Horror scribe Scott Nicholson returns this month with the release of his fifth novel, The Farm, from Pinnacle Books. In what the New York Times Book Review refers to as “a smoothly engineered supernatural entertainment in the more rambunctious American style of Stephen King,” Nicholson once again hopes to thrill audiences and create chills-a-plenty.
Continuing with his niche of “Appalachian-Gothic,” the story is set in the town of Todd, North Carolina. Details at this point are sketchy, but Nicholson has revealed that the story deals with religious sects, bloodthirsty scarecrows, ghosts, and even man-eating goats. Yes, goats. Still, according to Nicholson, the story is, at its heart, about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. The mother, he explains, has married and moved out of the city to keep her daughter away from bad influences.
“Except bad influences come in many forms,” he says. “When a herd of carnivorous goats are watching you from the dark throat of the barn, you’re probably better off taking your chances with drugs, gangs, and pollution.“
We have not yet gotten our grubby mitts on a copy of the book, but if it is as good as Nicholson’s previous works, it should be a great read. Nicholson’s books include The Red Church, The Harvest, The Manor, and The Home, all of which have met with critical acclaim and cemented his place in the upper echelon of horror authors. The Farm is slated for a July, 2006 release. Pre-order it from EVILSHOP!
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