Stephen King Praises Netflix's 'Black Summer': "Showrunners Could Learn A Lot From This"

Netflix’s new zombie series ‘Black Summer’, a prequel of sorts to Syfy’s ‘Z Nation’, just launched last week.  If you haven’t yet checked it out, but were curious as to whether you should, here is one ringing endorsement from horror icon Stephen King!  After viewing the series over the weekend, he tweeted this message:


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On Monday, he added a follow-up tweet:

Set in the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, BLACK SUMMER stars Jaime King as Rose, a mother torn from her daughter who embarks upon a harrowing journey to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, these complete strangers must find the strength they need to fight their way back to loved ones. But in order for Rose and her team to brave this hostile new world, they will need to make brutal decisions to contend with zombies – and each other. 

‘Black Summer’ was created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams.  Previously, Schaefer co-created ‘Z Nation’ with Craig Engler.  Hyams, an executive producer on ‘Z Nation’, has previously worked on ‘The Originals’ and ‘Legacies’ on The CW. Jaime King stars as series lead Rose, along with Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee, Sal Velez Jr., and Kelsey Flower.


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Reaction to ‘Black Summer’ is split pretty evenly down the middle, with some, like King, enjoying the relentless pace and barebones approach.  Others aren’t sold and feel that this is just another zombie show.  But if you want an undead adventure that’s heavier on the action and lighter on moral dilemmas and discussion, this might be the show for you.

‘Black Summer’ Season 1 is now available to stream on Netflix.