“George Romero is one of my all time heroes–of the films I saw as a young man, the two that had a huge impact on my creative life are Night of the Living Dead and Planet of the Apes. Zombies and Mutations in general lead me down a path directly to where I am today–the Night, Dawn, and Day films I still watch regularly to this day–with the same thrill as the first time I saw them. He has influenced countless 'Creators' in an amazing cross section of genres–he’s on my bucket list to meet, shake his hand, and thank him personally for all he’s done for me, and my career.” –Kevin Eastman, artist and co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
“Some projects made on a shoestring budget become classics, and Night of the Living Dead is one of those.” –Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels which became HBO’s hit True Blood.
“With Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero created a mythology that is both a lens through which to view the fissures at civilization's core, and a mirror whose reflection offers an unflinching view into man’s very soul. Ignore the skeptics; the 'Zombie Apocalypse' paradigm will never be irrelevant." –Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.
“Night of the Living Dead is to zombies what Gone With the Wind is to romance. George Romero found a way to re-invent terror with this groundbreaking film that birthed an entire genre.” –Doug Jones (star of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1&2, and Hocus Pocus)
“The zombie phenomena originally scratched its way out of the grave in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and now Romero is surrounded by his [progeny] Jonathan Maberry and many other talented-but-horrific folk to give the living dead another night in which to scare the bejeezus out of all of us." –Chris Ryall, creative director for IDW Comics, author of Zombies vs Robots
“Zombies? They’re George’s toys and we’re all just playing with them. Some kids play with them right, some don’t. I hope when I’ve played with them it’s the former. Without NOTLD none of us would be enamored of rotting, flesh-eating, zombies. We may bend the rules to suit our needs, but he wrote the rules and we all owe him a barge-load of gratitude.” –Robert Fingerman, cartoonist and author of Recess Pieces, and Pariah
“George Romero is the Father of the Living Dead. There would be no Walking Dead, Resident Evil, World War Z, Zombieland, etc., without the template he created with the landmark Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Romero set the standard that continues to be copied to this day. You can’t discuss the modern zombie without acknowledging George Romero and his immeasurable contributions to the genre." –Tony Timpone, Editor Emeritus, Fangoria
“Night Of The Living Dead didn’t just invent the zombie genre as we know it; it also established that genre’s most significant theme: that we, humanity, are more dangerous than the undead.” –Christos Gage, New York Times bestselling writer of comics (Buffy, Spider-Man), television (Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU), film and video games.
“Romero’s’ imagination took the name zombie from fairly obscure Haitian folklore practice, and supercharged it with a new mythology that ultimately changed not only the horror genre, it changed global pop culture. Decades after Night of the Living Dead was released theatrically, the zombie zeitgeist Romero created has spread like a virus, infecting books, movies, TV, comics, animation, modern art, gaming, and even academic paperwork. The actual worldwide zombie takeover, sparked in 1968, has been unfolding into a very successful, multi-layered, and gruesomely wonderful one.” – Joyce Chin
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, anthology editor, and comic book writer. He writes for adults and teens. He also writes comics for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse. He lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara Jo, and their dog, Rosie.
GEORGE A. ROMERO (1940-2017) is an iconic filmmaker and editor. His most famous accomplishment is the creation of what we now know as “zombies” via his films Night of the Living Dead and Day of the Dead.