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 cancerDraculas 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?
Pancakes! That is the one thought (and craving) that sticks after having read Jordan Krall’s latest release, King Scratch. Difficult to describe, yetPancakes! That is the one thought (and craving) that sticks after having read Jordan Krall’s latest release, King Scratch. Difficult to describe, yet enjoyable to read, King Scratch is a mix of sex, car crashes, pancakes, moonshine, and of course… squids. There are also several tripped out scenes throughout the novella involving Abraham Lincoln. The novella has some of the nastiest and most memorable scenes ever from the bizarro genre, but it doesn’t stop there. After the King Scratch story is over, there is an appendix section including four more shorts that tie in to the main story. To top it off, there are a few illustrations sprinkled over the course of the book that help you visualize some of the characters Krall has created. I know that I always enjoy envisioning them in my own head, but seeing how another depicts the characters to be and how it compares to my own thoughts intrigues me. King Scratch is foul, fun, and fantastically freaky… everything I expect from a Krall story. I would recommend this book to all fans of the bizarro genre as it is gross and extreme at times. Highly recommended!