Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Review: Drummer Boy by Scott Nicholson

What I Thought:
Very cool book! It was mix of horror, contemporary, and historical that really worked well together. The author managed to create that weird small town that seems normal until you start looking into it's dark corners.

The idea of haunting by Civil War soldiers is not a new concept but Scott puts a great spin on things. While I won't say to much about that...I REALLY like what he did.
The character's were definitely interesting. From the police, to the re-enactors, to the rag-tag group of teenage friends; they all added some great elements to the story.
I enjoyed it myself and look forward to reading more of the author's work. I have "The Skull Ring" for review and I'm hoping to get my hands on the "Red Church" which is mentioned in this book. My interest in Scott Nicholson's work has been peaked!

About The Book:
(from author's website)
On a Blue Ridge Mountain peak, three boys hear the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as "The Jangling Hole," and the wind carries a whispered name.

An old man at the foot of the mountain believes something inside the Hole has been disturbed by a developer's bulldozers. A local reporter is determined to solve the supernatural mysteries that have been shared for generations. Sheriff Frank Littlefield, haunted by past failures, must stand against a public enemy that has no fear of bullets, bars, or justice.

On the eve of a Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a staged battle, but the weekend warriors aren't aware they will soon be fighting an elusive army. A troop of Civil War deserters, trapped in the Hole by a long-ago avalanche, is rising from a dark slumber, and the war is far from over.

And one misfit kid is all that stands between a town and the cold mouth of hell...

About The Author:

Boone, NC, author Scott Nicholson has published seven novels, 60 short stories, poetry, and non-fiction magazine articles, and has written six screenplays. As a newspaper reporter, he's won three North Carolina Press Association awards. He's had the usual collection of odd jobs: dishwasher, carpenter, painter, musician, baseball card dealer, and radio announcer. Now he haphazardly trades words for magic beans and uses "haphazardly" as often as possible.


Nicholson’s first novel The Red Church, inspired by legends surrounding a haunted Appalachian church near his home, was a Stoker Award finalist and an alternate selection of the Mystery Guild. The Harvest is an alien infection tale that’s an allegory for the development of the mountains. The Manor is set at a haunted artists’ retreat in the Appalachian Mountains. The Home was inspired by the death of a child at a nearby group home for troubled children, informed by Nicholson's own forgettable childhood. It's uccrently in film developent. The Farm is based on the little farm community where he moved in 2004 and became a serious organic gardener and libertarian. They Hunger--well, let's just say it contains three sex scenes, pseudo-vampires, and the phrase "You got a purty mouth." Next up are The Skull Ring and the story collections Ashes and Flowers, along with the comic book series Grave Conditions. Scott enters the UK field with his books The First and The Red Church in 2010, and Spanish and Polish versions of The Red Church will be published in 2011. Read more here.

Visit Scott's website and learn more about him, his books, and where you can purchase them!

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