Scott Nicholson has re-released his first novel, The Red Church, as an ebook for various reader platforms through Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.
The novel includes three bonus essays and a new cover mirroring the Ghostwriter Publications version in the United Kingdom in October. The novel was originally published in 2002 by Kensington Books and was a Stoker Award finalist for first novel and an alternate selection of The Mystery Guild.
“The book did well, but there are still more than 6 billion people who haven’t read it,” Nicholson said. “The publishing industry can be frustrating, especially when your work is no longer available. This is an experiment to see if it’s worthwhile to publish independently and see if I can compete with my own New York titles.”
Description: For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won’t stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her. Sheriff Frank Littlefield hates the red church for a different reason. His little brother died in a freak accident at the church twenty years ago, and now Frank is starting to see his brother’s ghost. And the ghost keeps demanding, “Free me.” People are dying in Whispering Pines, and the murders coincide with McFall’s return. The Days, the Littlefields, and the McFalls are descendants of the original families that settled the rural Appalachian community. Those old families share a secret of betrayal and guilt, and McFall wants his congregation to prove its faith. Because he believes he is the Second Son of God, and that the cleansing of sin must be done in blood. “Sacrifice is the currency of God,” McFall preaches, and unless Frank and Ronnie stop him, everybody pays.
“Maybe this is just vanity publishing,” the author said. “But that’s okay, because I’m vain. Most importantly, I got excited about the story all over again while I was preparing the file for release.”
Nicholson also released the novella “Burial To Follow,” originally published in the Cemetery Dance anthology Brimstone Turnpike. More releases are planned later this year, including a new story collection.
Visit Nicholson’s website: Haunted Computer
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