George Romero is the man responsible for so much we attach to the modern horror genre. His influence is incalculable to measure. Personally, I became the creative person I am because of my early encounters with his work: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and on and on. It is with great sadness that I report his passing at age 77 following a short battle with lung cancer. He was, to say the least, an inspiration to numerous artists, and it is fair to say we would not have so many iconic contemporary zombie stories had he not created the first.
Among his peers, he was well known as a generous and kind spirit. His work was groundbreaking in that it brought an intellectualism and an unflinching social commentary to an often novelty brand. He terrified us in the theater but kept us thinking long after we departed.
He remained creative his entire life, even co-editing a publication earlier this year. While he will be greatly missed, he gave us so much to be terrified by and to think about. RIP Mr. Romero and thank you.