Speed Dating with the Dead

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A paranormal conference goes haywire when a man channels his dead wife and disturbs demons in an Appalachian inn. Inspired by an actual paranormal conference in 2008.

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero More

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About Scott Nicholson

Scott Nicholson is author of seven novels, including THE RED CHURCH, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, DRUMMER BOY, and THE SKULL RING. Other books include the novellas BURIAL TO FOLLOW and TRANSPARENT LOVERS and the story collections ASHES, THE FIRST, and FLOWERS. He also writes screenplays and children's books. Nicholson lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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Review by: J Brown on Feb. 26, 2011 :
Unlike most horror stories where you can predict what is going to happen next, this one you can't. I enjoyed the characters, enough details to make you feel like you've known them for a while. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more of Scott Nicholson's books in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JL Bryan on Aug. 25, 2010 :
I just finished "Speed Dating for the Dead" and had a great time. The story centers on a paranormal conference in an old hotel in the Appalachians.

There were lots of great, unique characters, and every angle of ghost hunting was explored--the techies with all their ghost-hunting equipment; the physicist determined to show that the conference is a hoax; the questionable psychics who provide entertainment.

There's also the showmanship of Digger Wilson, who organizes such conferences in haunted hotels (and sometimes "haunted" hotels) around the country. His teenage daughter is just sick of being dragged from one creepy hotel to another.

Best of all: the conference guests, all of them trying out-psychic, out-"I-saw-a-ghost!" each other.

There were some good scary scenes, too, especially in the basement and attic.

In a weird way, this reminded me of the movie "Clue," in that Clue was like a classic locked-room mystery, but of course the filmmakers knew all the established cliches and tropes and would twist and have fun with them. Speed Dating with the Dead is like that--on one level a classic ghost story, on another level a fresh and unique variation on what you expect from such a story.

I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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