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Boone NC
About Me:
I'm the author of six novels, including They Hunger and The Farm, as well as numerous stories and two optioned screenplays. I'm also a freelance editor and journalist. And a guitar picker. Gardener. Goat breeder. Lapsed Taoist. Reforming hedonist. Recovering quitter. The world's fattest invisible man.
I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Elmore Leonard, Ira Levin, William Goldman, Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan, Ray Bradbury, Greg Iles, Jeffrey Deaver, Cormac McCarthy,
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Session 9, Little Miss Sunshine, Titanic, Misery, Fistful of Dollars, Get Shorty, Fargo

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New River Writing Retreat, Oct. 24-26

I'm hosting a writing retreat and cerebral spa in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just before the Halloween season. Talk novel writing and the craft as well as business, eat good food, and get in the sauna. $295 for three days includes food, lodging, workshop and critique.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 2:13am

salem's Lot

I've always enjoyed the early Stephen King novels and for some reason I'd never gotten around to "'salem's Lot." I picked up a copy in a local thrift shop, a first edition paperback with a chipped cover and an inscription from Austin, Tex. Makes me wonder how a book can travel across three decades and 1,500 miles to my fingers. It had sat there on the rack by the thrift-shop counter for a couple of months, and I didn't buy it because I have so many other books I don't have time to read. Now… Continue

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 5:48am

Pen to Press Writing Retreat

June 5

I managed to pose with the lucky face of Hannibal at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, though I am not sure which of us look most deranged. For the record, I'm not all that fond of liver.

The city experience was bizarre--from the Disneyland quality of the French Quarter to the psychotic bums on the ferry landings, it definitely was rich and ripe and crowded. I don't know how Bourbon Street looked before the hurricanes, but I felt like taking a hot shower after walking… Continue

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 2:22am

dead horror

This is something I've been wondering, and it directly affects my career, but I already know the answer: How do you write horror that isn't horror? I

hear over and over that "Horror doesn't sell," yet clearly major

publishers are regularly printing books that are horror in most every

sense but the label on the spine. Truth is, there is no loyal horror

readership out there, at least not one that matters enough to…


Posted on December 6, 2007 at 1:26am

rotten tomatoes and dirty old men

Girl is really into the Bermuda Triangle right now. She wants to take a boat to the edge of it and flay a paper plane into it. Her big thing now is

"teaching" in her classroom, and of course I am the inept pupil. Her

earnestness is so cool, and she's obviously modeling her second grade

teacher. And I get to trick her into improving my math skills.



Posted on October 30, 2007 at 3:27am

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At 10:10am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Scott, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:02pm on June 19, 2008, J.R. Lindermuth said…
Good seeing you too, Scott. Thanks for adding me.
At 1:24am on December 6, 2007, Scott Nicholson said…
This is something I've been wondering, and it directly affects my career, but I already know the answer: How do you write horror that isn't horror? I hear over and over that "Horror doesn't sell," yet clearly major publishers are regularly printing books that are horror in most every sense but the label on the spine. Truth is, there is no loyal horror readership out there, at least not one that matters enough to influence the publishing landscape. People who read Stephen King obviously aren't embracing other horror authors with a similar passion. This could be because King is one of America's best writers in any form, and he just happens to enjoy writing spooky stuff, at least most of the time. And people enjoy good writing more than they enjoy ordinary writing.

Of course, Hollywood is the exact opposite, and films are more likely to undeservedly be labeled "horror" because the audience for the genre is very loyal and broad. A run of popular horror films have never really carried over or created interest in horror fiction, and I think it's safe to assume this will always remain true--with the recent National Endowment for the Arts study showing a continually declining readership, I believe there will never be a large horror book audience. That doesn't mean people don't read, or that people don't like scary stuff; horror is just as dead as westerns and big-bug monster fiction. Kind of makes you wonder why anybody bothers writing the crap...

Oddly enough, I'm not bitter about it, though I have not yet embraced the idea that I either need to write something else or cleverly disguise the weird stuff in my books. I just kind of fell into a groove, and I don't even read that much horror fiction myself. I don't even view it as a "problem." It's not like I can say, "You're stupid if you don't like horror" or "Everybody loves horror," because it's clearly untrue. It's just reality. Lucky for me, I've never had much use for reality.
At 1:21am on December 6, 2007, Brian L Porter said…
Thanks for adding me Scott. Good to know you!

At 3:28am on November 29, 2007, jur said…
Hey Scott, like your "about me"!!!

regards from Switzerland, Jan
At 3:22am on October 30, 2007, Clea Simon said…
Re: What am I doing for Samhain?

Worshipping my cat, of course. Sadly, it's too chilly up here in New England to run around skyclad. And you?
At 8:10am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Greetings Scott, the adventurer!: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
At 12:22am on October 19, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
Howdy Scott! I wanted to stop and say hello. Haven't talked in a long time. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! lol

At 8:28pm on September 8, 2007, Eric Enck said…
Ahhhh more Mcdonalds...i guess the next book will have me eating at
At 11:58am on September 8, 2007, Chip DePew said…
Aha! Look at you, waiting for the circuit rider are we? And not a goat in sight...

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