With forty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John A. Russo has been called a “living legend.” He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, which has become recognized as a “horror classic.” 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 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, Heartstopper, and My Uncle John Is a Zombie. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. 

One of his best novels, Dealey Plaza—dealing with the epidemic of gun violence in America—was published to great acclaim by Burning Bulb Publishing. His screenplay, The Night They Came Home, is a Western horror story based on true events, and is currently in production in California.

John’s popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch, and he appears at many movie conventions each year as a featured guest, where attendees are welcome to come to his table or the bar to share drinks, jokes, and serious conversation.


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