Triumph Of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen (Paperback)
"The Walking Dead" gained national attention as AMC''s latest critically acclaimed drama, shattering the network''s previous premiere ratings highs and earning a second season renewal after its very first episode. But before its television debut, Robert Kirkman''s The Walking Dead was a comic phenomenon.
James Lowder, veteran editor and author in the horror genre and comics field, collects some of the biggest names in the zombie genre, along with other top horror and comics writers, to discuss the series on both page and screen.
what makes "The Walking Dead" so effective as a zombie narrative
the television show''s surprising optimism
Rick Grimes as Objectivist hero
"The Walking Dead"''s journey from comic to television series
Dividing his fictional output between westerns, mysteries, and exceptionally graphic horror (and often a combination of some or all of them), Joe R. Lansdale is devotee of what he calls Mojo storytelling--which seems to mean the ability to translate the subversion of expectations and being born in Texas into a fictional format. His first novel, ACT OF LOVE (1981), was a thriller, but its graphic intensity immediately set it apart from conventional thrillers. His next novels--THE NIGHTRUNNERS (1983), another thriller, TEXAS NIGHT RIDERS (1983), a western, and DEAD IN THE WEST (1986), a horror/western hybrid--were interspersed with numerous short stories. THE DRIVE-IN (1988) was a gruesome homage to horror, science fiction, and the bygone American pastime of the drive-in theater. In 1990, Lansdale wrote a mystery, SAVAGE SEASON, which was the first of a series. He has written a Tarzan tale "with" the late Edgar Rice Burroughs, novels in the Batman series, and even helped develop a graphic novel character, Jonah Hex. Lansdale's work has won numerous awards and he has been twice inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame (so don't mess with him!).