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Notes and Texts From Bram Stoker Inspire “Dracula” Prequel

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This story appears through BookTrib’s partnership with the International Thriller Writers. It first appeared in The Big Thrill.  While it may seem that the vampire novel has been drained of every conceivable drop of blood, the truth is, the Undead can rise and walk the earth, becoming more Undead than ever before—in the right authorial hands. Dracul (Putnam’s Sons), co-written by J. D. Barker and Dacre Stoker, infuses the classic story of fighting to defeat a terrifying vampire with a clutch of finely drawn characters and eerie, imaginative scenarios, drawing on little-known facts about the real Bram Stoker. The novel bears little resemblance to high school hangouts or fanged erotica. Using Stoker’s own epistolary device, Dracul sets out chilling mysteries and murders that…

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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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Free eBooks: Classic Science Fiction You May Have Missed

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If you’re an everyday reader, you’ve probably read some interesting science fiction along the line – but have you read some famous classics that end up on reader’s lists every year? Because we love sci-fi, from the awesome movies we’re all familiar with such as Blade Runner and The Matrix just to name two, we have some classic sci-fi novel suggestions for you! The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells When many people think of H.G. Wells, this is the novel that comes to mind. In Wells’ classic that turned into an unforgettable movie adaptation, a Martian invasion takes place in the nineteenth century, forever changing the world around it and causing mass chaos across the land. If you haven’t read the novel or…

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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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It’s alive! The creature has gone digital. WIN: Frankenstein MD journal

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In the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein uses chemicals to bring life to his hideous creature. In the 1931 film based on the novel, the doctor harnesses the power of electricity to animate the monster. Today, however, the classic story requires the latest technology in order to live on. For the 21st century, Frankenstein has gone digital. The web series Frankenstein, M.D., reimagines the mad doctor as Victoria Frankenstein (Anna Lore), a brilliant medical research student under the mentorship of Dr. Waldeman. As she finishes her M.D./Ph.D., Victoria teams up with fellow med student, Iggy DeLacey (comedian Steve Zaragoza), to present a story about science and a window into her life. The series is…

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What horrors lurk behind Godzilla and other great movie monsters?

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This week, when Godzilla emerges from the sea and tramples his way into movie theaters around the world, flattening major cities and shrugging off all manner of artillery fire, he’s going to be dragging behind him more than a massive dinosaur-style tail. He’s going to be backed up by generations, if not centuries, of monster-related storytelling from folklore, fiction, and cinema that reflects humankind’s worst fears and the monsters that dwell inside us all. Movie monsters have been around almost as long as movies themselves. While the silent classic Nosferatu, released in 1922, was the first movie based on the Bram Stoker gothic novel Dracula, the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi is the version that probably comes to the public’s…

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