DAY OF THE DEAD LITERATURE
Most collectors of the Living Dead were
not aware that a novel existed for this movie until 1999 when I scanned
the cover on an earlier version of my website. Toru Okayama wrote up the
story for Japanese publishing giant Kodansha. Part of the 1986 ‘X‘
series (ISBN: 4-06-190053-6 C0197) which included The Return of the
Living Dead, Enemy Mine, The Bride and Fright Night, among others, the
cover featured the nightmare scene of the wall of arms. The book is 174
pages including the black and white pictures, color section and
"Making of" chapter at the end. Originally sold for 340 yen
($3.11 US) but now worth $150-up in the U.S. due to its exclusivity and
rarity. An American horror collecting guide erroneously listed an American
Day of the Dead novel was published in 1988 by Simon and Schuster
but this is untrue. The only Dead-related item from that company in 1988
was the Night of the Living Dead audiobook.
The novel stays faithful but the
"Prologue" is almost a prequel, telling the story of how the
dead population rose due to a comet (keeping with the Japanese Zombie explanation),
increased through the eyes of Ben. Then through the perspective of a
wandering zombie near a mall in Philadelphia (not Pittsburgh) just
as bikers are invading. The language is not nearly as vulgar as it was in
the filmed dialogue, playing more like a television script, and the gore
scenes are not described in great detail.
Two program books were issued in
Japan. The first is the fairly common standard theatrical one. The second
was a rarer, special posterbook which folds out to style C poster (20x28).
original 1985 US presskit came with a blue folder with the poster artwork,
a white production booklet (white cover with blue
logo) and 10 black and white stills each with film logo (see posters and
lobby cards section). Some kits also came with stationery and studio letterheads.
In 1993, Taurus Entertainment put together a new brochure, utilizing the
old Chiodo graphic seen on the Media video cassette.
US 10x14 Screen (magazine) international full-page ads
Sarah and wall of arms drawing in black and white. This has "the
darkest day" blurb however instead of the Halloween tagline. On the right
is an advance ad.
For info on the magazine articles, please see Bibliography.