What secrets are held in an artist’s retreat high in the Appalachian Mountains? And what power does the dead master of the house hold over his guests? These questions, and others, are answered in The Manor, a compelling new novel by author Scott Nicholson.
Nicholson shows his strength as a writer throughout the novel. His understanding of the mountain folk who live and work in Korban Manor, and of their belief in ritual and magic, provides for compelling characterizations. He takes equal care with each of the artists that are central to his story. By the time the story is over, the reader feels not only that he’s been on a journey with the characters, but that they are friends.
Central to the story, Nicholson takes great pains to create Korban Manor and its isolated mountain top. The sense of loneliness and foreboding that comes from within the walls is palpable, with the reader taken in by every creaking stair and draft-filled hallway. In every room, whether it is on the widow’s walk or the hotter-than-hell basement, Nicholson paints a vivid picture of a house where nothing is what it seems.
Nicholson, who also penned the novels The Harvest and The Red Church, shows his love for the genre, and his talent for giving readers scares. The Manor is an excellent read, and well worth picking up.
Pinnacle Horror (Kensington Books), 2004
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