Venice, 1740. Accused of “gross immorality” and dismissed from her governess position despite being entirely innocent, a desperate, starving young woman makes her way to a job interview that promises a chance at proper employment…and maybe a bite to eat. That innocence is precisely what a mysterious group of debauched aristocrats finds so alluring about Miss Kathleen Strong in this morning’s latest addition to our 250+ Free Book Alert listings….
Julia Stone is not the only one to find her hidden memories terrifying. So will you when you pick up this jaw-grinding suspense novel at the special price of 99 cents. This best-selling author – a Kindle Nation fave – named his website HauntedComputer.com for a good reason: no one knows better how to mix fear with fantastic writing…
“Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off.”
–J.A. Konrath, author of Shaken
by Scott Nicholson
4.3 out of 5 stars 33 Reviews
Here’s the set-up:
Julia Stone will remember, even if it kills her.
Dr. Pamela Forrest is determined to bring Julia’s memories to the surface, hoping to heal Julia’s panic disorder. The therapist keeps returning Julia to a night twenty-three years ago when Julia was four. A night of hooded figures, strange chants, pain, and blood. The night her father disappeared from the face of the earth.
Julia rebuilds the past a piece at a time during the mind-wrenching therapy sessions. But the line between the past and the present begins to blur. Julia finds a silver skull ring that bears the name “Judas Stone.” The same ring had been worn by one of the hooded figures who scarred her both mentally and physically on that long-ago night.
Someone is leaving strange messages inside her house, even though the door is locked. The handyman, who has a key, spends a lot of time in the woods behind her house. Her boyfriend Mitchell becomes distant and violent. And the cop who investigated her father’s disappearance has followed her to the small Appalachian town of Elkwood.
Now she has a head full of memories, but she doesn’t know which are real and which are the creations of Dr. Forrest. The shadows of Julia’s panic are growing larger and darker. But succumbing to madness seems safer than heeding the whispers that claim ownership of her body and soul.
–Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels
“Always surprises and always entertains.”
–Jonathan Maberry, author of The Dragon Factory
“The Skull Ring creates unforgettable settings and characters. Nicholson weaves together fear and hope, cloaking his readers in palpable suspense.”
–Eric Wilson, NY Times best-selling Christian suspense novelist
“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..”
–Bentley Little, author His Father’s Son
“A chilling, suspense-filled psychological thriller.”
–Vicki Tyley, author of Thin Blood
I live in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and much of my fiction is based on mountain legends, local haunted places, and strange events. I was inspired by my grandmother’s storytelling, and have always written as long as I can remember. I also love art and music, and I’ve had the usual assortment of odd jobs: carpenter, dishwasher, sports card dealer, painter, radio announcer, journalist, and freelance editor.
My novels include the Kindle bestsellers Disintegration, The Red Church, Speed Dating with the Dead, and The Skull Ring, as well as eight other novels, including the urban fantasy Cursed! with J.R. Rain and the paranormal romance series October Girls. I’ve also created the comics Grave Conditions and DIRT and have written six screenplays, several of which are available on Kindle.
My web site www.hauntedcomputer.com has writing advice, fiction excerpts, art and samples from my comic books, my movie work, and numerous essays. I love to hear from people about my work, even if you don’t like it! My writing is a journey of faith and exploration, and I am always willing to tackle the big questions with an open mind and willing spirit. I believe we all have the opportunity to make this world a more beautiful, powerful, and peaceful place by embracing the mysteries and power of our hearts. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.
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