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Ethereal Messenger: Three Novels Kindle Edition

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"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares." -Bentley Little

An omnibus edition of three supernatural novels by bestselling author Scott Nicholson. DRM-free.

THE RED CHURCH: A young boy and a sheriff must solve the mystery of a haunted Appalachian church after a strange preacher returns to town. A 2002 Stoker Award finalist.

DRUMMER BOY: One misfit kid is all that stands between a mountain town and a chilling supernatural force when the past and the present collide.

SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD: A paranormal conference at the Blue Ridge Mountain's most haunted hotel goes haywire when ghost hunters accidentally stir up demons.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the #1 Kindle bestseller in mystery and suspense, DISINTEGRATION. Other titles include THE SKULL RING, FOREVER NEVER ENDS, BURIAL TO FOLLOW, and AS I DIE LYING. He's also released the paranormal romance series OCTOBER GIRLS and, with J.R. Rain, the urban fantasy CURSED!, as well as six story collections. Visit him at Author Central.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3747 KB
  • Print Length: 746 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (Jan. 18 2014)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0d66744) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d302f4) out of 5 stars This One's a Steal Feb. 3 2011
By Bookhound - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I own all three of these books individually and when I saw they were compiled into one omnibus edition I became quite jealous. I wish this one had been available when I first started reading Nicholson's work. THE RED CHURCH was my introduction to Nicholson and I've been a fan ever since. DRUMMER BOY is the follow-up to THE RED CHURCH and tells the story of a young man trying to fit in. SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD is the story of a ghost-hunting conference that goes terribly wrong.

If you enjoy stories that are well-written, chilling at times, and actually focus on the story rather than shock-value, then check out Nicholson's work. His writing is atmospheric and with these stories set in the mountains of North Carolina, I immediately fell in love with them. This is a great bargain, three books for less than the price of your average mass-market paperback. Don't miss this collection!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d7681c) out of 5 stars The King of Bundling Hits Another Homerun March 9 2012
By K. Gardner - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Scott Nicholson is one of those authors whose novels I read no matter what the genre or subject. He also has a knack for bundling his books into collections for just about every taste. This is an excellent bargain. I gave all these books 5 stars individually, so I guess I'd have to give this particular collection 15, were it available.

The Red Church is rated 4 stars out of 122 reviews and is one of his most highly-acclaimed thrillers. Set in a small Appalachian town, it features Sheriff Littlefield, who is a recurring character; and describes the struggle of a young boy with his faith and a rather out of the ordinary church.

Drummer Boy is rated 4.5 stars from 43 reviews and is another of the Sheriff Littlefield series - a supernatural thriller set in same Appalachian town.

Finally, Speed Dating with the Dead is 4.5 stars out of 45 reviews, and is a humorous ghost story set in an old Appalachian hotel. Extremely entertaining.

This is yet another one of Scott's omnibus editions that is an unbelievable value for many, many hours of enjoyable and frightening entertainment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d76cf0) out of 5 stars Frightening good March 20 2012
By Chandra - Published on
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If you enjoy goosebumps hair raising stories, these are the books for you. I found them frightening good, and I do mean frightening. The books "speed dating with the dead" and " the red church" scared me so much I only would read them in the daytime. Maybe you are braver then me and maybe you won't find them as scary, but they really spooked me. The book "drummer boy" wasn't as scary but it was interesting and compelling. It also had some sad parts in it. Excellent reads, thoroughly enjoyed the books. Well done. I give them A++
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d7566c) out of 5 stars The art of storytelling May 30 2012
By Max Zaoui - Published on
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That's right: storytelling. That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's why most of us read books; we want to be transported into a different place and time. The Red Church does exactly that, which is praise in itself. You're taken by the story, you "admit" it as a form of truth, in other words the suspension of disbelief is at work. So you want to know what's going to happen, the suspense plays with your nerves and you're even scared at times. But that's not the whole point. All the characters in the story either become storytellers or storytellees (don't know whether that word exists, though...) themselves...
And that type of construction in art always wins me over. It' modern, even post-modern, as it places the narrative in a kind of mise en abyme: there's a story inside the story. There's even a bunch of stories inside the story. There's even a "Storie" inside the story: yeah, the woman investigating the case (the story...) is aptly named like that. And I also like it when onomastics are used in a clever way, and when an author doesn't just name his hero Mike or John or Steve for no reason whatsoever. It's also very interesting to have more than just one narrator, as it gives you access to more than just one point of view. It's always a way to tell you that you don't have to believe everyone. Hell, you're even allowed not to believe a single one. All this might be nothing more than a yarn...
A story can be more than just a story, then. It can be a ghost story, a legend passed from one generation to the next. It can be a myth regarded as truth. And it can be religion itself. Think of the title of the book: The Red Church. Of course there's a paradox to be found here, red symbolising evil, and church being, well... Church. The people listening to stories having a mythical or religious status can be led to act in a defined way.
A ghost story can frighten you out of frequenting a certain area or certain people. When it becomes myth it can lead you to harm or even kill someone, whether he's really guilty or just a scapegoat. In The Red Church the power of words is omnipresent in this way.
In the secluded and rural area where the narrative unfolds, old family names perdure and one is feared, as it's tied to the legend of the Red Church. Once again, the choice of name is relevant: they're the McFalls. During the American Civil War in the 1860s, it was a reverend McFall who painted the church red and started claiming he had visions. The symbolical "fall" of the place dates back to that era. Fear, resentment and rejection date back to that moment, when a demented man started telling stories, which triggered violent acts, which led following generations to tell what had happened... Just like a loop, everything is connected and keeps coming back: the stories, the names, the horrors...
At one point in the story, David mutters a silent prayer for another victim. Among other things, he says "The Devil spins a mighty good yarn." I don't know whether Mr. Nicholson is a devil, but I say he spins a mighty good yarn too with Red Church.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d76da4) out of 5 stars A Dream Come True! March 10 2012
By No No Nanette - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful bundle, gang. I'm tickled to see 3 of my favorites grouped together. The Red Church is one of the creepiest novels that Mr. Nicholson has released. I highly recommend anything that this writer puts out!