Night of the Living Dead

Yes, I mean George Ramero’s film. This year marks the 50th anniversary of its release and Pittsburgh is alive, er, I mean, undead with zombies.

What on earth has made this movie a cult classic? If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth watching. By today’s standards it’s kinda kooky, but something about it appealed to a small group of people. Those early adopters thought it was so good that they got their friends to watch it until now, it’s part of pop culture.

Ramero made his art for a select group of people who “got it”, and that’s what we need to do too. The novels we’re writing aren’t going to appeal to everyone, nor should they. All we need to do is write for the smallest viable audience. If we’ve done our jobs right, as Ramero did, they’ll spread the word for us.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women