The Harvest [NOOK Book]


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When an alien entity lands in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a ...
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The Harvest

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When an alien entity lands in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a disillusioned tycoon must team up to stop it before the infection spreads. Author's revised version of the 2003 paperback The Harvest.


It falls from the heavens and crashes to earth in the remote southern Appalachian Mountains.

The alien roots creep into the forest, drawn by the intoxicating cellular activity of the humus and loam. The creature feeds on the surrounding organisms, exploring, assimilating, and altering the life forms it encounters. Plants wilt from the contact, trees wither, animals become deformed monstrosities, and people . . . .

People become something both more and less than human.

The alien doesn’t want to destroy the world. It only wants to survive. But so do the people whose metabolism has become food for an otherworldly reaper.
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Editorial Reviews

Bentley Little, The Haunted - Bentley Little
"My advice? Buy everything he writes. This guy's the real deal."
Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero - Jonathan Maberry
"Always surprises and always entertains."
Sharyn McCrumb, The Ballad Novels - 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."
William Meikle, author - William Meikle
"Nicholson does a fine job of bringing disparate folk together into a cohesive fighting unit, and it all builds to a nicely done climax."
Locus Magazine
"Nicholson has constructed a small wonder...a story with the outlines of a B-Movie narrative, but with complex, sympathetic characters (the reader can even sympathize with the alien!) and an emotionally satisfying plot."
Midnight Fantastique
"Nicholson is an old-fashioned storyteller, through and through."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011887468
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 21,360
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Scott Nicholson has written 12 novels, including THE HOME, CREATIVE SPIRIT, and KISS ME OR DIE, as well as seven story collections, including THE FIRST and ZOMBIE BITS. He's also written four comics series and six screenplays, as well as the free writing manual WRITE GOOD OR DIE. Learn more about his work at
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    VERY well done

    Set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Dr. Tamara Leon teaches down at Westridge. She has always had the 'gift' of being clairvoyant. She called the darker feelings 'the Gloomies'. She lived in the little town of Windshake with her husband and two small children. Her marriage is a bit rocky, since her husband HATES hearing anything about the Gloomies. He did not believe in the mess at all. Yet the Gloomies were getting stronger lately. In fact, ever since the weird object fell from the heavens and landed somewhere in the mountains. Things and people began to change. Whatever landed in those mountains was growing and assaulting Tamara's mind in a psychic invasion. ................ Chester Mull KNEW something was going on! His dog has been turned inside-out, literally! People he used to call 'friends' have drastically changed too. Their eyes glowed an eerie green and their skin seemed to be melting. ............... The zombies sought out other living beings to 'convert'. Their master, Shu-Shaaa, was hungry and must be fed. It was assimilating itself into the biosystem of the planet, slowing learning and eating everything. As it fed, it searched for the meaning of one set of syllables that seemed to nag at its core. The syllables called 'Taa-maaa-raaa.' ................ ***** Stephen King and Dean Koontz fans need to sit up and take notice of this talented author. Scott Nicholson has created a new terror that will keep you up late into the night! (Don't say I did not warn you.) Nicholson seems to be destined for fame. Highly recommended reading! *****

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    If you like good suspense...

    then I would read this book next. I like being exposed to people and places I've never seen before, and I left my easy chair and was transported to the Appalachians. Great characters, fast moving story, great settings, and skin-crawling creepiness. If you like King, Koontz, Saul, Laymon, any of those authors, I recommend Scott Nicholson highly. Hope he becomes a household name.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Another GREAT Nicholson Creep-Fest!

    Once again, Scott Nicholson does not fail to delight! I couldn't put this book down.

    Again, we find unimaginable horror in the Appalachian Mountains. (Where most of his stories take place).

    Telepathy, an other-worldly evil malevolence that meticulously infects one human after another , infidelity, moon shiners , a greedy real estate developer, but most importantly, non-stop gore, just the way that I like it!

    Mr. Nicholson has an amazing command of the English language and is one of the most descriptive writers out there today. He reminds me a bit of Peter Straub, who I also adore.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    more Appalachian thrills

    Scott Nicholson shows the Southern Appalachians in all their glory, the good and the bad and even some of the ugly. This is a fast-moving story with an old B-movie flavor and plenty of quirky characters. I'm looking forward to everything he writes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    Creepy, eerie, fantastic!

    Ok – you know the story don’t you. Alien crash lands in Appalachia, starts converting humans into shambling death units, pollutes the landscape and starts messing with people’s minds using telepathy? Or that only a doubting Psychology Lecturer, a Yankee turned unwilling local and a moonshine drinkin’ real local are all that stand in the way of certain doom?

    This story roughly follows the plot above – but it’s eerie, twisted beauty lies in the way the tale comes together. From the beautiful and harsh mountain fastness of the setting, to the various intertwinings of the community, as we see a range of characters; some with fingers in the wrong pies, others with more than a little ambition, a few happy to exist off the grid and others just trying to fit in. As we delve into their inner workings and desires, the Alien creature slowly exerts control over the Town, and, as the climax approaches, you realise that the many separate strands of the townsfolk are the very weapon to conquer their impending dissolution and save themselves from a horrible, squelchy demise.

    As usual – Scott tells a disturbing tale with far too much realism for comfort: I get shivers just imagining what is up there in those mountains…

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    Pulp Fiction Would Be a Compliment

    Effective writing treats the reader with consideration and creates good feelings, too. The Harvest, by Scott Nicholson is the ideal example of how not to write a novel. This overly written, prosaic book is riddled with continuity errors, frustratingly bad dialog, pathetic clichés, and contains zero suspense. Ultraliberal clichés pop up around every corner from characters such as: the oppressed African-American, the evil capitalist, the fanatical Christian, and the feminist protagonist. Notwithstanding the notion that every southern, mountain dwelling person is a trailer park trash, Jerry Springer episode waiting to happen. To be candid, this prose is the prototype of cheese. It makes one ponder as to how it ever got published. Then again, it¿s usually not a good sign when a book is no longer in print, despite that fact that it¿s only three years old. I¿ll save space by not dwelling too much on the synopsis, which has already been provided. The Harvest is your run-of-the-mill alien invasion story, with a ridiculous, southern twist. This book makes similar tales such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Tommyknockers appear to be literary legends. I have a conviction that I¿ve always lived by, to always finish a novel through. I feel it¿s insulting to the author to grade a piece of work without getting ¿the whole story¿. The Harvest propelled me further than any novel before into breaking that sacred vow. Not to suggest that it¿s a tough read. We¿re not talking about Dickens or Melville here. The problem is it¿s riddled with basic grammar and usage errors. Organization and visual impact was apparently given the boot. The 350 plus pages could have easily been trimmed to the point of classifying this as a novella. Reading through this book was much like having to sit through a bad opening act where you don¿t want to be rude and walk out. Even the character names are downright silly: Tamara, Don Oscar, Sylvester, Shu-Shaaa. I¿ve seen better character names derived from my high school creative writing class. And apparently Tamara, the protagonist, is subject to some sort of telepathic/psychic ability called the ¿Gloomies¿. It sounds like a name a six year old would come up with. Another annoying aspect about this novel is the character of Delwalt. The man constantly talks to himself is some sort of club meeting format, that¿s not only confusing but exasperatingly bad. If I can deliver one optimistic note, it would be that The Harvest is the first novel that I¿ve had the chance to read by Nicholson. I figure everyone is entitled to a ¿bad book¿ now and again. Even the great ones such as King, Koontz, Rice, etc. have had their share. That said, I will give one more of his books a try and see how everything pans out. However, I can not (in good conscience) recommend this novel to anyone. The only positive feeling I could conjure after reading The Harvest is that I¿m glad I checked it out, vice buying it.

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