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Julia Stone will remember, even if it kills her.

Dr. Pamela Forrest is determined to bring Julia's memories to the surface, hoping to heal Julia's panic disorder. The therapist keeps returning Julia to a night twenty-three years ago when Julia was four. A night of hooded figures, strange chants, pain, and blood. The night her father disappeared from the face of the earth.

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Published 2010 by Haunted Computer Books
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Lou
Visceral and gripping thriller my first read from author Scott Nicholson, he creates a good atmosphere of fear and tension. The story is about one woman's battle to recollect a dark event from the past and her courage in finding out the truth behind what a brotherhood and satanism had to do with her and her father. A splendid treat of a dark tale.

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Cheryl Landmark
This was an absolutely riveting and creepily dark psychological thriller. Whew, that was a mouthful, but it describes this book perfectly.

Mr. Nicholson's writing was excellent, effortlessly taking the reader into the dark, tortured rooms of Julia Stone's mind and soul. She feared she was going insane as horrifying memories of pain and betrayal and Satanic rites that occurred when she was just four years old began to haunt her every waking, and sleeping, moment. She had no idea who she could trus
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William
Scott Nicholson's The Skull Ring is as tight and lean an examination of paranoia and fear as I've read in many a year. Its romp through Satanic cults and small town secrets reads like Stephen King meets Rosemary's Baby, but in some ways it affected me deeper than either, for it felt more grounded in reality than either King's down home style or Levin's sly humor. Nicholson's prose sucks you in, makes you cosy, then hits you with a whammy. You are right there with the protagonist, feeling her iso ...more
Scott Nicholson
Feb 28, 2010 Scott Nicholson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I am really pleased to now have this book available after a long road and a number of revisions--Julia Stone is piecing together childhood memories of the night her father vanished, but when she finds a strange silver ring, the past comes creeping back in the form of a sinister cult. I hope you give it a try--to me, it's an important journey of faith, romance, and suspense.
Peter
Julia Stone has panic disorder. She hears voices in her head and has nightmares about the creeps. Julia does not trust anyone. Dr. Forrest hopes to heal Julia disorder. Dr. Forrest keeps returning to that night twenty three years ago, when Julia was just four years old. Julia does not want to remember what happened to her back then. Dr. Forrest hypnotizes Julia and sends her back to that day to see what she can remember. Julia see a hooded figure standing over her. The hooded figure has a knife ...more
Bethica
What a ride! This book deserves 6 stars without a doubt. What's real and what's not real? Who can you trust? There were so many twists and turns it left my head spinning all the way through the end. Truely and honestly spook-tacular!
Cheryl
Excellent - I look forward to reading more of his books!

The story takes place in Elkwood, North Carolina. When Julia was 4 years old, her dad disappeared. She has some kind of scars on her stomach, and she thinks it was part of a satanic ritual. She isn't sure how involved her dad would have been in this ritual. Also, Julia thinks she is being stalked by some kind of a creep. She is going to counseling with Dr. Pamela Forrest to try to help her. Dr. Forrest is trying to help Julia remember what
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J.T. Cummins
Friend and fellow author Scott Nicholson’s spanking new mystery/occult thriller The Skull Ring featuring Julia Stone is available for the Kindle. As a fan of Scott's work, I've already gobbled it up, so here's my two cents...

After surviving a horrible physical and emotional trauma, journalist Julia Stone flees the big city for a new job in the bucolic surroundings of the rural mountain town of Elkwood, North Carolina. There, with the aid of therapist, Dr. Pamela Forrest, Julia literally begins t
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Amanda
Crap. I figured out the plot of this book about 10 pages in. And Julia just needed to have the ever-living shit smacked out of her.

She has nightmares. She hears voices. Every man she comes across is a Creep...not a creep...a Creep. She sees a therapist. She moves out of the big city and begins going to another therapist who helps her bring out her 'repressed' memories. But she's still having nightmares, hearing voices, having panic attacks and seeing Creeps. No one can be trusted, she can't eve
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Debbi Mack
At first glance, Julia Stone seems almost paranoid. She jumps at things that go bump in the night and seems to worry excessively. Then she comes home to find children's alphabetic blocks arranged on her coffee table, to spell out her name in the spooky way her father used to say it -- "Jooolia."

At this point, you start to feel the tingle of fear that runs up Julia's spine. The shadows in the house could easily hide creeps or demons. Thus, you're quickly pulled into Julia's world of terror and do
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Simon
Julia can’t remember what happened the night her father disappeared or what happened to her that night. That childhood trauma has followed her all the way into adulthood. Years of therapy have yet to help her unlock the secrets of the past. The unknown weighs heavily on her and she lives in a constant state of fear of everyone. She believes in one thing, her therapy and the therapist forcing her to face her demons. Now Julia has moved to the North Carolina to start over and break free of her fea ...more
Adam Shields
I am not traditionally a suspense/horror reader. The author of this book contacted me to see if I would like to review the book after finding my blog. I am always up for something different so I agreed.

The opening of the book is classic suspense. I was on the edge of my seat. The main character is scared to death of being alone in her home, because of past events and the author did a great job giving what seems to be unrational fears real life and meaning. This is a suspense, through most of the
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Tammy
The beginning and ending of this book almost seems like 2 novellas sandwiched together. I loved the beginning of the novel. The suspense was so thick that I was uneasy coming home to an empty house. I could feel Julia's anxiety and became physically uncomfortable at times.

Unfortunately, the ending fell a bit flat. Not only did the action seem drawn out, but I would have preferred to have Walter disappear over a cliff. It would have been a much more powerful ending if Jooolia had called up a sto
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~~*Julie Kawalec-pearson
Another great read by Scott Nicholson! This book is horror,thriller, mystery all in one. I was kept guessing all the way to the very end. Nicholson is such a great storyteller and I can't wait to pick up the rest of his books.
While reading this story you rely feel for the main character, Julie. Is she crazy or not. If not who is stalking her. There are so many twists and turns in this one! Can't say enough good things about this author----check him out!
Chryse Wymer
This book blew me away. Without giving spoilers, I'll say that it's the story of a woman who is trying to get over abuse from her childhood...and whoa, if you think you had it rough, I'll respectfully disagree. As she is going through counseling, we never know quite what to believe because the main character never knows quite what to believe. She's paranoid. But she's got some pretty good reasons to be so nutty. Eventually, we discover the source of her abuse as she re-visits her abusers in a ne ...more
Crystal
Why I read this: I have seen Scott Nicholson's books around for several years, starting with The Farm and kept meaning to read him, then I got away from the horror or supernatural thriller genre for awhile. Then I saw this one and some of his other books reviewed on a blog and saw they were relatively inexpensive for the Kindle and I had to have it. Since then I was contacted by Scott to participate in his blog tour (see the interview and giveaway post) and he sent me some of his other books as ...more
TC
This is the first of the author's books I have read, although he has several books. It is described as a psychological thriller which appealed to me. Scott is another author I have found thanks to kindle broadening my horizons.

Julia Stone has moved to a small Appalachian town to try and find some peace. She is haunted by the disappearance of her father when she was just 4 years old. With the help of therapist Dr Forrest she is uncovering disturbing memories of that night and is struggling to kee
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Webbweaver Reviews
Julia has lived a tormented life. She can’t remember the things that happened to her as a child, and it is those very things she must find out in order to live a normal life. For as long as she can remember she has been followed by ‘Creeps. But, are they real or merely a figment of her paranoid imagination? Julia leaves the city and opts for a smaller town and a new doctor to help her get to the truth. But, as Julia will soon find out, getting closer to the truth always comes with a price.
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Kellie Ann
Julia Stone has a good life in Memphis, she has a supportive and understanding fiance, a good job, and friends. All those things were making her happy until the paranoia and anxiety attacks starting to take over her life in the form of the memories of the trama she suffured when she was a child. On a suggestion from her therapist, Dr. Danner, Julia relocates herself to Elkwood and starts working with a new therapist, Dr.Forrest, to get to the bottom of these attacks and eventually "heal"herself. ...more
Katy
Dec 20, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror & dark psychological suspense
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Julia Stone’s father disappeared when she was four and was never found. She spent time in a series of foster homes and finally was adopted. When she was in high school, she met Mitchell, and after college she became engaged to him. But that’s when things started to fall apart – she started to have panic attacks, becoming nervous and edgy, and upon starting therapy, hidden memories started to come to the front. Deciding that living in Memphis was too stressful, she moved to the small town of Elkw ...more
Melissa
Firstly, I would like to thank Mr. Nicholson for sending me a copy of The Skull Ring to review. This is the first book I've read that focuses on Satanic cults, though admittedly the story is more devoted to Julia Stone and her "relationship" to the cult. I have to say, parts of the story definitely gave me the creeps and I refused to read it at night, in the dark!

The suspenseful storyline is what carried this book and made it worth reading and at times, difficult to put down. There was the const
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Cheryl
Even moving to a new town can’t stop Julia Stone from still having nightmares about an evil person known only as The Creep. Luckily for Julia, Dr. Forrest is helping Julia get over her fears of The Creep. As much as Julia appreciates Dr. Forrest’s help, strange things are happening to Julia. For example… Julia awakes to find the clock time always stops at 4:06 am. The nightmares that Julia keeps having don’t really seem like nightmares at all but images of events that are real. Will Julia ever f ...more
Misty Baker
Every once and a while my “little” obsession with the written word has perks. While devouring mythical tales or getting into the mind of the mentally disturbed is more often than not a joy of its own…there are still those bright shining moments in time when I get to do the reading before everyone else, or even better…I get to do it for free.

“Scott Nicholson” emailed me last week and asked me if I would like to check out his upcoming novel “The Skull Ring” and I’m not going to lie…while I was exc
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J.R.
Trust no one.

That’s the message Julia Stone fails to get early enough. And that failure sets her up for a web of misconception spun by everyone around her—her fiancé, therapist, neighbors and even the police. These false allusions have her believing her father was a member of a Satanic cult and was willing to sacrifice her as a child for the benefit of his unholy master.

These implanted beliefs have her haunted by terrible visions and subject to panic attacks. Forced to leave the city, she seeks
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Matt Schiariti
Nicholson seems to have a bottomless well of tricks. A teller of great ghost and horror stories, this one is more of a thriller...with a Satanic cult thrown in for good measure.

I think what I enjoyed most of this book was being inside the mind of Julia Stone...she's never fully recovered from a horrible event that took place in her childhood. She thinks a change of locale and professional help will solve the problem so she can get on with her life but as the novel progresses she reverts deeper a
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Christa
The young woman, Julia Stone, desperately tries to remember what happened to her at age four, when she became the victim of a terrible tragedy in the hands of a satanic cult, which left her with nightmares, panic attacks, and a deep distrust of everyone around her. In her quest for truth, she looks for support from two psychiatrists, her boyfriend, a cop, and a young man with an equally troubled past and a dubious reputation. It seems, however, that some of the people who profess to help Julia m ...more
Andrew Reeder
Scott Nicholson’s book is a gut-wrenching tale of suspense from page one; with the protagonist Julia Stone, weaving in and out of a gloomy atmospheric world of searing panic attacks at the very brink of what is real and unreal as she attempts to negotiate the dark holes and memory lapses that pepper her past. It’s a good book, but not an excellent one, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The plotting and pacing are tight, supported by a good, if somewhat predictable story line that is doled out ...more
Pamela Walter
Julia Stone is unsure of herself. She has disturbing, dark memories of her childhood-memories of what could be a satanic cult, and she has strange things happening all around her...or are they in her mind? Working with her therapist to uncover her past, she discovers she not only cannot trust those around her, but she cannot trust herself. In her new home, Elkwood, NC, she starts a journey to save her mind, her life and her soul.

I am not really sure how I feel about this book. The overall plot i
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Dave Pope
Very good page burner even though I did see the twists coming early on. Essentially, satanists chase a woman around after attempting to drive her insane. Well written and you do care about the "good" characters in the story - it does draw the reader in.
D.L. Fowler
I love being inside people's heads and this book gave me a real sense of Julia's fear throughout. At times I felt as if I was running in place - but that's what was going on inside her head so I was still intrigued. In fact I found the character more compelling than the plot. Or maybe that's the point - the character was the plot, and her confusion is what drove the story.

Nicholson's prose painted vibrant pictures of both setting and the characters' using fresh, original phrases that made me jea
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With more than 500,000 books sold worldwide, Scott Nicholson is an international bestselling thriller writer. He won the Writers of the Future Award in 1999 and was a Stoker Award finalist in 2003. His Fear series was published by Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and 47North released the supernatural thriller McFALL.

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