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DRACULAS (A Novel of Terror) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath , Blake Crouch , Jack Kilborn , F. Paul Wilson , Jeff Strand
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A DYING MAN’S GREATEST TREASURE…

Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL...

A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.

WHERE DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.

The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could.

Which they did.

A Word of Warning:

Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT.

NOTE: DRACULAS is a full length novel, 80,000 words long. But this ebook is also brimming with an additional 80,000 words of extras and bonuses:

- a clickable table of contents
- a round-robin interview with Strand, Wilson, Crouch, and Kilborn about writing DRACULAS
- deleted scenes
- two alternate endings
- four excerpts from the authors’ other works
- the short story “Serial” by Crouch and Kilborn
- the short story “Cub Scout Gore Feast” by Kilborn and Strand
- the short story “A Sound of Blunder” by Kilborn and Wilson
- author biographies
- comprehensive clickable bibliographies
- an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the writing of DRACULAS, delivered through a collection of over seven hundred emails between the writers as they were brainstorming and writing the book

About the Author

F. PAUL WILSON is an award-winning, NY Times bestselling novelist whose work spans horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and virtually everything between. He is best known as the author of THE KEEP and creator of the urban mercenary Repairman Jack. JACK KILBORN is a pen name of J.A. Konrath, who has written six Jack Daniels thrillers. The seventh, SHAKEN, will be available this October. Kilborn is the author of AFRAID, ENDURANCE, TRAPPED, and SERIAL UNCUT, (written with Blake Crouch) which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times. JEFF STRAND is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of such novels as PRESSURE, DWELLER, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. His secret shame is SUCKERS, co-written with J.A. Konrath. BLAKE CROUCH is the author of four thrillers, DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, ABANDON, and SNOWBOUND, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005S0YK2G
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042AMD2M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upping The Ante On Gore 18 Oct 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
You might call this novel Uber-Horror, Splatterpunk, Extreme Horror, or default to the four authors' subtitle, "A Novel Of Terror".

Joe Konrath is upfront with his warning, and gentle readers ought to take him at face value when he says:

"...And it's going to freak you out.
If you're easily disturbed, have a weak stomach, or are prone to nightmares, stop reading right now. There are no sexy teen heartthrobs herein.
You have been warned...."

I do have a weak stomach, I am prone to nightmares, and I don't enjoy fainting. But I also have a strong contrarian streak, so when Joe Konrath warns me that I'm probably not going to want to look at his collaborative effort with Jeff Stand, Blake Crouch, and F. Paul Wilson, curiosity will impel me to look.

But, I started cautiously at the back. Worth the entire $2.99 by themselves are the bonus stories, one of which begins with the awesome line, " The hardest thing about killing a hitchhiker is finding one to pick up."

"DRACULAS" is worth its weight in gold for the bonus material alone.

Curiosity aside there's another reason to devour every bit of this exceptionally well-written, highly entertaining and disturbing book. Joe Konrath hangs ten on the crest of the most powerful waves and this book could be the way authors write faster, add extra value and thrive.

Here's how. Four first rate spec fic and occasionally hilarious authors put their heads together to horrific effect. Each chose their own hero/victim/evil-doer from a cast of characters, and each dashed off a parallel novella of approximately 20,000 words, then they sliced and diced and cobbled each author's bits together into the literary equivalent of a Frankenstein's monster. Only, it's Freddy on steroids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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DRACULAS - A Novel of Terror (Kindle Edition)

If you are a fan of Guy N. Smith or the earlier works of Stephen King or James Herbert then this is definitely a book that you will like. The read is just a roller coaster ride of pure visceral terror, outrageous and funny at times the sort of tongue in cheek monster-horror novel that sadly seemed to die out in the late 1980s, but has here been resurrected with a vengeance.

The idea of getting four established writers of the genre to co-operate in producing a novel, each taking the action from the point of view of a different character/characters has worked superbly and has produced a first class old school novel with a good story line, believable characters, even if a couple are seriously larger than life caricatures of US macho types and lots of shocks and gore.

I really hate reviews that give away more of the plot than the publishers have given out in the product notes, but if as a reader, you are looking for modern TV style effete vampires, racked with angst and dewy eyed loving victims, then this book is not for you; despite the title this novel is not about traditional vampires although there is a reference at one point to Romania and Vlad Tepes.

The bonus material at the end includes three amusing short stories by the authors of Draculas, two alternative endings to the novel and biographic profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at how the collaboration was managed.

Overall a fun read with a taste of nostalgia of how horror stories were a couple of decades ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Licking Good 25 July 2011
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Yet again, another good book. A bit repetitive but still a page-turner! Has lots of gore and cant put it down until you get to the end. Oved it but not the best i've read. Would still recommend it though! Diane, Tamworth x
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5.0 out of 5 stars "bloody" fantastic. 22 April 2011
By JC
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Where do I begin.....
Draculas is unputdownable, its a fast paced roller coaster ride into the teeth of hell. The title really does do this book justice, I was a little put off by the collaboration of 4 authors and concerned that it wouldn't work, but this book is seamless.
It grabs you in a chokehold and just when you think you've read the nastiest thing put into words along comes the clown...... to say anymore on that would spoil a scene so amazingly vividly gross so I'll move on!
If you want glitz and glamour then this book is not for you, its balls out horror written by some of the best shock jocks around.
I am desperately hoping for a sequel
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5.0 out of 5 stars VAMPS ARE BACK 14 Oct 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
It seems that with every passing day I become more and more jaded with the horror genre. What with once great authors publishing at best average books, great authors not getting the coverage and readership they deserve and the constant in fighting that appears to be rampant among some quarters of the small press. One of the first casualties was my love for the vampire novel. The once great vampire novel has been slowly but surely worn away to some sparkly whinny brat pining for some sad little emo bit of skirt.

Draculas, marks the first ever collaboration between four of the genres true experts. J A Konrath author of the Jack Daniels series of crime novels, Jeff Strand author of such classics as Dweller and Mandibles, Blake Crouch author of ????? and finally F Paul Wilson author of the brilliant Repairman Jack Series, and Midnight Mass, one of my favourite vampire novels.

So what happens when four genre heavyweights team up to write a proper vampire novel, is this going to be a rumble in the jungle or something more akin to a hobo fight?

The story kicks of with Mortimer Moorecook a millionaire who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He purchases a skull dug up from a field in Transylvania, purported to be that of a vampire. Once in his possession he proceeds to "bite" himself with the skull Which causes him to collapse and be rushed to the local hospital. Where all hell soon breaks loose. Within a shot space of time nearly everyone has been turned in to an animalistic rampaging vampire.

Sometimes with collaborative novels you can feel the seams where the receptive author his stitched there part of the story into the narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Draculas
As a fan of the authors of this short story I wasn't disappointed. Graphic and gory, just what I've come to expect. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Helen Day
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic gore and humour!
I totally loved the dedication; it was so sweet, yet funny.

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Published 6 months ago by M. Brookes
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not read it all
So bad I deleted it after 1 chapter was def a horror ,I was horrified I got it not my kind of book
Published 11 months ago by enjay
1.0 out of 5 stars a tedious gorefest
struggled through to the middle but had to abandon it due to the mediocte repetition of the same theme.
I hate to leave a book but sadly there was no other avenue
Published 13 months ago by Sue Binns
2.0 out of 5 stars Trashy horror
It was free so don't feel offended by it, but was basically sooo bad it was almost good. But don't pay money for it.
Published 13 months ago by Erin.prunty
3.0 out of 5 stars Four for the price of one <3
Four of my favourite authors together , really well written , merging together beautifully , fast paced gore fest . Got a touch repetitive but was fun ... 3 stars from me ..
Published 13 months ago by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A little odd but I liked it
I really enjoyed this e book, so much so I checked out the authors and purchased over e books by them. I wish that there would be a sequel to this e book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, well executed, what a team.
In principle it sounds superb, and in execution it most certainly was. Getting four top notch writers together to work as a team and produce a really enjoyable story has worked so... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ross
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