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Speed Dating with the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and James Herbert. A paranormal conference at the most haunted hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains goes haywire when ghost hunters accidentally stir up demons.


When Digger Wilson brings his paranormal team Spirit Seekers International to the White Horse Inn, he is skeptical that his dead wife will keep her half of the bargain. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and just before she died, she promised to meet him there.

But when one of the conference guests channels a mysterious presence and an Ouija board spells out a pet phrase known only to Digger and his wife, his convictions are challenged.

And when guests start to disappear, Digger and his daughter Kendra must face the circle of demons that view the hotel as their personal playground. Because soon the inn will be closing for good, angels can’t be trusted, and demons don’t like to play alone . . .

Scott Nicholson is the author of bestselling thriller, mystery, and supernatural novels THE RED CHURCH, DRUMMER BOY, DISINTEGRATION, THE SKULL RING, AS I DIE LYING, and BURIAL TO FOLLOW, as well as the story collections THE FIRST, ASHES, GATEWAY DRUG, and FLOWERS. You can visit him at Author Central

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"Scott Nicholson is the kind of writer who always thrills and always entertains." --Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

"Scott Nicholson understands that the best horror novels achieve primal fear through a combination of sustained atmosphere, richly drawn characters, and believable if uncanny evils that draw unholy power from everyday lives." --Christopher Ransom, author of the international bestseller, The Birthing House

"A master of atmospheric suspense." --Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling novelist

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk."--Stewart O'Nan, Boston Noir

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares."--Bentley Little, His Father's Son

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."-- J.A. Konrath / Jack Kilborn

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About the Author

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, five story collections, six screenplays, and four comics series. His first novel THE RED CHURCH was a Stoker Award finalist. Much of his work is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where he works as a freelance editor and journalist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1679 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second Scott Nicholson novel I've read. If you ask me, Scott's got a great way with words. His voice is hilarious and perpetually creative. What's nice about this is that no matter what story he's telling, I can enjoy it for the writing itself.

This one is kind of a ghost/horror story, but because the cast of characters was so wonderfully quirky, I found it to be at least as humorous as it was scary--and I think that's a good thing. It was fast-paced and fun, and the suspense kept me glued to the pages. I found it to be a great read and I recommend it.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun ghost story! August 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished "Speed Dating for the Dead" and had a great time. The story centers on a paranormal conference in an old hotel in the Appalachians.

There were lots of great, unique characters, and every angle of ghost hunting was explored--the techies with all their ghost-hunting equipment; the physicist determined to show that the conference is a hoax; the questionable psychics who provide entertainment.

There's also the showmanship of Digger Wilson, who organizes such conferences in haunted hotels (and sometimes "haunted" hotels) around the country. His teenage daughter is just sick of being dragged from one creepy hotel to another.

Best of all: the conference guests, all of them trying out-psychic, out-"I-saw-a-ghost!" each other.

There were some good scary scenes, too, especially in the basement and attic.

In a weird way, this reminded me of the movie "Clue," in that Clue was like a classic locked-room mystery, but of course the filmmakers knew all the established cliches and tropes and would twist and have fun with them. Speed Dating with the Dead is like that--on one level a classic ghost story, on another level a fresh and unique variation on what you expect from such a story.

I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Hotel July 5, 2011
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Very entertaining, plot driven ghost thriller with a great setting and many well-drawn, likebale characters. Pimped out second helping for fans of The Shining.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great March 20, 2011
By ChanceJ
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I liked the setting for this story. The old hotel reminded me of an old hotel that we live by that gives ghost tours. Except the hotel I live by is well kept up and beautiful. This book could have been really good if it would have stayed a ghost story. But instead it ends up that it is mostly demons that the story is about. So you get the gory, blobs, smelly, etc. that goes along with stories like this. Kind of boring, and not very scary. The first half of the book is good, then it goes downhill. I skimmed through most of it untill I got to the end. I am getting ready to read another book by Scott Nicholson, if this one doesnt come through, I am done with him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, Fun and Easy Read April 26, 2012
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Overall rating: 3.5 stars

Speed Dating with the Dead is a story which, in my opinion, is slightly reminiscent of The Shining. You have your hotel in a secluded location, although this one is no where near as "stately." You have your characters in which you love, your absolutely whacked characters, and those whom you hate. You have your ghosts in the hallways and your demons in the basement.

Nicholsons character development in this book is great and is what really makes this story. There is Digger, the screwed-up, non-believing, father who is hosting the paranormal weekend event at the hotel; Kendra, the pencil toting teenage daughter who is used to being the parent; Cody, the electronics guru; The Roach, who believes God speaks to him; the strange hotel workers and several others (including the ghost hunters and non-believers). I loved Kendra, especially her wittiness.

The ghost story part of the book is slightly predictable yet it is still just creepy enough to make you pay attention to those bumps in the night - haunted basements, attics and rooms; men throwing themselves out windows; strange children; demon possession and death.

The story flows smoothly - until the ending. The ending hits you fast and is over quickly. After reading the last few chapters, twice, I'm still not sure that I understand the connection of Beth, Kendra, Margaret, the demons and the hotel. This is my biggest complaint with this book - I didn't understand what it was all really about (which would explain my overall star rating).

All in all, Scott Nicholsons style of story telling delivers again and I would recommend for anyone who enjoys a fun read of a ghost story with a touch of gory mixed in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Scary! September 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! I <3 Scott Nicholson. Here I go thinking that I am going to read a "normal" ghost story, forgetting that when you are reading a Scott Nicholson book there is no normal to gauge against. I hadn't read the description before I started. I just jumped right on in.

I actually got up as I was reading to come out and get a glass of water and kind of did a little dance as I was reading and walking past my husband. Scary scary! What's scary scary? my husband asked. This book is scary scary. I say it in all of my reviews, and I'll say it again, in my opinion Scott is up there with the greats, King, Koontz, Cook. He scares that pants off of me and I LOVE it!

This book is based at a paranormal conference in the Appalachian Mountains at a hotel that sells itself on being haunted. Funny how the manager of the hotel works to give this illusion, when in reality this place is loaded with things you don't want to bump into ever. Digger had made a promise to his wife both on their honeymoon and on her death bed that he would meet her back at the White Horse. Here he is, will she be there? And if she is there, will she be good? or evil?

No spoilers here people. Read the book!

Like his other books, Scott brings in so many interesting characters that play an integral role in the book, Kendra - Digger and Beth's daughter, Cody, Roach, different members of the conference, some who are full on believers, others who are skeptics to the highest degree.

On my definitely recommended to read list! If you are like me and love the paranormal, love ghosts, spirits, all of that, or if you like horror books, or if you just want something different to read, this is an excellent book to grab!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Can't wait to read more from Scott !!!
Published 2 days ago by Ricky Lanier
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I've Read in 2014, and I read a lot of bad books.
This came in a bundle of Kindle horror books and the title interested me so I gave it a shot. Utter crap. There wasn't one redeeming quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
I really liked this book. It was well written and it was very hard to put down. I would recommend it to others.
Published 3 months ago by Cathy Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars Speed Dating with the Dead
With so many paranormal programs to be found on TV's today you have virtual menus to any or all things supernatural. You have the choice of what to believe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
this is one great novel. easy to read and understand. it is addicting and the story was fabulously entertaining. highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome haunting ghost story!
What an awesome haunting ghost story! I'm a big fan of Scott Nicholson's, but Speed Dating With The Dead really kicked it up a notch! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frank Pero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read on Demions and ghosts
This is a good story with interesting characters that you can relate too, both the good and bad ones. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas E. Ramsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Very good read, especially for people interested in ghost hunting shows on television. Great characters, creepy ghost kids! Everything Scott Nicholson writes is great! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard P. Dominguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Scott Nicholson's speed dating with the dead may make him this...
Scott Nicholson has written a rather intriguing ghost story. The title alone is what got me to click on the icon and buy the kindle book version. Speed dating with the dead. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Corkasaurus
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, funny and dangerous.
Another sensational read from an author that just keeps getting better. I love the way that Scott sets the scene but allows the reader to fill in the blanks. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tubby
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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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