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What Happens in Vegas... An Empire of Blood (Dystopian Vampire) Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Robert S. Wilson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Jackie took her little sister, Karen, for a joy ride into Necropolis without telling her where they were really going, she only meant to have a good time. Give her a little scare. A desolate shell of its former self, Sin City still holds a certain temptation for those who like to gamble. But when the residents of the city awaken, what happens in Vegas... well, you know the rest.

"Wilson is a dark force to be reckoned with."--Trent Zelazny, author of Destination Unknown and Fractal Despondency

What Happens in Vegas... is a fast-paced short story set in the Empire of Blood series. The critically-acclaimed first novel from the series, Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One, is currently available to read for free in the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

Praise for Shining in Crimson:

"A big-scale vampire thriller that changes the rules."--Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear, The Red Church, and They Hunger

"One of the best surprises I've had in a long while. Writing with a smart, self-assured ease, Robert S. Wilson has given us a gift with Shining in Crimson. Part Underworld, part Escape From New York, Shining in Crimson is genuinely frightening, genuinely thrilling, but above all, first-rate storytelling. I'm a Robert S. Wilson fan from now on!"--Joe McKinney, author of Flesh Eaters and Apocalypse of the Dead

"Robert S. Wilson shows a lot of promise here with this debut novel. Now it's time to see where that promise will take him."--Ray Wallace, The Chiaroscuro

"You'll not find some glistening torsos and smouldering eyes in this book. What you will find is a brilliantly thought out society of Vampires."--Jim Mcleod, Ginger Nuts of Horror

"The Mesh of Religious symbolism and political commentary tucked neatly between pure horror and suspense is superb."--Lisa Lane, The Cerebral Writer

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Robert S. Wilson's debut fiction collection WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE is now available to pre-order for Kindle here on Amazon for only $2.99! Due out September 23rd in trade paperback and all eBook formats. Thirteen tales in all. Awakened from the mind of Robert S. Wilson. Ripped from their slumber and stretched across the fabric of space and time, silently screaming into the farthest reaches of the cold dead void... where all light is left to die.

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Empire of Blood Books (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060LYGV2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,510 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad road trip = great read!! November 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Two young sisters head off to what used to be Sin City...and that turns out to be a gamble neither were prepared for! Well written, vividly descriptive and evil....don't miss this author!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah, It Stays There November 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I started reading this book with anticipation. I had read Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This story takes place in the same vein as SiC. It's about two sisters, Jakie and Karen. Jakie decides to take Karen for a drive, but it's a surprise. The surprise turns out to be on Jakie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everytime I go to Vegas... March 13, 2012
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I'm glad this doesn't happen to me. Very well written story of two sisters taking a road trip to what used to be Vegas. Dark and eerie with a nice punch of emotion and some good social commentary. I had a really good time reading this one. Wilson is a dark force to be reckoned with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this short in one sitting, and found it to be well-written and well-plotted.
The characters are believable, and the dialogue is crisp and realistic. The suspension of disbelief is easy to reach, considering the world this is set in.
I'm very interested in reading Shining in Crimson, the novel that this short story is set around.Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One
Check it out for the small price it costs, and you will likely not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was very happy with the ending March 23, 2012
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It is not very often that I think the characters I don't like really get whats coming to them. It is nice to read a story where that happens. I found myself really disliking Jackie by the middle of the story. Wow, was I happy with the way she got her's in the end! Its worth it just for that and I am so looking forward to more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short story January 31, 2012
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A good prelude to the Shining in Crimson novel, but don't expect it to be about the same topic. Think of it more as a separate story told in the same world.

Two sisters go out to visit Necropolis, formally Vegas. The oldest just plans to scare her little sister and maybe find some valuable old currency. They should be in and out before nightfall, or so they thought.

This is a good short story that is fairly well written. It is certainly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at it's best January 22, 2012
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What a creepy and disturbing work of art. I really enjoyed the post apocalyptic world of Necropolis nee Las Vegas that Wilson created. It was eerie to read about this world he whipped up full of vampires that reminded me in a way of Richard Matheson's monsters, until we met the sentient one. I can't wait to read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool May 27, 2012
By Jenn84
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I was super impressed by the originality of this story. I liked the characters. For a short piece, they were developed really well. I am generally not a huge fan of the vampire genre, but this twist was really interesting. I'll definitely give his other work a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm from Vegas and I thought this was an excellent short story.
Published 2 months ago by Heather Marie Cabrera
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short!
Too short! I like the premise and the characters seemed well-considered for the length, but I seriously finished this whole story in under an hour.
Published 2 months ago by Celeste Thayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well
It's a book. You might like it. You might not. All you can do is see for your self
Published 2 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
There are not many fresh ideas out there on vampires but Mr. Wilson blew the lid off with this one! I am anxiously awaiting the third book in this series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Fabulous read! I'm ready to buy the rest! Keep on writing cause I'm gonna keep on reading! Fabulous work Wilson!
Published 4 months ago by Delsa T Thomaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire
I enjoyed this short story because I really enjoy many vampire stories. It was well written and an exciting read.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Veale
4.0 out of 5 stars a compromise is met
The living and the undead reach an agreement that benefits all. Las Vegas is turned over to the vampires and becomes the drop off point for those whom society has condemned to die. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Reneau
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks promising
What Happens in Vegas is a good beginning to the series. It gives you a good idea of what to expect from the book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Series
I used this as my basis for getting into the Empire of Blood series and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tempyst x
1.0 out of 5 stars stopped after the 2nd chapter
I just could not make it through the book. I had to stop after the second chapter and have not felf the need to read any more.
Published 18 months ago by Barbara Raguso
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More About the Author

Robert S. Wilson is the author of SHINING IN CRIMSON and FADING IN DARKNESS, books one and two of his dystopian vampire series: EMPIRE OF BLOOD. He is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor of BLOOD TYPE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VAMPIRE SF ON THE CUTTING EDGE, a co-editor of HORROR FOR GOOD: A CHARITABLE ANTHOLOGY and NIGHTSCAPES: VOLUME 1, and lives in Middle Tennessee with his family and a silly obnoxious dog. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, online, and paper publications, and his cyberpunk/horror novella EXIT REALITY was chosen as one of's Thrillers of the Month in July 2013.

His debut fiction collection WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE is scheduled to release on September 23rd, 2014. He is currently working hard to finish a number of novels and novellas all at once like a blind juggler given knives and led into oncoming traffic.

Samples of his work as well as the free audio serial for Shining in Crimson can be found on his website at You can also find him and Shining in Crimson on Facebook at and

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