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.
A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.
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 this story, 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.
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"Vampire stories are out there some just redundant and sloppy in trying to tell an old story in a new way. However bring together several formidable writers of horror and you get a very different and compelling twist on the vampire genre. This tale will keep you wanting more and torn with unexpected events as some of the more memorable caricatures come away as you would hope "
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About the Authors
Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker and a washerwoman. As a young teenager, he became quite well known in Odense as a reciter of drama and as a singer. When he was fourteen, he set off for the capital, Copenhagen, determined to become a national success on the stage. He failed miserably, but made some influential friends in the capital who got him into school to remedy his lack of proper education. In 1829 his first book was published. After that, books came out at regular intervals. His stories began to be translated into English as early as 1846. Since then, numerous editions, and more recently Hollywood songs and Disney cartoons, have helped to ensure the continuing popularity of the stories in the English-speaking world.
J. A. Konrath
(a.k.a. Joe Konrath, Jack Kilborn, and Joe Kimball) is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller
series, including Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini,
Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred. Konrath writes horror under the
pseudonym Jack Kilborn (Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance) and science fiction under the name Joe Kimball. He has sold over one million e-books.
Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Recursion, Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. He also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas.
Jack Kilborn is the award-winning author of numerous books, including Afraid and Trapped. As J. A. Konrath, he is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries. He has won the Derringer Award and the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award. He lives in Illinois.
F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. He is perhaps best known for the Repairman Jack series, which includes Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error. He is also the author of the Adversary cycle, including The Keep, and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic-Con, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.
Strand is a successful author and four-time nominee for the
Bram Stoker Award. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife.
About Eric Dawe
Benjamin L. Darcie has been on the
stage since he was six years old, performing in everything from musicals to
Shakespeare. He drifted from the stage to the screen, acting in and directing
short films, as well as doing voiceover work and narration for trailers, films,
and audio books. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.