Chasing the Dragon

Chasing the Dragon

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by Nicholas Kaufmann
     
 

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Centuries ago, St. George fought and killed a dragon—or so the legend goes.

The truth is somewhat different.

George failed in his mission, and the Dragon still walks the Earth, protected by an undead army, hiding in the shadows and slaughtering men, women, and children for its prey. Each of George's descendants through time has been tasked with

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Centuries ago, St. George fought and killed a dragon—or so the legend goes.

The truth is somewhat different.

George failed in his mission, and the Dragon still walks the Earth, protected by an undead army, hiding in the shadows and slaughtering men, women, and children for its prey. Each of George's descendants through time has been tasked with killing the Dragon, and each has failed.

Twenty-five-year-old Georgia Quincey is the last of the line—the last, best hope for defeating the Dragon once and for all. But Georgia is also an addict, driven to the warm embrace of the needle by the weight of her responsibility and the loss of everything and everyone she has ever loved.

Tracking her nemesis to the small town of Buckshot, New Mexico for their final showdown, Georgia is about to discover the truth about the Dragon, a terrible secret that could put all life on Earth in peril.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kaufmann (Hunt at World’s End) delivers gore, mayhem, and the occasional explosion in this novella, which is equal parts belabored metaphor and road trip from hell. Georgia Quincey is the latest in a line of dragon slayers, bound by destiny to battle the beast that has plagued her family for centuries. She’s also acquired a heroin addiction, which, paradoxically, may be the only thing keeping her alive and strong enough to meet her fate. Kaufmann weaves the two conflicts together skillfully, though with an excess of foreshadowing, until it is hard to tell where one issue begins and the other ends. The tale is fast paced and technically well crafted, but hints of a grander backstory leave the reader wanting far more than this slim volume delivers, and Georgia herself is emotionally flat and almost impossible to like. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926851808
Publisher:
ChiZine
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
134
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of General Slocum’s Gold, Hunt at World’s End, and the short story collection Walk in Shadows. His fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 3, City Slab, The Best American Erotica 2007, Playboy, Shivers V, and others. In addition to writing the monthly “Dead Air” column for The Internet Review of Science Fiction, his non-fiction has appeared in the Writers Digest book On Writing Horror, Dark Scribe Magazine, Annabelle Magazine, Fantastic Metropolis, Fear Zone, and others. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Horror Writers Association and is a member of the International Thriller Writers. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit him on the Web at www.nicholaskaufmann.com.

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Chasing the Dragon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Berdudget More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fast-paced, triumphant, dark fantasy/horror story! Sad to say, it's the first novella I've read. I look forward to finding more. It was well-rounded. The initial introduction to the heroine, the exploration of her struggles (both internal and external) and the satisfying end were all balanced and didn't feel the least bit rushed. It amazes me that that can be accomplished in such a short story. The horror elements are effective. You're given just enough of a glimpse to be curious, and left with just enough questions to keep you guessing until the end. I recommend it to fans of the genre.