Book Of The Day – Creative Spirit

by Greg on December 7, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a highly rated Thriller from a very talented author. Creative Spirit by Scott Nicholson has an awesome 4.8 star rating and is only $2.99!

“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. If you’re looking for horror with substance, this is the one for you.” B.A. – Amazon Reviewer

Creative Spirit
by Scott Nicholson
Rating: 4.8 Stars
Category: Thriller
Price: $2.99


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“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.”– Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels

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 become trapped forever.

A modern Gothic thriller

After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, and she’s compelled to face the secrets of her soul.

Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to the manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban’s form out of wood, even Anna can’t divert his bizarre passion.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

(Nicholson) deftly exposes each character’s motives for really attending the retreat, creating the suspense and atmosphere that I have come to expect in his books. The pacing in the book reminded me of Straub’s Ghost Story because little by little Nicholson weaves the past into the present and you just can’t stop reading until you get the whole story. This is one of my favorite Scott Nicholson books and one I recommend to readers who want to try his work.


It’s hard to find a good, creepy haunted house story these days, but this one works. The use of art and Appalachian folk magic as supernatural background makes it a little different from the typical horror story. Anna and Mason have a love/hate attraction building as they try to make sense of the strange events around them, but they also have their own weaknesses that make them interesting characters to follow. Korban Manor is a great place to visit, if you can escape with your soul, that is!


This is one of my favorite Scott Nicholson books and one I recommend to readers who want to try his work.


Scott Nicholson understands that the best horror novels achieve primal fear through a combination of sustained atmosphere, richly drawn characters, and believable if uncanny evils that draw unholy power from everyday lives. –Christopher Ransom, author of The Birthing House

Get Creative Spirit here: Creative Spirit

About The Author

Author Scott Nicholson has written 12 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics series, and six screenplays. He’s also a freelance editor and journalist. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream. He’s online at

Nicholson has written hundreds of songs and poems and was a musician in a former life. a newspaper reporter, he’s won three North Carolina Press Association awards. He’s had the usual collection of odd jobs: dishwasher, carpenter, painter, paranormal investigator, baseball card dealer, and radio announcer. Now he haphazardly trades words for magic beans and uses “haphazardly” as often as possible while decrying the overuse of adverbs.

Entering the digital era with a vengeance, Nicholson is releasing original titles and collections while conspiring to release interactive books in the near future, building audio files, video, and collaborative fiction projects. He operates Haunted Computer Books and Indie Books Blog to bring a variety of voices to readers.

Nicholson won the grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest in 1999. That same year, he was first runner-up for the Darrell Award. He studied Creative Writing at Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been an officer of Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association and is a member of International Thriller Writers and inaugural member of the Killer Thriller Band.

Unfortunately, they never taught him to write: he had 105 rejections before his first story sale and over 400 before he sold a novel. He hasn’t learned much from his mistakes but thinks he’ll probably improve with practice. If nothing else, he’s become a better liar.

His website features author interviews, articles, and fiction excerpts. Bad relationship advice. Humor. Gardening tips. Subliminal tricks to sell his books. That sort of thing.

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