Creative Spirit

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When artists gather at a remote Appalachian estate for a retreat, they are unaware that their energy is feeding something unwholesome. Sculptor Mason Jackson and dying parapsychologist Anna Galloway must uncover the dark secrets of Korban Manor before their spirits are trapped forever. 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: Fripso on Dec. 30, 2011 :
Wow! Another great book from Scott Nicholson. I just recently discovered him and can honestly say he is fast becoming one of my favorites. This book only served to cement that feeling. What an imagination, and talent for writing. Parts of the Appalachians are isolated and indeed strange, and this story takes place in one of those areas. This was a very compelling read and had many elements that were woven into a tapestry of a great story. A story with a haunted house like no other, ghosts, and mountain people who still use the old ways to ward off evil could have come out trite and unintentionally humorous, but he pulled it off. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with elements of the paranormal thrown in. You won't be disappointed. Very well written. Nicely done, Scott ... nicely done.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Ephram Korban's mansion was transformed into an artist's retreat after his death and a group of artists have been invited to spend 6 weeks there. Mason, a sculptor, and Anna, a paranormal investigator dealing with terminal cancer, are among those making the trek to this getaway that has no electricity and appears to be a throwback to the old days. Shortly aftering arriving at the mansion, Anna, Mason and the others find that strange things are happening, things they can't explain. The group must fight the evil spirits that reside in Korban mansion in order to make it out alive. A very good book, I would definitely recommend it.
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Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Dec. 18, 2011 :
A group of artists come to Korban House, in the North Carolina mountains, to take part in a six-week retreat. Korban House is an authentic piece of history – the owner stipulated in his will that the house and lands were to be kept in the same condition as they were when he died 150 years prior, falling from the widow’s walk to his death on the blue moon in October. Included in the group are writers, painters, a sculptor, musicians and even a parapsychologist. Korban House is also said to be haunted – maybe that explains the mysterious woman in white that several of the guests see? Or the compulsion that several of the guests feel to work on their projects obsessively? And what will happen on the upcoming October blue moon – the first in 150 years?

This was an insanely creepy story, and the tension is kept high throughout the book. Twists and red herrings abound, and I was certainly surprised at the events that take place toward the end. The main characters in the story are very well developed, and the plot flows along smoothly. However, many of the sub-characters are not even named, or if they are, they are kept so far in the background that you don’t learn anything about them. However, I’m not sure how they could have been developed without breaking into the flow of the plot; it just seemed like the place was overcrowded. That shouldn’t stop you from reading this wonderfully scary book, though – highly recommended!
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Review by: Deb Novack on Dec. 17, 2011 :
This book was a mystery but not with the stereotypical haunted house. The story had some different relationships and trials. The characters were well thought out and realistic. I did not want to put this book down and I would highly recommend it as a good read for anyone. Well done Scott.
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Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Dec. 17, 2011 :
This is probably the shortest review I’ve written on any book so far, but “Creative Spirit” is easy to sum up in a few sentences, so here goes.

“Unputdownable” doesn’t roll off the tongue so well for me, but that’s just what it is. Wonderfully creepy are also great words to capture the essence of this book. For quite some time now I’ve been searching around for a book that would scare the living daylights out of me, as I am a big horror / paranormal fan, and don’t scare easily. How lucky for me to have won a copy of “Creative Spirit” by Scott Nicholson for review!

Remember how haunted house stories used to be written? This book is just like that – although it’s not just any haunted house, but something far more sinister. Voodoo, witchcraft, shockingly slow deaths, possession, and loads more hair-raising goodies are to be found right here. It contains all the elements a good old fashioned, spine chilling supernatural story should have.

I suppose I should mention what really adds to this book is good, solid characters with strong personalities, each with their own in depth background story; as well as medium to fast pacing of the storyline that builds up the suspense really well until you can take no more. The author hardly gives you enough time to catch your breath before launching into the next bloodcurdling twist!

I won’t recommend you read this before turning off the lights though – you’ll keep looking over your shoulder and hearing strange noises in the dark...
But don’t say I didn’t warn you!

WARNING: Not for the fainthearted.
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Review by: Georgeanna B. on Dec. 09, 2011 :
Possession, witchcraft, slow and painful deaths, voodoo-type dolls that trap souls, insane lust for power, and some frustrated artists. Scott Nicholson adds some very strong personalities to these bizarre elements, and it totally works :) Some scenes were so scary that I raced through them without even blinking once! I'll be looking for--and reading--more of Mr. Nicholson's work!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Georgeanna B. on Dec. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
Possession, witchcraft, slow and painful deaths, voodoo-type dolls that trap souls, insane lust for power, and some frustrated artists. Scott Nicholson adds some very strong personalities to these bizarre elements, and it totally works :) Some scenes were so scary that I raced through them without even blinking once! I'll be looking for--and reading--more of Mr. Nicholson's work!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Georgeanna B. on Dec. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
Possession, witchcraft, slow and painful deaths, voodoo-type dolls that trap souls, insane lust for power, and some frustrated artists. Scott Nicholson adds some very strong personalities to these bizarre elements, and it totally works :) Some scenes were so scary that I raced through them without even blinking once! I'll be looking for--and reading--more of Mr. Nicholson's work!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on Nov. 27, 2011 :
This book made me want to cover my eyes and hide in the closet - but I couldn't put it down long enough. You won't find a typical ghost or haunted house story here. The plot is original and kept me on edge from start to finish. Scott Nicholson has a gift for breathing life into his words, inviting us to step into his characters' world and share their experiences. If you're looking for horror with substance, this is the one for you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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