The Skull Ring

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Julia Stone is piecing together childhood memories of the night her father vanished, but when she discovers a strange silver ring bearing the inscription "Judas Stone," she becomes the target of a sinister cult.

The local handyman offers to help, but he has his own shadowy past. Julia's therapist can't be trusted, and even the police seem to be against her. And the closer she gets to the truth, the louder the whispers that claim her body and ...

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Overview

Julia Stone is piecing together childhood memories of the night her father vanished, but when she discovers a strange silver ring bearing the inscription "Judas Stone," she becomes the target of a sinister cult.

The local handyman offers to help, but he has his own shadowy past. Julia's therapist can't be trusted, and even the police seem to be against her. And the closer she gets to the truth, the louder the whispers that claim her body and soul...

From the author of THE RED CHURCH, THEY HUNGER, and DRUMMER BOY comes a psychological thriller that explores a journey of mystery, romance, and faith.

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Editorial Reviews

Author - Eric Wilson
"The Skull Ring creates unforgettable settings and characters. Nicholson weaves together fear and hope, cloaking his readers in palpable suspense."
Author - Vicki Tyley
"A chilling, suspense-filled psychological thriller."
Author - J. A. Konrath
"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."
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. My advice? Buy everything he writes. This guy's the real deal."
Author - Sharyn McCrumb
"A wonderful storyteller."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907190902
  • Publisher: Ghostwriter Publications/Haunted Computer Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Nicholson is the author of twenty novels, including THE RED CHURCH, DRUMMER BOY, and McFALL. He's written more than 60 short stories and has released the collections ASHES, FLOWERS, and THE FIRST, as well as the comic series DIRT and DREAMBOAT. A member of International Thriller Writers, he works as a journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His Web site is www.AuthorScottNicholson.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    great heroine and nice twists

    This was a thrilling journey with a few surprises and a fresh heroine--though Julia is a little weak and vulnerable, she eventually stands up to the forces that have kept her helpless. I hope she comes back in another book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    Taut and chilling, The Skull Ring summons the very best of thril

    Taut and chilling, The Skull Ring summons the very best of thrilling scares as you follow Julia on a journey into the darkest corners of her memory.

    Beset by trauma, the disappearance of her Father, and the mysterious coincidences that spring up in her new life far away from the heaving Metropolis of fear, Julia is drawn further into a healing process with her new Therapist. We see the past come to life in all its violent terror, and the paranoia that accompanies each new acquaintance as she attempts to readjust to living again.
    A harrowing set of circumstances that bring the second half of the book into sharp focus sets you off on a disturbing race through the gathering of clues, the piecing together of Julia’s fragmented memory, and on a climax bristling with ambition, power and insanity. Friends and lovers are not what they seem, and even Julia’s own mind threatens to turn on her.

    Yet again, a star turn from Mr Nicholson that mixes the thorough examination of psychological reasoning with the terrors we let grow in the dark recesses of our psyche.. The backwoods of Appalachia will never be safe again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    CREEP-Y !

    I don't usually read books from this genre but the book's description and the fact that was a Lend Me book caused me to give it a try. The book was very absorbing and I was surprised that I had a hard time putting it down. The main character's confusion about what was real and what was not kept the story from becoming predictable.There were lots of twists and turns that kept the suspense going until almost the very end. Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!

    The last like two hundred pages were of a different book but Skull Ring was absolutly the most amazimg novel I have ever read!! I was actually scared to read this in the dark at some points but it was awesome >.< I would recco.end this book to anyone who likes horror stories. I LOVE THIS BOOK >.< !!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

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    Fantastic and freaky!

    Julia Stone¿s father disappeared when she was four and was never found. She spent time in a series of foster homes and finally was adopted. When she was in high school, she met Mitchell, and after college she became engaged to him. But that¿s when things started to fall apart ¿ she started to have panic attacks, becoming nervous and edgy, and upon starting therapy, hidden memories started to come to the front. Deciding that living in Memphis was too stressful, she moved to the small town of Elkwood in North Carolina and continued her therapy while working for the local newspaper writing features. Through hypnosis, she starts to remember what happened that last night, when her father disappeared. She remembers the hooded figures, the knife, the chanting, a goat¿s head on a stake ¿ she remembers her father cutting her. She remembers that she was a victim of Satanic ritual abuse. Then strange messages start appearing in her house, odd things start happening ¿ someone keeps breaking in. Why are they after her? Who are ¿they¿? And what is the mysterious skull-shaped ring that she remembers seeing?

    This was one creepy and freaky book. Julia isn¿t sure whom to trust, or what memories are real ¿ it keeps changing, and she hears people saying things that they then say they didn¿t actually say. Is she suffering from delusions? What is real? The reader often feels as disoriented as Julia, but in a good way ¿ this is a highly engaging horror novel, and one I think anyone who loves horror or dark psychological suspense will really enjoy ¿ highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Great Psychological Thriller!

    This was a great psychological thriller. The main character had a lot to contend with, and everywhere she turned, there was someone else she couldn't trust. Very spooky!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    A Tale Full of Suspense

    Scott Nicholson changes things up a bit in his latest offering, THE SKULL RING. This novel is a suspense story set in the mountains of North Carolina about a young lady named Julia Stone. Julia is searching for clues to her past, who she is, what happened to her, and what happened to her dad. Julia lives in a near constant state of fear and finds it hard to trust others. The one person she does trust is her doctor, Dr. Forrest. As they delve deeper into Julia's past, the more "skeletons" come out of Julia's closet. The closer she comes to the truth, the less sure Julia is that she can handle it. It may come down to a matter of life or death for her. Nicholson never relents as he takes the reader into Julia Stone's world. There are the feelings of fear, dread, and anxiety throughout this novel. Nicholson's masterly descriptive writing style creates a chilling tale set in a beautiful locale and pulls you into the story. You don't want to miss this one by Nicholson; he demonstrates his ability to branch out into other genres in a tremendous way with this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Chilling, suspense-filled psychological thriller

    When she was four year old, Julia Stone's father disappeared. Now an adult, dark childhood memories continue to haunt her. "...everybody knew that monsters weren't real." Everybody except Julia. Scott Nicholson's strong and vivid writing draws the reader deep into the story, but it's the writer's deft handling of pace that makes this a winner for me. As the tension ramped up, I often found myself holding my breath. Yet at other times, I couldn't help but smile at the gems of understated humor. The Skull Ring is a chilling, suspense-filled psychological thriller that will stay with me for a long time to come. Highly recommended. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

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    Excellent book loved it 

    Excellent book loved it 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    The heck

    Wth man its 2.99 book buddy says its free

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    Full of suspense!

    The story takes place in Elkwood, North Carolina. When Julia was 4 years old, her dad disappeared. She has some kind of scars on her stomach, and she thinks it was part of a satanic ritual. She isn't sure how involved her dad would have been in this ritual. Also, Julia thinks she is being stalked by some kind of a creep. She is going to counseling with Dr. Pamela Forrest to try to help her. Dr. Forrest is trying to help Julia remember what happened to her when she was younger. It's really hard for Julia to go back to those memories, and she would rather just forget about them. She is having weird dreams too.

    There is another character in the story that is trying to help her, but she is warned to stay away from this person. It's hard to know who she can really trust. Not only does she see some kind of creep, but there is something weird going on with her digital clock and the blocks on the coffee table.

    When reading this I could tell Scott Nicholson has a sense of humor. Here is a quote and you will see why:

    "A Creep in a jeep? Sounded too much like Dr. Seuss to be dangerous. Silly. A coy boy with a toy, bark in the dark, a mental muddle puddle. Still the adrenaline jolt tingled her nerves at a hundred amps and caused her fingers to twitch." (Kindle loc. 113-114)

    I also liked this quote:

    "A real man doesn't mind a little meat on the bone." (Kindle loc. 782-83)

    I read a lot of this book in the car on a family trip. I went to a concert that night (Slayer/Rob Zombie!!). When we got back to where we were staying at 1:00 a.m., I couldn't sleep so I tried to read more of this book. My ears were ringing, so it was a little tough to concentrate. Plus, it seemed like it was going to get really scary, and everyone else was sleeping. I decided to put the book down until the next day. It really didn't end up as scary as I thought it would be. I know there was talk of creeps and everything, but it wasn't an overly scary book.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and was not sure who in the book could be trusted and who couldn't. It was full of suspense and really kept me guessing. I really look forward to reading more by Scott Nicholson! The ending was totally unexpected too!

    Cheryl
    Black Diamond's Book Reviews

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