Drummer Boy

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On a Blue Ridge Mountain peak, three boys hear the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as "The Jangling Hole," and the wind carries a whispered name.

An old man at the foot of the mountain believes something inside the Hole has been disturbed by a developer's bulldozers. A local reporter is determined to solve the supernatural mysteries that have been shared for generations. Sheriff Frank Littlefield, haunted by past failures, ...

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Overview

On a Blue Ridge Mountain peak, three boys hear the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as "The Jangling Hole," and the wind carries a whispered name.

An old man at the foot of the mountain believes something inside the Hole has been disturbed by a developer's bulldozers. A local reporter is determined to solve the supernatural mysteries that have been shared for generations. Sheriff Frank Littlefield, haunted by past failures, must stand against a public enemy that has no fear of bullets, bars, or justice.

On the eve of a Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a staged battle, but the weekend warriors aren't aware they will soon be fighting an elusive army. A troop of Civil War deserters, trapped in the Hole by a long-ago avalanche, is rising from a dark slumber, and the war is far from over.

And one misfit kid is all that stands between a town and the cold mouth of hell...

From the author of The Red Church and The Skull Ring comes a poignant coming-of-age tale of supernatural mystery and suspense.
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"Always surprising and always entertaining."--Jonathan Maberry, The Dragon Factory

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

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk."--Stewart O'Nan, Boston Noir

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Editorial Reviews

Author - Jonathan Maberry
"Always surprises and always entertains."
Author - J. A. Konrath
"Hang onto your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."
author - Sharyn McCrumb
"Nicholson has moved into that literary shadow land between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman."
Author - Bentley Little
"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."
author - Stewart O'Nan
"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451588491
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Nicholson is the author of 10 novels, including The Red Church, The Skull Ring, Disintegration, and They Hunger. A Writers of the Future grand prize winner and finalist for the Stoker Award, he's also written three story collections and six screenplays. Nicholson works as a journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His Web site is www.hauntedcomputer.com.
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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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  • 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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    Posted December 24, 2010

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    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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