Author Brian Keene Opens New Comic & Book Store In Columbia, PA

A new comic and books store has opened in Columbia, PA. The store has been opened by established horror writer Brian Keene, who uploaded a video to YouTube to showcase the new location. In the video, you can see that the bookstore has a huge selection of both used and brand-new titles, which vary from relatively old books to new releases.

Named Vortex Books & Comics, the store is located at 477 Locust Street, Columbia, PA. The store is not just a place that sells books, but also a horror/tabletop gaming-based location that hosts a number of events. Currently, there is a weekly MTG card game, horror trivia, movie night, open mic night as well as book signings be renowned authors within the genre.

Opening Hours:

Monday — Closed
Tuesday — Closed
Wednesday — 10am to 9pm
Thursday — 10am to 9pm
Friday — 10am to 9pm
Saturday — 10am to 9pm
Sunday — 10am to 5pm

Brian Keene is a prolific American author known for his contributions to the horror and dark fantasy genres. Born on September 22, 1967, in Pennsylvania, Keene has carved out a significant niche in horror literature, particularly with his works focusing on zombies and apocalyptic themes. His writing is characterized by its ability to blend traditional horror elements with modern societal issues, making his stories both engaging and thought-provoking.

Keene’s breakout novel, The Rising (2003), is often credited with revitalizing the zombie genre, introducing readers to a new take on zombie lore that incorporates elements of demonic possession and an apocalyptic scenario. The success of The Rising led to a sequel, City of the Dead (2005), which continued the story of survivors navigating a world overrun by the undead. These books, among others, have established Brian Keene as a key figure in horror literature, earning him a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim.

Beyond his novels, Keene has also made contributions to comic books, including work on characters such as The Hulk and Batman for major publishers. He’s known for his ability to cross genres, infusing horror elements into superhero narratives, thereby broadening his appeal.

Keene’s influence extends beyond his own writing. He has been a mentor and advocate for other writers in the genre, using his platform to support and promote emerging talent. He’s also known for his openness about the challenges of the writing profession, including discussions about mental health, the financial realities of being a full-time writer, and the importance of community within the horror genre.