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Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
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"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."--JA Konrath/Jack Kilborn, author of Origin and Endurance


A collection of six supernatural stories by bestselling Kindle author Scott Nicholson, including "Homecoming," "The Three-Dollar Corpse" and "She Climbs a Winding Stair."

From the author of THE RED CHURCH, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION, DRUMMER BOY, and the collections FLOWERS, CURTAINS, and THE FIRST, these stories visit haunted islands, disturbed families, and forgotten pasts as Nicholson serves up chills, thrills, ghosts stories, and paranormal fantasy. Collected from the pages of Cemetery Dance Magazine, The Book of Dark Wisdom, Black Static, and more.

Exclusive introduction by Jonathan Maberry, author of THE DRAGON FACTORY and GHOST ROAD BLUES. The afterword explores the origins of the stories. Visit Scott Nicholson at Author Central.

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathon Maberry, The Dragon Factory

"Nicholson's Southern Gothic stories are beautiful, at times lyrical, and all the more eerie for it."--Steven Savile, Silver

"Lovecraft may have invented cosmic horror, but Nicholson brings it up close and personal."--Deborah Leblanc, Water Witch

"Scott Nicholson is a terrific writer. Like Stephen King, he has an eye and ear for the rhythms of rural America, and like King, he knows how to summon serious scares."--Bentley Little, His Father's Son

"He has moved into that literary shadowland between Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury."--Sharyn McCrumb, the Ballad novels

"Scott Nicholson writes with a mixture of H.P. Lovecraft, Manly Wade Wellman, and Clive Barker."--Kevin J. Anderson, Saga of the Seven Suns

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (10 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037263Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am author of 20 thrillers and horror novels, as well as the AFTER post-apocalyptic series and the SOLOM supernatural series.

I've also written seven story collections, six screenplays, four comics, and, as a failed musician, a few hundred songs. I'm also a freelance editor, gardener, and guitar player when I'm not writing or feeding the dogs.

I live in the Appalachian Mountains of the US, in a little holler where the government doesn't exist. Learn more at, or sign up for my occasional newsletter at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee break reads 11 Nov 2013
By Wendy
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I have over 30 books on my kindle by Scott Nicholson this being A for Ashes I started this one first. The 6 short stories are long enough to give an understanding of the story. This is an 80 page book but on reading it finishes at around 50% the remaining 50% gives a list of each of Scott's books with around 6 lines describing each one. To be honest I wouldn't pay almost £2.00 for this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Book Packed with Ghosts 20 Feb 2011
By Steve - Published on
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Ashes is a book of ghosts, twelve short stories that almost all center around some interaction between the living and the dead. Ashes is a quick and decent read (especially for $1), consisting of twelve fairly short stories that vary in quality. These stories are not particularly scary - but they are haunting, contemplative, and generally very sad. In the afterward, Nicholson reveals that he wrote many of these stories while going through some tough times in his personal life, and it's pretty obvious from the subject matter.

I usually find it useful to give a quick rundown of each story in a collection, so here we go:

Homecoming - A farmer is visited by the ghost of his dead son, one last chance to say goodbye. Very reflective and haunting, one of the better stories in the collection.

Haunted - A family tries to keep the ghosts haunting their house a secret from their daughter. Decent twist ending, one of the highlights of this collection.

The Christening - A woman in a bad situation delivers her baby. Weird story, didn't resonate with me.

She Climbs a Winding Stair - A journalist visits a deserted island to write a story, and finds something unexpected. Solid story.

Must See to Appreciate - Interesting twist on the typical haunted house story.

Silver Run - Ghost-on-ghost jealousy/love. Didn't have a big payoff for me.

The Three-Dollar Corpse - A miserable Civil War prisoner camp sets the scene. Cool setting, straightforward ghost story.

The Night is an Ally - This story is about German soldiers slaughtering Jews during World War II. Very tough to read.

The Rocking Chair - Very creepy story about an adulteress, a haunted rocking chair, and a grandmother. Figure out which of those three is the creepiest!

Invisible Bullets - Ghostly vengeance. Not much more to say about this one.

The Endless Bivouac - An alternate telling of 'The Three-Dollar Corpse', and definitely the stronger and more interesting of the two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of Fun, Hair Rasing Tales 20 April 2010
By Frederick Nocito - Published on
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In this collection, Scott Nicholson provides a good mixture of creepy, suspenseful, and thrilling tales. In this collection, you will meet...

- A funeral home owner who takes his job just a little too seriously.

- A snoopy journalist who begins to dig too deeply for his own good.

- An imaginary friend with a love of dangerous games.

- A man who finds much more than he bargained for when he explores a deserted island.

These, and many more will lead you on a journey through a desolate landscape of nightmares.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collection 26 Jun 2010
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a great read! i bought this book thinking it would be great for those times when i didnt have enough time to read much but still wanted a quick story. i was wrong! i couldnt put it down and have now purchased another nicholson book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review from someone NOT associated with the author 16 April 2010
By M. L. Sanders - Published on
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While the price wars and general whining are going on with Kindle book prices. I'm looking to bargains for my reading jones. Thank you Scott Nicholson for putting Ashes here for $0.99.

There are great stories in here, some of course better than others, but for the price of admission, they are all worth it. I like short stories because I can finish one or two during my lunch break.

Favorites so far: "Murdermouth" and "Watermelon" I haven't finished the book yet, but really liking what I read. I will definately buy the others.

Great fun and prickly goosebumps.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror - as it should be 12 July 2011
By OzNoir - Published on
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`Ashes' is a collection of 6 tales of horror packed with thrills and chills accompanied by a fantastic essay exploring horror as it is perceived within the film and publishing industries. Written by Jonathan Maberry, this introduction spoke of the slow distillation of the genre by which slasher and thriller films/stories taint/dilute the brand and served as the perfect entree to the pure horror stories penned by Scott Nicholson. `Ashes' kicks off with `Homecoming' a spooky and heartfelt ghost story where a farmer's son (along with other sprits) returns from the dead for one conversation. The next, `Haunted' - surreal and suspenseful, full of dread and awkward wonder in which the inhabitants of a once burnt out home are haunted by the people who fell victim to the flames. `The Christening' tells the short tale of abandoned mother to be in isolation both in geographically and emotionally who is haunted by an unusual spirit on a farm - so well defined and atmospheric that I could smell the drew on the cool grass amongst the farm backdrop. `She Climbs a Winding Stair' is a ghost story (see the reoccurring theme here?) of a beauty lost at seas who comes ashore seeking souls to accompany her in the murky ocean depths. Set amongst a ghost story isolated on an inhibited island, this was by far the best story in the collection. Rounding out the collection `Must See to Appreciate' is real-estate horror which throws in a moment of horror before an abrupt end, and `Three Dollar Corpse' which, much like `...Winding Stair' is a favourite of the collection set in a civil war prison camp where inmates make a living by burying the dead and scavenging their possessions. All in all a very solid collection sure to entertain and scare the reader just enough to keep things interesting - 3.5 stars.
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