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 www.jackkilborn.com.
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 www.blakecrouch.com.
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.
Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?
- Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
- 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.