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When 'Deliverance' Meets 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'

For Boone, NC, author Scott Nicholson, the Southern Appalachian mountains are a playground rich in folk tales and colorful legends. But it’s also a place where the old and new battle each other, sometimes to the death.

Nicholson’s new novel, "The Harvest," uses suspense, horror, and a sprinkling of science fiction to explore the conflicts of growth versus preservation. When an alien entity lands in the rural Appalachians, the residents of the nearby town of Windshake find their way of life threatened by something beyond their comprehension and control. Neighbors turn against one another as a strange infection spreads.

Tamara Leon, a college psychology professor, receives telepathic messages that make no sense. Chester Mull, a moonshine-swilling farmer, is suspicious of the green glow in the woods behind his shack. Herbert DeWalt is a disillusioned millionaire who’s desperate for spiritual truth. The three team up to take on the alien in a remote forest where even nature itself seems to be an enemy.

"‘The Harvest’ is on one level an allegory for the impact that progress has had on the rural mountains," Nicholson said. "As an Appalachian native, I’ve witnessed the changes that have swept many of the old traditions away, and not all the changes have been good. In fact, to my mind, very few of them have been beneficial. It’s easy for people who have lived here for 20 years to feel like they’ve been invaded by something they can’t understand and are powerless to stop.

"On another level, though, ‘The Harvest’ is an entertaining thriller that twists the hillbilly stereotypes around. I call it ‘Deliverance’ meets ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ but in my novel, the banjo boy would be the good guy. I can relate to the banjo boy. It’s the outsiders and intruders that you have to keep an eye on."

Nicholson’s first novel "The Red Church," inspired by an old haunted church near his home, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and was selected for three book-of-the-month clubs. He often uses the mountains as a setting, coining the term "Appalachian Gothic" to describe his work.

"In some ways, I’m telling modern mountain folk tales," he said. "It’s the kind of stuff you’ll hear around the campfire: a little bit of the supernatural, a dab of romance, and a healthy dose of suspense. There’s usually a lesson involved, but a storyteller’s most important job is not to bore the audience."

Nicholson studied Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina and Appalachian State University. He wrote numerous short stories, though he had several hundred rejections before his work began to sell regularly. In 1999, he won the grand prize in an international writing contest and later published the story collection "Thank You For The Flowers." He also teaches workshops and has posted numerous articles about writing at

Nicholson is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the Appalachian region. "Sure, there’s a perception that we’re a bunch of barefoot hicks who don’t appreciate civilized society," he said. "But the region’s settlers were highly adaptive, self-reliant, and creative, though there’s also an ingrained suspicion of city folk. Just because we tend to talk a little more slowly doesn’t mean we don’t do a whole lot of thinking.

"I hope my novel reflects some of those characteristics, because I think the message is important. Maybe it’s silly to use mass market fiction as an agent of social change, but at least I’m basing my work on a way of life that I see every day. I'm the 'Deliverance' banjo boy with a typewriter. Plus I’m having a lot of fun sharing these stories."

Nicholson is an amateur folklorist and ghost story collector and works as a newspaper reporter. He’s currently writing a haunted house novel called "The Manor" that will be released next year.


The Harvest
, Pinnacle Books ($5.99) ISBN 0-7860-1579-9

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