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Ethereal Messenger: Three Novels [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares." -Bentley Little

An omnibus edition of three supernatural novels by bestselling author Scott Nicholson. DRM-free.

THE RED CHURCH: A young boy and a sheriff must solve the mystery of a haunted Appalachian church after a strange preacher returns to town. A 2002 Stoker Award finalist.

DRUMMER BOY: One misfit kid is all that stands between a mountain town and a chilling supernatural force when the past and the present collide.

SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD: A paranormal conference at the Blue Ridge Mountain's most haunted hotel goes haywire when ghost hunters accidentally stir up demons.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the #1 Kindle bestseller in mystery and suspense, DISINTEGRATION. Other titles include THE SKULL RING, FOREVER NEVER ENDS, BURIAL TO FOLLOW, and AS I DIE LYING. He's also released the paranormal romance series OCTOBER GIRLS and, with J.R. Rain, the urban fantasy CURSED!, as well as six story collections. Visit him at Author Central.

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  • File Size: 3747 KB
  • Print Length: 746 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This One's a Steal February 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I own all three of these books individually and when I saw they were compiled into one omnibus edition I became quite jealous. I wish this one had been available when I first started reading Nicholson's work. THE RED CHURCH was my introduction to Nicholson and I've been a fan ever since. DRUMMER BOY is the follow-up to THE RED CHURCH and tells the story of a young man trying to fit in. SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD is the story of a ghost-hunting conference that goes terribly wrong.

If you enjoy stories that are well-written, chilling at times, and actually focus on the story rather than shock-value, then check out Nicholson's work. His writing is atmospheric and with these stories set in the mountains of North Carolina, I immediately fell in love with them. This is a great bargain, three books for less than the price of your average mass-market paperback. Don't miss this collection!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Bundling Hits Another Homerun March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Nicholson is one of those authors whose novels I read no matter what the genre or subject. He also has a knack for bundling his books into collections for just about every taste. This is an excellent bargain. I gave all these books 5 stars individually, so I guess I'd have to give this particular collection 15, were it available.

The Red Church is rated 4 stars out of 122 reviews and is one of his most highly-acclaimed thrillers. Set in a small Appalachian town, it features Sheriff Littlefield, who is a recurring character; and describes the struggle of a young boy with his faith and a rather out of the ordinary church.

Drummer Boy is rated 4.5 stars from 43 reviews and is another of the Sheriff Littlefield series - a supernatural thriller set in same Appalachian town.

Finally, Speed Dating with the Dead is 4.5 stars out of 45 reviews, and is a humorous ghost story set in an old Appalachian hotel. Extremely entertaining.

This is yet another one of Scott's omnibus editions that is an unbelievable value for many, many hours of enjoyable and frightening entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening good March 20, 2012
By Chandra
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If you enjoy goosebumps hair raising stories, these are the books for you. I found them frightening good, and I do mean frightening. The books "speed dating with the dead" and " the red church" scared me so much I only would read them in the daytime. Maybe you are braver then me and maybe you won't find them as scary, but they really spooked me. The book "drummer boy" wasn't as scary but it was interesting and compelling. It also had some sad parts in it. Excellent reads, thoroughly enjoyed the books. Well done. I give them A++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of storytelling May 30, 2012
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That's right: storytelling. That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's why most of us read books; we want to be transported into a different place and time. The Red Church does exactly that, which is praise in itself. You're taken by the story, you "admit" it as a form of truth, in other words the suspension of disbelief is at work. So you want to know what's going to happen, the suspense plays with your nerves and you're even scared at times. But that's not the whole point. All the characters in the story either become storytellers or storytellees (don't know whether that word exists, though...) themselves...
And that type of construction in art always wins me over. It' modern, even post-modern, as it places the narrative in a kind of mise en abyme: there's a story inside the story. There's even a bunch of stories inside the story. There's even a "Storie" inside the story: yeah, the woman investigating the case (the story...) is aptly named like that. And I also like it when onomastics are used in a clever way, and when an author doesn't just name his hero Mike or John or Steve for no reason whatsoever. It's also very interesting to have more than just one narrator, as it gives you access to more than just one point of view. It's always a way to tell you that you don't have to believe everyone. Hell, you're even allowed not to believe a single one. All this might be nothing more than a yarn...
A story can be more than just a story, then. It can be a ghost story, a legend passed from one generation to the next. It can be a myth regarded as truth. And it can be religion itself. Think of the title of the book: The Red Church. Of course there's a paradox to be found here, red symbolising evil, and church being, well... Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Come True! March 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful bundle, gang. I'm tickled to see 3 of my favorites grouped together. The Red Church is one of the creepiest novels that Mr. Nicholson has released. I highly recommend anything that this writer puts out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ebook February 3, 2014
By Beverly
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I love that I can get free books for my Kindle. I haven't read it yet, but it sounded interesting and i hope one day to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reads June 5, 2013
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Captivated me immediately and kept me entertained and interested throughout the whole series. I would recommend this series to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it May 25, 2013
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The first one in the series could have been a stand alone. The next two fed off each other more and I really enjoyed the last two.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of fun.
Not the kind of thing I usually read, and clearly aimed at teenagers, but I actually enjoyed reading these.
Published 8 months ago by Peter Scully
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to Par For Scott
The Red Church & Speed Rating the Dead weren't too bad, but Drummer Boy was just plain un-interesting. Even the first two didn't meet Scoot Nicholson's usual standard. Read more
Published on April 29, 2013 by Blair Shinn
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome collection for an awesome price!
Scott Nicholson is probably one of the best horror writers working in the field today. If you've read anything of his, you've experienced his gift for storytelling. Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Benjamin K. Ethridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary
These books are very scary and really make you think. The first story twists and turns with a great surprise ending. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by jrshorse
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
The collection didn't meet my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it was okay, just not as great as the awards and reviews led me to believe. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by M. Kyser
1.0 out of 5 stars Etheral Messenger
I only rec'd part of Speed Dating the Dead and none of Dummer Boy, but I did enjoy The Red Church. The part of Speed Dating was good, but not all of it downloaded to my kindle.
Published on May 21, 2012 by GAB155
5.0 out of 5 stars A new author and world.
I've always had my favorite authors, tried and true you might say, but since I've bought my Kindle I've decided to try a few new authors whose books have been put at a fantastic... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by Kathy HL
1.0 out of 5 stars I haven't read it yet
I got this book confused with another book that I got from Amazon. I haven't read this book yet. So I am unable to rate this book at this time.
Published on May 6, 2012 by Lilbit729
4.0 out of 5 stars New author for me
I bought this based on reviews and I am pleasantly please. The first book was a bit difficult to get into. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by MedicMaria
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I believe the writer only creates half the story, and that you complete it by bringing your imagination, experience, and heart to the tale. I am happy to share the journey with you.

I've written more than 20 novels, about 80 short stories, four children's books, some comic books, screenplays, and a couple of non-fiction books, as well as five collaborations with J.R. Rain. Many of my tales are based on supernatural legends from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and I also write mystery and suspense thrillers that are most often compared to the work of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

I've also published Liquid Fear and Chronic Fear with Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and McFall with 47North, as well as a number of audiobooks and foreign translations. I love hearing from you, because you're the reason I do this, so let's connect! Learn more about my work at

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