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Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037263Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book Packed with Ghosts February 19, 2011
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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.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of Fun, Hair Rasing Tales April 19, 2010
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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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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collection June 25, 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review from someone NOT associated with the author April 16, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror - as it should be July 11, 2011
By OzNoir
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Spirit June 5, 2011
By JDora
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After a long introduction about the downfall of the horror novel, how few horror stories they are left, and how this book had "real, haunting horror", I was preparing myself for a collection of really stellar, frightening short stories, and instead I got... well, while none of them are what I would call poorly written, they also aren't what I would call particularly memorable or scary in the slightest. Nearly every story herein is some sort of ghost story, but it's less "The Grudge" and more "here are some ghosts, they have some unfinished business, but they're trapped, sorta, and that's sad I guess?" It should be said, naturally, that horror is entirely subjective, and what one person finds scary another will find boring, but all of the stories within Ashes don't actually seem to be trying to be scary, unless all of the writers have some sort of different definition of the word than I do.

The problem with most of them is that they seem to lack any real point... there is rarely any sort of resolution, usually only a sort of token conflict, and most of them just kind of peter out with an "oh well" sort of vibe. One story, revolving around a pregnant woman abandoned on a farm, actually felt pointless, confusing, and downright silly to the point where I actually went back over it to see if I was missing something, or if a few pages had stuck together. Ashes makes for an entertaining read if you're looking to pass the time and relax for a few minutes, but there isn't much substance here, ghostly or otherwise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of stories
Each story is different from the other. The endings sometimes are quicker than you may like, but very interesting and surprising.
Published 15 days ago by dwitt
4.0 out of 5 stars great
products are pretty good, so I love them and I would recommend them to someone else who wants to get them.
Published 2 months ago by yoel osquil
4.0 out of 5 stars Ashes
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars, is because it's short stories. I never INTENTIONALY buy short stories, I love novels. Read more
Published 8 months ago by West Tx. Woman
1.0 out of 5 stars no clue
I really have no clue about this so called order i have never ordered this nor have i ever received this order so i really can not rate it
Published 9 months ago by Timothy Clarey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written.
I try to stay away from short story collections, they usually lack in any real character development given their length. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gary l.
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy ghosts!
This was a good collection of horror stories. Actually, I considered them more of a creepy kind of ghost story instead of terrifying horror. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cynthia Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
I only paid $1.99 for this book on my Kindle and there's one story here ("Haunted") which was well worth that investment (and by far my favorite story in the collection). Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted ideas
He had good ideas and the stories statehood but they never went any where. They just dropped off and they were way to short . It was a loss of time and money.
Published 13 months ago by krkikr
1.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo BAD!!
I was a big fan of Stephen King in his early days and this book made me want to never read horro again unless it was King. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Golden Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly good!
This is a great book of books...keeps you thinking. I know better than to read these types of books before bed, but I love to cuddle up scared on these cold winter nights... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lynn Baird
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Questions from Readers for Scott Nicholson

Love your work! I recently read the After series. Do you have a guestimate of when Milepost 291 will be available?
Bonanza43 asked Oct 30, 2013
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Hey Boinanza, sorry for the delay, I am working on After 3 right now--when it comes out depends on a couple of things but I am hoping by January or February. Thanks for your support!

Scott Nicholson answered Nov 13, 2013

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