Great interview with Joe McKinney at Missions Unknown. His zombie novel APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD is up for a Stoker Award. Congratulations, Joe! And thanks for the shoutout in the interview, I appreciate it!
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.
Great trailer for Jeff Carlson’s PLAGUE YEAR. His PLAGUE series is hands down one of the best, if not the best, post-apocalyptic trilogy I ever read.
If you like your fiction dark, violent, thought-provoking and providing a convincing portrait of the end of the world, you’ll love the fantastic authors and books on this list, just a few of my favorites.
Just finished COMES THE DARK, a survival horror novel by Patrick D’Orazio. I had fun with it. It reminded me of David Moody’s AUTUMN in that the zombies are literally rotting off the page. The world is realistic, lived in, smashed to pieces and almost hopeless. With its basic survival plot and extreme gore and violence, it serves as excellent meat and potatoes zombie fiction for fans who like their read bloody.
Just finished John Ajvide Lindqvist’s HANDLING THE UNDEAD. Not your traditional zombie fare in any way, a little slow, and with a somewhat unsatisfying ending (a major story line ends without resolution), but a highly original, entertaining and emotionally charged story about what would happen if our loved ones came back from the dead.
(By the way, I was a bit surprised by the image used for the cover, which had already been used for a cover for another zombie novel by a fairly prominent author. I saw a similar duplication with another two zombie novels recently. Stock photos are open source images but one would think cover designers would want their work to be somewhat original, and not duplicate other works in the field.)