A thriller from the international bestselling author of McFALL and THE RED CHURCH. One misfit kid is all that stands between an Appalachian Mountain town and a chilling supernatural force.
“Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes.” – Bentley Little, The Haunted
“Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk.” – Stewart O’Nan, A Face in the Crowd
DRUMMER BOY: A Supernatural Thriller
On an Appalachian Mountain ridge, young Vernon Ray Davis hears the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as “The Jangling Hole,” and the wind carries a whispered name. According to legend, the Hole is home to a group of Civil War soldiers buried by a long-ago avalanche. Everyone, especially Vernon Ray’s dad, laughs at him…because he’s different.
On the eve of an annual Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a mock battle. But inside the Hole, disturbed spirits are rising from their dark slumber, and one of them is heading home.
And Vernon Ray stands between the battle lines of the living and the dead, caught between a world where he doesn’t a belong and world from which he can never return…
Scott Nicholson is author of the AFTER series, THE HOME, LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION, CREATIVE SPIRIT, THE SKULL RING, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, and many more thrillers.
“Always surprises and always entertains.”–Jonathan Maberry, Rot And Ruin
“He has entered a literary shadow land between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman.”–Sharyn McCrumb, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
“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
“A master of atmospheric suspense.” –Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling novelist