A Look at The Living Dead: A Novel by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

A Look at The Living Dead: A Novel by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

A Look at The Living Dead: A Novel by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

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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.

To call me a fan of George A. Romero might just be an understatement. After all, just look at the name of this site. Romero’s movies have always been an influence on me and I might not have loved every zombie movie he did but he was one of my favorite directors and we have him to thank these days for the whole modern concept of a zombie. George might sadly be gone but he’s still with us in lots of ways and you can add one more to it with this book, The Living Dead.

The way I understand it, George was always at odds with having his vision on the screen be the way he wanted it to be and trouble that comes with making movies. They would be money issues or the studio would give him a hard time etc. Getting away from that George went to another source for his creativity with this book, The Living Dead. This was another tale of the living dead but sadly he was never able to finish it and with that being the case, Daniel Kraus stepped in and finished it to give us what we have here in book form.

Having read this book now I can say I think it’s a shame that this one didn’t hit the big screen with George behind the camera. While some could say that Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Living Dead was a bit off track from what we had come to expect, this book tells a story not far off from what we had seen with classic Romero movies. All the stuff you loved about those movies is here. We have social commentary, we have interesting characters, and we have a solid story that pulls you into the point that it makes this 656 page seem like a quick read. Heck, this wouldn’t have just made a good movie it would have made a great series or mini-series.

The story is, of course, possible to writer Daniel Kraus. He does his part here and the end results are one of the best horror books I’ve read in a while and I hope everyone goes out to seek this one out. If you aren’t into real media you can get a kindle version. If you don’t like reading in general there is also an audio version. Whatever method you pick, I highly recommend you check out The Living Dead from Tor Books on August 4th.

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