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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; First edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981297846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297842
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'
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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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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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4 AND 1/2 STARS

This book was truly a pleasant surprise. I've read Kaufmann's "General Slocum's Gold", but "Chasing The Dragon" is even better. Author Nicholas Kaufmann melds various themes and genres together into a seamless and very suspenseful action/horror tale set in an urban landscape. Kaufmann strategically drops clues - little crumbs -- along the way, feeding the reader's hunger like the drug addicted heroine. And like all great storytellers, Kaufmann weaves those pieces of the puzzle into a wonderfully original narrative.

I was very impressed with the clear descriptions of the many action scenes. Most authors cannot handle writing elaborate fight sequences without confusing the reader and making a mess of what the characters are doing at any given time. But Kaufmann's vivid descriptions are never clouded or confusing. His writing allows the reader to feel as if they are right there in the middle of the action, participating along with the characters.

I am so glad I gave this book a try. The familiar mythology of dragon slaying was given new life in a very unique way. The main character's journey was completely satisfying and equally strong throughout each act of the story. With the exception of a couple typos in the book (which is surprising, since the copy editor is credited by name), this is a near perfect tale of a character's journey from rock bottom to persevering and achieving her full potential. For succeeding with such an ambitious project, this gets my top recommendation.
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