‘The Living Dead’ Novel Release Pushed Back to August

The Living Dead novel–finished posthumously after George Romero’s death in 2017–will hit shelves in August, instead of the previous June release date.

Tor Book this weekend said the book will be released August 4 instead of the previously-announced June 9 date. The volume will get a hardcover and digital release.

As explained The Living Dead was not completed before Romero’s death. But his manager Chris Roe and wife Suzanne Desrocher enlisted writer Daniel Kraus to finish the job. Kraus co-wrote The Shape of Water novel with  Guillermo del Toro.

The book, with a 656 page count, is set in the present day. A statement included a brief synopsis of the story: A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead. The problems quickly spread to a midwestern trailer park, where a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family.

Adding to the dilemma, living sailors are forced to hide from dead seaman aboard am aircraft carrier. And, at a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. Seemingly everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.

And, if you think you know how this mess ends up, you’re probably wrong.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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