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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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Book Description

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

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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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fangtastic read October 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Vile pun aside, I enjoyed this book a lot. It delivers exactly what the authors promised: in-your-face, gory, vampire horror. I am not a huge fan of gory horror, but I enjoy it when done well. And Draculas was done well.

So what was good? For starters the initial concept. I won't spoil it, but the trigger for the appearance of the vampires was cool and unexpected.

The writing was also good. The authors clearly put in some effort with editing and it paid off. I suspect having four of them made editing a lot more effective. The book had the kind of prose that makes you want to skip sentences because it is so effectively creating tension that you don't want to wait to find out what's going to happen. Exactly right for this kind of horror thriller.

The best thing about the book in my opinion is the characters. Quite a few compelling characters, with a good balance of cliche and uniqueness. In fact, the well-drawn characters and their motivations gave the book more of a thriller feel in many places than a straight horror feel. Along with the oodles of gore, I cared about the characters.

So was anything not done well? I give the book a really solid four stars, so everything was done pretty well. I suppose I would have enjoyed more history and context for the vampires themselves, but I think others will like the fact that the vampires are mostly just vicious and out of control. Just personal preference.

Bottom line, if you like horror, or you like thrillers and don't mind gore along with it, you need to buy Draculas. At $2.99,it should be a no-brainer.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect To Sleep Well October 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson are four of the sickest 'motherhuggers' I've had the pleasure to read. The introduction to 'Draculas' warns the reader, "If you're easily disturbed, have a weak stomach, or are prone to nightmares, stop reading right now." Man, they weren't kidding! No one could say I'm any of the three -- on a normal day. But when you're reading 'Draculas', your days aren't normal. And your nights are especially freaky! In the four days I spent with these monsters, I dreamed of them every night -- and not in a warm, fuzzy, Robert-Pattinson-taking-me-out-for-a-rootbeer-float kind of way.

Other reviewers have done a fine job of synopsizing the story, so I'll skip that part. There's really not much to it, anyway. Hideous vampires run rampant in a small town's hospital, and precious few live to tell about it: This is their story. If you're looking for a profound message in the pages of 'Draculas', you're looking in the wrong place. This book is a gore-fest! But it's not limited to gore. There's actual substance behind those ropy strands of bloody drool. The authors did an amazing job of making the reader actually care about the characters, even the vampires. This is no easy feat when said vampire is getting ready to chomp into the throat of your favorite human. And the humor infused throughout the story really helped to ease my thrumming heartbeat. There were almost as many laugh-out-loud moments as there were bile-inducing moments. And, best of all, there were very few cheap shots -- the humor was unique, solid and honest. Most importantly in a novel about supernatural activity, 'Draculas' does an excellent job of 'legitimizing' the backstory to make it believable to modern audiences.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draculas would give Quentin Tarantino the vapors! October 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Draculas would give Quentin Tarantino the vapors!

Spawned by an ancient virus, their talons click on the linoleum of the Blessed Crucifixion Hospital as they work their bloody way from the maternity ward to pediatrics. Layer on layer of terror accompanied by that creepy clicking sound. I couldn't put the book down long enough to get a second bowl of buttered popcorn. This is the real deal. How vampires should behave. No suave George Hamilton vamps, no gentle Edward Cullen, these creatures know how to get under your skin and stay there. Carnage and heroism from multiple points of view take place in the most vulnerable spot on earth - a hospital. Where can you find the most blood? Same place. Four great authors... I've always enjoyed the brotherhood of horror writers. They're some of the nicest people on earth. Maybe that's because they get it all out there on the page? Congrats to Blake Crouch, Joe Konrath, F. Paul Wilson, and Jeff Strand. And thanks for the review copy. A completely engrossing, satisfying, wet-horror read. I loved it!
Now if I could just turn out the lights.

P.S. I've always enjoyed the brotherhood of horror writers. They are some of the nicest people on earth - generous with advice and encouragement. Maybe they're so kind because they exorcise all their demons on the printed page. After writing DRACULAS, these four authors should be as gentle as kittens.

Barbara Silkstone
The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very bloody good time! October 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Want to get in the mood for Halloween? Get this book! DRACULAS is a crazy, no-holds-barred, totally over-the-top good time! It's a horror novel that delivers grotesque terror after grotesque terror at an unrelenting pace, yet it's also got humor galore. It's definitely not for the squeamish, but horror fans will delight - the gore-fest never wanes and there is a wild dose of insanity mixed in for flavor. As one of the authors (Joe) sez in the bonus content: it's a "balls-to-the-wall monster book" - oh yeah, it is!

This was co-written by four authors, and yet the voice is perfectly consistent the entire way through. Kudos! It's also got a great ending that leaves the door wide open for a sequel. I'd love to see where else they can take this story, there are tons of tantalizing possibilities that I hope the authors fully explore down the road.

The bonus content was very interesting, entertaining & content-rich. I loved reading about the creative process and the (disturbed) minds behind this ;) They're a funny bunch! This gets me excited for future kindle releases that will continue to break the standard book mold. There are short stories, alternate endings, deleted scenes, excerpts from other novels, and a 'making-of' section. This book gives the reader a ton of bang for their buck! Sign me up for DRACULAS 2, WEREWOLVES & MUMMIES - can't wait!!

Note: my review is based on the complete novel.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it was okay. Lots of action. Needed more background and more intrique.
Published 4 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Just stick to the story, please
Loved the story, hated that more than half of the content was "additional material". I mean, it's great to have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look, but the story ends... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Leonora
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, excellent, Excellent! Crouch and Kilborn deliver and Strand and Wilson make this book a must read!!
Published 21 days ago by alliD.
4.0 out of 5 stars These guys must have had fun
Blood, gore... more blood and gore and then even more blood and gore. An absolute romp through just about every cliche you could come up with in the genre. Read more
Published 24 days ago by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap....
Vampires. Horror and humor on every page. Not recommended to be read in the dark ALONE. Great novel that is a credit to the Count.
Published 1 month ago by R. Wertz
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed by the length of the book (too short) considering...
Interesting in theory but not enough background story. I was disappointed by the length of the book (too short) considering it's marketed as a novel and not a short story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the warning
I gave "Draculas" a 3 star rating for two reasons: 1) it was incredibly gory and graphic, and 2) some of the language was just too much and unnecessary, so I counted two... Read more
Published 1 month ago by musicadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the take on vampires
At first i thought the switching between people was going to be annoying, but it worked.

Put a bunch of people in a hospital, let loose a vampire who destroys... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ziggy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic gore and humour
I totally loved the dedication; it was so sweet, yet funny.

This is told in little chunks of story, each one from a different point of view from each individual... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vix Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, and Great Extras
Lets be honest here, this book isn't going to ever be considered a classic piece of literature. But that was never the intention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DJH83
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