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Posted November 14, 2010
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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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!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.