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Drawing Dead: A Tale of Poker and Vampires

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Eddie Nelson is a professional poker player, testing his skills in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker for the first time. Unfortunately, he's on the worst run of his life and can't afford his buy-in to the Main Event. Then he meets a shadowy figure called Raphael who offers to back him for a fifty-fifty split of any winnings. But if he loses, he has to play in a privat ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published March 26th 2014 by *.fiction (first published March 22nd 2014)
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Susan
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story is told using a few flashbacks to bring the reader up to date on how Eddie Nelson got to this deplorable state. A Brit, he and his girlfriend came to Las Vegas for a vacation. He returned home to nurse his blossoming addiction for on-line poker. That on-line addiction grew to playing in live tournaments. Soon, he was playing professionally, and living by himself. Fast forward to present day and Eddie has been on a losing streak for weeks now. He’s out of money, considering who he can c ...more
Col
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Synopsis/blurb……….

Eddie Nelson is a professional poker player, testing his skills in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker for the first time. Unfortunately, he's on the worst run of his life and can't afford his buy-in to the Main Event. Then he meets a shadowy figure called Raphael who offers to back him for a fifty-fifty split of any winnings. But if he loses, he has to play in a private tournament of Raphael's choosing...

Drawing Dead is a tale of poker and vampires by Scott McKenzie, author
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Craig
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
DRAWING DEAD is a good short horror story in the classic sense; I believe it would've made for a fine episode of Serling's TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY. It is indeed a tale of poker and vampires, as the subtitle promises, and it sticks to that commitment with hardly any variance. There's little description of the characters' appearance, their meals and clothing, or their surroundings; in fact, I believe that only four characters are even named. The plot swiftly unfolds (does that count as a ca ...more
Mark Allen
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Poker fans will love this short story. It's well written and gives a detailed account of the ultimate game of poker where only winning guarantees ... well, I'm not saying.
I downloaded a poker app and played while I was reading this. I'm not a bog poker player, but now I can't play the app wqithout thinking of vampires.
Definitely worth a read for vampire nuts and poker fans but be warned - it can get a bit gory.
Michelle Nichols
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a surprisingly good book. I don't know very much about poker but it wasn't overwhelming throughout the book, and I actually feel like in understand it a little better now. The story was a little predictable at times but well-written and entertaining, I found myself wishing it was longer, it only took me about an hour to read. I do wish that some of the information about the vampires had been a little more in depth but I am a fantasy-nerd. Very good quick read!
Kim Schneider
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. It is something a bit different then what I normally read but found it very entertaining. Wish the story was longer, I wanted to read more.
Neil
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this short, snappy tale through a Goodreads giveaway, signed by the author.

It's a concept that hooks straight away, does what it says on the tin and is lean storytelling.

A diverting, quick read.
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Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Enjoyable quick read.
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