NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD co-creator John Russo is not as famous as George Romero, and has had a huge impact on the horror genre. He later worked on the RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD series. In 1974, Warner Books published his novelization of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Now it’s available with RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD in a single volume titled THE UNDEAD.
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD did not capture my interest but the 1974 novelization of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is amazing. The story is dramatically retold in a way that is faithful to the classic film that started it all but also completely fresh and, in many ways, more exciting, fun and realistic than the film. Recommended.