Speed Dating with the Dead

Speed Dating with the Dead

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by Scott Nicholson
     
 

When Wayne "Digger" Wilson hosts a paranormal conference at the haunted White Horse Inn, he has motives beyond searching for the inn's legendary ghosts.

Years ago, he made a honeymoon promise to his wife Beth that if one of them died, the survivor would return to the White Horse to summon the other's lost spirit. Now she's dead and Digger's back, with the daughter

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Overview

When Wayne "Digger" Wilson hosts a paranormal conference at the haunted White Horse Inn, he has motives beyond searching for the inn's legendary ghosts.

Years ago, he made a honeymoon promise to his wife Beth that if one of them died, the survivor would return to the White Horse to summon the other's lost spirit. Now she's dead and Digger's back, with the daughter they conceived during that fateful honeymoon sixteen years before. And the ghost hunters are stirring up ancient evils that were better left in peace, because the inn's basement is home to a circle of demons that have been waiting for Wayne to return.

They want his teenage daughter Kendra, and they'll play whatever tricks they need in order to satisfy their dark desires. And at the White Horse Inn, not even angels can be trusted . . .

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Inspired by events at an actual paranormal conference at a haunted hotel, author Scott Nicholson's thriller takes you to the remote Southern Appalachian Mountains. Nicholson is author of THE RED CHURCH, DRUMMER BOY, and nine other novels, as well as five story collections and several comics series. Learn more about his work at www.hauntedcomputer.com or email him at hauntedcomputer@yahoo.com

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."-- J.A. Konrath, author of ORIGIN

"Always surprises and always entertains." Jonathan Maberry, PATIENT ZERO

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Editorial Reviews

Author blurb - Jonathan Maberry
"Always surprises and always entertains."
Author - Sharyn McCrumb
"In a literary and a geographic sense, Scott Nicholson explores the dark legends of the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, a nightmare country that ends in Stephen King's yard."
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 - Stewart O'Nan
"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk."
Author - Jonathan Maberry
"Always surprises and always entertains."
Author - Page Horrific
"Scott Nicholson is on his way to the front rank of genre writers, but don't be surprised if he--like Koontz and King before him--becomes a genre unto himself."
Author blurb - J. A. Konrath
"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453813850
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, five story collections, six screenplays, and four comics series. His first novel THE RED CHURCH was a Stoker Award finalist. Much of his work is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where he works as a freelance editor and journalist.

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Speed Dating with the Dead 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 22 reviews.
NanetteWhoDatDeaux More than 1 year ago
Sadly, I just finished reading Speed Dating With The Dead. The only reason that I say "sadly" is because I would have preferred another six or eight hundred pages of this novel! I find Nicholson's writing to be amazing.. His character development, his highly descriptive writing style (reminiscent of Peter Straub) and his ability to scare the hell out of me much like another of my favorites, Bentley Little! I've already read 5 or 6 of his books. I've purchased the rest of his works. Just started reading the RED CHURCH and it's creeping me out already. I say that in a "good way". *smiling* I rate Mr. Nicholson's stuff right up there with what Stephen King USED to put out (what I refer to as "the good old days").
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did they die? Why do they speed date with the dead?
The-Happy-Booker More than 1 year ago
I love those books that keep me engaged so fully in the story that I can lose myself between the pages for hours and not even realize how much time has passed. That's exactly what I found with Speed Dating with the Dead. I was alternately terrified and captivated by this story. Now, this wasn't exactly what I was expecting based on the title. I was thinking it would be a humorous paranormal romantic thriller. Boy was I wrong! This book reminded me of a combination of that movie 1408 and an episode of one of those ghost hunter shows. But scarier, much scarier! Alcoholic widower and well known ghost hunter Digger Wilson sets up a ghost hunting conference at one of the reputedly most haunted Inns. The White Horse Inn has special significance to Digger, since he and his wife made a pact long ago to meet here if one dies before the other. He's hoping he's able to find his wife's spirit there, but he ends up finding more than he expected. Along with his team of specialists, Digger brings along his artistic daughter, Kendra, who resents him and only wants to lose herself in the fictional world she creates on the canvas. While the plot was fairly evenly paced, there were many unexpected twists along the way. Don't get me wrong, there was a fair share of action, but the story unfolded little by little, which increased my sense of dread and anticipation. I felt that the characters were one of the main strengths of this book. Each character was believable and all too human with very human failings. Each one was presented in such a way that I wanted to know more about them. Whether I liked them or hated them, I was interested to know what they would say or do next. One of the standout's for me was known as "The Roach", although I wasn't fond of his unfortunate moniker, I felt he was one of the most perplexing yet intriguing characters in the book. I was kept guessing at his true motivations. I also really enjoyed Kendra and her teenage antics to attract the attention of crush Cody aka The Future of Horror. I thought that their flirtation was immensely believable. All of Nicholson's characters were true to life and I found the dialog to be engaging and entertaining. The paranormal aspects were chillingly realistic as well. From ghosts, to demons, to creepy kids that seemed to show up at random, all were extremely goosebumpworthy. I would compare Nicholson's writing style to Koontz's early stuff. I was really impressed with how effortlessly this story grabbed me and took me on a paranormal journey into some places I'm not so sure I want to revisit. I certainly won't be journeying into any basements any time soon. This is definitely a "lights on all night" kind of book and one that will keep you up late reading. I highly recommend for those who like to read about things that go bump in the night. Rating - 4
cpolkinhorn More than 1 year ago
I have never been to a paranormal conference and after reading "Speed Dating with the Dead" I don't think I ever will! Much too scary! I have read several of Scott Nicholson's novels and stories and love his mixture of fantastic, supernatural, and paranormal elements and the lives of everyday people, their struggle with relationships and their own selves: the relationship between father and daughter, between husband and wife, alcoholism, sexual attraction, teenage love, and last but not least the questions of faith. Definitely worth reading. And if you're signed up for a paranormal conference, then at least you know what you're getting into!
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Dragonfly1976 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book loved it 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want ghost hunters to really find what they are looking for...then this book has it all. A good read.
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GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
Scott Nicholson has a gift for creating an action-packed storyline that begs to be read. I found myself enthralled, unwilling to stop turning page after page, late into the night. His writing style is wonderfully engaging, and his characters are brought to life on the page. Kendra is a typical teenager, with her secret thoughts and her outward disdain. Digger is the preoccupied father with bigger things on his mind, and he often forgets what's most important. His motley ghost hunting crew contains several intriguing characters, each with his own distinct personality. But the true stars of this story are the conference attendees. From the self-proclaimed skeptic who is just along to debunk the findings to the medium who channels demons, each character comes to colorful life under the author's pen. For fans of shows like "Ghost Hunters" and "A Haunting," the characters and tricks and tools of the trade in this book will be recognizable. I think the fluid writing and the clever characterization makes this an author to watch. Starting out fairly tame, yet interesting, this story quickly and unexpectedly evolved into something sinister and dark, and I found myself a little lost at times. Throw Beth into the mix, and I never quite understood the whole angel/demon connection as well as I felt I should. I loved the character of "The Roach," but the way his motives were written were sometimes perplexing. I wasn't always sure upon which side he stood, which isn't necessarily a negative in and of itself, however, I felt like it was meant to be clear. I was eager to find out what would happen in the end, but some elements of this story left me a little muddled along the way. This was very reminiscent of some of Stephen King's better work in that it's spooky and can be gross, and it's not afraid to do the unexpected (yet somehow slightly predictable in that regard). Those can be very good things in a horror story, and it definitely kept my interest the entire way through. Overall, I'm very impressed with the writing style and the characterization, and I look forward to sampling more of this author's work. @ MotherLode blog
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Moses_Siregar_III More than 1 year ago
This is the second Scott Nicholson novel I've read. If you ask me, Scott's got a great way with words. His voice is hilarious and perpetually creative. What's nice about this is that no matter what story he's telling, I can enjoy it for the writing itself. This one is kind of a ghost/horror story, but because the cast of characters was so wonderfully quirky, I found it to be at least as humorous as it was scary--and I think that's a good thing. It was fast-paced and fun, and the suspense kept me glued to the pages. I found it to be a great read and I heartily recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this on Scott Nicholson's blog tour and about how it was based on a real hotel. "The Shining" by Stephen King is one of my favorite books so I had to grab it. It's a scary thrill ride. I especially like the character of Kendra and hope she comes back in another book.
LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
Very spooky and "ghostly". I loved this book.
stampymom More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that Scott Nicholson gave me the opportunity to join his blog tour and the chance to read his book Speed Dating With The Dead. I really did enjoy this book quite a bit. I have to admit that it was a little spooky/freaky/gross at times. Digger was a complicated character and I wanted to like him but he was just so weak that I ended up mad at him most of the time, then I would feel bad for him again and forgive him. I loved Kendra, Digger's daughter. She is tough and bitter, but with pretty good reason. The side characters were great, some were funny, others annoying, a really great mix that kept me entertained and never bored. This book is suspenseful at times and hard to put down. Not recommend to read at night especially if your afraid of the dark! I would say you should definitely add this to your to be read list. Enjoy!
Brian McDade More than 1 year ago
most awful book ever read!!!!!!!!! no joke