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Speed Dating with the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
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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.

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  • 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: #289,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 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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35 of 35 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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13 of 13 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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8 of 8 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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21 of 25 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Scary! September 16, 2010
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An Ok Story, But Didn't Seem To Know If It Was Meant To Be Serious Or...
At the beginning, I wasn't sure if this was going to be tongue in cheek or serious horror. The story was interesting enough to keep me going, but the characters seemed to bounce... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris L.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow excellent
Immediately got some more of his writing. Very well done story. Easily at the level of koontz and king, etc.
Published 3 months ago by deidri deane
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story with no dating
Fun ghost story with demons and plenty to make you jump. My one complaint is the title. What does the title of this book have to do with the story? Nothing. Its a ghost story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brett Grossmann
5.0 out of 5 stars rocking book
Nicholson does it again. Hard book to put down
Published 5 months ago by Larry B. Taylor
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wished I never got it. story has nothing to ...
Wished I never got it.story has nothing to do with the title gave up after the third chapter.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is a very entertaining story. Though I did think there was not a lot of depth to the characters, I enjoyed reading it.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I had to force feed myself!
Dry and long winded horror story!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Can't wait to read more from Scott !!!
Published 6 months 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
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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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