I did something over the past week that I haven't done in roughly 12 years: I read a horror novel. While researching ebooks and the publishing thereof for my current employer, I came across the blog of one J.A. Konrath. His blog offered up a lot of great info on ebook publishing, and I spent quite some time reading his posts.
As I scrolled on through, I saw a post asking for readers to review a new novel that he and three other well-known authors would be releasing on October 19th. Despite my aversion to horror, I jumped on the opportunity. Here's my review.
Those of you who hate all things Twilight -- rejoice! DRACULAS, a novel of terror written by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson (and being released as a one-year Kindle exclusive), definitely puts horror back into one's mental image of a vampire.
Despite having four authors, it's entirely seamless. The authors didn't hold back in the gore and violence department, and they did nothing to romanticize the vampires, which was refreshing. It starts off pretty harmlessly, but from the moment you're introduced to the first honest-to-goodness vampire, DRACULAS doesn't let up. The almost non-stop barrage of bloody teeth and talons keeps your eyes moving right along.
The multiple protagonists quickly endear themselves to the reader, and the villains attain the "love to hate them" status by page 8. It's From Dusk till Dawn meets 28 Days Later meets Children of the Corn meets It, with a sprinkling of Shaun of the Dead.
If you're interested in purchasing DRACULAS, click here.
Christian audience, I have some warnings. If the fact that it's a horror novel isn't enough to cause you to steer clear, the Lord's name is used as a curse word no fewer than a dozen times, there are many sexual references (more than just references in the bonus material), and quite a bit of cursing.
(Note: I was not, nor will I be in any way compensated for this review or for any purchases of the book through the above link.)