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Creative Spirit: The Screenplay

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  506 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist’s retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.

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Published November 22nd 2010 by Haunted Computer Books (first published August 15th 2010)
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Aug 30, 2011 TC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am taking part in Be Nicholson's Agent, where Scott is giving away 15% of his Sept e-book earnings to readers and bloggers, and have read this book for that event.

This is one creepy book! The atmosphere created is filled with menace and foreboding, and yet the artists on the retreat feel they are being driven by their creative visions, rather than being manipulated by an unseen force. Some of the descriptions of the locale make it sound beautiful, while Korban Manor itself is sinister and oppr
Darcia Helle
This book made me want to cover my eyes and hide in the closet - but I couldn't put it down long enough. You won't find a typical ghost or haunted house story here. The plot is original and kept me on edge from start to finish. Scott Nicholson has a gift for breathing life into his words, inviting us to step into his characters' world and share their experiences. If you're looking for horror with substance, this is the one for you.
Dec 18, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing
A group of artists come to Korban House, in the North Carolina mountains, to take part in a six-week retreat. Korban House is an authentic piece of history – the owner stipulated in his will that the house and lands were to be kept in the same condition as they were when he died 150 years prior, falling from the widow’s walk to his death on the blue moon in October. Included in the group are writers, painters, a sculptor, musicians and even a parapsychologist. Korban House is also said to be hau ...more
P. Christopher Colter
Another winner from Scott Nicholson! This is the author who drew me back into the horror genre after many years away. While I didn't enjoy this tale as much as The Red Church or Drummer Boy, it is still a highly recommended read. A classic haunted house story with an Appalachian flavor, it tells of a group of artists who go on retreat to an isolated manor high in the mountains. While there, they encounter spirits both within themselves and outside that shake their very foundations. Nicholson is ...more
Jon Recluse
You can add Korban Manor to the listing of sinister "unreal estate", right up there with Belasco House and Hill House. A chillingly atmospheric haunted house tale that will have you leaving the lights on long after you finally put it down.
Dec 17, 2011 Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is probably the shortest review I’ve written on any book so far, but “Creative Spirit” is easy to sum up in a few sentences, so here goes.

“Unputdownable” doesn’t roll off the tongue so well for me, but that’s just what it is. Wonderfully creepy are also great words to capture the essence of this book. For quite some time now I’ve been searching around for a book that would scare the living daylights out of me, as I am a big horror / paranormal fan, and don’t scare easily. How lucky for me t
Dec 23, 2011 Doskoi_panda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Scott Nicholson's novel Creative Spirit is a paranormal novel set in the Appalachian mountains in an old mansion that is being run as an artist's retreat. The story opens on the arrival of a group of guests, and a scene to demonstrate the remoteness of the mansion - it isn't accessible by car, and there is a bridge worthy of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to cross by foot before they arrive at the house itself. The mansion is kept to the 1800's lifestyle, with no modern amenities, and with ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of "Creative Spirit," we are introduced to the history of Korban Manor...and to the domineering owner of the house and grounds.

Then we are thrust into the future as several artists gather to the present-day manor, kept in its historic condition as directed by Korban's will.

As the artists converge on the manor for their retreat, we catch a glimpse of what each of them hopes to achieve in this six-week stay at the old estate. Mason hopes to sculpture something noteworthy, to set h
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We’ve all seen the set up before: A small group of strangers are invited to an opulent mansion beyond the reaches of civilization. They get to know each other, somebody dies, strange events ensue, then the waiter comes around with dessert.

“Creative Spirit” is anything but bad dinner theatre.

The book opens with an introduction to the frantic Sylva. She’s going to the home of Ephram Korban: land baron and occult figure. We ge
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Jan 25, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, Supernatural, paranormal, historical
Delightful! Lyrical prose-horror viewed through the kaleidoscope of realism and shifting reality-finely tuned characterization-and a pace that allows no stopping nor turning back-another Scott Nicholson gem! Every one of Author Nicholson’s books I’ve read has been a winner, but some are even beyond exceptional, and “Creative Spirit” is one of these. I absolutely could not turn away from this book-I felt as if I was devouring it rather than reading it.

This is not a novel in which the horror begin
Feb 07, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in print form year ago when it was under another name. Still a good horror novel to read, bu then Scott Nicholson writes them well. He pulls you into the story and you walk with the characters, feel with them, and know the terror they encounter.
Talk Supe
Jan 25, 2012 Talk Supe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, possessions and apparitions are occurring on different levels. The ghost of Ephram Korban is everywhere and this stud of a man has control of the place. Even in death and the after-life his mistresses are clamoring for his return, with a promise of eternity with him. And Ephram Korban ALWAYS keeps his promises. No soul can escape (like the Murder House in American Horror Story) and most of these souls' energies are trapped so they can feed Korban. But those poor departed are not enough ...more
Quentin Stewart
Feb 01, 2012 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book by its setting. I am from the Appalachian Mountain region and find myself interested in stories based within the ridges and deep hollows throughout the area. This is my introduction to Mr. Nicholson and found him to be an excellent storyteller and writer.

Imagine a group of artists on a retreat, each trying to recapture the "creative spirit" that for many has slipped away, only to find themselves trapped and being used by a the spirit of the man who built the mansion that
Feb 14, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Creative Spirit
Scott Nicholson
Haunted Computer Books, 2003
Haunted Computer Books
PO Box 135
Todd NC 28684
ISBN# 978-1-4524-2668-6
Reviewed by Christina Francine

Life leads us down paths we don’t always understand the reasons and as we step tentatively, continuing though we don’t know why, life reveals answers. When the path doesn’t make sense and is out of our character, not only do others question our right mind, we do too. Yet, we’re
Apr 06, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
I really did enjoy this book, which took me pleasantly by surprise given it was a free Amazon download. In this book, a diverse group of creative people have gathered for a 6 week "stretching of the creative juices" in a wonderfully old gothic sort of mansion set high up in the Appalacian hills. The story goes that the house's long deceased builder had left a bequest that the mansion be used as a respite and inspiration for various kinds of creative artists. As the story opens, the people are ga ...more
May 18, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I finished reading "Creative Spirit" By Scott Nicholson.. First let me confess my guilty pleasure I am a MAJOR fan of the Paranormal/Horror Genre, Is there an emotion that I did NOT feel in this book? No! I felt them all I even got mad a Scott a few times (and I told him so hehehehe) This is a Ghost story, a love story, a story about finding yourself, And a story about coming to terms with who you are..or aren't. Scott's Descriptions of The Appalachian Mountains is breathtaking, he use ...more
Susan Anderson
Jun 06, 2012 Susan Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved this book.

Scott Nicholson dips into the tradition of Appalachian folk lore, mining its lode of celtic and Scottish fables, and fashions a world of his own making in CREATIVE SPIRIT, molding myth into horror, creating a haunting tale where ghosts and evil spirits interact with humans and fight for power. The story had me hooked from the opening sentence.

On one level CREATIVE SPIRIT is a riveting horror story peopled with ghosts and flesh and blood characters—artists, photographers and wri
Scott Collins
Jul 03, 2012 Scott Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artists from all over the country come to awaken their muse as a historic countryside mansion that some say is haunted by the long dead owner. Little do they know just how haunted the mansion and surrounding lands really are. Who can and cannot be trusted? Who's dead and who's alive? Is it the artists doing the creating or something far more evil and powerful?

Another great story by Scott Nicholson. It's full of detail, imagination and creepy goodness. Well done.
Ms. Nikki
After the initial roll call of the characters, my attention span waned a bit. The ongoings of some of the artists weren't driving the story forward fast enough. I don't know if the ending was as thrilling as it should have been. The writing was solid. I think it was the pacing that made this a good, put-downable, gothic tale.
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Nicholson...and I like a good haunted house story as much as the next person. I didn't find this to be his best work, however.

It's not a bad book, as I said it's a solid novel. It just seems a little..predictable. I thought the characters were well developed which is impressive considering there are quite a few of them and the book isn't a door stop of a read. Nicholson is always tops at fleshing out characters so that's no surprise.

I liked the setting. Creepy old mansion in the
Chuck Briggs
Apr 07, 2013 Chuck Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Scott Nicholson book I've gotten around to reading. He is an established author toiling the independent publishing scene, has a good blog going at "" and has edited a useful book on writing available cheaply for the Amazon Kindel. (I got mine free) called "Write good or Die." From what I've seen, Scott’s books are quite professional both in content, editing and packaging. Nice covers. He gives away a lot of his back catalog and his current offerings are rea ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one a couple of years ago, but some of the scenes are still fresh in my mind! Absolutely captivating imagery. This was an excellent character-driven novel that had enough twists and turns to make quite an impression on me. Definitely a story I can see myself re-reading!

Edit from re-read: I found myself really drawn into this novel with this second read. On top of being character-driven, the intense atmosphere was incredibly prevalent! The storyline was eerie right from the beginning,
Jan 07, 2014 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, unusual ghost story. The kind you can't put down.
Carl Alves
Jan 12, 2014 Carl Alves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Creative Spirit, a group of artists from a variety of fields are brought to a remote Appalachian retreat where they are staying at the Korban Manor. The manor is a place that has trapped numerous spirits over the years, all under the power of former master of the estate Ephram Korban, who has transcended his human body and stays alive inside of the manor. Now he wants to be made flesh once again and needs the help of the guests from the retreat. Parapsychologist Anna Galloway is dying of canc ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Mert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
pretty lame I thought. Potentially interesting horror scenario but the character development was pretty weak and the whole thing felt rushed.
S. Wideman
Somehow, I had three Scott Nicholson books on my kindle. "Drummer Boy" was the first, a book I felt was so horrible that I would never read another book by said author. Joke was on me. Because, as I said, three were on my kindle. This was the second book, and it was only marginally better. At least I finished it.

So, we have Korban Manor, an awesome artistic retreat where folks of artistic abilities can come and recharge their juices for a very hefty price. I got the feeling that they only allowe
Jun 08, 2014 Lonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelfari-horror, 2014
I really liked this story. While I believe Red Church did a better job moving the plot along and its message was easier to discern, this book does a far better job of capturing both humanity and spiritual beings in terms of his descriptions of their pain, dreams and failures. The main characters in the story are very well developed and possessed strong personalities that were brought to the forefront with a corresponding background story. Admittedly, I found myself at times overwhelmed by the nu ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just don't get why anyone likes this book. I found the what were meant to be scary bits, at times laughable. Faces appearing in the smoke filled mirrors. Solid wood sculptures climbing ladders. No suspense, no real plot. Just shows how tastes can differ so very much.
Rebecca Graf
Mar 14, 2015 Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing can be creepier than feeling a spirit drain you body and soul. That is what happens when a group of artists looking for inspiration for their next creative project arrive at a remote mountain resort. The ghost that haunts the house and the land wants it all, wants to control it all, wants to live again. Yet the guests are not that willing to give up their spirits to feed an egotistical and bloodthirsty ghost.

From the very beginning I was hooked as it started back in time and moved forwar
Sep 28, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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