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The Harvest [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Scott Sigler, from a #1 bestselling Kindle author.

An infection that consumes and changes people...

When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a disillusioned tycoon must team up to stop it before the infection spreads.

But with Windshake's annual spring festival coming, the town is full of visitors, unaware of the unnatural menace creeping toward them from the woods...

"Fast paced and always creepy, this is one author that aims to kill and never misses.” – Jeremy Robinson, author of INSTINCT and THRESHOLD

"Hold onto your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."- J.A. Konrath, ORIGIN

"Always surprises and always entertains."- Jonathan Maberry, PATIENT ZERO and ROT & RUIN

"A gallery of fine characters, a remote location, and an alien entity bent on feeding. Nicholson has cooked up a perfect tale from this simple recipe, and the result will fill your dreams."--William Meikle, author of THE INVASION and THE VALLEY

"A fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh. He will not, however, leave you cold."--Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the Dune series
Author's preferred and DRM-free edition of the 2003 paperback "The Harvest." From #1 Kindle bestselling author of 20 paranormal, mystery, and suspense thrillers including LIQUID FEAR, THE RED CHURCH, AS I DIE LYING, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, DISINTEGRATION, and DRUMMER BOY, as well as six story collections, including THE FIRST, GATEWAY DRUG, and ZOMBIE BITS. He's also created the comics GRAVE CONDITIONS and DIRT and the children's books IF I WERE YOUR MONSTER, TOO MANY WITCHES, and DUNCAN THE PUNKIN.

Editorial Reviews


"Scott Nicholson writes with a mixture of H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker."

Product Details

  • File Size: 2186 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626470707
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (March 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041G6LRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a plant just wants to eat...Everything June 5, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Something has crash landed into the Appalachian mountains, just above a tiny one-horse town named Windshake. Wounded and hungry, completely unaware of its surroundings, it begins to feed, needing strength to continue its journey.
Enter the town of Windshake. It's a quiet mountain town, only just beginning to be discovered by developers. It is typically populated with a thin veneer of middle class who overlay the larger collection of dirt poor white trash. Moonshine stills, logging roads, mountain cabins and trailer parks all combine to overcome any real influence from the nearby small University, where Tamara Leon teaches.
She had moved out of the city in order for her husband Robert to take a job at a local yokel radio station, the only job he could find. Bye-bye city life, hello Moose Lodge and Hog Calling. Tamara carries a heavier weight on her shoulders than just moving her family out into the sticks, for she suffers from what she calls "The Gloomies", which is nothing more than a form of ESP.
The second major character is Chester Mull, a crotchety mountain man who's day is filled by drinking moonshine on his porch with his ancient hound dog, at least until the mountain begins to glow a sickly green and his friend Oscar stumbles into his yard looking more plant than man.
Scott Nicholson has done an absolutely tremendous job with this novel, bringing the small town people into fully fleshed reality, and revealing Windshake as a place you can not only see but smell and taste and feel.
The Harvest is one of those stories that is about the entire town, with a few foremost characters leading the hunt for what ails their community. The usual problems seen with books like this are shallow characterizations, which you certainly won't find here.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on an old story September 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This isn't your average "Alien menace" story. Scott Nicholson has a way with people, and it is people, and their hopes and fears, that drive the action here as a menace from the skies takes hold in the countryside around their town.

It's a tale of loss, of sacrifice, and of hope. The alien is suitably alien, and the people behave like real folks would in a crisis situation. Some run and hide. Others step up and find things in themselves they never suspected were there.

Nicholson does a fine job of bringing disparate folk together into a cohesive fighting unit, and it all builds to a nicely done climax.

Keep watching the skies.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLING! September 26, 2003
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Set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Dr. Tamara Leon teaches down at Westridge. She has always had the "gift" of being clairvoyant. She called the darker feelings "the Gloomies". She lived in the little town of Windshake with her husband and two small children. Her marriage is a bit rocky, since her husband HATES hearing anything about the Gloomies. He did not believe in the mess at all. Yet the Gloomies were getting stronger lately. In fact, ever since the weird object fell from the heavens and landed somewhere in the mountains. Things and people began to change. Whatever landed in those mountains was growing and assaulting Tamara's mind in a psychic invasion.
Chester Mull KNEW something was going on! His dog has been turned inside-out, literally! People he used to call "friends" have drastically changed too. Their eyes glowed an eerie green and their skin seemed to be melting.
The zombies sought out other living beings to "convert". Their master, Shu-Shaaa, was hungry and must be fed. It was assimilating itself into the biosystem of the planet, slowing learning and eating everything. As it fed, it searched for the meaning of one set of syllables that seemed to nag at its core. The syllables called "Taa-maaa-raaa."
***** Stephen King and Dean Koontz fans need to sit up and take notice of this talented author. Scott Nicholson has created a new terror that will keep you up late into the night! (Don't say I did not warn you.) Nicholson seems to be destined for fame. Highly recommended reading! *****
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done but derivative August 16, 2004
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After reading Scott Nicholson's first mass-market novel, "The Red Church," I expressed a few minor complaints. I wrote in a review that I found several continuity errors that, while not detracting from the intriguing plot and impressive writing style, did mark Nicholson as a first time novelist. I am pleased to announce that such errors do not appear in "The Harvest," this author's 2003 sophomore effort. Dawn never breaks over the horizon at two divergent periods in time. People don't enter buildings more than once without leaving them in the first place. It's nice to see a technical problems cleared up. I know from my own writing experience, which is way less than anything this writer has had to deal with, that it's tough to work up a piece without errors slipping through the cracks. I've read and reread twenty or thirty page papers for school until my eyes are ready to melt and STILL see errors in them when the professor hands them back. I've even had other people proof my stuff and those little critters still sneak through. So let's give Scott Nicholson a round of applause for ferreting out the sort of incongruities found in "The Red Church."

"The Harvest," set in Windshake, North Carolina, is essentially a reworking of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" liberally soaked in moonshine. An alien creature crash lands up in the Appalachian Mountains, and begins to assimilate a whole cast of wacky, off beat characters. You've got college psychology professor Tamara Leon, a woman with a horrible talent for predicting the future. You've got her radio disc jockey husband Robert, whose flagging career places him at the microphone of Windshake's hick AM radio station. Then there's Chester Mull, an alcoholic hillbilly living up in the mountains with his mangy dog Boomer.
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Published 1 month ago by greg
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The story started out a little slow. Typically not my style of reading. The end held my interest more than the beginning
Published 4 months ago by JACKIE YOST
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Held my interest. A good read.
Published 4 months ago by Judy Paulson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicholson ranks right up there with Koontz, King, and Tufo
The town of Windshake, located in the Appalachian Mountains, has a visitor. It is alien and very hungry! Read more
Published 6 months ago by AudioBookReviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK book
Published 8 months ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
This novel is a well written, finger-nail biting sci fi thriller sure to please fans of the genre. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 9 months ago by LaVinnia Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book.
Another great story by Scott. I got completely immersed in the book and couldn't put it down. I just love stories where you can tune out the world.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good One
Not my favorite Nicholson work but liked it enough to finish in a few sittings. I do love this author...would probably read anything he puts out. Why this one wasn't my favorite? Read more
Published 9 months ago by savsmom
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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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