Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Draculas by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, F Paul Wilson

This story scared me to death - it's like one of my worst nightmares.  If you like horror stories, you need to get this book.

While four authors were involved in this novel, the story flows seamlessly and there is no overt change of tone.  It's almost as if one person wrote the whole thing.  They must all be on the same wave length because the story is chilling.

The story begins with an old man who is mortally ill.  His household consists of himself and his nurse and a biological anthropologist he has hired.  He's on morphine and is making himself live to accomplish his goal:  acquiring an old skull that has the power to return him to his former days of youth and strength and make him a man again.

But it doesn't change just him...

When they take him to the hospital because he's failing and dying, he suddenly has a spark of life and manages to scratch himself with the skull's impressive teeth.  No one could anticipate what comes next.  He metamorphoses into a creature from hell!

The hospital is on lock down, the people the monster kills come back to life as misshapen as he is and there's no escape.  This is where my nightmare comes to life.  Everyone is running and trying to get away and fend off the creatures but there's nowhere to go...

I'd recommend you don't read this right before you go to bed.  You'll never get to sleep.  Or you'll have dreams.

As this phase of the story ends, you notice that there are a few characters still alive - so there may be a sequel.  If there is and I read it, I'm going to do it in the daylight.

This is a great story for the Halloween season.  Check with your local bookstore to get a copy or it is also available as an ebook.  The author's graciously sent me a copy of the ebook to review.  Go ahead, scare yourself.

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