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Gateway Drug [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson , Tim Lebbon , Shane Jiraiya Cummings
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After the first hit, there's no turning back. Ten tales of murder, mayhem, madness, and dark magic from a #1 bestselling author. A man finds that fast cars and fast women don't mix. An artist uses very special tools to convey his passion. A rebellious teen will make any sacrifice for rock stardom. A mother finds a new role in a post-apocalyptic world.

Gateway Drug. It leads to more dangerous things.

Features "Hounds of Love, "Sung Li," and other tales from the pages of Cemetery Dance, The Book of All Flesh, and more, along with the afterword "One Sick Puppy." Bonus contributions from British horror master Tim Lebbon and mult-award-winning Australian dark fantasy writer Shane Jiraiya Cummings. DRM-free.
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Scott Nicholson is author of 13 novels, including The Red Church, Disintegration, As I Die Lying, Speed Dating with the Dead, Forever Never Ends, Drummer Boy, and The Skull Ring, as well as the novellas Transparent Lovers, Crime Beat, and Burial to Follow. His collections include Curtains, Ashes, Flowers, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Head Cases. He's also created the children's book If I Were Your Monster and the comics Dirt and Grave Conditions.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1967 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIGMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,329 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not surprised October 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I came here to write a review and saw that the only reviews already here had given this book five stars.
Why am I not surprised?
I've read a few of Scott Nicholson's stories and I love the way he writes, but to have a collection of
them that kept me moving from page to page with hardly a pause in between, has been
a true delight.
I'm in the Halloween spirit after reading these stories dealing with death in every form you can imagine.
I have to say my favorite is "Sung Li", the story of a doll that sits in a cabinet of curios, and this has
nothing to do with the fact that my late husband was Asian:)
His short, short, "One Sick Puppy", explains his writings and increases my desire to wish I could meet
him in person.
Add to this the bonus of "The Cutting Room" by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and "Black" by Tim Lebon
and you'll have some enjoyable reading if you enjoy this genre.
You certainly can't beat the low cost of Scott's books. Give them a try; you won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! October 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott never ceases to amaze me!! I love his books and his creative imagination! This is a collection of 10 stories that will give you that little shiver up your spine... Each story gets you right from the beginning and sucks you right in!! The stories are short and I found myself so hooked I couldn't put them down. I kept reading just one more. Just one more. Next thing I knew I was done! I have become a huge fan of Scott's writing and look forward to reading more of his work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another assemblage of the creepy and disturbing January 18, 2012
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No need to go into how much I like Scott Nicholson's writing so I'll go to the highlights:

In the Family--
Dark story about not wanting to let something go

The Cutting Room--
This is just one of those make your skin crawl stories about the supernatural. One of the longest in the book and probably one of the best. Have to keep my eye out for Shane Jiraiya Cummings' other works.

Sung Li--
Possessed china doll? Or a kid making up a story? Creepy. Nuff said.

The Devil's Doormen--
The most twisted in the bunch. It's so twisted some of it is almost funny...only it isn't because it's too disturbing

I liked the other stories as well, except for Black which I found to be meandering and rather pointless quite frankly...but it's still worth the price of admission to read the other ones in this collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected something different. May 31, 2013
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While I am a big fan of horror books and movies, I found these short stories to be uninteresting or repetitive. I don't usually like short stories such as these, but thought I would give it a try, as I have read other writings by this author and really enjoyed them. However, not being one to easily give up on any book, I couldn't wait to finish this and remove it from my Kindle device. Very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of short stories by Scott Nicholson! February 7, 2014
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I've just recently came across Scott and his work, and almost everything I've read prior to this was set in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, and always gave you (at least a bit) of a warm-fuzzy feeling while reading. This story collection breaks that mold LOL! There are some very twisted stories in this collection! And I don't make that statement in a mean way. This was a real page-turner for me (though I did read it on a Kindle ;-) Take Scott's amazing stories, add in a couple stories by other authors, and this collection is a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read February 1, 2014
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Quite often I like reading short stories and I think this set is a good introduction to Scott's work. Of course there are a couple of other stories by other authors that seem to be just as twisted as he is. There are a lot good bits of the gory and macabre throughout. I really found it rather entertaining and many of the endings weren't what I expected. I'll give the author kudos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories April 15, 2013
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This was another great collection by Scott Nicholson. Very edgy and dangerous, where all horror should be. Scott's stories always linger, and sometimes not fully understood untill pondered awhile, great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than Stephen King August 19, 2014
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Honestly, I think pound-for-pound, story-for-story Nicholson is a better horror writer than Stephen King. I'm a huge King fan—the very last person in the world to trash talk him—but the stories in Gateway Drug turned me into an even bigger Nicholson fan. The way Nicholson uses language is mesmerizing and his stories vary from hilariously sick (sickly hilarious?) to heartbreaking. The stories by Tim Lebbon and Shane Jiraiya Cummings definitely held their own, but Nicholson's were by far my favorite. "Hounds of Love" may have damaged my heart irreparably.

If you're even a little interested in horror—and not the pretty paranormal fluff that sometimes passes itself off as horror these days—then Gateway Drug really will get you hooked on Scott Nicholson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gateway Drug
A collection of creepy tales. Things that go bump in the night at friendly by comparison. Monster creatures coexist with supernatural imaginings. Read with the lights on.
Published 2 months ago by ItsWindy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I just didn't like it.
Published 2 months ago by Kay Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is well written and has a very good plot. I really enjoyed reading this book, it keep my interest during the whole book.
Published 5 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Gateway to Horror
It's often difficult to assign a rating to a short story collection, especially one like Scott Nicholson's "Gateway Drug. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Silver Screen Videos
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story collection
This collection of short stories could be labeled as horror or thriller or something in between those two. They are dark and often disturbing. They are also well written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Guy with Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars some gems here
Pretty darn good spooky stories here. Plus, it was free. You can't beat that!
Published 7 months ago by B. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect mix of stories to creep you out.
This collection is innovative in its creepiness. Some of the endings are completely unexpected, which make the stories even more delightful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of stories
This is a great collection of short stories, I especially enjoyed Scott's afterword, One Sick Puppy,I, too, have unfortunately referred to him as writing in the horror genre, but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by reads too much
2.0 out of 5 stars gets worse and worse
I was very disappointed in this book. Each story got progressively worse. Just seemed like a bunch of poorly written nonsense to me.
Published 16 months ago by A. Sotelo
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