I’ve stated before that George A. Romero placed my feet on a dark path when I was able to see Night of the Living Dead for the first time on my tiny black and white portable television back in my youth. While I watched all manner of horror films, most of them far above my age category, I was gripped with fear and an odd thrill while watching this group of people taking refuge in a tiny farmhouse while the old world they knew was literally being devoured by the walking dead outside their door.
I’m not sure how many hours of my life that I’ve spent watching zombie films and reading zombie stories and while I’m not rewarded often for my efforts there is those moments where you find that diamond in the rough and all of the disappointment is washed away. That is exactly the way I felt when I first took a chance on an Image comic called the Walking Dead back in 2003 and for 7 years the creator and writer of that series, Robert Kirkman, has lead me on an emotional roller coaster ride that has spun off into a popular TV show on AMC and now a novel from Macmillan Books and thanks to our friends there they’ve sent us a press release and audio excerpt from The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor!
“In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.
Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.
Jay Bonansinga is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.”
Be warned, much like the AMC series there is some very Salty Language in this clip!
WalkingDead – Rise of the Governor – MacMillanAudio.com by VicSage2005
Macmillan Audio was kind enough to send me an audio book copy to review and I’ll be sure to get that up next week…the novel and audio book is already in stores, it came out last week in fact, so if you are a fan of the Walking Dead universe make sure to go out and pick up a copy for your enjoyment…just in time as Halloween draws ever closer!