Title: Draculas | Authors: Blake Crouch, Jack Killborn, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson | Pub. Date: 2010-10-19 | Pages: 983 | ASIN: B0042AMD2M | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Dead people. Dead people everywhere. Clowns. | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited | Purchase on Amazon
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. – Goodreads
Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson, and Jack Kilborn are all talented writers. Getting them together seems to have spurred them on in a game of one upmanship that only benefits the story. You could tell they had perhaps a little too much fun while writing Draculas. Especially the one who wrote Randall, which I’m not going to reveal because I think it’s more fun to let readers speculate themselves. I can imagine that particular author has a shrine to campy horror movies somewhere in his house. Same goes for the gun-nut cop, actually.
Draculas was never actually scary to me (sorry guys). I think it’s because it was so outlandish and downright fun. I highlighted so many quotes in this book just because they amused me. (Some people go for deep and meaningful, I go for things that make me snicker.) However, it was delightfully gory and had more than one scene that had me wrinkling my nose in disgust. It’s filled with action basically from the first bite. Most of the characters (even when they turn) are ones you can’t help but like. Except for the yuppy doctor.
For the most part Draculas worked exceptionally well for me. But there were a few things I didn’t like. Namely, the scenes in the maternity ward and the turned little girl. Yes, ladies and gents, if you’re squeamish about scenes involving pregnant ladies and babies, you may want to stay away from this book. (Or at least skim through certain parts of it.) I still can’t help but feel that relying on young children to up your horror factor is just weak and cheap. With that being said, one of the scenes is just face-palm worthy horrible if you let yourself actually imagine it. We’re talking premium low-budget bad Syfy horror movie crap that you don’t want to like but end up laughing at.
Overall, Draculas was a great read. I expected it to degenerate the whole time, but it never did. It was a satisfying exercise in horror cheese that served its purpose in taking vampires back to their non-sparkly non-heartthrob roots. If you’re a monster-horror fan, you definitely need to read Draculas.
Now that the review for the story part is over, I’ll talk about the rest of the book. Draculas was interesting because there was another full length book full of ‘extras’. A few short stories, some biographies of the writers, and, most interestingly, a transcript where they interviewed each other about the creation of Draculas. I didn’t read all of it, but I enjoyed having the material at hand. I probably will go back through at some point and read more.