George A Romero will always be known as a film director, but he was beginning to dabble in other media particularly towards the end of his career. His Empire of the Dead comic series took his blend of social commentary and zombies to Marvel Comics, and it’s recently been reported that he was also working on a novel entitled The Living Dead, a book which is now being finished by author Daniel Kraus.
Kraus is the writer who collaborated with Guillermo del Toro on the novelization for The Shape of Water, and he told Entertainment Weekly that his ties with Romero run very deep:
“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. 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 Living Dead will, uh, return in 2019, so stay tuned for more info. In the meantime you can read the scoop on the book at EW right here.