George Romero’s Legacy Continues in New Novel The Living Dead | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh

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George A. Romero’s legacy lives on in Pittsburgh and beyond for movie buffs and horror fans alike. Now, the late filmmaker’s work has the opportunity to reach out to a new kind of zombie lover: readers.

Zombies (Tor Books) is a new novel by Romero and New York Times Best-selling author Daniel Kraus, is set in the present day as a plague of zombies begins to take over. It starts when the medical examiners discover the body of a dead man who, of course, doesn’t stay dead and continues in Romero’s idea of ​​the zombies seen in his innovative and socially responsible horror films such as night of the living dead and dawn of the dead. Corn, Zombies takes it all in a new direction.

Romero felt that a novel could tell the story of the rise of zombies and the fall of humanity in a way that a film could not due to the constraints of filmmaking, but unfortunately it didn’t. not complete the story before his death in 2017.

A month after Romero’s death, his widow, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, asked Kraus, a frequent collaborator of Guillermo del Toro and lifelong Romero fan, to help her complete the book.

“On August 7, 2017, I picked up the phone and the voice on the other end changed my life,” Kraus said in a press release. “I have spent my whole life learning from
George A. Romero. …George’s films not only helped build my moral compass, but also radically shaped my artistic vision. So that phone call from 2017 -vscoming less than a month after George’s death was the closing of a giant circle.”

Romero had written less than half of the novel, but left notes on its completion.

“For me, it was the chance to work with my idol even though I missed his presence with every word typed,” Kraus says. “It was also a chance to test a lifetime of study of George Romero’s films.

Zombies is an action-packed epic that it’s hard to tell where Romero’s voice ends and Kraus’ voice begins. Readers follow the characters as they experience an eerily relatable global pandemic, and those who survive aren’t just battling the undead, they’re also battling the brutality of grassroots militias. Somehow, Romero’s storytelling still manages to be extremely timely.

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