The Harvest

The Harvest

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by Scott Nicholson

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"One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines


When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, clairvoyant psychology professor Tamara Leon senses a disturbance long before anyone else notices subtle changes in the environment.

Then a few people are


"One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines


When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, clairvoyant psychology professor Tamara Leon senses a disturbance long before anyone else notices subtle changes in the environment.

Then a few people are infected, falling under the influence of the otherworldly invader. With Windshake's annual spring festival coming, the town is full of visitors, unaware of the otherworldly menace creeping toward them from the woods.

Tamara teams up with a drunken dirt farmer and a disillusioned tycoon to take on the entity before a biological mutation takes root and destroys the world. But will her telepathic link with the alien destroy her first?

"Fast paced and always creepy, this is one author that aims to kill and never misses." – Jeremy Robinson, author of INSTINCT and THRESHOLD

"Hold onto your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."- J.A. Konrath, ORIGIN

"Always surprises and always entertains."- Jonathan Maberry, PATIENT ZERO and ROT & RUIN

"A fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh. He will not, however, leave you cold."--Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the Dune series

For fans of science fiction horror and technothriller novels.

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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Scott Nicholson has written 20 novels, including THE HOME, CREATIVE SPIRIT, and KISS ME OR DIE, as well as the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series and the SOLOM supernatural series. Learn more about his work at

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The Harvest 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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! *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
NanetteWhoDatDeaux More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
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…
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AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
The town of Windshake, located in the Appalachian Mountains, has a visitor. It is alien and very hungry! It will consume the people of Windshake one person at a time until it's army of dead people become plant like with glowing green eyes. Anyone who ingests the alien plant like creature - whether is through a kiss or a swig of homemade moonshine with polluted water, they will become one with the alien and one another moving towards the same purpose - consuming everything in its path. The alien begins to learn from the souls of the folks it has absorbed into it's army thus igniting the connection between a psychic psychology professor who is well aware of the gloomies (her psychic gift), a moonshine drinking old man and one businessman. They each have their own demons to deal with during their trek to destroy the "gloomies" who have materialized into this alien plant being. Not your typical zombie book, but one could easily identify it as such - instead of eating flesh, they consume the life thus spreading the infection or disease that converts the receiver into a green eyed zombie. Throw in a mayor who wants their festival to go well exposing thousands of vendors and visitors to the alien and it's army - you have a major event that could enable the infected and further world consumption easily. Scott Nicholson writes in a clear concise manner. His plot development as is his character development excel. You can visualize his characters and follow his thoughts from the beginning to the end. There are no "huh?" moments in his books. Everything connects. He makes the town real and the people just as real. Nicholson ranks right up there with Koontz, King, and Tufo Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
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Dragonfly1976 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book loved it 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.