Life was a living hell for the seven survivors featured in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. But how were other people faring on that fateful night? Edited by Jonathan Maberry and Romero himself, a new anthology titled Nights of the Living Dead has been announced for a 2017 release and will follow other survivors in the world of Romero's classic 1968 film.
Author Brian Keene (The Complex, The Rising) recently shared the news about the Nights of the Living Dead anthology on his website. Keene, who is a contributor to the anthology, posted the project's impressive author list, which includes George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead co-screenwriter John A. Russo, the aforementioned Keene (The Damned Highway), Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap & Leonard books), John Skipp (The Light at the End), Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin), Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies), Jay Bonansinga (The Walking Dead novels), and more:
From BrianKeene.com: "NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD
All-new stories set in the George Romero universe.
Edited by George Romero and Jonathan Maberry
Featuring stories by Brian Keene, Chuck Wendig, Craig Engler, David Wellington, George Romero, Isaac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe Lansdale, Joe McKinney, John Russo, John Skipp, Jonathan Maberry, Keith DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal Shusterman & Brandon Shusterman, and Sandra Brown & Ryan Brown.
Coming in 2017…"
This anthology seems to be in the same spirit of the Skipp and Craig Spector-edited Book of the Dead that was released in 1989 (and featured a foreword by George A. Romero), as well as 1992's Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (also edited by Skipp and Spector). Those anthologies were based on the universe Romero and Russo created with Night of the Living Dead, but this new project looks to take it one step further by not only setting it in the "48 hours surrounding Romero’s landmark film", as Maberry mentions on his Facebook page, but also by including new work by Romero and Russo, as well as having Romero help oversee the editing of the book.
Maberry previously announced that the anthology is set to be published by Griffin and Keene reveals that it's scheduled to come out in 2017. The cover art and official synopsis have yet to be unveiled, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on Nights of the Living Dead as more details surface. In the meantime, which stories in the anthology are you the most excited to read when this hits shelves?