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Drummer Boy: A Supernatural Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
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A thriller from the international bestselling author of McFALL and THE RED CHURCH. One misfit kid is all that stands between an Appalachian Mountain town and a chilling supernatural force.

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes." - Bentley Little, The Haunted

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk." - Stewart O'Nan, A Face in the Crowd

DRUMMER BOY: A Supernatural Thriller

On an Appalachian Mountain ridge, young Vernon Ray Davis hears the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as “The Jangling Hole,” and the wind carries a whispered name. According to legend, the Hole is home to a group of Civil War soldiers buried by a long-ago avalanche. Everyone, especially Vernon Ray's dad, laughs at him...because he's different.

On the eve of an annual Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a mock battle. But inside the Hole, disturbed spirits are rising from their dark slumber, and one of them is heading home.

And Vernon Ray stands between the battle lines of the living and the dead, caught between a world where he doesn't a belong and world from which he can never return...


Scott Nicholson is author of the AFTER series, THE HOME, LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION, CREATIVE SPIRIT, THE SKULL RING, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, and many more thrillers.

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Rot And Ruin
"He has entered a literary shadow land between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman."--Sharyn McCrumb, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

"Scott Nicholson understands that the best horror novels achieve primal fear through a combination of sustained atmosphere, richly drawn characters, and believable if uncanny evils that draw unholy power from everyday lives."--Christopher Ransom, author of The Birthing House

"A master of atmospheric suspense." --Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling novelist


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3496 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F77EP4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,143 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 www.AuthorScottNicholson.com, or sign up for my occasional newsletter at http://eepurl.com/tOE89.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Drummer For The Home Guard 23 Nov. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
150 years ago a band of rogue Civil War soldiers, the Home Guard, operated in a small town in the North Carolina mountains. Their leader, Colonel Kirk, ruled with an iron fist and tolerated no deserters. Now it is modern times and there is an area on Mulatto Mountain called the Jangling Hole, where people go at their own peril. The Jangling Hole is said to be haunted--by Col. Kirk and his men. Meanwhile, a land developer has bought up most of the mountain and is bulldozing it to build homesites. Perhaps this is what has disturbed the ghosts. At any rate, they soon become all too real, appearing to many of the town's residents and even killing some of them. Three boys are the main characters, though the story is also told from the point of view of some of the boys' parents and other adults.

The suspense slowly mounts as unfolding events become spooky and then dangerous. The boys try to figure out what's happening and soon two of them--Bobby and V-Ray--keep running across the evil colonel. The boys are brave, but it becomes apparent that the Colonel needs a new drummer boy.

The book is a page turner, especially the final few scenes. The writing is first rate and the well-drawn characters will have you shaking your head and saying you're sure you know these guys--some of them anyway.

I don't read a lot of horror, but Drummer Boy was recommended to me by a friend. I'm glad I followed his advice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky tension 10 July 2012
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The second Sheriff Littlefield adventure - Drummer Boy focuses on a pair of youths and their encounters with the mysterious and foreboding Jangling Hole, scene of a desperate retreat during the Civil War. Now one of those long-dead soldiers wants to return home, and their leader needs a replacement.

Vernon Ray is confused by his hormones, and his place in his group of peers. His best friend Bobby is beset by his own family issues, and a growing sense of unease and mystery draws them both to the alarming incidents near the hole. The events will be the making of the both of them, and young men grow up quickly when confronted by ghosts.

Together with the town's relentless reporter, the hesitant and time-worn Littlefield, and the descendants of the lone escapee from the Hole, we see a 150 year old drama unfold in spooky wisps of tension as they battle to keep the Hole from claiming any more souls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drummer Boy 7 Oct. 2012
By Ann Rae
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well Mr Nicholson, way to go to scare a girl, lol. Seriously, Scott Nicholson just gets better and better as I read on, I am a recent convert to this author, but no looking back. Seriously on the edge of my seat, shouting out in alarm. I read for escapism, the old tried and tested method is reading, and no disappointment here. He pulls you in amongst the characters and the stories and leaves you wanting more. Cannot recommend this book, or his others, enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Yarn 23 Oct. 2012
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My first book by this Author.

I was impressed with the cast of characters and their depth. They reminded me of Stephen King's creations and he's one of my all time favorite writers.

The story line grips you instantly and you remain rooting for the people in the book till the gripping climax.

Good stuff!
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