Buy at
Operation Ice Bat(2014)Description / Buy at
Fossil Lake II(2015)Description / Buy at
Apex Magazine Issue 69(2015)Description / Buy at
Giallo Fantastique(2015)Description / Buy at
Trust No One(2015)Description / Buy at
Apex Magazine Issue 75(2015)Description / Buy at
Seize the Night(2015)Description / Buy at
Unearthed(2016)Description / Buy at
Georgetown Haunts and Mysteries(2017)Description / Buy at
LampLight Volume 5(2017)Description / Buy at
Nights of the Living Dead Anthology(2017)Description / Buy at
My Favorite Story Podcast Author Anthology(2017)Description / Buy at
Apex Magazine February 2018(2018)Description / Buy at
Lost Highways(2018)Description / Buy at
Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations(2018)Description / Buy at
Silverwood(2019)Description / Buy at
The Best of Horrorfind II(2020)Description / Buy at
Midnight in the Pentagram(2020)Description / Buy at
Halldark Holidays(2020)Description / Buy at
Bludgeon Tools: Splatterpunk Anthology(2021)Description / Buy at
Dissonant Harmonies(2021)Description / Buy at
Halloween Nights(2021)Description / Buy at
Close to Midnight(2022)Description / Buy at
Nursery Stories for Dumb Crotch Goblins(2023)Description / Buy at
Dark Corners of the Old Dominion: A Virginia Horrors Anthology(2023)Description / Buy at
October Screams: A Halloween Anthology(2023)Description / Buy at
Splatterpunk's Basement of Horrors(2023)Description / Buy at
The Drive-In: Multiplex(2024)Description / Buy at
Fragile Anthology(2024)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Clickers series is written with J.F. Gonzales. The Last Zombie was written with Fred Perry. Shades was written with Geoff Cooper. The Damned Highway was written with Nick Mamatas. King of the Bastards was written with Steven L. Shrewksbury. Earthworm Gods was originally titled The Conqueror Worms.

4 x 4 also has stories by Geoff Cooper, Michael T. Huyck and Michael Oliveri. The Rise and Fall of Babylon also has stories by John Urbancik. Infernally Yours also has stories by John Everson, Charlee Jacob, Edward Lee, John Shirley and Maynard Sims. Four Rode Out also has stories by Tim Curran, Tim Lebbon and Steve Vernon. Zombies: The Recent Dead also has stories by Max Brooks, Tobias S. Buckell, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Kelly Link and Kit Reed. Intermusings also includes stories by Brian A. Hopkins, Patricia Lee Macomber, Stephen Mark Rainey, John B. Rosenman, Richard Rowand, Brett Alexander Savory and David Niall Wilson. Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road also includes stories by J.F. Gonzalez, Ryan Harding, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Shane McKenzie, Bryan Smith, James Bryan Smith, Nate Southard and Wrath James White.

The Crane House was written with Kealan Patrick Burke, Al Sarrantonio, Rick Hautala, Bev Vincent, Brian Freeman, James A. Moore, James Newman, Ronald Kelly, Norman Prentiss, and Ray Garton. Terminal: The Play was written with Roy C. Booth. Dust/Divorcing the Dead was written with Kelli Owen.

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Brian Keene Synopsis: The Rising by Brian Keene is the first book in the Rising series. It is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

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