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Free Giveaway SERIAL from Hachette

JACK KILBORN is the author of Afraid, a new horror novel available from Grand Central Publishing. It is also the pen name for award-winning thriller writer JA Konrath, who has published seven novels and dozens of scary short stories. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago, and his website is

BLAKE CROUCH is the author of Desert Places, Locked Doors, and Abandon, which is forthcoming this summer from Minotaur Books. He lives in Colorado, and his website is

Hachette is sending around this short story collaboration to give you a taste of their work. You can download either the epub or pdf file directly from Dear Author.

  • EPUB (right click if the link doesn’t download a file for you.
  • PDF

Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?

  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 raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?

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.

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.


The SERIAL eBook contains the novella, SERIAL, a Q&A with Kilborn and Crouch, author bibliographies, and excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming works: Kilborn’s Afraid and Crouch’s Abandon.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. evie byrne
    May 15, 2009 @ 08:46:24

    Ooh, fun! Thanks! Don’t know why, but I’m in the mood for violence today.

  2. Shiloh Walker
    May 15, 2009 @ 08:54:21

    oh cool… I love JA Konrath’s stuff.

  3. Angela James
    May 15, 2009 @ 08:57:35

    The epub link doesn’t lead to a download, it actually links you to a page of all the coding. PDF download works fine, though.

  4. Laura
    May 15, 2009 @ 09:02:28

    Until 5pm today, you can also comment on this post on our blog to be entered in a contest to win one of five hardcover copies of AFRAID.


  5. MarnieColette
    May 15, 2009 @ 09:29:33

    I was able to get the epub to work if I right clicked on it and saved the file to my hard drive.


  6. Meljean
    May 15, 2009 @ 14:00:40

    Well, I’m never going to look at a corn cob the same way again.

    Very cool promotion.

  7. KeriM
    May 15, 2009 @ 22:05:55

    It was creepy and horrible and all pure evil, par for the course for Konrath/Kilborn. I enjoyed it very much and I think it had a well-deserved ending.

  8. Shiloh Walker
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 16:52:25

    Months after I got it… I read SERIAL today. Wow. Disturbing. Great read, but disturbing. And a very fitting end.

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