George A. Romero’s unfinished The Living Dead novel will be completed by The Shape of Water’s Daniel Kraus

George A. Romero may be gone … but you didn’t think that was going to last, did you?

The late director of Night of the Living Dead has one final story of the undead to share, and novelist Daniel Kraus has signed on to finish the incomplete novel that the zombie master was working on before his passing.

The Living Dead is the title of the book, and it will be released by Tor in Fall 2019, EW can reveal exclusively.

Kraus is the writer of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch series as well as the grave-robbing tale Rotters, and he’s co-author of the novel version of The Shape of Water with Guillermo Del Toro, his collaborator on Trollhunters.

He says Romero, who died from lung cancer last July at age 77, was one of the first people who activated his own storytelling instincts.

“I could talk all day about George. He’s the reason I’m a writer. He might be the reason I’m interested in art, period,” Kraus tells EW. “When I think back on all the artists who might have inspired me, I feel so lucky and so thankful that it was George — for his sense of humanity, his unacceptance of social injustice, his adamant refusal to let the human race off the hook.”

The original Night of the Living Dead became an instant masterpiece of modern horror when it debuted in 1968, burying social commentary on the political upheaval of the era within a tale of things that wouldn’t stay buried.

Romero went on to collaborate with Stephen King on Creepshow and the author’s killer-pseudonym story The Dark Half (among other projects), but he kept returning to zombies throughout his career. By the end, he was experimenting with new ways to tell the stories.

“Beginning with Diary of the Dead, George had moved into a new phase of thinking about zombies, with an intent to cycle them through genres,” Kraus says. “Diary was found-footage; Survival was a western. His next one was supposed to be a film noir, complete with black-and-white photography and a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.”

Kraus said Romero knew he’d never have big budgets for these stories, but “could work small and not be under the hand of a studio system.”

“What’s exciting about the novel, though, is how it goes the opposite direction,” Kraus adds. “It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever …read more

Source:: Entertainment Weekly


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