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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,727 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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 resear
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 6th 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 7th 2010)
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Stephen
GOD-SO-MUCH-WIN-1-1

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 forthe sweet, sweet horror,
and for the juicy, succulent butchery.
Thank you for the warm, savory mayhem,
and thescrumptious, tasty,mind-numbing violence.
Thank you for the twisted,tantalizing terror,
and for the generously gore-ific slaughter.
Thank you f
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Lou
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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
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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
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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,
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⊱ Irena ⊰
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
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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 ...more
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
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Holly
Oct 15, 2010 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror with a heavy dose of humor
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
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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
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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
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Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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 ...more
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
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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
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Charlene
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
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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-
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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Carla René
DRACULAS (A Novel of Terror) by J.A. Konrath

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
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Kris43
When you look at the summary of this thing it says 'Anti-Twillight'. If I would rate it solely for that, It would get a straight 5stars with compliments to the authors! It is as far away from Twilight as one can get.

BUT...

-If the book consists of blood and guts and not much else, there is no way I'm giving this 5stars. The vampires here don't sparkle, they have rabies! They are reduced to mindless infection-spreading zombie kind of things that will happily chew on anything including them selves
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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
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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
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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 ...more
Bob Milne
A little light on those insignificant little things like plot or character development, Draculas is still one wild, bat-shit crazy, over-the-top romp through what feels like a B-grade 80s gore-fest. More importantly, as the authors state in their introduction, this novel represents their attempt to reverse the 20+ years of sparkly, bare-chested, sexually ambiguous, romantic nonsense that's been injected into vampires and "make them scary again."

The vampires here are not cunning, seductive, or ev
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Jack
Lol Blood Blood Blood ect' This was just a sick and wrong novel. Bringing back the (good ol') dracula how they should be No glitter,pretty face ect. this is how monster's should be and Especially dracula!
Now I cant say this is a nice read, in fact it is one of the most gory and ,well again just sick and wrong in Soo many ways novel about the vampiric "disease" that I have ever read,really gives you a creepy feeling but at the same time gives you an out with some well placed lines that gives you
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Dorothy Cotton
Oh. My. God! Read this book! Read this book now!
Kate
Nov 02, 2014 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Stephen Sullivan
When rich, eccentric old Mortimer purchases a "dracula" skull off the internet, his assistant Shanna and nurse Jenny don't think much of it... until Mortimer impales himself on the dracula's fangs. After rushing him to the hospital, he appears dead, then he turns into a blood-sucking monster, infecting everyone in blood-splatter range with the dracula virus. Shanna and Jenny manage to stay alive - Jenny with the help of her ex-husband Randy, who had been in the hospital for a chainsaw injury, Sh ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is a seriously different take on a vampire novel.Totally ingenious from the cover to the way it was written. This novel was written by four amazing authors: J.A.Konrath,Blake Crouch, F,PaulWilson, Jack Kilborn,And Jack Strand. Each created their own characters and followed them through to create an amazing twist on the vampire novel. I couldn,t stop reading it i was totally drawn into the story.Mortimer Moorecook is a desperate and dying man . He is willing to do anything to survive the dis ...more
Christopher Payne
Draculas is the much hyped novel by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson. The four of them collaborated on the novel and incorporated all of their input so it truly does flow fluidly. It actually flows about as smoothly as a nice stream of blood from a cut artery, which there is ample amount of. Blood that is, as well as severed arteries I guess. There is more blood flowing in this novel than all of the Quentin Tarantino movies combined. I think more people might have died ...more
Larry Zieminski
Oct 09, 2010 Larry Zieminski rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Joe Konrath described this story as 28 Days Later with Fangs. It’s a very apt description. From the start of this fast paced intense horror novel, we learn that these vampires are no joke. A lot of the modern vampire characteristics (such as vampires being hunky/sexy men, having an aversion to sunlight/crosses/garlic, or disintegrating into dust when staked through the heart) don’t apply here. These are ugly, vicious killing machines. The “turning” mechanic (turning humans into vampires) seems t ...more
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Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book
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“The first handkerchief was tied to a second, yellow handkerchief. He fed both through the window and kept pulling.
Attached to it was a red one.
Then a green one.
“Go away, you goddamn clown!” Jenny ordered.
But Benny the Clown continued to pull out handkerchief after handkerchief. Five…ten…fifteen…then…
That’s not a handkerchief.”
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“He curled up, twitching and spasming, the pain stormtrooping through his entire body in agonizing, dizzying, pounding waves. He vomited, but it wasn’t the contents of his stomach. It was his stomach, hanging inside-out from a slimy loop of esophagus, spilling out the precious blood he’d been digesting.
Even with everything going on, the smell of blood activated his biting reflex, and he chomped down on his own regurgitated organs, screaming as he chewed.”
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