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Serial Uncut [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch , Jack Kilborn , J.A. Konrath
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the first in the terrifying trilogy of novellas including KILLERS and BIRDS OF PREY by Crouch and Kilborn.

The original version of SERIAL, still available as a free ebook, was a 7500 word horror short story done as an experiment.

Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?

#1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.

#2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be certifiably crazy.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Crazy #2?

When Blake Crouch (DESERT PLACES, ABANDON) and Jack Kilborn (AFRAID, SHAKEN), face-off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Like a deeply twisted version of an “After School Special,” SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides.

Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other’s opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psychopath win.

F. Paul Wilson says, “SERIAL reads just like a Crouch or Kilborn novel: Full speed ahead, no flinching, no blinking, no brakes.”

In a year, SERIAL has been downloaded over 500,000 times, and has received over a hundred negative reviews, with many people claiming it is the most depraved, awful thing they've ever read.

SERIAL UNCUT is newly expanded, now more than 36,000 words. Along with the reinsertion of additional material cut from the original version, it also has a vastly expanded beginning and ending, including an extended section that originally appeared in the novellas TRUCK STOP by J.A. Konrath and BAD GIRL by Blake Crouch. This edition has been specially formatted for Kindle, with an interactive table of contents. It also features a preview of the sequel, KILLERS.

If you can handle horrific thrills, proceed at your own risk.

But if you suffer from anxiety attacks, nervous disorders, insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, heart palpitations, stomach problems, or are of an overly sensitive nature, you should read something else instead.

The authors are in no way responsible for any lost sleep, missed work, failed relationships, or difficulty in coping with life after you have read SERIAL UNCUT. They will not pay for any therapy you may require as a result of reading SERIAL UNCUT. They will not cradle you in their arms, rock you back and forth, and speak in soothing tones while you unsuccessfully try to forget SERIAL UNCUT.

You have been warned...

NOTE: The three novellas in this series are: Serial Uncut, Killers, and Birds of Prey.

These novellas are also available in a variety of compilations.

Killers Uncut = Killers + Birds of Prey.

Serial Killers Uncut = Serial Uncut + Killers + Break You + Birds of Prey.


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About the Author

BLAKE CROUCH is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, including Run, Desert Places, and the Serial series. His website is www.blakecrouch.com.

JACK KILBORN is the pen name of J.A. Konrath. Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.

J.A. KONRATH is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series. The latest is Shaken, published by AmazonEncore. Visit Jack and J.A. at www.jakonrath.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006ZOAVW2
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CFB4DW
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NON STOP CHILLS March 26, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I actually read SERIAL UNCUT after reading TRUCK STOP and SERIAL (yes back to back and yes in the same 2 days). SERIAL was a tease...SERIAL UNCUT is the real deal. This book was terrifying. I was sickened and disturbed, but not enough to put it down. It was an amazing ride...scary, kind of funny (I will admit I have a sick sense of humor) and vicious. It starts off hot and never cools off. It ended and I wanted more. I can honestly say it was addictive. The characters are creepy and weird, depraved and unremorseful. However, they were entertaining...lol. I found myself shaking my head a lot and saying "OMG...seriously?" and "EWWWW...seriously?" GREAT JOB! If you like to be terrified, and are looking for yet another reason not to talk to strangers and another reason not to trust some people, and another reason to stay home with the lights on, then get this book...you will not be disappointed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Just finished off Serial: Uncut and I love it even more than I liked Serial and Truck Stop.

Serial: Uncut is an Omnibus edition of sorts which has updated and extended scenes from Serial, Truck Stop and Bad Girl, so just buy this one, and you have them all!

I liked the addition of Lucy and Donaldson's backstory, though when I found got to the present in the "Serial" portion of the story I felt a bit cheated on Lucy's part. There was a whole scene in which Donaldson described how he got rid of his victims, but Lucy just "dumped the bodies" or something to that effect.

After reading it again, I felt that Donaldson and Lucy's battle could have gone on a bit longer before ending in that epic mistake, but I'd settle for another work in which the two of them, especially Lucy, feature. Battling each other, again? Whatever you like, just please make it happen somehow, please?

Buy this, you won't regret it.... unless you're one of the 1-star reviewers from Serial who thought a book about serial killers shouldn't be ABOUT serial killers....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but could have been so much more than it is. October 20, 2010
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Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, and J. A. Konrath, Serial Uncut (Amazon Digital Services, 2010)

I was a big fan of Blake Crouch's first novel, but then I stopped reading him for some reason I don't quite recall. I've never experienced Kilborn/Konrath (everyone knows they're the same person, yes?), so I figured I'd bone up on what Blake's been up to and get a taste of another mystery writer at the same time with this inexpensive little ebook that's had a few of my friends raving for months now. Not in the same way the publishers did (one doesn't talk about something being the most gruesome thing ever when one is a connoisseur of extreme horror, because there's always a more gruesome thing just around the corner). It turned out to be shallow, but kinda fun: the guys take various serial killers (and Jack Daniels, Kilborn's PI heroine) from their more established novels and stick them all in the same scenario with some innocent bystanders and see how things play out.

Given a bit more work, this could have been a really absorbing study of the mentality. They have the framework for such a book in place, with tentative untrusting friendships, mentorships, and the like blossoming between the various serial killers, but every time we might find ourselves in a serious psychological treatment, the authors pull back and remember that they're writing a straight genre thriller. Which means fast-paced, easy to read, and with all the depth of the average Pennsylvania pothole. But it's fun, it's pretty solid, and you can blow through it in a couple of hours. Empty calories, but like a lot of empty calories, they taste pretty darn good. ***
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating expansion of a previous experiment May 28, 2011
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Serial was a speculative collaboration between Messrs Konrath and Crouch and it was a spectacular success depending on how you look at it. It was given away free and that lead to more than 400,000 downloads. Of course reader praise was vastly polarized some people loved it whereas many others just downright disliked it. The authors then decided to ramp up the action and also gave the main characters a backstory and hence the result is Serial Uncut which is a combination of three short stories.

The book has four parts and each of them focus on certain psychopaths. The first part is the introduction of Gregory Donaldson and is set in Tampa 1978, as a younger Donaldson is faced with a car breakdown and gets a lift from a rather special person who identifies himself as Mr. K [a character from the Jack Daniel books]. Thus begins his introduction to the world wherein he realizes that there are more people out there who are akin to him and the person he faces might be someone deadlier than him. This story was a short piece and ends on a real creepy note to set the tone for the remaining parts.

The second part is set in Indianapolis, 1995 and is actually the prequel novella "Bad Girl" it introduces a fifteen year old Lucy who is on her way to meet her favorite author Andrew Z. Thomas. She has problems in getting a room and therefore decides to take things in her own hands. She also finds that awaiting her favorite novelist are two other folk [Orson and Luther from the Luther Kite trilogy by Blake Crouch] who share a burning desire to meet him as well and this turns out to be a great learning experience for Lucy. This was the best story in the entire collection for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrill ride to the end...
I couldn't put this down until I finished it. Great storyline, more in depth info than Serial...looking forward to reading Serial Killers Uncut.
Published 4 days ago by SuperCee
4.0 out of 5 stars Stomach churning, spine tingling, couldn't put it down
This was my first time reading a book from this (these) author (s). First off, the "book" is quite short. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Becca143
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
I just wish that I hadnt read all the Jack Daniels stories before reading this. I love the Jack Daniels series so much more. Still if you love blood and guts youllt love this book.
Published 11 days ago by sunnydelite
3.0 out of 5 stars Serial Uncut
The book was o.k. It kept my interest wondering what was going to happen next. After reading this book, I probably would not be interested in reading the others. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Linda C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty gruesome.
I think the title of this book says it all. Love the characters and how they came to life. Donaldson was a pretty sick man. But what did you expect anyways? Read more
Published 1 month ago by rickiesue
1.0 out of 5 stars too much
When I start a book I really like to finish it but this one was too much. I guess the descriptions were pretty vivid but I don't think real people could live that long with that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful entertainment!
How can you write a great book? Start with a great author, and add another great author, and there you go! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christy T
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrified for two days!
This novel kept me on the edge of my seat.I read it in 2 days.Hope there will be a sequel which Donaldson is the main character.
I have loved all of Blake Crouch's books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome Read
I read the conversation between Mr. Crouch and Mr. Konrath and I must say anyone who wants to"unread" this book is loonier then the characters in this book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by JerI Lynn
1.0 out of 5 stars robann200
This book was the goriest book I have and did not even get to a plot of any kind. I read Endurance and Afraid,but could hardly begin this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nursieann
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Hi! Love reading your books, I especially enjoyed "The List" will we ever find out who the rest of them are? We're all waiting.......
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Yes. The Nine will be out in 2014.

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