The Romero Strain (author’s revised edition)

The Romero Strain (Author's Revised Edition) | TS Alan

The Romero Strain will get a re-release as The Romero Strain (Author’s Revised Edition) coming Spring 2018. Read below for all the details.


Being this was my first novel, and having been a new writer, there were a few issues with the draft my publisher accepted. The publisher told me that he would send a revised draft back that was absent of any grammatical and spelling errors, and with edit suggestions. For the most part I took to heart his edit suggestions and started removing parts he deemed not needed. At the time I never considered what he suggested was not necessarily correct. When the novel was released, I found that the grammatical and spelling errors he said he was going to correct had never been done, and that my hacking away at the manuscript caused a few minor continuity errors. I was foolish and completely trusted him. And above all else I should have give the manuscript a final read. Foolish me.

With my publisher defaulting on royalties, I was granted the rights back to my manuscript. With this forthcoming self-published re-release, every error my editor and I could find has been corrected, and continuity issues have been addressed. The final edit has yet to be completed, but my editor and I are going back through earlier drafts to see what additional material I can add to J.D. Nichols and his survival group’s story.

With this author’s revised edition there will also be a new cover with artwork by renowned comic artist John Becaro. The new artwork will debut at my New York City book signing on March 3rd. It will be added to this post after the signing.

Release Date: May 2018

A Page Turner… If you like zombie books… good zombie books… give The Romero Strain a go.”
~ John F.D. Taff, horror author

The Romero Strain (Author's Revised Edition) | TS Alan

Completed Book Cover. Art by John Becaro & design by TS Alan

The Romero Strain (author’s revised edition)

A group of New Yorkers survive a zombie outbreak by navigating the city’s utility and transportation tunnels, only to discover a terrifying threat below.


For J.D. Nichols and his dog Max the day started out like any other, with a walk along the streets of the Lower East Side. The morning was eventful––a day J.D. needed his skills as a paramedic and his extensive knowledge of New York’s underground to survivor a zombie outbreak.

After coming to the aid of a young girl, the pair flee to a nearby power facility and find themselves chased into the city’s underground by a zombie horde. Along their subterranean journey, they gather survivors while traveling to Grand Central Terminal, where J.D. believes help will be found. Their hopes quickly end when they discover Grand Central overrun with the undead.

J.D., bitten, knows he has limited time as he struggles to find a safe haven for his companions. In their search they stumble upon an enigmatic scientist who divulges a most ominous secret that forces J.D. to confront an adversary born from a lab deep below.

The Romero Strain (Author's Revised Edition) | TS Alan

To the right is John Becaro’s original artwork. To the left is the back cover with modifications. of the original.

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