Horror Fiction Reviews

DRACULAS (A Novel of Terror)

DRACULAS (A Novel of Terror)
By J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch,
Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson

draculas

Humor.  Heartbreak.  Horror.

Synopsis

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

Content Review

This.  Is.  Incredible.
It is a fun, fast-paced, amazing read!

Draculas is an old-school vampire story written in the Konrath style of point-of-view changes instead of chapter breaks.  This keeps the flow smooth, the pace steady, the story completely engaging.  With four very talented writers contributing, the characters are realistic individuals, different from one another in real world fashion, their individuality expertly presented with each point-of-view shift.  Love some, hate some; the characters are quite compelling.

The vampires in Draculas are monsters of old, nothing romantic about them.  The violence, gore, and terror herein is graphic to the point of extreme horror  Some of the content can be said to cross that line, so be aware this is not for the squeamish or easily offended.
What does that mean?” you ask?
Well, while I am vehemently opposed to spoilers, I will warn that there is violence upon children in this book.  If you can’t handle that, go no further.  If you can embrace truly horrific horror, then you want to proceed.

This novel is filled with very dark humor, a touch of romance, shocking gore, nerve shredding suspense, and graphic violence.  This mixture evokes a delightfully twisted rollercoaster of emotions as the story progresses.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll lose your lunch.

This terror ride is wholly enjoyable for the discerning and daring reader.

Reviewers note:  read the bonus material.  It’s fabulous!

Get it on Amazon:
DRACULAS (US Link)
DRACULAS (UK Link)

 


About the Authors

F. PAUL WILSON is an award-winning, NY Times bestselling novelist whose work spans horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and virtually everything between. He is best known as the author of THE KEEP and creator of the urban mercenary Repairman Jack.

J.A. Konrath has written ten Jack Daniels thrillers. He is also the author of bestselling novels AFRAID, ENDURANCE, TRAPPED, and SERIAL UNCUT, (written with Blake Crouch) which has been downloaded more than 300,000 times.

JEFF STRAND is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of such novels as PRESSURE, DWELLER, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), BENJAMIN’S PARASITE, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. His secret shame is SUCKERS, co-written with J.A. Konrath.

BLAKE CROUCH is the author of four thrillers, DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, ABANDON, and SNOWBOUND, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s