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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace; Reprint edition (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145150702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451507027
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,829,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This big, fat slice of American Gothic has been haunting my Kindle for the past few nights. It's one of those `can't wait to get into bed and read' books. Remember when you were young, and you'd be walking home, but when you got to that house, you know, the haunted one, you'd run hell for leather until you were safely clear? Well the eponymous Red Church takes its place alongside old Hughie Marsten's house and the Overlook Hotel as somewhere you want to avoid. Ronnie Day, the young hero of the story, tries his best to steer clear of it, terrified as he is by tales of the Bell Monster and the creepy old hell and brimstone preacher who was found dangling on the end of a rope there. But it always seems to pull him in. It draws in other well crafted and believable characters, too. Sheriff Littlefield, who's haunted by the death of his young brother at...well, you know. Ronnie's parents, for different reasons, are dragged into the church's creepy clutches. Most terrifyingly of all, it becomes home to the new preacher, Archer McFall - a marvelously malevolent character, like Barlow & Straker combined. I'm unable to resist dropping in clumsy Stephen King references because that's who this tale reminds me of. That's not to say this is just a pastiche. Far from it. Scott Nicholson captures the best of early King - that wonderfully considered, slow build of character and plot that sends the hairs rising. Yet he adds his own distinct and original style. To go any further would be to risk stepping into plot-spoiler territory. And this is certainly a tale that you'll enjoy discovering on your own. Or, on second thoughts, maybe it's best if you have someone with you.
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Scott Nicholson's The Red Church is fast paced, scary, and damn good fun... everything a good horror novel should be. It's also more than that. It's insightful, thoughtful and sometimes downright poetic. The tale of a search for meaning, and the meaning of faith resonated with this lapsed Church of Scotland reader, and got me thinking about things I hadn't considered since my own teenage years. Scott's skillful use of several viewpoint characters, each with their own take on what is happening, only tightens the tension. I read this on the Kindle version, but I need to seek out a hard copy. This one's a keeper
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By Me on 28 Sept. 2011
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I was impressed with the story for quite a while, but it got a little bit silly for me, and I found the ending a little bit abrupt, and somewhat of a let-down. I do have a very open mind and enjoy far-fetched plots, but this one was a bit much. That said, I find Scott's style of writing very enjoyable and easy to imagine. If I can picture being in the scenario myself, I'd consider that brilliant writing, and this author does achieve this. I've purchased a few more of his, as I want to give him another read and see how I get on.
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Having seen a lot of Scott Nicholson's books available at a rock-bottom price, I downloaded them all purely based on reviews. I'm so glad I did now I've read my first one- the joy at knowing I still have many books to read by this author is something I've not felt since I first discovered Stephen King!

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!
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2015
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I really enjoyed this creepy story set in the US farming community of whispering Pines. The Red Church is now no longer used for worship but as a storage area for hay bales. Then a local man returns from California after twenty years away to open it again to an uncomfortable style of religion with midnight services and some dubious activities. The sheriff is riddled with guilt over his little brother's death years ago and the great grandfather of the new incumbent is still seen to haunt the graveyard - the hung preacher is a local legend. The local 'old blood' families are being preyed on and young Ronnie Day is in danger of being the next.

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.
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I like a decent horror story and this is a good one. The bare bones of the story is a familiar one of ancient evil pitted against a few locals.While at the core it might seem familiar there are enough nuances and ideas to make it feel fresh. I especially liked the idea of the two sons - it's a nice twist on the antichrist.

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.
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