Book of the Dead updated edition














Titan Books, 2014

Buy this book at Amazon

The zombie is cinema’s most enduring horror icon, having terrified audiences for decades. Book of the Dead charts the history of the walking dead from the monster’s origins in Haitian voodoo, through its cinematic debut in 1932’s White Zombie up to blockbuster World War Z and beyond.

Covering hundreds of movies from America, Europe, Asia and even the Middle East, Jamie Russell examines zombies’ on-screen evolution from Caribbean bogeymen to flesh-eating corpses and apocalyptic plague carriers. With an exhaustive filmography covering the history of the zombie genre, Book of the Dead explains our ongoing fascination with the living dead and how this shambolic monster has become a stumbling, moaning metaphor for our age.

This new edition is fully revised and updated with over 300 new movies and an exclusive interview with “Don of the Dead” George A. Romero.


“The most comprehensive critical history of zombie cinema yet published… discerning, thoughtful, meticulously researched… a feast for the eyes as well as the mind,” Fangoria

“A gruesome addition to any horror hound’s household… 9 out of 10,” Starburst Magazine

“Funny, articulate and thorough,” FrightFest

“Unexpectedly fascinating and rich in detail, it deserves a place on any zombie apocalypse survivor’s coffee table,” Classic

“Informed, insightful and… icky. The Bible for zombie fans,” Mark Dinning, editor-in-chief, Empire

“The mother of all paeans to the walking dead… [Russell is] a vibrant, passionate writer [with] fanboy flair and intellectual seriousness… [Book of the Dead is] exhaustive, informative and thoroughly entertaining,” Rue Morgue

“Russell’s Book of the Dead is the kind of horror movie book you don’t see much anymore, in which high-minded text fleshes out a gallery of incredibly gory color stills from ghastly films. With dripping viscera and mutilated sex kittens on virtually every page, it’s something I hadn’t thought possible in this post-shame age – a book I was actually embarrassed to read in public. In other words, it’s an apt, brilliant look at a medium whose saving grace is that it can never become respectable,” Reason Magazine

“This is the book zombie fans have been waiting for… enough to keep deadhead enthusiasts happy the world over.”

“As zombies continue to thrive at the cinema and in government, Jamie Russell’s Book of the Dead is the definitive history of the living dead,” John Landis, film director

Book of the Dead

Jamie Russell BBC Radio Interview

Flash required

Online interviews and press:
The Huffington Post
Dread Central: The Weirding Dead
Eye For Film
All Things Horror