Hello, I’m Joe Keck - movie buff, avid reader and writer of horror, strange, and otherwise macabre novels and short stories. I have some literary works as well, but most of my stuff leans toward the dark, weird, or disturbing.

I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but when I was just a baby - ugly little thing - we moved to Los Angeles county, a town just outside of L.A. called Pomona. That's where I grew up. Somewhere in the early nineties, I came back to Oklahoma for a visit, and stayed.
What impressed me about this state, and what stole my heart away from L.A. with its lush and lovely smog, violence, and licentious decadence, was the people of Oklahoma. Without a doubt, these are the nicest, most friendly Americans you will ever meet. Not to take anything away from beautiful sunny Southern California, but I'm an Okie in my soul, and always will be I suppose.

I did a bit of acting on the west coast, some stunt work, some music - actually I’ve done a little bit of everything. What started me writing, were my hands. No joke. They went crooked because of arthritis. The doctor said it was rare for someone so young to get arthritis, but I did. In my late twenties and already my dreams of being a professional musician were over (I played guitar). My luck. Just as well, I wasn't all that enthused about it. I mean I loved playing music, but as a career? Nah. So, since I could no longer flitter across those silver frets, I started writing. As it turned out, the arthritis was a blessing from God...really, it was. If my hands were still in good enough shape to play the ax - musician's term for guitar - I would have never started writing. But as they say, He works in mysterious ways.
I think that God had truly meant for me to be a writer all along. I love writing and thank Him for the gift. I hope I don’t sound overly confident or conceited, bringing God into it and everything. And, considering the All Powerful, Omniscient Creator of the Universe has a sense of humor, there is the chance that He had also meant for me to be a truly bad writer. But I don’t think so. I've talked to him about it, and I think we're on the same page. Ha, the same page, I just, that’s...sorry.
Anyway, as you can probably tell, I'm a Christian. That’s right, one of those right wing, homo-phobic, sexo-phobic, Oprah-phobic, intolerant, bible thumping, gun toting, Jesus freaks. And my boyfriend feels the same way-ba-dum-chssshhhh!
Oh, stop with the looks...don’t worry, I’m not one to shove my religion down anyone’s throat; if you’re not interested in the salvation of your soul, then that’s between you and God. Of course I will admit, it is a bit bothersome that you will spend all of eternity screaming in agony from the pits of a burning hell...but hey, that’s the way it goes. (say hi to Satan for me)
Let’s see...I’m mostly of the Reformed persuasion, and entirely Calvinistic holding to a supra-lapsarian point of view. If your not a Christian and don’t understand what all that is, don’t sweat it, I’m only trying to irritate the Socinians.
A Christian horror writer - pretty weird, huh? Actually it works quite well; you know, good versus evil and all that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t write ‘Christian’ stories and novels. But you will find that some of my work hints toward the Divine. It’s not in all my writing, but if you’re particularly perceptive, you will see the subtle colorings in some of it.
I'm pretty settled on my theology, but I do welcome other opinions...as long as they agree with mine. I am known to be, shall we say...staid. My wife says that I'm too risibly arrogant to be taken seriously...so I divorced her. What the hell, her loss. She blew it. I feel bad for her, I really do. She could have had a hairy, middle aged, out of work, over weight writer, waiting to get rich and famous off that soon-to-be, surely just around the corner, any day now, number one best seller. But instead, the poor distraught thing lowered her standards and had to settle for a tenured professor of law with a Ph.D. at a major American university making upwards of eighty-thousand a year. Go figure. Women.
Actually, I've never been married. But if I had, she probably would have said that and I probably would have divorced her and she probably would have married...well, anyway, you get the idea.

So, about my writing. Like I said, I write mainly horror, weird, and somewhat freaky fiction. I have three novels, one of them finished and two in the works. I also have more than a half dozen short stories, five or six essays and a few poems. The poems are just mildly impressive, but my fiction, I have to say, I'm pretty happy with...most of it, anyway.  As for the essays, I gotta’ tell you, watch out - sheer genius.  No kidding. You’ll be changed for life. Really. They’re so profound
I can’t even read them...too deep for me.
So there you have it, my life, me, I, moi (little french lingo there). Not much more to tell...except that I don’t like ice cream and I was once beaten unmercifully at bowling by a woman who was eight months pregnant.
If you want to know anymore about me, it’s five dollars per item, unless I go into the really interesting stuff, then it’s seven-fifty. But if you have a coupon, you can take an additional two dollars off. All women between the ages of twenty-six and fifty-five get a ten percent discount, regardless of gender, all rights reserved. The opinions expressed above are the sole property of Joe Keck, not necessarily those of the management and have nothing whatsoever to do with oranges.
By the way, how about this scenery? They are actual paintings done by a lovely lady named Patrice Stanley. If you want to know more about her, just click on her name at the bottom.

Ok, so...I hope you enjoy your visit here, and if you want to leave a comment, you can do so in the ‘let’s talk’ page or you can email me at,
Enjoy the artwork, wash your hands before doing any invasive surgery, and be sure to tip your waitress. And read the excerpts, I think you'll like them. If you don’t, I’ll tell God to give you a horribly painful and untimely death.  
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Novels, Short Stories, Essays and Poems