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Night of the Living Dead (The Living Dead #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  534 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Out of the night they come. Filling the air with chilling howls, the dead are rising from their graves, bent on feeding on the flesh and blood of the living. They seek out human life. And these monstrous corpses will let nothing stand in their way as they hunt down the living to satisfy their own evil desires.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 1995 by Commonwealth (first published 1974)
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Mientras Leo
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado recuperar este clásico del género en un momento en el que el fenómeno zombi parece hacer perder la fuerza a lo que fue en su día.
Interesantísimo el uso de la tensión narrativa e imprescindible el prólogo
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this abridged dramatization/audiobook is a good choice to listen to for an eerie hour of after-dark driving. The story is essentially the same as the film with two interesting differences that caught my ear. Anyone who might read this review has surely seen it multiple times, but I'll call spoiler alert here just in case. First, zombie Karen talks to her mother before dinner (which is pretty much opposite everything we learn about the living dead in the film), and, second, she also infects ...more
Juan Antonio
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rafael Marmol
NOTE: This is a review for the Abridged Night of the Living Dead fully dramatized audio narration.

As a fan of the original movie and the 90's remake, I can say this "dramatized" audio narration is an incredible departure from the source material. I'm not actually sure if the intention of the audio production director was to make this as silly and as campy as possible to make it comedic or if this was a serious attempt at producing a work based upon Night of the Living Dead.

If it was meant to be
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First published back in 1974, the novelisation of the 1968 cult classic film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ was released a surprising six years after the initial release of the controversial yet highly successful movie. The novel was Russo’s debut literally release, which was later followed by a number of similarly pulp horror titles. Having co-written the screenplay alongside the legendary George A Romero, Russo was in the perfect position to extend the success of the N.O.T.L.D. franchise with the ...more
Steven Ramirez
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe there were two events in the twentieth century that established the era of the post-apocalyptic zombie. The first was the publication of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend in 1954; the second was the release of the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. Now, purists might argue that Matheson’s creatures were actually vampires, not zombies. Correct. But what he envisioned was a monster born of some global catastrophe not unlike the events depicted in World War Z. In previous decades, zombies w ...more
Greg Kerestan
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Night of the Living Dead," the movie, is a classic (and in the public domain), and I spent the summer of 2017 working on a stage adaptation for a Halloween event, since "Rocky Horror" rights were unavailable that year. This is the birth of the classic style zombie, which basically displaced the hypnotized "voodoo zombie" of the previous era. The plot is a little slow, the dialogue almost all exposition, but respect for the classics is in order here.
Kaliban Escritura
Magnífico en su crudeza y realismo. Aparte de ser una adaptación perfecta de la película, suple la carencia cinematográfica con una credibilidad en la psicología de sus personajes que hiela la sangre y eriza los pelos.
Chica Sombra
Ya sabéis que soy amante del género Z, por lo que ya estaba tardando en leer este clásico entre los clásicos, el detonante de los maravillosos zombies. Esta novela está basada en la película con el mismo título que se estrenó en 1968, siendo un gran éxito y pasando a formar parte del cine de culto. Sí que había visto la película, pero no la recuerdo muy bien, así que volveré a verla y próximamente os daré mi opinión sobre ella.

Todo comienza cuando los hermanos Bárbara y Johnny, de 19 y 26 años,
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Το βιβλίο βασίζεται στην πασίγνωστη ταινία τρόμου του Τζορτζ Ρομέρο και συγγραφέας του είναι ο σεναριογράφος της ταινίας, Τζον Ρούσο. Δεν μπορώ να καταλάβω γιατί επιλέχθηκε αυτός ο τίτλος και όχι ο πολύ καλύτερος Η νύχτα των ζωντανών νεκρών, αλλά αυτά έχουν οι φτηνές ελληνικές εκδόσεις τσέπης της δεκαετίας του '80.

Η ιστορία είναι γνωστή, μια ομάδα ανθρώπων είναι αποκλεισμένη σε ένα αγροτόσπιτο κάπου στην αμερικάνικη εξοχή και προσπαθεί να αποκρούσει τις επιθέσεις των ζόμπι, που διψούν για αίμα
Sara Thompson
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one of those graphic novels that a parent must read before allowing their child to read it. It is not appropriate for children. It's not overly violent but there is a lot of drawn nudity and sex. I was a little shocked at how graphic that was.
This graphic novel is based on the original Night of the Living Dead movie. It jumps around various characters and scenes as the first wave of zombies happen. There is some interesting insight to some of the characters that wasn't in the original mo
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The Night of the Living Dead novel resembles the film in many ways. Though the beginning contains an odd introspective introduction that is not included in the film and the ending is changed ever so slightly. Other than that it plays out the exact same way, often including many of the same lines, though sometimes improving them for a less clumsy read.

Russo is a rather adept author, after a somewhat bumpy intro he hits his stride and the novel begins to flow. Like the film the suspense rises as t
Holger Haase
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Book adaptation of the classic horror film by one of its two creators.

You know the film, you know the book.

One of the few additions to this novel is in the depiction of the posse that roams the land to shoot the zombies (or ghouls as they are still called here).

The famous downbeat surprise ending of the movie is left intact (though there is a small but somewhat crucial change about Ben's physical state that waters that ending down a bit) but we get more of a back story into the individuals that
Scott Wieczorek
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Being the progenitor of an entire genre, I had high hopes for this book. The plot and story line follow almost verbatim the movie. In fact, the book appears to be a mere adaptation of the screenplay into a fiction novel. Unfortunately, I felt the writing was poor and needed to be updated/edited for a more modern audience. From a proliferation of run-on sentences to head-hopping four or five characters in a single scene, I found it all too distracting to focus on the actual story. I really did wa ...more
Callie S.
Poiché mi sono appassionata al genere alla veneranda età di trentadue anni, ho cominciato solo di recente a esplorarne i classici; e questo vecchio racconto, firmato John Russo, non delude: datato nello stile, complice anche il filtro della traduzione, porta in scena paure e topoi compositivi che avranno poi una lunga e fruttuosa vita editoriale.
Fin dalla scena d'apertura la tensione narrativa è altissima e il sentimento di tragica ineluttabilità che pervade i protagonisti è trasmesso al lettore
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombie
This novel was fast paced and action packed, it was definitely a page turner but I didn't feel that the characters were developed enough for me to care if the lived or died. I think if the novel was slightly longer and it gave more of a background of each character I might have felt more suspense and fear for their lives. Still an enjoyable read though and I would recommend for all Zombie lovers.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter is nearly word-for-word identical to the opening scenes of the film, but after this point, the novel does vary a little bit. I enjoyed learning quite a bit more about Ben and his motives. Harry Cooper is still the same ol asshole. I was also amused to read the word "zombie" in one spot; you'll notice the film never once mentions the z-word. George Romero's introduction was enlightening; he's an intelligent, well-written man.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Una maravilla de historia, un clásico del terror contemporaneo, que no puede faltar entre las lecturas obligatorias del género del terror.
El bajo nivel literario del libro no merma el interés de la narración, llena de tensión, claustrofobia, miedo y escenas espeluznantes.
El libro engancha mucho y la tensión va increscendo hasta llegar al final, un final brutal!

Un buen libro cortito perfecto para iniciarse en esto del terror sin agobiarse!
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read novelizations, but when I saw that this was written by the man who wrote the original movie, I couldn't resist. Although it clearly follows the story of the movie, it is much more fleshed out and adds to the orinal movie. I have always loved this movie and am really glad I found this book!
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I had never even heard of the movie when I bought this book, which is a good thing, because reading it was and still remains one of the most viscerally terrifying experiences of my life. Seeing the movie first would have most certainly diluted that affect. My mother borrowed it when I had finished and returned it the next day. It scared her so much she couldn't even finish the first chapter.
Evey Morgan
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una obra maestra del género de terror sin duda. Me ha tenido enganchada y temerosa desde la primera página. Desde Hellraiser no leía nada igual.

Sabía que me iba a gustar porque reunia todos los elementos para que lo hiciera, pero Russo lo ha elevado a otro nivel.

La semana que viene subiré reseña completa en el blog:
Javier Balderas
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are a per or hardcore fan of the zombie genre this book is for you the story is one of the classic stories in the zombie world. It the beginning of the a world wide sensation that has what a zombie fan would want just enjoy the masterpiece
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like the movie, this is perfect. It really helped me understand a few things about Barbara and made me like her a bit more than I originally did. This movie is a classic and the book is a great companion piece.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombie
It was ok I thought that it could have more details with the zombies. for those you like zombies book without great details then you would like it. but those like me who like the gruesome description of the zombies with more creepy nest than it not for you
Joe  Noir
A very satisfying fun read. A novelization of the movie by one of the screenwriters. Some paperback editions include a section of photos from the film. See also Russo's Return of the Living Dead.
Esequiel Contreras Jr
The dead shall walk the earth.

Excellent narrative of the black and white movie that started the zombie craze! Good read if you are a zombie fan.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Um grande clássico da literatura de Horror.
um livro muito bem conseguido que mantém, durante toda a acção, o suspense.
Dentro do género, este é, talvez, o melhor livro que li. Um conto espantoso.
Amy cupcake persad
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
you can never escape the living of the dead!!!...
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