The Red Church [NOOK Book]

Overview

“Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares.” – Bentley Little

A Stoker Award finalist and alternate selection of the Mystery Guild

THE RED CHURCH
By Scott Nicholson


For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, ...
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The Red Church

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Overview

“Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares.” – Bentley Little

A Stoker Award finalist and alternate selection of the Mystery Guild

THE RED CHURCH
By Scott Nicholson


For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won't stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her.

Sheriff Frank Littlefield hates the red church for a different reason. His little brother died in a freak accident at the church twenty years ago, and now Frank is starting to see his brother's ghost. And the ghost keeps demanding, "Free me." People are dying in Whispering Pines, and the murders coincide with McFall's return.

The Days, the Littlefields, and the McFalls are descendants of the original families that settled the rural Appalachian community. Those old families share a secret of betrayal and guilt, and McFall wants his congregation to prove its faith. Because he believes he is the Second Son of God, and that the cleansing of sin must be done in blood.

"Sacrifice is the currency of God," McFall preaches, and unless Frank and Ronnie stop him, everybody pays.
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Editorial Reviews

author blurb - Stewart O'Nan
"Readers will sense echoes of Stephen King's classic Castle Rock tales in the Red Church, but there's a tasty strain of Lovecraft here, too. Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk."
author blurb - J. A. Konrath
"Better hang onto your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."
author blurb - Jonathan Maberry
"Always surprises and always entertains."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149796281
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books
  • Publication date: 7/17/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 26,541
  • File size: 240 KB

Meet the Author

Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of more than 20 thrillers, including the After post-apocalyptic series, Drummer Boy, The Home, and The Harvest. His website is AuthorScottNicholson.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Bravo!

    This is an excellent debut novel and I hope that Mr. Nicholson will continue to pump out more horror novels (preferrably a few per year!). There are fewer things more terrifying to me than extreme religious fanaticism in all its forms (such as abuse, manipulation, etc.). This book has a good dose of that, mixed in with ghosts and other supernatural elements. The idea of having a haunted church is a very original approach. Great idea. The book is a very scary read. Keep your light on.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Well worth buying. I loved it!

    In the 1860's Reverend Wendell McFall had a church built in Whispering Pines. It was painted red to summon the First Son to defeat the Second Son. When Wendell sacrificed a child his congregation hung him from the rafters of his own sanctuary. .......... The red church stood empty for twenty years. It was going to ruin until Archer McFall purchased it. It was called the Temple of the Two Sons and most of the town's residents quickly joined, as their ancestors had before. The zealous worshipers had no idea that they would be simply pawns and sacrifices as the demonic Archer exercised his revenge! ..... ***** W - O - W! Now here is a novel that will send chills up your spine. I often found myself repelled and attracted at the same time as the grizzly plot unfolded. Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will LOVE this talented author! I am eager for Nicholson's next release. *****

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    WOW!!!

    If you like Frank Peretti, you will love THe Red Church. I could not put this book down and read it so quickly. I was sad it ended. This book can get so far into one's head that you will be looking for a "red church". I had dreams about it. Not nightmares . . just as a charactor in the book. I hope there is a part two. There certainly is room for one. Great read!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Suspenseful, dark, and moving

    I am not exactly a "thriller" or "horror" fan, so when I came across The Red Church by Scott Nicholson I hesitated at first, thinking I probably wouldn't like it. After the first few pages into the book, I realized how limiting and inaccurate such labels really are. To be sure, there is plenty of blood-curdling and scary stuff in the novel. However, there is much more to the book than "blood and gore." A tight, fast-moving plot, vivid, psychologically complex characters that jump off the page and are so real you remember them long after you finish reading the book, and a very accurate depiction of the emotional and mental powers that religious fanatics or new-age gurus can yield over their trusting victims make this book a truly fascinating read. I can only recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Not worth reading

    While the concept was interesting, the writing style and format made the book almost impossible to read. The story jumped from one character to another with no division, sometimes even within the same paragraph. The characters were not well developed and were not really very believable. I think this could have been an interesting story if the author had taken time to actually develop it and make the characters more realistic. This was one of those books that I only kept reading because I hoped it would improve, but it never did.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Incredibly Creative Horror Novel

    I read a lot of horror novels and, in my opinion, Scott Nicholson is one of the best writers currently working in the genre today. If you like Stephen King, Jack Kilborn or John Saul, you'll LOVE Scott Nicholson. I know that's a cliche but it's true. Not only are his books creative, they're not simplistic or plain black and white, there's depth to his creations. So, if you're looking for a great, fun, entertaining and dark-did I mention dark?-read, Scott Nicholson is your guy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Wow.... Nicholson Does it AGAIN!

    RED CHURCH

    This book was absolutely gripping. I loved the plot.... an old town with a dark, dark history. Characters with a pretty horrid past. Revenge. The search for religious "truth". Family dynamics. And alot of scary scenes. Just wait until you meet the character, ARCHER MCFALL. I cringe as I think about him!

    Nicholson is one of the best horror writers out there. His descriptive style is part of his charm. For instance:

    "Only the river mist remained, like the shroud of a final burial"

    "....anticipation in the air as thick as flies on roadkill"

    "Creeks as old as lies, dirt as dark as hopelessness. Stones as cold as the heart of a father...."

    "His laughter echoed through the trees, as deep as the glacier-cut and time-eroded valleys, the human vocal cords vibrating strangely as he threw back his head and chilled the spine of the forest"

    Honestly, I love this guy's style, and have become a big fan.

    I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes "scary". This certainly WAS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    GREAT

    This book is a page turner. It kept me up at night. I love horror, the likes of Stephen King, and he is right there with them. It is am must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    A good, fast read.

    I just didn't like how David can forgive his wife again and take her back, again. Same with the kids. You'd think they would be afraid of her and never trust her again.

    I also can't believe Ronnie forgave Melanie for her betrayal, you know she'll do it again. But it seems these characters liked being victims and it seems David liked having to save his wife over and over again. That I thought was kind of stupid. Same with the Sheriff not wearing a gun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    No

    Couldn't get into it, the characters just didn't seem believable and the religious crap got boring. The characters had no depth at all and the story just didn't hold my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Shit book

    Donot read it sucks like

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Hewn from the same unflinching stock as another of Scott’s

    Hewn from the same unflinching stock as another of Scott’s work’s, The Harvest; and as creepy as The Skull Ring – The Red Church throws Sheriff Littlefield up against painful memories from his youth as he strives to save his rural town from the dark return of Archer McFall, and the nightmares of his message.

    Other townsfolk are not so easily swayed by Archer’s return, and a grim fight to uncover the truth behind the growing power of the Red Church and the evil behind it ensues, climaxing in horrifying revelations and a desperate struggle to keep back the demonic tide that has its sights set on gaining control of the town and its eager souls.

    The Sheriff must put his personal tragedy to rest and help the town see the true face of evil. Crackling with tension and plenty of local colour, this is another great Dark story from the Appalachian backwoods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    The Red Church Rocks!

    This was my first Scott Nicholson novel, and I really enjoyed it. The author is a gifted storyteller, and his style of writing made this story stand out.

    The story of a haunted church and its history unfold from the perspective of a handful of wonderfully drawn characters. Some are afraid of the church, its past, its legend, and the recent murders surrounding it. Other characters are followers of a charismatic preacher, intent on reopening the church and gathering up the old congregation so that a new chapter can be added to its dreadful past.

    No single character stands out as the "main" character, but they all have a distinctive perspective, along with unique fears based on their personal history with the church and the legend that surrounds it.

    Smart, fast, and frightening, the Red Church was a great read. I'm happy to be a new fan of Scott Nicholson and will check out his other titles.

    Donnie Light, author of Dark Justice, Ripper's Row and The Hotel California

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    It was....okay.

    Very slow to start and bounced around a bit. Glad I got it free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Kind of Junior High

    I'm not much for monsters and that made this book less absorbing than it might have been if the Author stuck to the Cult storyline and skipped the boogeyman.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    very good

    This was one free book that I really enjoyed reading.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    good book but.......

    One minute I really liked it, the next I wasn't sure. It seemed almost like a book for tween boys in some parts, but then it would pull me back in. But I liked it enough to read more by the author

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A thrilling read

    I never write reviews, but this book deserves one. The Red Church is well written and kept my interest throughout the entire book. Characters are believable and real, each with a history that helps explain why they act they way they do. Nicholson has perfectly captured the children in this book, having them act and speak exactly as children would, even when you, as the reader, wants to scream at them to stop doing something so foolish.

    If you have a book club that is willing to read things besides Oprah's latest books, this would be a great one! There's tons of things to discuss - why do characters act they way they do, how does the church and its congregation fit into the town, how do "outsiders" view the church members, what has happened in the past that makes the current state of affairs acceptable, etc. Some horror, but nothing too bad (and I'm a total wuss when it comes to horror!).

    Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    very interesting!

    The writer creates a different view, which collides with simple religious views by god-fearing folks. Gives you an inside view of how a cult could even exist. For imigination and creativity, i would give this book thumbs up.

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