Posted on 08/12/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When novelist Daniel Kraus met legendary filmmaker George A. Romero years ago, he managed to play it cool.

Little did Kraus know, though, that he’d have an even more special moment with the Night of the Living Dead director — or, rather, with his estate.

Romero had been working on The Living Dead, an epic zombie novel, on and off in the decade leading up to his death.

He’d also been quietly weighing who would pick the unfinished draft up after he passed — and decided on Kraus.

“I wouldn’t even call it a dream come true because I had never even dreamed of it,” Kraus told the Guardian, of receiving the call from Romero’s widow inviting him to complete The Living Dead.

Nor was it a piece of cake — adding on to the pressure of finishing your idol’s work were a few other obstacles, but Kraus persisted, and The Living Dead hit shelves August 4.

Read more about the honor and the challenges in finishing Romero's The Living Dead in the Guardian

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