As Bananarama would say, it's a "cruel, cruel summer" in the early days of the zombie apocalypse in the official trailer for Black Summer, a prequel series that takes place in the same living dead universe as Z Nation.

Co-created by Karl Schaefer (co-creator of both Z Nation and Eerie, Indiana) and John Hyams, all eight episodes of the first season of Black Summer will premiere on Netflix on April 11th.

Although Black Summer takes place in the same world as Z Nation, the tone of the new series looks to be decidedly more dark than the horror comedy style of its predecessor, and you can get a taste of what to expect in the official trailer below.

"A prequel set in the Z Nation universe, Black Summer is a new series introducing all new characters from every walk of life. Jamie King (Hart of Dixie) stars as a mother, torn from her daughter, who embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse."

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

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