“A horror landmark and a work of gory genius.”—Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman
New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus completes George A. Romero's brand-new masterpiece of zombie horror, the massive novel left unfinished at Romero's death!
George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete.
Enter Daniel Kraus, co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) and Trollhunters (which became an Emmy Award-winning series), and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year). A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete The Living Dead.
Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale, the story of the zombie plague as George A. Romero wanted to tell it.
It begins with one body.
A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead.
It spreads quickly.
In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come.
Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.
We think we know how this story ends.
We. Are. Wrong.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books
Just to warn you, the start of this story is the same as one of the stories in Nights Of The Living Dead. Just in case you downloaded both.
Buy World War Z instead
This audiobook is available to listen to for free on YouTube & it’s definitely not worth the $20. The first half of the story is decent but the second half is just awful. The “current” year identity politics ruined what could have be a solid send off to the Romero Zombie saga.
My advice is to purchase World War Z if you want a more engaging/thought provoking zombie book.
The last reviewer
The last reviewer clearly doesn’t understand the works of George A Romero, and probably only knows zombies from Walking Dead and Z Nation.
This is an amazing send off for the Romero Zombie saga, and a breath of fresh air to a Diluted zombie genre.
I don’t want to get into to much spoilers, but if you have followed the Romero’s Living Dead films all the hallmarks of those are here. It’s not about the zombies, it’s about the struggles of the human characters, and that’s something that so refreshing in a zombie story.
If you’re expecting Walking Dead then this isn’t for you. If your expecting George A Romero then grab this immediately