Edited June 9th, 2020: Please note that this screening and panel have been postponed. The Living Dead panel had initially been conceived as a lighthearted screening and discussion about George Romero’s classic film. Due to recent events and out of respect for the Black community, we are canceling this event. We also realized upon closer reflection that we don’t have a representative panel to discuss the frank depiction of police brutality in Night of the Living Dead to facilitate an inclusive dialogue.
We hope to reschedule with a more considered conversation at a later date.
On June 13th, stay home and geek out with Nightfire and Tor Books! As part of TorCon, Tor’s virtual author and fan convention, and in partnership with our friends at Den of Geek, Nightfire is hosting an exclusive virtual showing of George A. Romero’s archetypal zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead.
When Romero died in 2017, he left behind a tremendous horror legacy – and also an unfinished draft of an epic novel, an expansion of his cinematic universe that told of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity in a way that wasn’t constrained by film budgets and effects work.
And then Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, his widow, chose a successor: Daniel Kraus, coauthor (with Guillermo del Toro) of the New York Times bestselling novel The Shape of Water, and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. Desrocher-Romero asked Kraus to complete her late husband’s manuscript.
The Living Dead won’t hit shelves until August 4th, but in the meantime, we’ve got all your undead needs covered. On Saturday, June 13th, at 8pm EST, we’ll be screening the movie in its entirety on Twitch, with an introduction by Daniel Kraus, and a lively panel discussion afterwards of all things Romero, zombie, and horror with special guests Grady Hendrix, Cassandra Khaw, and Paul Tremblay!
More on our panelists:
Daniel Kraus co-authored the New York Times bestselling The Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro, based on the idea the two created for the Academy Award-winning film. Their earlier collaboration, Trollhunters, was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s novel The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top Ten Books of the Year, and his novel Rotters was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. In February, he released his horrifying and heartbreaking young adult thriller Bent Heavens. Kraus lives with his wife in Chicago.
Cassandra Khaw writes horror, press releases, video games, articles about video games, and tabletop RPGs. These are not necessarily unrelated items. Her work can be found in professional short story magazines such as Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Fireside Fiction, Uncanny, and the scientific journal Nature. She’s the author of the Persons non Grata novellas, the Rupert Wong novellas, and Nothing But Blackened Teeth, coming from Nightfire in 2021.
Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Growing Things, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, the forthcoming Survivor Song, and more. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.
Grady Hendrix is a New York Times bestselling writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, We Sold Our Souls, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, and more.
Want to join us for the screening?
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To learn more about TorCon, and to view the full schedule of events, click on over to the Tor/Forge blog!