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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    A superb supernatural ride!

    Scott Nicholson is an author I learned about this year when I interviewed him for The Skull Ring. I'm not exactly sure why I chose Drummer Boy as my first Scott Nicholson novel - he has quite a repertoire to choose from - but it was an excellent place to start.

    I haven't read much in the horror/supernatural realm in a long time. I used to read a LOT of Stephen King when I was younger. When King lost his edge, I more or less moved on to other genres - mostly fantasy and scifi. And after that I never really returned.

    That has just changed.

    Drummer Boy is one of those novels that creeps back into your thoughts long after reading it - in particular, the "Jangling Hole" and the darkness that lies within it. There's a realism to this story that's reminiscent of some of King's earlier work that I once loved. Not the graphic scenes of violence which I don't have much of a stomach for, but rather supernatural elements that have just enough reality in them to make you turn the lights on at night when you're alone. It's the kind of horror that reaches into the deep places where nightmares lurk and make them surface. This is my kind of fright.

    With Nicholson, you are in the hands of a master - a brilliant writer that portrays a gritty reality to his characters. They're flawed in one manner or another, but you can't help but empathize with their predicaments, especially Vernon Ray. I had quite a personal connection with this particular character - a reluctant hero who shows great resilience considering the harsh environment he's grown up in.

    I think one of the greatest strengths of this writer is the complexities so well weaved into these characters. They live a life you would want to very quickly remove yourself from, yet at the same time you can't help but be fascinated with them.

    Nicholson also references, what I suspect, are some events from The Red Church. This will likely be the next book of Nicholson's that I pick up. I'm also very tempted by The Skull Ring. Tough call!

    All in all, I have to say I'm so pleased to have rediscovered my love of horror through Nicholson. This is a name you should be adding to your TBR list. He's on mine!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    It ok

    It's ok - ehh

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    Dummer Boy is the second in a series following The Red Church.

    Dummer Boy is the second in a series following The Red Church. The setting is in Titusville – somewhere on the Appalachian Mountain Ridge. This area is deeply committed to its historic past of battles during the Civil War. Residents of this town are poor and stereo-typical back hills redneck types. The story centers around the civil war and it’s victims of long ago who still can be found near the Jangling Hole.

    Several people have fallen victim to the Jangling Hole and it’s spirit inhabitants. The Hole is stirred up when the mountain is slated to be a huge housing development. The spirits manifest and visit several residents who have ties to the long dead men. Within these residents is a young boy – Vernon Ray Davis who does not belong in the world of his father (although he longs for it) and does not belong in the world of the Jangling Hole residents.

    Vernon Ray Davis and his friends have multiple encounters with these spirits but ultimately, no one can save Vernon. He is faced with joining a world whose inhabitants have accepted him and given him what he has longed for – respect, and a coveted role of drummer boy or continue in the world where his father mocks and openly hates him. the jangling hole and it’s residents resonant with the rat-a-tat of the snare drum from the dead drummer boy who needs to be replaced.

    Officer Littlefield who was predominant in the first book – The Red Church – is not as involved as he is always a day late and a dollar short.

    The book had some harsh language but given the demographic it is written about, it only makes it more realistic. The plot and characters were well developed and believable.

    The narrator, Milton Bagby did an excellent job of reading the book. He spoke clearly and concisely.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

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    fast-paced and creepy

    Titusville, NC is home to a number of Civil War reenacters, since it was the center of a conflict during which a number of soldiers ¿ from both sides ¿ deserted and ended up teaming together and creating Kirk¿s Raiders, a group who robbed and raped their away across the area. They were finally stopped when they were discovered holed up in a cave on Mulatto Mountain and walled in. To this day, the so-called Jangling Hole where Kirk¿s Raiders were supposedly killed is considered to be haunted. However, strange things are starting to happen in Titusville ¿ people are seeing strange people, dressed in the rags of Civil War uniforms. And Frank Littlefield is terribly afraid that there is about to be a repeat of the events in Whispering Pines that ended up leaving many people ¿ including his chief deputy Sheila Storey ¿ dead or missing. Are the ghosts of Kirk¿s Raiders rising up? If so, what is their purpose?

    Like the first book in the Frank Littlefield series, ¿Red Church,¿ Nicholson keeps the tension up and the scares plentiful in this paranormal suspense/horror novel that centers around a small town in North Carolina. His descriptions of the area are amazing and make the reader see the Blue Ridge mountains in vivid color. His characters are individually created to a degree where you feel you really know them, and I personally was so sad about who ended up losing in the end (read it to find out to whom I refer!). If you enjoy a book full of thrills, chills, action and fear, you should love Scott Nicholson¿s books, including this one.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    Awesome Ghost Story!!

    I don't usually write reviews but after this book I had to. This book kept me locked in and I couldn't put it down. Through the entire book I felt like I was right there in the story. You have to read the first one in this series before this one. The Red Church. It's excellent as a standalone but several times in the story it makes mention of something from the first one. Can't say enough about this book. Best ghost story ever! Reminds me of Koontz or early Stephen King. Don't pass this one up!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

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    ghostly tale

    I read Scott Nicholson's "The Red Church" and saw "Drummer Boy" had a character from that book. I'm glad I tried it because this one is just as great! If you like Appalachian MOuntain legends with a modern twist, do yourself a favor and march with the drummer boy.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Very Scary

    I loved this book very scary couldn't put it down

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