Zachary Allan Recht (February 4, 1983 - December 10, 2009) was an American zombie novelist who published his first novel, Plague of the Dead in 2006 under Z.A. Recht. His second novel, Thunder and Ashes, was published in 2008. The third and final novel of the trilogy, Survivors, was finished by Thom Brannan in January, 2011 and is slated to be released in 2012.

Military Training and Post-Military

Recht completed boot camp in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he graduated as 1st squad leader and won the sharpshooter competition. In 2007, Recht was employed as a staff writer at The Journal, a newspaper out of Martinsburg, West Virginia.


  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain (Permuted Press, 2006 | Gallery/Pocketbooks, 2009)
  • Thunder and Ashes (Permuted Press, 2008 | Gallery/Pocketbooks, 2010)
  • Survivors with Thom Brannan (Gallery/Pocketbooks, 2012)

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