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Serial by [Kilborn, Jack, Crouch, Blake]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 7, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002AJ7X2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By S. Lynn on May 31, 2009
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I don't usually read horror so tghis was a new experience. It was way more graphic than I am used to, but the authors' distant/3rd person writing styles made it ok.

I can understand why some people disliked the story, but the blurb is pretty clear about th ekind of book it is. They received fair warning.

The story was exciting throughout and very well-paced. Towards the end, I was on te edge of my seat wondering who would win/how it would end. Perfect ending in my opinion. I hope the authors collaborate again.
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I was attracted to this title solely because of the method of writing the authors employed. I was further intrigued by the story of dueling serial killers met on the road but sadly the promise of these two unique ideas utterly fail to be realized in this very short story. The plot runs so predictably after the initial introduction of the characters it could have been plucked from any 90's screamer film chosen randomly from your local blockbuster and the prose, while not completely wretched, seems underdeveloped and rushed. To top it off the authors spend almost as many words patting themselves on the back and shamelessly promoting their other works as they use on the entire story. The end result of which, for me, was a complete disregard of anything published by either author. In short, free is too high a price for this junior high level collaboration and I'd appreciate a refund on the minutes of my life I wasted hoping and waiting it would get better.
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Stereotype killers kill. Stereotype victims die. The only thing interesting about this short story is the premise: Two serial killers trying to make eachother their latest victim. Nothing else is at all interesting or original in this gratis gore gag. Competent nuts and bolts writing is undermined by unimaginative characters and a predictable story.
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To the authors I first want to say a big thank you for offering this for free. It pushed me to try out the Kindle application I had downloaded for my iPhone.

I couldn't help notice that the reviews posted by the both of you seemed at the same time to be somewhat arrogant with a tinge of facetiousness thrown in. It is rather hard to tell if you are really being serious in your statements about this book being "Perhaps too disturbing" and containing "horrific thrills". I can only assume that you are attempting campy type advertising to accompany a campy type story. Regardless, your warnings are laughable and again without knowing if your sentiments are meant to be genuine or humorous, I can't say for sure how I feel about them.

Anyway, I guess I am spoiled by the likes of Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, David J. Schow, Rick Hautala, Neil Gaiman etc. and the incredible stories they weave. I read a massive amount of horror and speculative fiction. Some bad and some good. What I find in common about the good horror fiction is that the blood and splatter come secondary to the underlying story rather than being the primary source of the story. I still remember the first time I read Salem's Lot. Even as an adult, I had to keep my light on for a while because what Stephen King had written was so utterly terrifying . To me, the aforementioned authors are masters at the suspension of disbelief.

Serial comes essentially nowhere close to being either a good story or particularly scary. It has what I would call indulgent descriptions of brutal acts that, while giving the reader a good understanding of the sheer depravity of the characters, does not lend much to the overall character development. Who are Donaldson and Lucy and why do they kill?
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I had just received my kindle last year when I was looking through the list of free downloads and came across this short story. Being a horror fan, the title intrigued me. I clicked to read the blurb and thought I hit the jackpot. A perfect horror tale: what happens when one psycho serial killer picks up another psycho serial killer hitchhiking? Of course, I had to know.
This little story was an experiment by two authors, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn AKA J.A. Konrath. They decided to write this in 3 parts. Kilborn wrote part 1, Crouch wrote part 2 and they both collaborated on part 3 via e-mail. What we are left with is an edge of your seat slasher story that seems perfect to be made into a movie (which I now heard it has been optioned for).
The first part sets up the story of psycho #1, the second sets up psycho #2 and of course, #3 is where they meet for a showdown. What happens is a race to see who will outsmart who and who will walk away from it alive. I only was left wishing there was much more to the story as it was just too short to have any real character developement.

Now Kilborn and Crouch have expanded the story to Serial: Uncut, which is supposed to be the full length novel. But they they came out with more. Killers. Then Killers: Uncut . Then Birds of Prey, Truck Stop, Bad Girl. Each one saying it was the "must read backstory" or "the complete story" . Then came Serial Killers: uncut. This is supposed to be the REAL complete novel. I hope so. Honestly, I kinda felt like I was being set up to keep buying more downloads. Luckily, they have been offering them free on amazon off and on and I think I actually got the whole "epic" as they refer to it. The idea for this is a great one, but I wish they would have just made it in its entire story at once.
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