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Serial (Uncut and extended)

Serial (Uncut and extended)

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by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath

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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 certifiably crazy.

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

When Blake Crouch (DESERT PLACES, ABANDON) and


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 certifiably crazy.

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

When Blake Crouch (DESERT PLACES, ABANDON) and Jack Kilborn (AFRAID, CHERRY BOMB), 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 psychopath win.

F. Paul Wilson says, "SERIAL reads just like a Crouch or Kilborn novel: Full speed ahead, no flinching, no blinking, no brakes."

In just a year, SERIAL has been downloaded over 300,000 times, and has received over a hundred negative reviews, with many people claiming it is the most depraved, awful thing they've ever read.

SERIAL UNCUT is newly expanded, now more than 36,000 words. Along with the reinsertion of additional material cut from the original version, it also has a vastly expanded beginning and ending, including an extended section that originally appeared in the novella TRUCK STOP by J.A. Konrath.

If you can handle horrific thrills, proceed at your own risk.

But if you suffer from anxiety attacks, nervous disorders, insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, heart palpitations, stomach problems, or are of an overly sensitive nature, you should read something else instead.

The authors are in no way responsible for any lost sleep, missed work, failed relationships, or difficulty in coping with life after you have read SERIAL UNCUT. They will not pay for any therapy you may require as a result of reading SERIAL UNCUT. They will not cradle you in their arms, rock you back and forth, and speak in soothing tones while you unsuccessfully try to forget SERIAL UNCUT.

You have been warned...

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SERIAL (Uncut and extended) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 464 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently lunatic plus nutcase will always equal insane situation no matter what. The book is written by two authors but flows with one cohesive writing style which makes for an easy read but is very captivating. Each of the characters are surprisingly well-developed for such a short book and the end is poetic justice in action. I really enjoyed it.
DDay61 More than 1 year ago
I do recommend the full version over the free download. It is a much improved version and well worth the minimal price. First. This is not a book for everyone. The warnings are real and if you are going to read this be prepared to be shocked and possibly sickened. But really what do you expect when reading about serial killers? They are a little more than New Jersey Housewives or Bad Biker Boys of Tough City. Serials exhibit the epitome of sociopathic behavior and if you find yourself completely comfortable with the characters you should probably seek psychiatric counseling yourself. These guys are the true monsters lurking in society, true evil, and at any given time there are a few out there operating undetected. We all fear them at some level whether for ourselves or our families and the news is always broadcasting another disappearance for us to ponder. This novella allows the reader a glimpse of the insides of their minds and in several stages of development; youth, teen and middle age (none seem to reach the geriatric stage). If you are prone to nightmares or obsessive behavior, if you are violent by nature or hang on to anger for a long time, if you tend to hold grudges: LEAVE THIS BOOK ALONE!!! THIS BOOK IS FOR WELL ADJUSTED ADULTS ONLY. If you take any psychiatric meds (see above). Lastly it goes without saying, don't share it with your teenager. The authors walk a fine line exploring a serial killers twisted behavior without resorting to the pornographic, although they allude to a very real sexual drive found in almost all killers,and still manage to craft a gripping tale. To their credit they are able to show just how these creatures walk among us undetected. I have mixed feelings about humanizing serials; but without those traits they couldn't survive for long in society. Face it, we have managed to make ourselves safe from monsters with long fangs and claws - what is left must by definition be able to hide like a wisp of smoke. This is a truly exceptional story, I gave it four stars only because I reserve five for the shining stars of literature such as War and Peace or To Kill A Mockingbird - certainly this is a bit of cutting edge literature and while the snob crowd may disdain it for content the authors needed to be highly gifted to be even able to work with the subject. As for the people who wished to be able to unread it - have they never heard of closing the book? Reading an entire book and then pronouncing it disgusting? Please...
JLDrevs More than 1 year ago
Serial (Uncut and extended) was a great quick read. It is very disturbing and violent and not for the weak of heart. The book is like a bunch of short stories from the point of view of deranged serial killers of various ages and sexes that are all connected when various serial killers from one part cross paths with other serial murderers from another section. The violence won't haunt you as much as the non blatant violence. There are scenes where your imagination of what a victim is going through is more skin crawling than a stabbing or gunshot. At one point you may even find yourself rooting for one of the killers to succeed. Plop down the $1.99 for the uncut version and not the free edition.
JesseBelle More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but it was too quick and rushed. Could of been better...but a nice quick read.
TheDeeger More than 1 year ago
Yes, this story is graphically violent. However, I don't think the violence was gratuitous. It necessary to establish the twisted and sick nature of the main characters. It's needed because it makes the final throw-down very satisfying. I will definitely keep these writers on my radar.
wolfsbane82 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. The graphic nature of the first chapter was a little disturbing but the last two chapters didn't bother me as much. I thought it was a great "what if?" story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers and doesn't mind some graphic story telling. It was also a short read which I enjoyed.
wjbiii_ny More than 1 year ago
Great read, would probably make a great movie plot. My only complaint is that it's a short... would have been great if it was developed into a full length novel. I especially liked the authors "interview" at the end. Was a really interesting look at their "process," which in my oppinion made it even more interesting.
GermanASahagun More than 1 year ago
The first ebook I have EVER paid full price for on my Nook and I am SO pleased with the purchase! If you have not read the free edition yet don't you dare touch it and just get this book instead. It's not THAT short, but I would have loved it to go longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, graphic, be prepared
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sick but awesome..dare you to read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read; right to the point! Kept me captivated and absolutely no confusion or loose ends like many short stories have! (sorry about the exclamation points; can't find the period!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very short. But free! Makes you think twice about hitch hiking or picking someone up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot of this story is great, it's also short, but really good for a short story. It is somewhat disturbing as well...but really reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little graphic and horrifying but in the end i was freaked out, which is a good thing.
DavidWile More than 1 year ago
Graphic Horror - Graphic Sex Aftter reading this short story, I must admit the horror and sex both made me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps that is what the authors wanted to achieve, but it really was not for me. Reading this story is something akin to going to an execution by electrocution or firing squad, and the whole sex thing becomes embarrassing as well as boring. Best wishes, Dave Wile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable short story, that puts a little spin on the whole 'scary hitchhicker' idea. Would be interested in reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you this book chage my outlook in life. After reading this i bought like every book from the authots and read them all. I laughed at some and had my heart racing at others. I made my friend read these too and now he loves them. We are better friends now. Give this a chance if you like sick phyco thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short story, but I couldn't put it down! Not for the reader who is not familiar with the behaviors of serial killers- this is very descriptive! I enjoyed how the authors took turns writing about two separare characters, and then combining their styles in the last chapter... makes you think- there are sick people out there. Bought 4 books by the authors and have enjoyed them all- I will keep reading their books... simply disturbing, but so worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was really intersting cause everyone is a hichhiker ends up dies. But really good book. I couldn't even put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great dark fiction! Best story idea ive read in a while
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good for a short story.
Sailor_MAA More than 1 year ago
2 lunatics go @each other and finally meet their fates. It is extremely amusing, a very fun ride. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was blunt and bought a different twist to the tales of serial killers. And a bit sweet justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time two years ago. I am not normally one to reread books, but I have read this three or four times. I LOVE IT!!! Be warned, it is a little creppy. :)