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Gateway Drug by [Nicholson, Scott, Lebbon, Tim, Cummings, Shane Jiraiya]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2134 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIGMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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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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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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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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I actually know Scott Nicholson -- run into him and his daughter at the grocery store and things like that -- and Gateway Drug still managed to surprise me. This is a collection of dark stories brewed right here in the mountains of western North Carolina by one of our areas most prolific teller of fantastical tales. I won't go into a story-by-story critique of the book. I will say that Scott Nicholson mixes a gallows humor with his macabre tales. And just when you think to yourself "Surely he won't go there", he does. And then finds another door and opens that one, too. Those are, in fact, my favorites. The ones that make you say "Oh, no he didn't ... but he did." Most of these tales utilize supernatural elements, but they seem unique to the area, and that's just fine. This collection is a great introduction to Mr Nicholson (his Gateway Drug, heh heh heh). You'll probably be able to sleep with all the lights off after finishing this fun collection. But you'll never look at electric guitars the same way again.
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It's often difficult to assign a rating to a short story collection, especially one like Scott Nicholson's "Gateway Drug." Nicholson and two other authors spin ten tales of horror having widely varying styles, and the results are definitely a mixed bag. However, at his best, Nicholson provides some rather gruesomely enjoyable entertainment.

The collection starts well and ends well, but wobbles a bit in the middle. The worst story in the collection is actually by one of the guest authors, Tim Lebbon. "Black," by Lebbon is a rambling, sometimes nearly incoherent novelette about a mass killer and a woman he meets who wants to inflict a supernatural punishment on him for his crimes. The story is about twice as long as it needs to be and a real chore to wade through. A couple of Nicholson's own stories are also somewhat weak, but at least they are a good bit shorter.

Fortunately, most of the stories in the book are quite good. Some of them have story lines styled after "Tales from the Crypt." in which evil doers get their comeuppance in a bizarre manner. Nicholson gets off to a good start with "Timing Chains of the Heart," a story in which a hit-and-run driver's victim returns to accompany him on his future travels. It's familiar territory but very cleverly done because Nicholson uses automobile similes and metaphors in nearly every paragraph to describe what's going on ("her bones rattled like lug nuts in a hubcap"). Another tongue-in-cheek tale is "The Devil's Doormen" in which a college-age slacker whose only ambition in life is being lead singer/guitarist in a heavy metal band discovers just what Satanic lengths his mother will go to in order to make his dream come true.

One of the better stories in the collection has no supernatural elements at all.
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