Review: Speed Dating With The Dead by Scott Nicholson

Posted 19 September, 2010 by Danny in / 2 Comments

Speed Dating with the Dead
Author: Scott Nicholson
Available in multiple ebook formats from his website and for kindle from You can also purchase signed paperback copies from his website.


When Wayne “Digger” Wilson hosts a paranormal conference at the haunted White Horse Inn, he has motives beyond searching for the inn’s legendary ghosts.

Years ago, he made a honeymoon promise to his wife Beth that if one of them died, the survivor would return to the White Horse to summon the other’s lost spirit. Now she’s dead and Digger’s back, with the daughter they conceived during that fateful honeymoon sixteen years before. And the ghost hunters are stirring up ancient evils that were better left in peace, because the inn’s basement is home to a circle of demons that have been waiting for Wayne to return.

They want his teenage daughter Kendra, and they’ll play whatever tricks they need in order to satisfy their dark desires. And at the White Horse Inn, not even angels can be trusted . . .

My thoughts:

Speed Dating With The Dead focuses on a paranormal conference held in a reportedly haunted hotel in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s been a while since I have read a thriller, let alone a paranormal thriller. This book had me hooked right from the beginning with a cast of gritty, flawed, believable characters. The pacing of the book was even and fast. Each character weaved in and out of the other character’s lives seamlessly. The horror in this book creeps up on you until it explodes.

The conference boasted all kinds of characters, from the techie conference runners, the skeptics, and the true believers. The way all of these people intereact with each other is sometimes hilarious, but the tension between these different types of people interacting in close quarters with one another is quite palpable.

As a fan of shows like Ghost Hunters, I found the circumstances the characters of this book faced very believable. The author had accuarate and detailed descriptions of the technology that real life ghost hunters use for their investigations. If you go to the author’s website, you can explore links to the real life conference and Inn that inspired this book.

Thank you, Scott, for giving us an ebook copy of this book. I really enjoyed reading it and am going to read more of your books soon. Look for a guest post by Scott Nicholson next week as he stops by on his Kindle Giveaway blog tour. His post goes live on September 28. I encourage you to check out all of his blog tour stops. He has some very interesting things to say and I’ve really enjoyed his posts.

I give Speed Dating with the Dead 5 out of 5. It’s a great, fast paced, twisty turning, not predicatable, paranormal thriller.

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