Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene, John Skipp, David J. Schow, Issac Marion—if reading those names in the same sentence gets your blood pumping a little quicker, then you're in for a real treat, because all of those acclaimed authors, along with many more, are coming together for a new short story anthology set on the evening of the zombie outbreak in the world of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.

Last February, Brian Keene shared the exciting news about the upcoming zombie anthology Nights of the Living Dead, and now the official cover art, synopsis, and release date for the collection have been revealed by St. Martin's Griffin.

Not only does this anthology take place on that fateful night in 1968 when the dead rose to eat the living, but it is also co-edited by Romero himself (with the great Jonathan Maberry). And in addition to co-editing the anthology, Romero will also be writing a new story for the collection, with Night of the Living Dead co-writer John A. Russo also on board with a new zombie tale.

This is primed to be a truly special celebration of one of the most influential horror films ever made. The horror genre wouldn't be the same without Night of the Living Dead, and it's great to see this anthology bringing the creators of the original movie together with other key zombie genre contributors like Keene (The Rising), Lansdale (Dead in the West), and Skipp (Book of the Dead).

Readers can lay eyeballs on Nights of the Living Dead when it hits shelves in paperback from St. Martin's Press on July 11th, and in the meantime, you can check out the official synopsis and cover art below (courtesy of St. Martin's Griffin and Amazon):

"In 1968 the world experienced a brand new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero’s landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture.

But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse…

Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero to present a collection of all new tales set during the 48 hours of that legendary outbreak.

Nights of the Living Dead includes stories by some of today’s most important writers: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Issac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, John Russo, John Skipp, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal Shusterman & Brandon Shusterman, and Ryan Brown. Plus original stories by Romero and Maberry!

For fans of The Walking Dead, World War Z, and anyone who loves scary stories. Take a bite out of this!"

  • Derek Anderson
    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    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.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.