The Red Church Paperback – 10 Mar 2010
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"A wonderful storyteller, he is at the top of his game in The Red Church." -- Author Sharyn McCrumb
"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." -- Author Bentley Little
"Readers will sense echoes of Stephen King's classic 'Castle Rock' tales, but there's a tasty strain of Lovecraft here, too." -- Author Stewart O'Nan
"Scott Nicholson writes with a mixture of Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft and Manly Wade Wellman." -- Author Kevin J. Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
To me, this a novel about faith, as the main characters try to make sense of the odd events around the rural Appalachian community of Whispering Pines. There's also a love story, a mystery, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. The story was inspired by locla legends surrounding an actual church near my home. I hope readers will get a sense of the mountain region in which I live and write, as well as experience a few thrills. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Nicholson has a knack of inviting you right into the very world in which his characters live and making you believe you really are involved. The narrative is punchy and evocative and the characters very well written. I truly felt as though I too was caught up in a very scary plot. The tension builds palpably as you are swept along on a tide of real horror. But at the same time you feel great empathy for the beautifully drawn characters.
Almost poetic in parts but with a fast-paced plot that will have you anxious to know what happens upon every turn of the page, if you like King and Koontz, welcome to the next best thing!
This is a compelling read. Any story set in a place cut off or set apart, as this small mountain community is, has a feeling of claustrophobia which greatly adds to the horror. It occupies a familiar niche within the horror genre but it does it very well. I was on edge to the end to see what would happen and there were some shocks along the way. A great read for horror fans.
The flow of the story also works well, with key events from various times in the past providing the foundations of the show down. There's a good blend of perspectives from the core characters, almost too good and that ditracts from them a little. That's a minor gripe though as they fit together well.
My only other issue is that the ending felt a bit abrupt considering the build up and also a little convenient in how it comes together. The journey to that point is fantastic though and the author has a real talent for crafting his words. On more than a few occasions I paused to re-read a line or a paragraph.
Overall it's an excellent horror read with decent pacing and well written prose. One worth checking out for fans of the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book Review: The Red Church
by Scott Nicholson
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
This was purchased as part of a trilogy set, but I am splitting the reviews between... Read more
An excellent read that takes many supernatural twists and turned. You never know what to expect next! Who is the hero? Ronnie, Sheriff Littlefield or David Day? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Markie D
I think someone else said that if you like Stephen King you will like this. I agree. A really good supernatural horror that doesn't drip with gore. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Cholmondley Warner
Is it just me? I usually enjoy horror stories, but this did not quite do it for me. I know everyone is in raptures about Scott Nicholson as a writer, but he does not IMO even... Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by DJW13
LOVE this story. Very Stephen King. LOVE the imagery, dialogue and goosebumps it gives me. Alot of biblical imagery matched with horror. Finishes it in two days.Published on 22 May 2013 by NO
excellent service as always, arrived well packaged and on time no problems at all, thank you very much in deedPublished on 22 April 2013 by maria fitzpatrick