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Serial[Kindle Edition]

Language English
Contributor(s) Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath
Binding Kindle Edition
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Overview: Serial

The #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, downloaded over 250,000 times, now back in its original version…<br><br>Jack Kilborn (aka J.A. Konrath) and Blake Crouch turn their attention to the twin golden rules of hitchhiking:<br><br># 1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.<br><br># 2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be a raving nutcase. <br><br>So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2? <br><br>When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Like a deeply twisted version of an “After School Special,” SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides. <br><br>Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other’s opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win. <br><br>SERIAL contains the short story, SERIAL, a Q&A with Kilborn and Crouch, author bibliographies, and excerpts of Crouch’s DESERT PLACES, Konrath’s SHAKEN, and their collaboration with F. Paul Wilson and Jeff Strand, DRACULAS.<br><br>*Note: SERIAL is an 8000-word short story. SERIAL is fully contained in SERIAL UNCUT. BAD GIRL + TRUCK STOP + SERIAL = SERIAL UNCUT.
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date October 2, 2010
Contributor(s) Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath
Binding Kindle Edition
Page Count 56
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  1.  Hitch-hiking is dangerous 27 November, 2013 On Junglee.com
    A very short story by two authors who wrote about two different persons with sadistic murder fantasies. Definitely not for those who have nervous disorders, heart ailments, gastric problems and those who are very sensitive, since this short story reveals how some people get wild pleasure and horrific thrill in killing a person slowly and painfully using some of the most deadly methods and instruments to kill.
    The basic underlying warning from the authors is about hitch-hiking (getting a free ride or offering a free ride on the highways and expressways, from un-known persons).
    Two short stories, one with Donaldson (an elderly freelance courier man) and another Lucy (a young female guitarist). The first picks-up young boys and girls looking for a ride on the highway, ensures an isolated place and kills them most brutally after raping them. The murder is so horrendous that the victim is made to suffer the slow death by chopping off his/her vital organs one by one. Donaldson enjoys the screams and pain of the victim while doing so. Finally he burns the remains of the dead victim to keep the police clue-less. Similarly another young girl Lucy chooses cars on the highway for a lift/ride and uses a different strategy of injecting a slow poison in the drinks of her co-travelers. Later, she handcuffs the hands and ankles of her victims and ties them to their car with a rope. Then she enjoys the ride by brutally dragging them along the highway, first slowly and later at high speed, eroding them of their skin, flesh and bones one by one, until the point that only part of their skeletons are left.
    Absolutely no idea why the authors chose to write these stories, but I feel that they are one angle, inciting fresh sadistic and cruel ideas into the minds of the readers through such works. Any sensitive person might get heart stroke or nauseating effect while reading those parts of the book where the hunters enjoy the brutal murder process through their innocent victim’s extreme sufferings. Hope such people like Donaldson and Lucy do not exist in this world.
    Coming to the positive part of the short story, it is an indirect warning to road travelers on the following points from the authors.
    1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
    2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be certifiably crazy.

    My rating is 2.5/5
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