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The Skull Ring: A Mystery Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
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Book Description

Julia Stone's past comes creeping back when she discovers a strange silver ring, and three men want to help her--but choosing the wrong one could cost not only her heart but her soul.


Dr. Pamela Forrest is determined to bring Julia's memories to the surface, hoping to heal Julia's panic disorder. The therapist keeps returning Julia to a night twenty-three years ago when Julia was four. A night of hooded figures, strange chants, pain, and blood. The night her father disappeared from the face of the earth.

But the line between the past and the present begins to blur when Julia finds a silver skull ring that bears the name "Judas Stone." Someone is leaving strange messages inside her house, even though the door is locked. The handyman, who has a key, spends a lot of time in the woods behind her house. Her boyfriend Mitchell becomes distant and violent. And the cop who investigated her father's disappearance has followed her to the small Appalachian town of Elkwood.

Now she has a head full of memories, but she doesn't know which are real and which are the creations of Dr. Forrest. The shadows of Julia's panic are growing larger and darker. But succumbing to madness seems safer than heeding the whispers that claim ownership of her body and soul.

Revised November 2010. DRM-free. A romantic psychological thriller from the bestselling Kindle author of LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION, CRIME BEAT, THE RED CHURCH, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, and DRUMMER BOY. Visit Scott Nicholson's blog at Author Central on Amazon.

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"A wonderful storyteller."-Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, The Dragon Factory

"The Skull Ring creates unforgettable settings and characters. Nicholson weaves together fear and hope, cloaking his readers in palpable suspense."--Eric Wilson, NY Times best-selling Christian suspense novelist

"Scott Nicholson is a terrific writer. Like Stephen King, he has an eye and ear for the rhythms of rural America, and like King he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes. This guy's the real deal.."--Bentley Little, His Father's Son

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."--J.A. Konrath, author of Shaken

"A chilling, suspense-filled psychological thriller." --Vicki Tyley, Thin Blood

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About the Author

Scott Nicholson is the author of twenty novels, including THE RED CHURCH, DRUMMER BOY, and McFALL. He's written more than 60 short stories and has released the collections ASHES, FLOWERS, and THE FIRST, as well as the comic series DIRT and DREAMBOAT. A member of International Thriller Writers, he works as a journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His Web site is

Product Details

  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907190902
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003980ELA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Skull Ring" is a fire and brimstone rush February 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
After surviving a horrible physical and emotional trauma, journalist Julia Stone flees the big city for a new job in the bucolic surroundings of the rural mountain town of Elkwood, North Carolina. There, with the aid of therapist, Dr. Pamela Forrest, Julia literally begins to confront her past demons and the crippling paranoia that plagues her. During these intense therapeutic sessions with Dr. Forrest, dormant memories from Julia's subconscious begin to resurface--memories that hold secrets that not only threaten Julia's sanity, but her very life.

Scott Nicholson is the author of The Red Church, They Hunger, Burial To Follow, and several other wildly captivating novels. A slick, pro-writer with a bent for moody, suspenseful tales set in the Appalachian environs of North America, Nicholson knows how to get under the skin of his characters, and thus, the reader's. In his latest venture into the backwoods, Nicholson has created one hell of a unique heroine in the guise of Julia Stone. While as plucky and resourceful a protagonist as a reader could hope for, she is also terribly burdened and deeply flawed--which makes it all the easier to embrace and root for her.

Whether you're a fan of dark fiction, thrillers, mysteries, the occult, or just damn fine writing, The Skull Ring is a fire and brimstone rush.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me first start by saying that I feel really badly giving a poor review to a book that doesn't have many reviews to begin with. I don't take pleasure in hurting an indie author's overall review but I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book. I'll try to give my reasons without giving away any spoilers though for those who haven't read it yet.

First, and by far my biggest gripe with this book, is the mass amounts of errors. I'm not sure if it's just the Kindle version or if it extends to the print version as well but this was a very frustrating read for me. This book is rife with incorrect words and spelling errors such as "met" instead of "meet" and "her" instead of "here". There are many instances of words that are just missing altogether as well. There really is no excuse for errors such as these that would be so easy to correct with just a couple read throughs by an editor or even some friends and family. The biggest annoyance of errors however was when the main character was having lunch at her neighbor's house for the first time. An entire page was repeated two pages after it had already been written. Not just a couple sentences but the ENTIRE page. Not only does something like that completely break you out of the reading experience but it's another example of an error that could've easily been noticed by anyone who bothered to proof read it.

My second problem with this book was the main character herself. If you've ever watched 80's horror movies and screamed for the person to "look out because the killer is behind you" or "don't throw the gun away just because the killer isn't there" then you'll have issue with this book's protagonist. Her actions are so incredibly asinine because in real life nobody would ever react the way she does.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale full of suspense February 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Nicholson changes things up a bit in his latest offering, THE SKULL RING. This novel is a suspense story set in the mountains of North Carolina about a young lady named Julia Stone. Julia is searching for clues to her past, who she is, what happened to her, and what happened to her dad. Julia lives in a near constant state of fear and finds it hard to trust others. The one person she does trust is her doctor, Dr. Forrest. As they delve deeper into Julia's past, the more "skeletons" come out of Julia's closet. The closer she comes to the truth, the less sure Julia is that she can handle it. It may come down to a matter of life or death for her.

Nicholson never relents as he takes the reader into Julia Stone's world. There are the feelings of fear, dread, and anxiety throughout this novel. Nicholson's masterly descriptive writing style creates a chilling tale set in a beautiful locale and pulls you into the story. You don't want to miss this one by Nicholson; he demonstrates his ability to branch out into other genres in a tremendous way with this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed a walk outside my standard books March 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not traditionally a suspense/horror reader. The author of this book contacted me to see if I would like to review the book after finding my blog. I am always up for something different so I agreed.

The opening of the book is classic suspense. I was on the edge of my seat. The main character is scared to death of being alone in her home, because of past events and the author did a great job giving what seems to be unrational fears real life and meaning. This is a suspense, through most of the book, you are not sure if the main character is deluded or someone really is out to get her.

At one point, I was reading late at night (while sitting on my bathroom floor between bouts of sickness-stomach virus) and kept wanting to read more, but being a bit too creeped out to keep reading. Eventually I changed books because I wanted to try to get some sleep that night.

If you like suspense, and don't mind discussion of ritual satanic worship (not overly violent or bloody) this was a good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...It's okay
I enjoyed this story but I had difficulty latching on and I am not quite sure why. I am surprised by this as I enjoy anything that involves cults or psychology. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loopy Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another Scott Nicholson great book! He's the best!
Published 5 months ago by Sandra M. Stimpson
5.0 out of 5 stars All are great! "The Skull Ring" was very suspenseful
I did not discover Scott Nicholson's books until early 2013 when he spoke at the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts conference. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Truth Seeker
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 11 months ago by Mary
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This is one of over 100 free ebooks I felt compelled to download the first month I had my Kindle. So many books, this one included, sounded so good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
it was great. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it, until I was finished. Awesome book.. I would recommend it to everyone.
Published 20 months ago by Pamela Cornacchione
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read!
If you are interested in the occult, this book is one you will want to read. Money, madness , greed, murder, and sacrifice all wrapped up in this story.
Published 21 months ago by Jerald Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book
I enjoyed reading this book regardless of some of the lesser ratings. We all have different taste and beliefs and this book did not offend me at all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson
I loved this book. It kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next and who was the real "Creep" or "boogie man". Read more
Published on April 30, 2013 by Maryjane Omeara
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love this story,Try to guess the ending.
I really enjoyed this book, I really like stories about ghosts and hauntings and other things like that so this was a great storie. I truly enjoy Scott icholsons books. enjoy.
Published on April 18, 2013 by June Savard
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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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