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The Hungry Dead: Midnight and Escape from the Living Dead

John Russo

ISBN 9780758284990
Publish Date 9/24/2013
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Kensington, Thriller/Suspense, Horror
List Price: $15.00

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“Your book...guided me through my first completed movie.” —Quentin Tarantino, on Scare Tactics

From the Master of the Living Dead

John Russo’s brilliantly chilling screenplay for the 1968 groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead helped pave the wave for the flesh-eating spectacles that have thrilled zombie fans for three generations. Here, for the first time in one volume, are two of the master’s most gruesome and demented novels of gut-wrenching mayhem…


First, they captured small animals. Then, they moved on to bigger prey. Now the backwoods family that slays together stays together for one last midnight snack: a pair of unsuspecting travelers whose ritual torture and sacrifice will only intensify the demonic clan’s cravings…for more.

Yeah, they’re dead…they’re all messed up.

Escape Of The Living Dead

In an isolated roadside diner, a desperate group of strangers barricade themselves against a ravenous horde of undead customers who crave something more than the early bird special. They want flesh. Human flesh. With a side order of brains and stomach-turning terror.

A Two-for-One Feast for Hungry Horror Fans!

“An unrelieved orgy of sadism.” —Variety on Night of the Living Dead

Raves for John Russo’s Night of the Living Dead

“A double mindblower. The child in the cellar was really scary. I never experienced any kind of fear like it in my life.” —Sam Raimi

“Your book...guided me through my first completed movie.” —Quentin Tarantino, on Scare Tactics

“Full of terror, nightmares and a good time...very exciting…it scared the hell out of me." —Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist

“I was very taken with it. The politics of it were striking. So much going on that it wasn’t a typical horror film. Even now there’s power in it. It’s even bolder than Psycho.” —John Landis, director of An American Werewolf in London and Animal House

“I screamed and cringed like everyone else. It made me realize that the horror genre could produce something really great.” —Wes Craven, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Last House on the Left

“I remember not being able to sleep at night. It tapped into my primal fears.” —Chris Gore, Film Threat

“This is horror at its most probling, subversive and socially aware, with a truly harrowing ending…” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“True horror, plain and simple.” —

About John Russo:

John Russo wants everyone to know he’s really nice guy even though he loves to scare people. He started it by co-scripting the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, one of the greatest fright flicks of all time, ranked #18 on the Internet Movie Database’s top 100 Scariest Movies. (In a fine example of showmanship and multi-tasking, he also played a zombie in the film.) He also wrote the screenplays and/or stories for Midnight, Santa Claws, The Majorettes, Return of the Living Dead, Bloodsisters, and Inhuman.

Mr. Russo has authored fifteen terror-suspense novels, including Living Things, The Awakening, Voodoo Dawn, and Inhuman. His nonfiction books Scare Tactics and Making Movies are considered bibles of independent filmmaking by film students and horror fans.

Those who are not faint of heart will enjoy digging into this presentation of Epidemic of the Living Dead.

Mr. Russo resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. To his knowledge, none of his neighbors are zombies, though “there is that one guy around the corner who is rumored to have devoured the mailman a few years ago.”

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