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John Russo

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John Russo

"I made a movie I didn't finish. Then I read your books, took notes and made charts, and that's what guided me through my first complete movie."

-- Quentin Tarantino

With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." His new horror comedy, which he co-directed, is a hilarious romp called MY UNCLE JOHN IS A ZOMBIE! And he plays the leading role!

He began by co-authoring the screenplay for the horror classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and went on to create or co-create many international hits including RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES, and THE AWAKENING. His three books on the art and craft of movie making have become bibles of independent production, and one of them, SCARE TACTICS, won a national award for Superior Nonfiction. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo's books helped them launch their careers.

John Russo wants people to know he's "just a nice guy who likes to scare people" -- and he's done it with novels and films such as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES, THE AWAKENING and HEARTSTOPPER. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. His screenplay for ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD was made into a five-part comic book released by Avatar to great acclaim; it made the Top Ten of Horror Comics nationally and spawned two graphic novels and ten sequels. Russo's latest zombie novel is THE HUNGRY DEAD, published by Kensington Books. He is also slated to direct two movies: a remake of his cult hit, MIDNIGHT, and a brand new take on the "zombie phenomenon" entitled SPAWN OF THE DEAD.

His popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch. He lectures on writing and filmmaking at American colleges and universities, and appears at a dozen movie conventions each year as a featured guest.

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