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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 Authors:
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.
J.A. KONRATH has sold over three million books worldwide. He's known for the Jack Daniels Thriller series and the Konrath Dark Thriller collective.
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
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How to Rescue a Dead Princess
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- ASIN : B085H6M4T6
- Publisher : Independently published (February 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 323 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8618129909
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
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To get the word out, they put their fan base and mailing lists together, sending out advanced ecopies in exchange for reviews posted to Amazon on the day of the release. And it worked! The book spiked to #1 on the Horror Kindle Bestsellers the day of its release, and garnered over 100 reviews the first day. On November 6th, a paperback edition of the book was released through CreateSpace.
I downloaded it myself a few weeks ago, having not read a good gory story in ages. And gory it is! It begins with a headline about an odd skull that's been dug up by a farmer in Transylvania. The skull is human but has razor-like fangs protruding from its mouth. Mortimer Moorecook, a wealthy retired American businessman, purchases the skull for a hefty sum and upon its arrival, he sinks the skull's teeth into his neck.
He's rushed to the hospital and just as he enters the ER, those razor sharp teeth begin to burst through his jaws and mouth and long talons jut out of his fingers. All hell breaks loose as the blood thirsty zombie-like vampire Moorecook attacks the hospital staff and other patients in the ER, causing them to quickly change as well. Soon, an army of "draculas" is surging through the hospital hungrily in search of blood.
Just as the WORD OF WARNING suggests in the description: 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.
But the story is not without its classic homage to other horror classics we know and love, and that scare us half to death. One of the draculas is Benny the Clown, a birthday performer in the ER because the birthday girl's braces are stuck in the flesh of his hand. A horror in and of itself, but image a vampire clown! His squeaky shoes coming down the hospital hallway will send chills up your spine. Oh, and the little girl with the braces? She gets changed into a little demon vampire too, in search of "red candy."
Our heroes and heroins are quickly introduced by way of three couples. We have Moorecook's caretaker Nurse Jenny and her ex-husband Randall, a chainsaw wielding lumberjack whose also a patient in the hospital because of a self inflicted chainsaw wound. Picture a big lumberjack chasing vampires through a hospital in his open hospital gown - with his chainsaw - and you've got chapters of laugh out loud scenes, like this quote from Randall when he and Jenny set out to save the children in the pediatrics ward:
"Of course it's for you. But it's also so those little diseased children don't become dracula snacks. We need to get them safe so they can be sick and die in peace."
Then there's Shanna, Moorecook's assistant, and her gun obsessed cop boyfriend named Clay. Clay fights back with a duffel bag full of souped up guns, including one special gun he calls Alice. Lastly, there's a minister and his wife, whose pregnant and about to give birth to their first child.
Much of the story is scene after scene of Jenny and Randall trying to save the children, the minister trying to save is wife and child, and Clay trying to save Shanna, all while having to defend themselves from the growing herd of blood thirsty monsters. If you don't like blood and gore, then do NOT read this book. It's full of it. But you have to appreciate the over-the-top scenes that will have you either smiling, raising your eyebrows and shaking your haed, or flipping the pages to find out what the four authors did next. It's definitely a fun read that wasn't meant to be taken too seriously. Heck, even the dedication was to Bram Stoker with apologies.
The Kindle Edition is only 47%, so it's a quick read. The rest of the book contains sneak peeks at the authors other upcoming work and samples. There's also a collection of "behind the scenes" emails between the authors which gives an awesome look into how they collaborated and wrote this together. So, it's half book and half "making of" material. Just like the extras you find on a DVD, this electronic version has the same type of pluses.
Kudos to these guys for jumping on the self-publishing wagon and taking it to a new level! A Draculas 2 is coming soon and I can't wait to see what's in store!
A few weeks ago I suffered a serious case of fantasy over-exposure. After opening the next novel on my list, I found myself dreading yet another exploration into world-building and magical powers. So, to relieve my readerly doldrums, I put it down and picked up another book, one that's been hiding in my Kindle since I bought it the day it came out. That book...Draculas, by the combo of Jack Kilborn (aka J.A. Konrath), Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson.
I'm glad I saved it, for it was the cure for what ailed me.
Draculas is a wham-bang, smack-em-around, eviscerate-the-enemy, action-packed adventure. It takes place in the boondocks town of Durango, Colorado, where the staple eccentric old rich guy, Mortimer Moorecock, has been delivered a very special package - the skull of an unknown, ancient being; a slice of archeology (complete with a mouthful of dagger teeth) that could possibly, if it proves real, be the missing link between the myth and reality of vampires.
Due to a self-imposed wound involving said artifact, Mortimer is rushed to the hospital. It is there, in Blessed Crucifixion, that the rest of the story unfolds. Regular, everyday people undergo startling changes, becoming blood-driven maniacs, their physical forms changing in virtually a blink of an eye. Bedlam ensues, as those poor survivors are forced to fend for themselves in this incongruously-named, backwoods medical center while murdering, scissor-mouthed freaks - the draculas from the title, though they're nothing like traditional vampires except for the bloodlust - run amok.
Taken at face value, the rest of the book is standard hack-and-slash fare. The text is filled with gore, with people tossed into unbelievable circumstances and responding in some pretty outlandish ways. The body count becomes too high to count by the time the fifth chapter rolls around. In a way, the violence on the page is almost mind-numbing. And I mean this in a good way. A very good way.
The thing is, Draculas is the furthest thing from a serious book. Is it horror? Yes. But more than anything else, this is satire to the extreme. (The authors tell you this right from the dedication: For Bram Stoker, with deepest apologies, it reads.) Every character is a cliché - the skeptical researcher; the lawman obsessed with ultra-powerful weapons; the egotistical small-town doctor; the brave nurse who's been shortchanged; the idiot lumberjack with a heart of gold; the clown with depression issues; the spoiled little girl. However, these clichés are exaggerated to the point of absurdity, which demonstrates a group of authors that 1) don't take themselves too seriously, and 2) are just having fun with the typical horror tropes - making the characters special by amplifying personality traits, in effect flipping truism on its head. In fact, if this book has any fault at all, it's that there are a couple characters that aren't absurd enough. The scenes involving these particulars are the only ones that seem a bit slower than the others - as contradictory as it is to say, in the scope of the story involved they become less real.
But these scenes are few. For the most part, we have page after page of action, of wisecracking dialogue and dismemberment gone awry. And, oddly enough, there's some actual emotion here, as well. Toward the latter stages of the novel, when the poop really starts hitting the fan, there are a couple extremely well-written and affecting scenes. It was strange to find, especially in a work of fiction this ridiculous and over-the-top, but it was most certainly appreciated. It takes a ton of talent to do this, talent these four writers obviously possess.
The writing is very smooth and virtually seamless, to the point that the only way you'd know this was written by more than a single author is by reading the multiple names in the title. Though I'm sure each of them have a style all their own (this is the first work I've read by any of them), here they've managed to meld their different approaches to the craft into a cohesive whole. Again, that takes talent.
Draculas is an exceedingly fun read. It might not be for everyone, what with the amount of blood spilled within its pages, but for those who want to laugh, cringe, and even feel their heart skip a beat more than once, this is the book for you. It's a grindhouse adventure that doesn't take its foot off the pedal until the end, which in itself is hilarious in its irony and rewriting of myth. But more than anything it's a good time, no matter how irreverent to the source material the authors may be - in an affectionate way, of course.
I had a blast reading it. You will, too.
Plot - 10
Characters - 8
Voice - 10
Execution - 9
Personal Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 47/50 (4.7/5)
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It starts with a bang and goes on at breakneck speed in an orgy of violence and gore, with some pretty funny bits as well. Each author-Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand and F Paul Wilson, create characters who are inside the secluded hospital when a vampire outbreak begins. There are no fluffy bunny moments or a break in the action, no waffle or endless descriptions, no classic literature or critically acclaimed writing...this is just vampire action on speed. And I loved it!
Mortimor is a rich man who is dying of cancer and has an extreme idea to cure it. He purchases a vampire skull with horrific fangs and stabs himself in the neck with it, infecting himself. His collapse is immediate and his nurse Jenny and assistant Shanna have to get him to the hospital where he swiftly dies. But Mortimor is going to come back very quickly and is very hungry and eager to infect as many people as he can. Chaos and death are about to reign in the hospital as the uninfected try to escape or hide and the vampire hordes hunt them down.
We follow Jenny and her ex husband Randall who is in hospital after an unfortunate chainsaw accident, the obnoxious Dr Lanz who had Jenny fired from the hospital, Shanna and her redneck cop boyfriend Clay, Adam in the labour ward with wife Stacie, Benny the Clown at the ER after being bitten by a child at a birthday party who is stuck to him by the braces on her teeth and Carla the nurse on the labour ward. There are also a lot of people at the hospital for various reasons who are about to become a walking and screaming buffet!
It is Lanz who manages to get a call in to the police to alert them while all hell is breaking out around him. Victims are growing fangs as their own fall out, the sign of infection, and a full scale bitefest is under way. Hospital staff are trying to close wards and protect the vulnerable patients as monsters stalk the dark corridors. Shanna comes back from a coffee to find Mortimor had died, reanimated and is chewing on people. Benny the Clown discovers that being chomped by a child is going to be the start of a really bad day. Jenny begins to see the now sober Randall in a new light as the injured man uses his chainsaw to protect her and a ward full of kids. Oasis is discovering that being a child vampire makes it kinda tough to get a decent meal. Adam's wife needs blood after the delivery but does he really want to venture down to the basement to get it?
As well as the gore, then is some seriously inappropriate humour which I really enjoyed. Without a doubt, my favourite character was Benny the Clown with his squeaky shoes. As he arrives on the children's ward where others are hiding...
"Benny the Clown had torn open the man's abdominal cavity, his claws cradling several loops of glistening intestines. But rather than gorging on them, the clown was stretching and pulling the bloody loops, twisting the organ into knots. Familiar knots.
'Is that...a flamingo?' asked the old woman."
LOL! I was laughing when I read that! Comedy and horror are great when put together well, like in Evil Dead 2, and that was one of the highlights in this book. It was so refreshing to read a book where the death toll gives 24 a run for it's money, where the plot is just a crazy bloodbath and where you are totally entertained from start to finish.
If you like gory horror with a few chuckles in it which is not to be taken seriously, then Draculas is for you!
A Romanian finds an old skull buried in his field. Rumour has it that it could be the skull of a vampire from centuries ago.
Mortimer Moorcook is a multi billionaire. Trouble is he is terminally ill so his money isn't really of much use........or is it. For an undisclosed sum of money he buys the skull from the farmer. He has an anthropologist on his staff studying these skulls for some reason that isn't entirely clear. When he takes delivery of the skull and they examine it, He clamps it's jaws together biting his own neck.
The anthropologist Shanna and Mortimer's nurse Jenny fear the worst when he starts to convulse and they rush him to hospital, where........to put it mildly.........all hell breaks loose.
As you can probably guess old Mortimer turns into a "dracula". When he bites you......you turn......immediately and he doesn't care who he bites!
As i said earlier this is not Twilight. There are a couple of parts of the book where old flames are reignited but definitely no romance. There is gore.....a lot of gore.....with some extra gore thrown in. The story is set entirely within the hospital building. People chasing draculas and draculas chasing people. The characters are great and you definitely get a sense of fear for them as they battle to survive. You cringe when something happens that you might think would infect them. But don't get too attached, the authors are not afraid to kill anyone off.
At times I found this to be a bit repetative, (I mean there are only so many ways you can describe draculas attacking people) but still it is a page turner with no let up in the action from start to finish.
This story was written by 4 different authors who each were tasked to write the portions for individual characters or scenes. Taking that into account this is a fantastic collaboration between 4 very like minded and talented authors.
The extras that also come with this Kindle version are fantastic. You get 3 short stories (I will review these separately). The best content for me of the entire book though was the email thread sent between the 4 authors over a period of about 5 months. In these emails you get to see the creative juices flowing between all 4 as they fire ideas at each other and chop and change the scenes to make the book what it is.
Enjoyable page turner in the story but for me the bonus content was the selling point in this giving a unique insight into how a story is put together.
This is told in little chunks of story, each one from a different point of view from each individual involved. You can tell the differing author styles through the characters and really lends a great “voice” and out look on each person.
The basic premise is that a Dracula type skull is found, surrounded by legend it is then bought and delivered to a dying millionaire, who (of course!) allows it to bite him….. and so begins the horror in a little backwoods hospital when he is rushed their by his palliative Nurse and researcher/treasure finder.
The varying characters via their different authors approach the monsters in different ways, the humour is as huge as the teeth.
The gore is free flowing, abundant with plenty of blood and bits. Amongst it all are two very touching love stories; however, they both have issues!
When Benny the Clown starts to make flamingos from intestines I could not stop giggling and trying to explain this to Hubby was not a good moment in my marriage, I think he seriously started to question my sanity. However the various drawings throughout the book helped him see why I found it quite so funny!
This was a fantastic, engaging and grotesque read, some parts made me gag, some cry and some laugh so hard I needed to actually put my kindle down and calm myself.
We, the reader, are then treated to a giant flowing interview between all four authors and how they managed to pull this off.
Then we are given about 50% of bonus materials which is simply staggering each author gives us a full blown novella as follow on.
Finally we are promised many more sequels so I will be on the look out for these. All of these authors are fantastic to read and I can’t wait to get my mitts on more of their work.
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.