“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
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.