Brian Keene
Born (1967-09-22) September 22, 1967 (age 49)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1997–present
Genre Horror
Notable works The Rising, The Conqueror Worms

Brian Keene (born September 22, 1967)[1] is an American author, primarily known for his work in horror, crime fiction, and comic books. He has won two Bram Stoker Awards. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.


Early lifeEdit

Keene was born in 1967. He grew up in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and many of his books take place in these locales.[2] After graduating high school, he served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy aboard an LPD. After his enlistment ended, Keene worked a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Among them were stints as a foundry worker, truck driver, data entry clerk, dockworker, telemarketer, customer service representative, repo man, bouncer, disc jockey, salesman, store manager, daycare instructor, custodian, and more. In interviews, he credits this diverse background as the key to the characters that populate his books.[3]


The Rising SeriesEdit

  1. The Rising (April 2003): Delirium Books (January 2004) Leisure Books
  2. City of the Dead (January 2005): Delirium Books(June 2005) Leisure Books
  3. The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World (2013) Deadite Press
  4. The Rising: Deliverance (2015) Deadite Press

Earthworm Gods SeriesEdit

  1. Earthworm Gods (September 2005): Delirium Books, Republished as The Conqueror Worms(May 2006): Leisure Books, Republished again under its intended title Earthworm Gods (December 2012) Deadite Press
  2. Earthworm Gods II: Deluge (2013) Deadite Press (originally serialized on his website)
  3. Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World (2013) Deadite Press

Levi Stoltzfus SeriesEdit

  1. Dark Hollow (July 2006): (released in hardcover as The Rutting Season) Bloodletting Press. (February 2008): Leisure Books.
  2. Ghost Walk (August 2008): Leisure Books
  3. A Gathering of Crows (August 2010): Leisure Books
  4. The Last of the Albatwitches (2015) Deadite Press

Clickers Series (with J. F. Gonzalez)Edit

  1. Clickers II: The Next Wave (April 2007) Delirium Books
  2. Clickers III: Dagon Rising (2010) Delirium Books
  3. Clickers vs. Zombies (2014) Deadite Press

The Lost Level SeriesEdit

  1. Hole in the World coming soon Camelot Books and Gifts, Inc.
  2. The Lost Level (2015) Apex Publications
  3. The Chinese Beetle (2016) Thunderstorm Books (chapbook)
  4. Return to the Lost Level coming soon Apex Publications

The Labyrinth SeriesEdit

  1. The Seven (Ongoing). Self-Published through Patreon.



  • No Rest For The Wicked (2001): (Out of Print) Imaginary Worlds Publishing.
  • No Rest For The Wicked Redux (October 2001): (Out of Print) Vox 13 Publishing.
  • Fear of Gravity (2004) Delirium Books
  • A Little Silver Book of Streetwise Stories (2007) Borderlands Press
  • Unhappy Endings (2008) Delirium Books
  • A Conspiracy of One (2012) Thunderstorm Books
  • Blood on the Page (2014) Self-Published
  • Apocrypha (2014) Thunderstorm Books
  • Libra Nigrum Scienta Secreta (The Black Book of Secret Knowledge) with J. F. Gonzalez (2015) Arcane Wisdom (Limited release)
  • Where We Live and Die (2015) Lazy Fascist Books
  • The Cruelty of Autumn (2015): Thunderstorm Books. Published as a limited hardcover.
  • All Dark, All the Time (2016) Self-Published

Novellas & novelettesEdit

Anthologies editedEdit

  • In Delirium (January 2006): (Delirium Books). Published as a 26-copy leather-bound and a hardcover 274-copy limited hardcover.
  • New Dark Voices II (January 2009): (Delirium Books). Published as a hardcover 150-copy limited hardcover.
  • The Daughters of Inanna (2015): Thunderstorm Books. Published as a limited hardcover.


2001 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction (for "Jobs In Hell")[4] 2003 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel (for "The Rising")[5] 2004 Shocker Award for Non-Fiction (for "Sympathy for the Devil")[6] 2014 World Horror Grand Master Award[7]

In 2004 and 2005, Keene spearheaded a Books For Troops program, in which various horror authors supplied free, signed books to American troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world. Keene was honored for this in 2005 by the 509th Logistics Fuels Flight Squadron based at Whiteman A.F.B. in Missouri.[8]

In 2014, an American flag was flown in Keene's honor in Afghanistan and presented to him by the United States Army International Security Assistance Force.[9]

Comics and graphic novelsEdit

In 2006, three stories from Keene's Fear of Gravity were adapted in the graphic novel Brian Keene's FEAR. The stories were "Castaways", "Red Wood", and the award-winning "The King, in: Yellow". In 2008, Marvel Comics announced that Keene would be writing for them. His first project for the company was the four-issue limited series for their MAX imprint: Dead of Night: Devil-Slayer.[10] Keene wrote the 25-issue series "The Last Zombie" for Antarctic Press. Keene's work for DC Comics has included Doom Patrol, the 2010 "DCU Halloween Special", and "Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak". He was originally part of the writing team for Future's End but left the project along with writer Greg Rucka, also walking away from writing Animal Man and Booster Gold.[11]

Film adaptationsEdit

  • In 2004, The Rising was optioned for film and videogame adaptations.[citation needed]
  • In 2005, City of the Dead was optioned for the same.[citation needed]
  • In 2006, the short story "The Ties That Bind" was optioned for film, and it had its world premiere on April 4, 2009 at the Garden State Film Festival.[citation needed]
  • In 2009, Dark Hollow was optioned for film by director Paul Campion.[12]
  • Ghoul was made into a TV movie directed by Gregory Wilson and starring Nolan Gould[13] and debuted on the Chiller Network on April 13, 2012.
  • In 2011, Darkness at the Edge of Town was optioned, and Castaways was optioned by Drive-In Films.[citation needed]
  • On May 1, 2013, the screenplay adaptation written by Robert A. Masciantonio based on Castaways was made available to the public. The script can be downloaded and the reader may leave their input and vote via stars. Enough attention may get the attention of Amazon Studios for development.[citation needed]
  • In July, 2015, a film adaptation of Keene's short story "Fast Zombies Suck" was released for free via YouTube.[14]
  • In December, 2016, The Naughty List, a film adaptation of Keene's short story "The Siqquism Who Stole Christmas" was released for free via YouTube and Vimeo.[15]


Keene currently hosts a weekly podcast called The Horror Show With Brian Keene.[16] Keene and co-host Dave Thomas discuss horror-related news and events, and interview various horror authors and publishers.

Personal lifeEdit

Keene currently lives in York, Pennsylvania.

Keene is actively involved in fundraising for the Scares That Care charitable organization.[17]


  1. ^ "BrianKeene on Twitter". Twitter. September 22, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "He's Keene on horror Award-winning author makes his living writing about the dead," York Sunday News (PA), May 29, 2005.
  3. ^ "Interview With Brian Keene on Xomba". Hellnotes. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Past Stoker Nominees & Winners Archived October 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Horror Writers Association Website, accessed May 27, 2011.
  5. ^ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zombies By Nathan Robert Brown
  6. ^ Dragos-Valentin Radulescu. "Brian Keene - The Last Zombie - Rising Dead LOTD Community Forum". Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  8. ^ Rue Morgue Magazine #43, 2005
  9. ^ "Brian Keene Talks About Stephen King, Ghoul and Why Horror Matters". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  10. ^ NY Times review of The Rising
  11. ^ "Talking With Horror Master Brian Keene About A Life In Dark Fiction And Why He Isn't Writing Futures End, Animal Man, Or Booster Gold - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Alex Billington. "Brian Keene's Dark Hollow Headed to the Big Screen",, April 5, 2009; accessed May 27, 2011.
  13. ^ "Modern Family" tyke to star in "Ghoul" TV movie,, May 3, 2011.
  14. ^ "Watch Brian Keene's Fast Zombies Suck Online For Free - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "BRIAN KEENE'S THE NAUGHTY LIST". Gingernuts of Horror. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "The Horror Show With Brian Keene-About". 
  17. ^ "Interview with Brian Keene". Apex Magazine. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 

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