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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 a 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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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 a 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

30 review for Draculas (Konrath/Kilborn Collective)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A Sincere and Heartfelt Thank You to the Authors (Note: the following can be read with or without musical accompaniment) Thank you Mr. Crouch and Mr. Kilborn. Thank you Mr. Strand and Mr. Wilson. Thank you, sirs. Thank you Sooooo Sooooo much. Thank you for the sweet, sweet horror, and for the juicy, succulent butchery. Thank you for the warm, savory mayhem, and the scrumptious, tasty, mind-numbing violence. Thank you for the twisted, tantalizing terror, and for the generously gore-ific slaughter. Thank A Sincere and Heartfelt Thank You to the Authors (Note: the following can be read with or without musical accompaniment) Thank you Mr. Crouch and Mr. Kilborn. Thank you Mr. Strand and Mr. Wilson. Thank you, sirs. Thank you Sooooo Sooooo much. Thank you for the sweet, sweet horror, and for the juicy, succulent butchery. Thank you for the warm, savory mayhem, and the scrumptious, tasty, mind-numbing violence. Thank you for the twisted, tantalizing terror, and for the generously gore-ific slaughter. Thank you for giving me a truly nightmarish Vampire story, and for helping me spew the Emo-sparkling, retch-inducing Twishitlight out of my brain forever.   This book is something very, very special. While a superior book could certainly come down the pike tomorrow, for today, RIGHT NOW, this book wins the award hands down for the GORIEST, most DISGUSTING, most KICK ASS ENJOYABLE vampire story I have ever read.***   ***Quick Explanatory Side Note: By my praise, I am not saying that this book is the BEST OVERALL vampire story I have ever read. No, this book does not displace classics like Dracula, I Am Legend and Salem's Lot or even more modern tales like Agyar and Children of the Night (personal favorites of mine). But for that warm and fuzzy that you get from a truly great, guilty pleasure, this book can not be beat.   This novel was a collaborative effort among Black Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson. Now before you open your mouth to start squawking about “collaborations hardly ever turn out well”…..just stop, because these guys knocked the gore covered ball right the fuck outta the park.   Except for the first 20 or so pages, the story takes place entirely over a 12 hour period inside a small rural hospital. Mortimer Moorecock is a retired wall street billionaire who is dying of cancer. After learning of reports about the discovery of an ancient skull with strangely elongated teeth found in a Romanian hillside, Moorecock spends millions to obtain it. Upon receiving the grossly fanged skull, he immediately jabs the thing into his neck and goes into convulsions. He is then rushed to the local hospital.   ……........THAT IS ALL THE SET UP YOU NEED….............   From there all hell breaks loose in an ungodly avalanche of blood, violence, gore and mayhem the likes of which I for one, had never before encountered. Oh, the rib-tickling (or tearing) fun that ensues is just tremendous.    Now it should be a given that this book is not for the squeamish or those that do not appreciate a good evisceration or face ripping scene. In fact, I got the distinct impression that the authors were trying to constantly one up each other and devise an even more disgusting kill. THAT SAID, I want to point out that novel is NOT the sort of uncomfortable voyeuristic, torture violence that you see in movies like “Hostel” or “Saw.” I do not watch movies like that and I find them repulsive. This book is not that. If I were to select the movie that best describes the "tone" of the story, I would say “Zombieland” or “Planet Terror.” While not quite as “tongue in cheek” as those two movies this book is definitely very darkly humorous. You could call it "tongue pulled through cheek" humor. At least I hope it was supposed to be full of dark humor because I spent much of it laughing my ass off. Shit, it could just be me. Oh well....   As far as the vampires go, I will let you discover those for yourself but I will tell you they are “lights out” awesome. Gross like you can’t believe, ravenous as all get out and practically as intelligent as they were when “alive.” This intelligence is what provides much of the added humor in the story.    Normally that would be it, but I do feel the need to make one additional WARNING ANNOUNCEMENT for those of you out there like me that suffer from severe fear and loathing of insane, psycho killer clowns….YEP, you will spot one in this book and oh are you in for an experience. SAFETY TIP: Do not ask the vampire clown to make you a balloon animal!!!    6.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    It reads like a bullet hitting bang on target. No messing around, strip away the usual vampire history or romance this story goes straight to the kill in POV mode chapters are divided by switching through the eyes of the prey and predators. Worst case senario to have is the turned let loose in a hospital with the young weak and old to feast upon, it's too late for Benny the Clown and Oasis the young girl, she wants candy now red candy. This is what the novel The Passage was missing just good ol It reads like a bullet hitting bang on target. No messing around, strip away the usual vampire history or romance this story goes straight to the kill in POV mode chapters are divided by switching through the eyes of the prey and predators. Worst case senario to have is the turned let loose in a hospital with the young weak and old to feast upon, it's too late for Benny the Clown and Oasis the young girl, she wants candy now red candy. This is what the novel The Passage was missing just good old human struggle with a chainsaw too hand. Characters are developed well, the story doesn't let up momentum and real page burner. A Dracula story on steroids! I wander if a sequel is on the way. Make sure you have few hours spare as once you ride the gauntlet you won't want to stop! I am sure this one will end up on the big screen. I imagine the words painting images played out in my mind and i hear that classical track "O Fortuna" by a guy named Carl Orff playing in the background. Review also here on my webpage

  3. 4 out of 5

    seak

    This review is dedicated to Steven's and Bridget's reviews, the reasons I even heard about this book let alone couldn't wait another second after I got my Kindle to read it. The author, Joe Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn), writes in the introduction to Draculas that this is an attempt to make vampires scary again. As he explains, "There are no sexy teen heartthrobs herein." While it was the reviews above that got me to buy the book and start reading, it was that intro that had me salivating, wow, so c This review is dedicated to Steven's and Bridget's reviews, the reasons I even heard about this book let alone couldn't wait another second after I got my Kindle to read it. The author, Joe Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn), writes in the introduction to Draculas that this is an attempt to make vampires scary again. As he explains, "There are no sexy teen heartthrobs herein." While it was the reviews above that got me to buy the book and start reading, it was that intro that had me salivating, wow, so cool. Draculas begins with a pretty simple story premise, there's a skull found in Romania that the insanely rich, but dying Mortimer Moorcoock buys for a small fortune. Upon receiving the skull, which is very close to being human except it is filled with huge fangs, he proceeds to bite himself with the skull. He is taken to the hospital...and all hell breaks lose. Because there's not much to the plot, I won't go into too much detail there, I just want to explain a couple things I thought were interesting and unique to these authors' take on vampires and also talk about this book in general. These vampires are scary as hell. They have more fangs than your average vamp. and superhuman strength to go along with it. In addition, they also have the ability to think rationally, the only problem is that they have an insane thirst that makes them go crazy for blood and do anything to get it. This aspect had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. While some Draculas, as the characters refer to them, don't think outside the blood (hehe), but others are a little more patient and cunning when it comes to tracking their prey. What are the authors trying to do to me here, give me a heart attack? Then there's the characters. Not only did I love those trying to escape the Draculas, but we even see the point of views of some of the Draculas themselves. Of course they're pretty focused on BLOODBLOODBLOODBLOOD, but it shows their rational sides as well as they track our favorites (and not so favorites). My favorite Draculas had to be one, the clown. Every time I read, "Squeak, squeak, squeak." I was terrified. And two, the little girl, who just wants some red candy. It's sick, but I couldn't help but kinda root for her, at least against the adult Draculas. If I haven't yet convinced you to start, Draculas, it's the best horror novel I've ever read. It's full of violence and gore aplenty, so beware, but it's also full of great characters and situations that had me reading until late in the night multiple times. And I was on a cruise while I read this. I still couldn't put it down. 5 out of 5 Stars Note on the eBook version: This book actually ends at the 50% mark. I was a little confused with the climax was happening around 45%, I wondered what the heck they were going to do for the rest of the book. The authors include a lot of extras, including three short stories, which are collaborations between pairs of the authors, previews of all the authors work, and an interview where the authors interview themselves and talk about writing a book with four authors. It's pretty interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trudi

    Yowza, wowzers, and woot! woot! This book -- a mad collaboration from four horror gods (small 'g') -- is this cat's meow (or as they say where I come from -- it's all that and a bag of chips). It was going to take a lot for this book to impress me for the simple reason that vampires of late have become...meh for me. As monsters meant to inspire horror they have been done to death it seems. Not to mention they have suffered an incredible disservice in recent years both on film and in print (yeah, Yowza, wowzers, and woot! woot! This book -- a mad collaboration from four horror gods (small 'g') -- is this cat's meow (or as they say where I come from -- it's all that and a bag of chips). It was going to take a lot for this book to impress me for the simple reason that vampires of late have become...meh for me. As monsters meant to inspire horror they have been done to death it seems. Not to mention they have suffered an incredible disservice in recent years both on film and in print (yeah, I'm looking at you Ms. Meyer). There just hasn't been anything really new or fresh tried either. It's either you're sparkling and pouty and misunderstood, or it's waaay back to the Stoker tradition of a debonair, aristocratic abomination that abhors garlic and crucifixes. Don't get me wrong: I haven't always felt this disillusioned. I love 'Salem's Lot and I am Legend. I went through a huge Lestat phase in my early 20s. The Lost Boys remains one of my favorite movies of all time, and I love Steve Niles' re-imagining of vampires in his graphic novel series 30 Days of Night (the movie is pretty kick-ass too). Despite that, I've stopped 'looking for love' with vampires. Even del Toro's The Strain underwhelmed me. So I had doubts with this one, I really did, but thanks to two awesome reviews filled with squee here on goodreads by Stephen and Daniel, I decided to throw my doubts aside and dive in. This is about the most self-indulgent fun I've had in bleems! Draculas hits just the right note of gorror-ific combined with pee your pants scary that's doused with a gallon of can't help but giggle here even though that's beyond messed up and so wrong (I can't tell you how many times I cringed and burst out laughing at the same time (view spoiler)[1. the balloon animals made out of intestines, 2. the baby eating its way out of mom's stomach, 3. all the scenes involving self-mutilation, cannibalism and auto-cannibalism. (hide spoiler)] Remember the first time you ever saw The Evil Dead? Oh yeah baby, that's what I'm talking about! So yeah, this book is tremendous fun, awesomely gory, written with a frantic energy that keeps the pages turning. Another thing worth praising is the way this novel is a completely mad mash-up of a whole bunch of horror elements; it's like the authors took vampire stories, along with zombies, werewolves and aliens, threw them into a blender and spit out this mish-mash of pure chaos and entertainment. I recognized about 100 shout-outs to other books and movies, but at the end of it all, this book stands as its own original. The authors tried things here I don't think I've seen tried anywhere else. The way the teeth are described though made me think of this from 1985's Fright Night: c'mon, gimme a kiss! The ensemble cast is fun too, and added a lot to the story's enjoyment. If it weren't for such a large cast and getting to know the group -- I loved that the narrative kept changing pov -- it just would have been a ho-hum affair about a bunch of lunatic infected running rabid through an enclosed space (which has been done a 1000 times). Not only do we get pov from the good guys, we get the story from the side of the infected too. I really appreciated that and the decision to do so added great entertainment value. Highly recommended!!!!!! P.S. I paid three dollars for the eBook and there's really no way to express how much bang I got for my buck. The eBook also contains mega extras that make this title worth so much more. My thanks to Stephen and Daniel on this one. Ain't goodreads grand? P.P.S. Stephen, I am a woman of my word. You have earned yourself a shelf, sir. :) This review also appears at Shelf Inflicted.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gregor Xane

    I didn't find the setup or the ending to be particularly satisfying. And I found some of the banter between characters to be pretty hokey (especially the constant quoting from action movies). Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me say that this is one crazy, action-packed read. It's nearly non-stop from start to finish. I liked the depiction of the vampires. They're not sexy or sophisticated. They're like sharks in a feeding frenzy. There were also a handful of nice little illustration I didn't find the setup or the ending to be particularly satisfying. And I found some of the banter between characters to be pretty hokey (especially the constant quoting from action movies). Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me say that this is one crazy, action-packed read. It's nearly non-stop from start to finish. I liked the depiction of the vampires. They're not sexy or sophisticated. They're like sharks in a feeding frenzy. There were also a handful of nice little illustrations that highlighted some of the crazier concepts. These were a very nice touch. When I learned that this novel was written by FOUR(!) authors, I was pretty skeptical. I thought the mix of styles would be jarring and distracting. But I didn't find this to be the case at all. It was really pretty seamless throughout. Nice work, gentlemen. Nice work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Brian

    I was recently involved in a heated debate over the merits of this book (see link at bottom of review). Draculas, it is fair to say, is written to a certain formula. And, for me at least, it was a formula that worked well. A simple, but nonetheless effective plot, and paced at breakneck speed throughout. It is a novel which doesn't take itself too seriously (and for me this boosted its appeal). Also, kudos to the four authors for keeping it seamless. It was virtually impossible to identify the switc I was recently involved in a heated debate over the merits of this book (see link at bottom of review). Draculas, it is fair to say, is written to a certain formula. And, for me at least, it was a formula that worked well. A simple, but nonetheless effective plot, and paced at breakneck speed throughout. It is a novel which doesn't take itself too seriously (and for me this boosted its appeal). Also, kudos to the four authors for keeping it seamless. It was virtually impossible to identify the switch in writing styles. Nicely done! Draculas is a rip-roaring, tour de force in vampire entertainment. At times it could have done with pausing for a breath, just to slow things down slightly, but for the most part it all came together really well. To sum up: If you are looking for a novel full of literary depth, then this ain't the book for you. But if you are willing to be grabbed by the short and curlys, and dragged, kicking and screaming along a ride of blood soaked terror, then this is the kiddy! It's precisely as the authors intended. High octane! Fun!Fun!Fun! https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

  7. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    3.5 First, you need to know what to expect from this book. You wouldn't do it justice if you expect a horror monster story. Next, the only reason I'd call it horror is because I am not really sure where else to put it. That, and it does have monsters, blood and death. There are many things I didn't like, but they are balanced with the good stuff. The weirdest thing is that the humour saves it. I am not sorry for reading this. I was wondering how this would end up considering that there are four d 3.5 First, you need to know what to expect from this book. You wouldn't do it justice if you expect a horror monster story. Next, the only reason I'd call it horror is because I am not really sure where else to put it. That, and it does have monsters, blood and death. There are many things I didn't like, but they are balanced with the good stuff. The weirdest thing is that the humour saves it. I am not sorry for reading this. I was wondering how this would end up considering that there are four different authors here. I think it ends up quite well. At certain times, though, it feels as if they are competing at who could make it worse, bloodier. I had to check who wrote my favourite characters and I can't say I am surprised. Draculas is a ridiculous and over the top story that takes place in a rural hospital over the course of couple of hours. It begins when Mortimer Moorecook, a dying rich man, turns into a monster and the infection starts spreading through the hospital pretty fast. People die in the most gruesome ways, there is a lot of blood, gore and body parts. There is a lot of stupidity too (when you are surrounded by blood-drinking mindless monsters, you do not bloody refuse a gun when someone offers it). The story is as ludicrous as it is exaggerated. I loved Randall. I also liked the parts with a depressed and suicidal Benny the Clown. I am not surprised they are Strand's. Those parts made this book entertaining as far as I am concerned. I've read the first Twilight book. I didn't like how it was written, I thought the characters were horrible and cartoonish, and the story hilarious. So, when you get a book that in its blurb has 'this is anti-Twilight', you expect something other than 'hey, let's make this as anti-Twilight as we can'. To be honest, there are moments when Draculas tries too damn hard. It becomes tiresome. If it weren't advertised as anti-something, I wouldn't be annoyed. I am suspicious of the books that to do this. Still, the more I think about this, the more I like it. Before writing this, I thought I'd rate it differently, but there is value in exaggerations and that type of humour as long as you know what to expect. Draculas is completely farcical and it still managed to have a couple of wonderful and even heartbreaking moments. So, don't expect a horror story. Go into this as you'd go into any dark and bloody comedy full of death and a couple of over the top likeable characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    If you're looking for literary horror that might send a chill down your spine in between prosaic descriptions of foreboding forests and ominous castles, click the back button on your browser and continue your search elsewhere. But if you're looking for a bloody good time as a bunch of disparate characters try to survive a burgeoning plague of vampires, then you've come to the right place. Draculas is good, B-grade fun, which some memorable characters and gore gags aplenty. It also represents a fa If you're looking for literary horror that might send a chill down your spine in between prosaic descriptions of foreboding forests and ominous castles, click the back button on your browser and continue your search elsewhere. But if you're looking for a bloody good time as a bunch of disparate characters try to survive a burgeoning plague of vampires, then you've come to the right place. Draculas is good, B-grade fun, which some memorable characters and gore gags aplenty. It also represents a fairly unique experiment as Jack Killborn (aka Konrath) brought together three other names in the genre to create a novel written by all four as they developed and wrote from the POVs of their own characters. As the extensive bonus materials after the novel highlight, there were a few crossover characters, but for the most part, each one is the creation of one of these authors and then they weave them together in an entertaining fashion. Only Strand's chapters stand out as very Strand-ish, and that's fine. He has a very distinctive writing style so it wouldn't have been him had they edited his chapters to be like those from the other authors. The supplemental material is exhaustive and includes a couple of bonus shorts that Konrath wrote with said other authors here, and they range from fantastic (Serial) to very average (A Sound of Blunder), but the peak into the process of writing this novel is well worth the time to read for anyone fascinated by this kind of thing. So if any or all of that appeals to you, get into Draculas because there is nothing else like it currently on the market. And here's to these authors managing to align their schedules to go around again. 4 People Full of Red Candy for Draculas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    4.5 stars. I was skeptical that a book written by four different authors telling a single story could be a good, cohesive read but I was wrong. This one was great. I am so glad my friend on Good Reads Stephen recommended it & that I had the sense to trust his excellent taste. Seat of your pants action of humans against truly scary (non-twilighty) vampires. Benny the Clown was particulary haunting;). Vampires as they should be written. I sure hope the authors choose to do a follow up. Worth a 4.5 stars. I was skeptical that a book written by four different authors telling a single story could be a good, cohesive read but I was wrong. This one was great. I am so glad my friend on Good Reads Stephen recommended it & that I had the sense to trust his excellent taste. Seat of your pants action of humans against truly scary (non-twilighty) vampires. Benny the Clown was particulary haunting;). Vampires as they should be written. I sure hope the authors choose to do a follow up. Worth a lot more than the 2.99 I paid for it on my Kindle. Buy & enjoy if you like horror & action but be warned it is bit gruesome (it serves the story well though).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Char

    This was a rip roaring, funny gore fest! Draculas was written by four authors: Jeff Strand, Jack Kilborn, F. Paul Wilson and Blake Crouch. These are anti-sparkle vampires. All they want is blood and they will even suck their own if nothing else is available. I don't even know what to say about the clown, other than it makes Pennywise look as nice as Bozo. I won't even mention the balloon animals. This story ends at approximately 50% off the download. There are also 2 short stories and an intervie This was a rip roaring, funny gore fest! Draculas was written by four authors: Jeff Strand, Jack Kilborn, F. Paul Wilson and Blake Crouch. These are anti-sparkle vampires. All they want is blood and they will even suck their own if nothing else is available. I don't even know what to say about the clown, other than it makes Pennywise look as nice as Bozo. I won't even mention the balloon animals. This story ends at approximately 50% off the download. There are also 2 short stories and an interview with the authors. Finally, there is a set of emails between the authors at the end, discussing how they put the story together. For whatever reason I found the emails to be fascinating. I could not tell while reading which author wrote what parts. Everything blended together seamlessly. All in all this was a gory horror story with some extremely funny scenes and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    5++ stars A completely different and ingenious take on the vampire novel. 4 amazing authors: J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, F. Paul Wilson, Jack Kilborn, and Jeff Strand - each creating their own characters and following them through to the end - come together to create an absolutely amazing twist on the Vampire novel. Mortimer Moorecook is a desperate and dying man. Willing to do just about anything to survive the disease that is ravaging his body. After acquiring the so called "Dracula's Skull", he 5++ stars A completely different and ingenious take on the vampire novel. 4 amazing authors: J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, F. Paul Wilson, Jack Kilborn, and Jeff Strand - each creating their own characters and following them through to the end - come together to create an absolutely amazing twist on the Vampire novel. Mortimer Moorecook is a desperate and dying man. Willing to do just about anything to survive the disease that is ravaging his body. After acquiring the so called "Dracula's Skull", he believes he has found the answer to his prayers. Within minutes of the skull arriving at his home, he sinks the elongated teeth into his own neck... To say anything else about the actual storyline would take away from the enjoyment of discovering all the twisted nuances to this roller coaster of a novel. As gory and twisted as this novel is (and trust me when i say, this is not for the squeamish), there is a hefty dose of delightfully warped black humor thrown into the mix, which only made me love this book more. I am already a HUGE fan of JA Konrath/Jack Killborn, but this book makes me anxious to read more by the other authors as well. Not for the fainthearted, but if you enjoy finding yourself giggling as you squirm in your seat, grab this book and dig in! Get the book here! Kindle

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    This book was one hell of a journey, loved all the way though, 5-stars all the way, until the a kind of lackluster ending (view spoiler)[ everything that happened, all the sacrifices made, were completely unnecessary (except for perhaps the 4 saved children who I didn't care about) - since the military just blew the place to shit anyway. There was some good, chilling horror with Daniella, but the other characters that lived were my least favorite. And the incident would be national news - wouldn This book was one hell of a journey, loved all the way though, 5-stars all the way, until the a kind of lackluster ending (view spoiler)[ everything that happened, all the sacrifices made, were completely unnecessary (except for perhaps the 4 saved children who I didn't care about) - since the military just blew the place to shit anyway. There was some good, chilling horror with Daniella, but the other characters that lived were my least favorite. And the incident would be national news - wouldn't those not working that day want to know who the hell Dr. Cook is? (hide spoiler)] But as I said, leading up to the end was a lot of fun. Full of gore, action, scares, and vampires that tear the shite out of people as quickly and as often as they can. There was some nonsensical clown nonsense and varying levels of brain activity in these creatures, but that's fine - I can't say how this disease would play out anymore than I can play the flute with solo in any Jethro Tull song while dancing on the back of a great white. There was some quick witted humor, a lot more low brow humor, and some just plain cheesy humor. And there were many inventive kills. Sure, they were mostly thrown in for full shock and disgust factor, but creative and heartwarming to say the least. When it came to human sensitivities, this book does not hold back. What I was most impressed with was the seamlessness of the story despite four authors contributing. I did notice that they did their darnedest to stay away from things they all would have to keep straight (day of the week (where I caught a slip up, but the only slip up I noticed), exact time, time past since events occurring pre-story, etc. etc.) Very impressive continuity no matter how achieved. Anyway, I enjoyed it. Definitely a fun read for fans of violence and gore.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    If you're looking for a sexy vampire with any sort of redeeming qualities, you won't find it here. And this book is absolutely not for sensitive or squeamish readers. Draculas is a fast-paced, bloody mess of a story about the original type of bloodthirsty vampires who terrorized humans. Once you start reading, you won't breathe or smile much until long after you've read the last word. The bonus material is fascinating, as we're allowed a glimpse into the process these writers went through as they If you're looking for a sexy vampire with any sort of redeeming qualities, you won't find it here. And this book is absolutely not for sensitive or squeamish readers. Draculas is a fast-paced, bloody mess of a story about the original type of bloodthirsty vampires who terrorized humans. Once you start reading, you won't breathe or smile much until long after you've read the last word. The bonus material is fascinating, as we're allowed a glimpse into the process these writers went through as they worked together to turn their ideas into a book. While I would have liked to see something go right for someone in the book, after reading their thoughts I was able to understand why they chose such gruesome paths. I enjoyed the mix of writing styles. Draculas is well written and anything but dull! A huge thank you to all four authors for allowing me an early look at their work. You can find the Kindle format on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/DRACULAS-Novel-...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    When I think of horror I think of movies I watched as a kid like The House on the Haunted Hill starring Julie Merriam and The Legend of Hell House starring Roddy McDowell, both movies made me afraid of entering big houses. Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Fredric March made me afraid of mad scientists. Dracula starring Bela Lugosi and The Mummy starring Boris Karloff made me afraid of being in the woods after dark. After reading Bram Stroker’s Dracula in high school, a few of the fears I’d conque When I think of horror I think of movies I watched as a kid like The House on the Haunted Hill starring Julie Merriam and The Legend of Hell House starring Roddy McDowell, both movies made me afraid of entering big houses. Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Fredric March made me afraid of mad scientists. Dracula starring Bela Lugosi and The Mummy starring Boris Karloff made me afraid of being in the woods after dark. After reading Bram Stroker’s Dracula in high school, a few of the fears I’d conquered returned. The Thing starring Kenneth Toby just left me afraid. The Birds starring Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren left me afraid of flocks of birds and I'm still left with that fear. Ben starring Lee Montgomery left me more afraid of rats then I already was. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers starring Kevin McCarthy made me believe that we already had aliens on earth. I thought this because there was a schizophrenic in the neighborhood and being so young I didn’t understand the psychology behind schizophrenia so I thought aliens had taken over of his body. And finally, The Exorcist starring Linda Blair. I was a twenty something adult when I saw the movie and it was nearly a year before I could go to bed without leaving a light on in every room. The movie really brought William Peter Blatty’s book to life. What is the common factor in the aforementioned? The surprises and the sound effects like squeaky doors, bumps in the night, and smoke and mirrors, the illusions, and the ability to use those things to play on the imagination. Today’s horror can be defined as how many people can be murdered and how much blood can be shed with almost no surprises or smoke and mirrors. Draculas did not terrorize me as promised and these vampires aren’t Bram Stoker’s vampires and because they weren’t, it explained Konrath’s apology to Stoker. People who enjoy the slice and dice and gore will probably enjoy Draculas but those who, like me, can still remember the classic horror movies might want to give Draculas a pass.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scott Marlowe

    Joe Konrath of A Newbie's Guide to Publishing fame posted an offer giving away free ARC's of an upcoming horror eBook he and three other authors wrote in exchange for a review here and on Amazon.com. I've gotten a lot of good info from Joe's blog, so I figured I'd do him a favor, read the ARC, and give him a favorable review. So much for good intentions… Draculas was written in record time (2 months?) as an experiment to see if an online only novel could reach Amazon's Top 100 in Kindle eBook sal Joe Konrath of A Newbie's Guide to Publishing fame posted an offer giving away free ARC's of an upcoming horror eBook he and three other authors wrote in exchange for a review here and on Amazon.com. I've gotten a lot of good info from Joe's blog, so I figured I'd do him a favor, read the ARC, and give him a favorable review. So much for good intentions… Draculas was written in record time (2 months?) as an experiment to see if an online only novel could reach Amazon's Top 100 in Kindle eBook sales supported solely by online reviews and marketing. The experiment worked. Draculas hit the Top 100 in its first week, if not sooner. The novel received a phenomenal number of 4 or 5 star reviews. From what I read, it's selling very well. That's all great, and I wish the authors best of luck and mucho dinero. There's just one problem I had with this book: it just isn't that good. The writing is fine. It's the soulless characters and superficial storyline that ultimately led me to abandon this novel after reading just 10% on my Kindle. It mostly reminded me of a bad Sci-Fi channel movie (you know, like Sharktopus). Amusing for brief moments as you're channel surfing, but not something you're going to stay tuned into for long. Given the rushed quality of the novel, I have to wonder how many of those 4 or 5 star reviews on Amazon were put up as a favor to the authors. I know Joe helps a lot of people out with his blog (perhaps the other authors do as well; I don't know), but I can't in good conscious give this novel anything more than 2 stars. This review at http://www.scottmarlowe.com/post/Book...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Ok, get excited: this book promises a no-bullshit horror gorefest, and that is exactly what it provides. It's a fun, exciting and even disturbing read. I hear you: vampires is done but done to death these days, and a lot of that work is dull. Draculas never sinks to that kind of mediocrity, nor does it bore. The story picks up and runs from the get-go, and it doesn't let up for a moment. An exuberant, feral energy bounds through this story. Reading Draculas is like listening to an excellent spea Ok, get excited: this book promises a no-bullshit horror gorefest, and that is exactly what it provides. It's a fun, exciting and even disturbing read. I hear you: vampires is done but done to death these days, and a lot of that work is dull. Draculas never sinks to that kind of mediocrity, nor does it bore. The story picks up and runs from the get-go, and it doesn't let up for a moment. An exuberant, feral energy bounds through this story. Reading Draculas is like listening to an excellent speaker rap about a topic that the speaker knows well and wants so very much to share with others; I for one was captivated throughout this story. The extra goodies it comes with are also great. There's an interview between the four writers, and it's fascinating and inspiring how this came together. It was totally author-lead and self-published, and that just tickles me. Here are four writers who shared a vision and said, Let's make this happen on our terms and let's have fun doing it. This is the literary equivalent of indie genre cinema that sneaks up on you and pounces with tenacious resolve. This is a story with heart and craft and an earnest desire to tell a damn good tale--and damn is it great. Thank you Stephen for plowing the way to this one in your review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    There was a war movie in Hindi which lasts a good 3.5 hours. After the first fifteen minutes or so you see a soldier walking down a hillock and a shot is fired by the enemy and from then on until the end of the movie, the shots keep on coming. By the time I came out of the theatre, my ears were ringing with the noise. This experience has a lot of parallels with Draculas for after the first ten pages or so, a vampire kills someone in a hospital and from then on the bodies keep on falling all over There was a war movie in Hindi which lasts a good 3.5 hours. After the first fifteen minutes or so you see a soldier walking down a hillock and a shot is fired by the enemy and from then on until the end of the movie, the shots keep on coming. By the time I came out of the theatre, my ears were ringing with the noise. This experience has a lot of parallels with Draculas for after the first ten pages or so, a vampire kills someone in a hospital and from then on the bodies keep on falling all over the place. The storyline is insanely simple, the characters are absurd to the point of hilarity and yet this is one kick ass story. I usually do not relish gore fests but there is an infectious and violent adrenaline that the authors manage to create in this novel which makes it a guilty pleasure of sorts. The storyline : a man acquires the skull of the original Dracula and gets himself bitten with it – a virus starts spreading from it – he is taken to a hospital – he becomes a vampire – all hell breaks loose – good guys fight bad guys – all is well ….or sort of !Every other page of this book is about one or the other human being fighting a vampire and either winning or losing the battle. A whole hospital full of infected people and a few men and women trying to get out of the mess. That’s what it is all about. Of late, vampires have been portrayed as romantic and erotic alpha males with a hint of danger in them but in here they are monsters. They are incapable of human emotions and all that they look forward to is blood and more blood no matter where it comes from. Pretty soon, the good guys are holed in with a horde of monsters attacking them from all sides. There are some scenes which would have been really objectionable if it were a normal story but being vampires, the authors are able to explain all of them away. There isn’t much to talk about characters or their motivations for they made me roll my eyes at times while I was reading. If you ever come across this book and decide to read it, leave your logic behind for it will disrupt your enjoyment of the whole book. I will not recommend this book to you unless you love gore-fests. The book is violent and insanely so. A lot many things in here will freak you out big time if you are squeamish about violence in horror fiction. Be warned ! Oh and while we are at it, you can’t kill these monsters with a cross or with garlic. Nasty buggers they are ! Note : There is a lot of bonus material here in the form of short stories by these authors and interviews which are pretty good. Since they don't form a part of the original story, I won't cover it here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    What happens when you take a disgustingly rich old man on death's doorstep with his hands on an artifact of the first vampire in creation? Would you know the answer if I told you that artifact was a skull with fangs intact? No? Really? Ok, I'll tell you! He bites himself with it! Glorious! Mr. Mortimer Moorecook is delivered posthaste to the hospital in an effort to cease his convulsions, because that's what you do when an old man wants to live forever and brilliantly stabs himself in the neck wi What happens when you take a disgustingly rich old man on death's doorstep with his hands on an artifact of the first vampire in creation? Would you know the answer if I told you that artifact was a skull with fangs intact? No? Really? Ok, I'll tell you! He bites himself with it! Glorious! Mr. Mortimer Moorecook is delivered posthaste to the hospital in an effort to cease his convulsions, because that's what you do when an old man wants to live forever and brilliantly stabs himself in the neck with a mouthful of ancient teeth. It's only to be expected that Mortimer bites someone whilst in his throes, it's just a shame that he's now contagious and what he's got you don't want. I first read this book shortly after it came out and to me it was like hitting the horror lover jackpot. It has horror movie written all over it. There are the survivors who just want to get the hell out of the hospital alive, you have a woman in labor, a killer clown, sacrifice, a creepy girl, gore, chills, laughs and special features for the die-hard fans. At the end of the book, you get to read all of the emails passed between these four horror geniuses as they wrote Draculas, and yes I did read them. All of them. What can I say, as a writer who writes with a friend, I've often wondered how other writers do it! Oh and did I mention, there are black and white sketches to go along with the story? Especially enlightening and gruesome if you're wondering like I did, just what these 'vampires' look like with all those insane teeth splitting their faces. =D I don't think I need to say much more, other than that my favorite bloke in the book doesn't live, which blows, but hey. Someone's gotta be a hero.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    Someone should send this book to Guillermo de Toro so he can learn how to write a vampire novel. OK. Snide comment aside, DRACULAS is a can't-put-down, edge-of-your-seat, stomach turning gorefest featuring vampires ransacking a hospital. These are not your normal vamps and none of them sparkle. In fact, they are more like zombies; totally out of control with their appetites and, while needing blood, have no trouble taking bites of flesh or ripping intestines to get to the blood. This may be the b Someone should send this book to Guillermo de Toro so he can learn how to write a vampire novel. OK. Snide comment aside, DRACULAS is a can't-put-down, edge-of-your-seat, stomach turning gorefest featuring vampires ransacking a hospital. These are not your normal vamps and none of them sparkle. In fact, they are more like zombies; totally out of control with their appetites and, while needing blood, have no trouble taking bites of flesh or ripping intestines to get to the blood. This may be the bloodiest novel I've ever read but it's Return of the Living Dead or Evil Dead II kind of bloody funny. In other words, these vampires will kick Edward Cullen's ass and have that same ass for dinner. The writing? Well, we have four authors on one novel so you would think it would be a bit chaotic but it is not. They did a fabulous job editing everything together and the action is seamless. You actually find yourself caring for some of the characters. I especially liked the Dirty Harry quoting Clay and the rather hapless chainsaw toting Randall. The novel reads very much like a movie. Normally that would be a weakness but it works well here. There are a lot of extra features on the Kindle version. So many that J.A.Konrath aka Jack Kilborn likens it to the features on a DVD. There is an interview and a "Making" of" which is helpful as you can discover which character was written by which author. There are also a few short stories and excerpts of novels from the four authors. But the main feature on this "DVD" is the novel and it is highly recommended to all die-hard horror aficionado.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Mortimer Moorecook is a billionaire but he is dying of cancer. Willing to lengthen his life, he pays to get a vampire skull that was dug up from the ground in Transylvania known as the "Dracula Skull" and upon receiving it plunges the fanged skull into his neck. Upon arriving to the hospital, all hell breaks loose as he becomes one of the undead and attacks anyone breathing. Want to read more? Read this and find out for yourself. Wow, this was an insane horror fest of blood gore and craziness! Th Mortimer Moorecook is a billionaire but he is dying of cancer. Willing to lengthen his life, he pays to get a vampire skull that was dug up from the ground in Transylvania known as the "Dracula Skull" and upon receiving it plunges the fanged skull into his neck. Upon arriving to the hospital, all hell breaks loose as he becomes one of the undead and attacks anyone breathing. Want to read more? Read this and find out for yourself. Wow, this was an insane horror fest of blood gore and craziness! This was written by four authors who each wrote a part of the book then edited together where it flowed. I enjoyed checking this book out and these vampires freaked me out. If you enjoy vampire novels and films like Near Dark, The Lost Boys and the Original Fright Night, then def check this out. This was an awesome vampire novel. I borrowed the ebook from the overdrive ebooks library but you can buy this on amazon and other ebook retailers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I don't know if it was just that I was tired of Vampire books. Or that I was looking for a new spin or a fresh look. I enjoy reading each of these authors books in the past but this one didn't do anything for me. I see by the reviews that a lot of people really liked this book. I didn't like it as much as they did. I gave Draculas 3 1/2 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carla René

    Joe asked me last week to look over his new release, and when I agreed, I was given the full copy to peruse. He and I met years ago in an online writing group, and I designed Joe's first web-site. With the horror genre not being my particular favourite in which to write (although I have two published short-stories in the genre), I wasn't sure what to expect. But knowing Joe's writing, I also knew I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. The book certainly delivered on its promise to supply the Joe asked me last week to look over his new release, and when I agreed, I was given the full copy to peruse. He and I met years ago in an online writing group, and I designed Joe's first web-site. With the horror genre not being my particular favourite in which to write (although I have two published short-stories in the genre), I wasn't sure what to expect. But knowing Joe's writing, I also knew I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. The book certainly delivered on its promise to supply the reader with fresh meat, blood and lots of mangled bodies. At first, I was taken aback by the inclusion of a Prologue. Editors generally cut these, as they hardly ever lend anything of interest to the story. But this one was done in a cleverly-deceptive way, so as to make you forget you were reading the prologue, and therefore I put my blistering fax away, without needing to give Joe a good piece of my mind (I need all of the pieces I can keep). The book doesn't have the average chapter headings--it's merely written from various POVs from the different characters involved, and I found myself loving that device the longer I read. The action starts almost immediately and is just relentless, so for a while, I caught myself thinking, 'How in hell are they going to sustain this momentum for another 300 pages?' And then I realised the story itself isn't that long. So in retrospect, it was just long enough to be satisfying. I'm a professional stand-up comedienne, tv/stage comic actress and I've been published in the comedy genre, so it's VERY difficult to make me laugh. I think all comics are that way. But I must admit, I laughed out loud in SEVERAL places. And it wasn't cheap one-line humour that kept me laughing--it was comedy, sparking across the gap of the character's reality and their comic premise, which is where you mine for true comedy gold. When Randall corrected himself and said, "Motherhugger," in front of the kids, I just about coughed up a lung. I was surprised, however, at the scenes with Stacie and Adam, awaiting the birth of their daughter. Sorry guys, but I'm always amazed when I see a man writing prose so tender it makes a woman cry, and I was sitting there with huge tears streaming down my face. I won't give away what happens, but let's just say, Joe, you done good, kid. And while they worked hard to make the writing seamless from everyone, I knew of two separate times when it was Joe's writing that I was reading. Maybe from spending all that time in our writing group. The story's ending was perfect and ambiguous enough to make room for a sequel, which I think is planned. And it shocked me to learn that the total page length of the book, in .pdf form, was 411 pages, yet the story itself was far short of that. I'm just now getting into the extras of the book, and think it's great that they threw these in there. Makes you feel as if you're getting more for your money. But, aside from some stray typos and minor repeated words, I gave this book a hearty 5-stars, because when everything is said and done, it did everything that a good story is supposed to do: *engage the reader *make the reader care about the characters *don't infodump or use exposition to the detriment of your story *tell the story in such a way as to make your reader want to keep turning those pages *make your characters fully human, with exposed goals and flaws *don't throw in extraneous humour just for the sake of a cheap laugh *leave your reader with a sense of needing to read about this story and the characters even further. My thanks to Joe, Blake, Paul and Jeff, who allowed me to be a part of this. Please join me on my blog this coming Saturday, October 16 for an exclusive interview with these 4 authors, as they tackle The Eleven Questions to Fame Blog Tour. Very funny, hopefully insightful. http://carlarene.blogspot.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Draculas by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson N/A, 2010 ASIN: B0042AMD2M Available: E-Book Only Losing at his battle with cancer, Mortimer Moorecock decides to find his own “cure”. He purchases an old artifact, more specifically a skull with elongated teeth. Shortly after the skull’s arrival Moorecock uses the skull the “bite” himself. Immediately following he goes into convulsions which both his nurse and research assistant can’t control so they are forced to call for an a Draculas by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson N/A, 2010 ASIN: B0042AMD2M Available: E-Book Only Losing at his battle with cancer, Mortimer Moorecock decides to find his own “cure”. He purchases an old artifact, more specifically a skull with elongated teeth. Shortly after the skull’s arrival Moorecock uses the skull the “bite” himself. Immediately following he goes into convulsions which both his nurse and research assistant can’t control so they are forced to call for an ambulance. Once at the hospital Moorecock dies… well… not exactly. It appears that the skull was holding some special “venom” in order to transform those it bites into Draculas, aka vampires. And with one wild Dracula in a hospital full of people, you can only imagine what happens next. Draculas is one of the most unique horror books to date. Not only is the novel written in sections based on different characters’ viewpoints, but it is also written by four of the best horror authors around (Jeff Strand, Jack Kilborn, F. Paul Wilson, and Blake Crouch). Each author writes from the viewpoints of the characters they’ve brought to life and the stories of each character are intertwined throughout as the madness runs amuck at the hospital. While reading Draculas I got the impression that each author was trying to “one up” the previous by killing the next victim in a more horrific way as well as adding in an even funnier moment/joke. This just made the story that much more enjoyable as it was impossible to predict what was going to happen next. Sure, someone was probably going to die, but who and how? Most all of the characters are memorable for one reason or another, but the one that stood out most to me was Benny the Clown. I assumed he’d freak me out due to my coulrophobia (fear of clowns), but I actually was cracking up during most of his scenes. I just couldn’t believe some of the tricks he had up his sleeve. That being said, yes, this is a horror book, but it’s definitely comic relief as well. The authors involved in this project are fantastic horror authors, but are also all known for having a comedic angle mixed within most of their writing. That fact alone makes them powerful authors and you can see that within the pages of Draculas. Definitely a horror novel not to be missed! Additionally, Draculas is only available in e-format. This allowed the authors to get the novel out quicker to readers and also gave them the freedom to add in bonus material. And who doesn’t like “freebies”? Draculas is the first e-book that reads like a DVD. Featured is an interview with the authors, deleted scenes, alternate endings, behind-the-scenes of Draculas (which consists of over seven hundred emails between the authors), extra short stories, and more! For $2.99 for the download, what are you waiting for? Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence, Gore

  24. 5 out of 5

    Giovanni Gelati

    Draculas is not your ordinary tale of a bloodsucker. The Draculas in this novel are nasty and billed as the kind that will crawl into your head and give you nightmares. The novel is a collaboration of four different authors and it really works. One might expect for it to be a hodge podge of words and thoughts but the plotline is tight and the action, bloodletting and carnage is constant and moving. I am just starting to enjoy novels in this genre and this had me from page one and then it took of Draculas is not your ordinary tale of a bloodsucker. The Draculas in this novel are nasty and billed as the kind that will crawl into your head and give you nightmares. The novel is a collaboration of four different authors and it really works. One might expect for it to be a hodge podge of words and thoughts but the plotline is tight and the action, bloodletting and carnage is constant and moving. I am just starting to enjoy novels in this genre and this had me from page one and then it took off like a rocket from there. Here is the introduction by Joe Konrath:” I grew up reading books where vampires were scary. This novel is an attempt to make them scary again. When I thought of the premise that became DRACULAS, I knew it needed to be a group project. Take four well-known horror authors, let them each create their own unique characters, and have them fight for their lives during a vampire outbreak at a secluded, rural hospital. This is NOT a collection of short stories. It‟s a single, complete novel. And it’s going to freak you out. If you’re easily disturbed, have a weak stomach, or are prone to nightmares, stop reading right now. There are no sexy teen heartthrobs herein. You have been warned.” I think that this is an adequate description and once you begin to read the novel you will find that what he wrote in the intro is absolutely the truth; this is a novel that is meant to scare and create images that will stay with you after you read it. Beyond that I was very interested to find out how they would carry off having so many different authors and hands in one novel. It was seamless and it worked well. Draculas is many things: scary, contains brutal images, disturbing, funny, and above all well written. I don’t hesitate to recommend this. The time of year for this genre of novel is excellent, but then again, a good horror novel is always in season, right? Check it out, read it with all the lights on, and make sure to lock the windows and doors. Here are some of the links you may wish to have: The authors- www.blakecrouch.com www.jakonrath.com www.jeffstrand.com www.repairmanjack.com & the novel itself-- www.draculasthebook.com What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I read this book straight through in one sitting, until 2 o'clock in the morning. I felt as though if I were to stop for a bit, the effect of unrelenting fear and gore would have been lessened as the story moved forward incredibly fast. Many different characters were introduced at the start and that felt a little overwhelming at times. I occasionally had to pause for a moment to remember how a specific character related to the story but this was mostly towards the beginning and partially due to I read this book straight through in one sitting, until 2 o'clock in the morning. I felt as though if I were to stop for a bit, the effect of unrelenting fear and gore would have been lessened as the story moved forward incredibly fast. Many different characters were introduced at the start and that felt a little overwhelming at times. I occasionally had to pause for a moment to remember how a specific character related to the story but this was mostly towards the beginning and partially due to me reading the book so fast. This book is a gore lover's dream. Nothing is held back. If this were a movie (it certainly felt like one) then the crew would be making stage blood constantly. What pushed this into the 5 star range for me was the humor. I was laughing aloud waaaaaaaay too often for a book of this nature. Many readers might feel dizzy with the constantly shifting perspectives but I think this worked well. The pacing is perfect and skipping from differing character point of views ratcheted up the fear and anticipation many times over. I found myself paying attention to descriptions of the vampires in detail, along the lines of "the vampire who just ran by has black slacks on and I know this other character has balck slacks on so does this mean that in that character's next scene, he turns into a vampire! Gasp!." This is not a book I would normaly pick up but I decided to take a chance and am happy I did so. I am in the middle of a wonderful horror kick and this book positively fits. My favorite good guys were Clay and Randall, Deputy Dawg and the Lumberjack. My favorite vampire was Benny the Clown and Benny provided my two favorite scenes, when he was first introduced "No! I'm getting bitten again!" and "Is that a flamingo!."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rai

    A very bloody good time! 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- A very bloody good time! 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. Here is a link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/DRACULAS-Novel-... Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands

  27. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Cook

    Draculas by J.A Konrath, Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson is something to get behind. Courage and innovation like this are in short supply. It's a bold experiment; an ebook by four noteable authors, full of special extras, telling a story from a multitude of perspectives. This is not what you expect from reputable, noteworthy authors of genre bestsellers. Draculas is an ebook that tells the story of a hospital beset by grotesque, deformed bloodsucking aberrations against nature, vamp Draculas by J.A Konrath, Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson is something to get behind. Courage and innovation like this are in short supply. It's a bold experiment; an ebook by four noteable authors, full of special extras, telling a story from a multitude of perspectives. This is not what you expect from reputable, noteworthy authors of genre bestsellers. Draculas is an ebook that tells the story of a hospital beset by grotesque, deformed bloodsucking aberrations against nature, vampires closer to the repulsive revenants of Slavic folklore than to the byronic debonair fiends our culture has embraced. The characters are perhaps a bit cliche, but nonetheless likeable, the atmosphere cinematic, the gore the product of a Tom Savini or a Screaming Mad George. Sheer terror, splatstick and one very unsettling flesheating clown make this more than worthy of your attention. But when you add in free short fiction and interviews from the authors, you get a hell of a package, the sort of thing I hope to see more of. Support innovation and have a lot of Halloween fun doing it. Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/DRACULAS-Novel-...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    Yes, yes, YES!! This is what a vampire story should be! While Bram Stoker wrote, at the core, a love story with DRACULA, I can't help but feel that it has been romanticized (on bad days - bastardized) to a sickening degree. I don't mean to offend, but I absolutely hate the trend of the "Bad guy that's actually a good guy and nothing is really his fault" bullshit. And that is why, for the most part, I avoid vampire stories altogether. However, with Strand and Kilborn, I had to risk it. What an exper Yes, yes, YES!! This is what a vampire story should be! While Bram Stoker wrote, at the core, a love story with DRACULA, I can't help but feel that it has been romanticized (on bad days - bastardized) to a sickening degree. I don't mean to offend, but I absolutely hate the trend of the "Bad guy that's actually a good guy and nothing is really his fault" bullshit. And that is why, for the most part, I avoid vampire stories altogether. However, with Strand and Kilborn, I had to risk it. What an experience - it's like sticking your hand in a deep, dark hole, expecting it to get bit, cut, stung or amputated, and finding a treasure! This is a hardcore, brutal, kill-or-be-killed, twisted, sick and extreme story... I fucking loved it - it was PERFECT!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scot

    A very solid 4 stars!! Any fan of horror would enjoy this great, gory, non-glittery vampire tale. Will these four horsemen ever get together and write again? I definitely hope so. I'm sure there is more death, war, pestilence, and famine to be written about. The extras were a nice addition. An interview with the authors, a few short stories, a couple samples, and an email thread before and during the writing process. If you are a fan of any of these authors or a fan of horror in general, pick thi A very solid 4 stars!! Any fan of horror would enjoy this great, gory, non-glittery vampire tale. Will these four horsemen ever get together and write again? I definitely hope so. I'm sure there is more death, war, pestilence, and famine to be written about. The extras were a nice addition. An interview with the authors, a few short stories, a couple samples, and an email thread before and during the writing process. If you are a fan of any of these authors or a fan of horror in general, pick this up and give it a read. You will NOT be disappointed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    I decided to read this book because I am a fan of all the authors and thought the premise sounded interesting. It far exceeded my expectations. It was a good ole balls to the wall kick ass vampire gore fest. Excellent. Highly recommended!

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