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The Doctor of the Dead Visits Evans City PA – The Living Dead Museum (Part Three of Three)

meavatarjessuJZDfxbFAs covered in the first installment of this multi-part journey to the home of zombie history, Evans City PA, we visited the local cemetery and briefly inhabited the same space as the likes of Judith O’Dea, Russ Streiner, and Bill Hinzman from the opening sequence of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

But that was the second part of the day. First, we traveled to a deceptively quiet street and a distinctively decorated store front to meet with Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, a veritable treasure trove of information, artifacts, and memorabilia related to NIGHT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, and many other aspects of zombie genre history dating both before and after Romero’s immortal trilogy.

Formerly based in the Monroeville Mall, site of DAWN, the museum is now just minutes away from the aforementioned Evans City Cemetery. In the second installment of this series, we covered the beginning of the museum visit. Now it’s time to finish this photo-essay review of a one-of-a-kind zombie destination!

One of my favorite parts of the museum is a long timeline that runs around the perimeter, placing NIGHT and Romero's films in historic context. First up, a look at where zombies began! This guy's a big boy now, Johnny! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
One of my favorite parts of the museum is a long timeline that runs around the perimeter, placing NIGHT and Romero’s films in historic context. First up, a look at where zombies began! This guy’s a big boy now, Johnny!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The timeline truly begins with the debut of the modern zombie in 1968. Watch out for those Blind Dead...they can hear your heartbeat! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The timeline truly begins with the debut of the modern zombie in 1968. Watch out for those Blind Dead…they can hear your heartbeat!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Two truly superb full-color zombie romps with gore galore occupy an early part of the timeline. "Gather 'round, children!" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Two truly superb full-color zombie romps with gore galore occupy an early part of the timeline. “Gather ’round, children!”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A face only a(n undead) mother could love! The TRUE start of the modern zombie as we know it today starts in that memorable mall... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A face only a(n undead) mother could love! The TRUE start of the modern zombie as we know it today starts in that memorable mall…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin keeps the timeline going right to the present, which will definitely please fans of everything from 28 DAYS LATER (yes, yes, for the thousandth time, it counts) to Z NATION and iZOMBIE! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin keeps the timeline going right to the present, which will definitely please fans of everything from 28 DAYS LATER (yes, yes, for the thousandth time, it counts) to Z NATION and iZOMBIE!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I temporarily take my place in the annals of zombie history, joined by some very familiar and handsome companions! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I temporarily take my place in the annals of zombie history, joined by some very familiar and handsome companions!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
"Am I doing it right, Michael?" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
“Am I doing it right, Michael?”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
"It's Father's Day!" Well no, it's not, but it IS good ol' Nate from CREEPSHOW! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
“It’s Father’s Day!” Well no, it’s not, but it IS good ol’ Nate from CREEPSHOW!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin and other locals take perhaps even more pride in the Evans City-set Romero film THE CRAZIES, which also gets a showcase in the museum. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin and other locals take perhaps even more pride in the Evans City-set Romero film THE CRAZIES, which also gets a showcase in the museum.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to dress the part? The Living Dead Museum has you covered...literally! Well, at least the top part of you... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to dress the part? The Living Dead Museum has you covered…literally! Well, at least the top part of you…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some great poster prints are available to decorate any home environment in "Early Modern Zombie." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some great poster prints are available to decorate any home environment in “Early Modern Zombie.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin graciously offered to carry ZOMBIEMANIA alongside many other illustrious tomes, but sadly my book is currently out of print. One day... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin graciously offered to carry ZOMBIEMANIA alongside many other illustrious tomes, but sadly my book is currently out of print. One day…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The back of the museum features a "Maul of Fame" that showcases bloody handprints from numerous zombie history icons. And there's the hands of the man himself, Ken "Peter" Foree! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The back of the museum features a “Maul of Fame” that showcases bloody handprints from numerous zombie history icons. And there’s the hands of the man himself, Ken “Peter” Foree!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And there we are getting a unique round of applause from the past - Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, and me, the Doctor of the Dead! What a day! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And there we are getting a unique round of applause from the past – Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, and me, the Doctor of the Dead! What a day!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

It was a fantastic visit, and I hope I find myself back there soon. I hope you all enjoyed seeing this sojourn into the past too! “It’s hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact…”

Listen to our discussion on the undying classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, on episode 68 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Listen to our conversation about the horror landmark, DAWN OF THE DEAD, on episode 78 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!