Gospel of the Living Dead

Gospel of the Living Dead

George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth

by Kim Paffenroth

Imprint: Baylor University Press

205 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9781932792652
  • Published: September 2006


  • Paperback
  • 9781481306973
  • Published: August 2020



Winner of the 2006 Bram Stoker Award, Gospel of the Living Dead connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film. For nearly forty years, the films of George A. Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh-eating ghouls. This study proves that Romero's films, like apocalyptic literature or Dante's Commedia, go beyond the surface experience of repulsion to probe deeper questions of human nature and purpose, often giving a chilling and darkly humorous critique of modern, secular America.