'World War Z's Max Brooks visits hell on Earth in 'Shadow Walk' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Your next book is more of a solo effort: The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the famous World War I all-black fighting unit. How long have you been researching that one?
I first heard about them 30 years ago, and I’ve been fascinated for 30 years. And 15 years ago, I tried to write it as a movie; nobody wanted it. I was ready to give up but I had a meeting with LeVar Burton, and he was like, “There’s a lot of Harlem Hellfighters scripts out there but yours comes closest to the truth so don’t give up.” Then, when I got into comic books, I said, “I can tell the story now. I have a medium. I have a vessel.” So I went back to the research, and I’m talking crazy details of war, details of African-American culture pre-WWI. Crazy, crazy research. I actually bought a WWI gas mask so I would know what it was like to look through the eye holes when I was writing about it.


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