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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; First edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981297846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297842
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kaufmann's short and sweet novella is chock-full of blood-splattered fun, lightning-fast action and arguably the coolest dragon I've seen in a horror story....Well worth your time." --The Horror Fiction Review

"Kaufmann delivers gore, mayhem, and the occasional explosion. Fast paced [and] well crafted." --Publishers Weekly

"Packs a lot of action and character.... Kaufmann draws dragon lore from a multitude of legends and cultures and forges it into something unique. The result is a darkly fantastic read." --McNally Robinson Booksellers Staff Pick

"Chasing the Dragon moves like a bullet....Kaufmann turns the screws and steadily escalates the tension. A gory, thoroughly rollicking thriller--not to be missed." --Laird Barron, author of Occultation

"Nicholas Kaufmann is one of my favorites. His books never disappoint, and Chasing the Dragon is no exception. Relentless and unflinching...Highly recommended!" -- Brian Keene, author of Darkness On The Edge of Town

Kaufmann's short and sweet novella is chock-full of blood-splattered fun, lightning-fast action and arguably the coolest dragon I've seen in a horror story....Well worth your time--The Horror Fiction Review
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Kaufmann delivers gore, mayhem, and the occasional explosion. Fast paced [and] well crafted. --Publishers Weekly (added by author)
Packs a lot of action and character.... Kaufmann draws dragon lore from a multitude of legends and cultures and forges it into something unique. The result is a darkly fantastic read. --McNally Robinson Booksellers Staff Pick (added by author)
Chasing the Dragon moves like a bullet....Kaufmann turns the screws and steadily escalates the tension. A gory, thoroughly rollicking thriller--not to be missed.--Laird Barron, author of Occultation (added by author)
Nicholas Kaufmann is one of my favorites. His books never disappoint, and Chasing the Dragon is no exception. Relentless and unflinching...Highly recommended - Brian Keene, author of Darkness On The Edge of Town (added by author)
As a horror writer, Nicholas Kaufmann knows how to move and manipulate his readers. In just under 150 pages, CHASING THE DRAGON manages to deliver an ancient and angry dragon, a detailed mythology, the undead, gangs, a damaged and complex heroine, and, of course, heroin, in this gripping, fast-paced, and surprising novella. ----Paul Tremblay, author of THE LITTLE SLEEP and NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND
Nicholas Kaufmann's CHASING THE DRAGON begins with the gas pedal pushed to the floor, the engine roaring, the tires singing on the road, and does not slow down. ----John Langan, author of HOUSE OF WINDOWS
Old-school horror with plenty of tension, action, and hot, wet viscera for you to hook your claws into. Get ready for a bloody ride into hell. -- --Tom Piccirilli, author of SHADOW SEASON

Nicholas Kaufmann's CHASING THE DRAGON begins with the gas pedal pushed to the floor, the engine roaring, the tires singing on the road, and does not slow down. ----John Langan, author of HOUSE OF WINDOWS

Old-school horror with plenty of tension, action, and hot, wet viscera for you to hook your claws into. Get ready for a bloody ride into hell. ----Tom Piccirilli, author of SHADOW SEASON

About the Author

Nicholas Kaufmann is the critically acclaimed author of GENERAL SLOCUM'S GOLD and the collection WALK IN SHADOWS. His fiction has appeared in CEMETERY DANCE, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW EROTICA 3, CITY SLAB, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 2007, PLAYBOY, and others.

More About the Author

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, ITW Thriller Award-nominated, and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Walk In Shadows: Collected Stories, General Slocum's Gold, Hunt at World's End, Chasing the Dragon, Still Life: Nine Stories, Dying Is My Business, and Die and Stay Dead. Over the years, he worked in publishing, owned his own bookstore, managed a video store, and was a development associate for a well-known literary and film agent. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two ridiculous cats.

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This is an excellent urban fantasy/horror story - I really liked it and it is easily recommended.
G. Guthrie
Since it's a novella, there really is only one narrative stream -- but his use of flashbacks and dream sequences makes it feel much larger than it is.
Ryan Mcfadden
Author Nicholas Kaufmann melds various themes and genres together into a seamless and very suspenseful action/horror tale set in an urban landscape.
William M Miller

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on March 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Chasing the Dragon takes on double meanings but the one you know at the start is Georgia Quincey is a female Dragonslayer. The story starts out at a diner where the dragon just slaughtered everyone inside the diner. Georgia arrives after she sees this slaughter in a vision, it's how she tracks the dragon, and the dragon has left behind some zombie like dead bodies to take care of Georgia, and they are controlled by the dragon. This is a typical day in Georgia's life.

Georgia's life is tracking the dragon, as it was her fathers and everyone down her bloodline throughout history. And this tale takes place in present time with Georgia, a heroin addict, and is an unlikely dragon slayer. The tales tells of her following the dragon and the confrontation that is to come, and as you would expect it's going to be bloody. This is an excellent urban fantasy/horror story - I really liked it and it is easily recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mcfadden on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been impatiently waiting for this title since it was announced by Chizine Publications (the little press that could...these guys rock).

More and more I'm liking these novella length works. You can go a little crazier, do a little more -- without worrying about the weight of the thing collapsing under the length of a novel.

Kaufmann is an outstanding writer. Sparse yet effective descriptions that instantly crystallize the setting. Great uses of threads and flashbacks. Since it's a novella, there really is only one narrative stream -- but his use of flashbacks and dream sequences makes it feel much larger than it is.

The main character Georgia is a real anti-hero -- running from her destiny, she hits rock bottom, gets hooked, then takes up the task of defeating the Dragon...all the while trying to figure out where to score her next hit.

Exploding cars, shotguns, undead, dragons, drug addicts, gangs...it moves relentlessly, giving us enough of a breather to sprinkle the back story of not only how Georgia came to be a Dragonslayer, but a drug addict.

If I had to label one negative (and it was a small thing) it was the climax. I don't want to give away whether poor Georgia succeeds -- but let's say it didn't quite hit the right note for me. It was close, but I would've liked it slightly different (it felt inevitable...so when it didn't happen the way I had anticipated, it didn't feel quite right). That wouldn't be enough, however, to knock it from a five-star review.

Ryan McFadden
Author of 'Women of the Apocalypse'
Women of the Apocalypse
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Francis Smith on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Let me encourage you those of you who dig urban/fantasy/horror to consider this fine small press novella, which like many small press works, deserves more attention than it gets and more promotion than it can afford. I just finished reading it myself and it's a very solid piece of literature for fans of the aforementioned genre(s). It's pretty dark, but surely no darker than the dark end of, say, Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan books (perhaps even less so, in fact, but that may be just about what makes you cringe more), and it's quite clever. And relatively short! And not too expensive!

Kaufmann has taken a quick high concept summarized in the wordplay of the title of the book and wrapped it in a layer of mythology research and wrapped THAT in a mix of entertaining old-school horror and urban realism. Here, the monsters are monsters, period; they are not sympathetic and they are definitely not sexy. You may find the hero a little tough to identify with, but not impossible to find sympathetic. The book is very tight (as one might hope in a short work) and the action is mostly relentless, with only occasional pauses for backstory. As mentioned above, it's a fairly dark work (it's horror, after all) and the violence is pretty explicit and the language realistic, but I never found it to be gratuitous in any fashion, but rather all in service of telling the story.

And hey! It's got a dragon and a dragonslayer! What more could you ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris La Tray on August 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
There's a kind of perfection with these short novellas. The writer gets to supply more meat than a short story (and there is a lot of meat, mostly bloody, in this one), obviously, but isn't asking for the time commitment or buy-in that a novel presents. Nonetheless, in a short amount of time Nick Kaufmann establishes the background of his version of the St. George vs. The Dragon story, sets the rules, and lets it rip. Toss in some graphic drug use -- something always more disturbing to me than head shots via shotgun -- some creepy suspense, and a whole lot of action, and one has all the elements for an exciting little read. I love the hell out of this kind of thing.
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