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Frightful Friday: Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. Feel free to grab the button & join in! Be sure to include a link to your post in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post!

Today I’m featuring newest ebook from one of my favorite horror authors: Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson:

When Roland Doyle wakes up with a dead woman in his motel room, the only clue is a mysterious vial of pills bearing the label “Take one every 4 hrs or else.”

Ten years before, six people were involved in a secret pharmaceutical trial that left one of them murdered and five unable to remember what happened. Now the experiment is continuing, as Dr. Sebastian Briggs wants to finish his research into fear response and post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s backed by a major drug company and an ambitious U.S. Senator, but he also has a personal stake in the outcome.

Only by taking the mysterious pills can the survivors stave off the creeping phobias, carnal impulses, and madness that threaten to consume them. But the pills have an unexpected side effect—the survivors start remembering the terrible acts they perpetrated a decade ago. They are lured back to the Monkey House, the remote facility where the original trials took place, and Briggs has prepared it for their arrival.

Now they are trapped, they each have only one pill left, and cracks are forming in their civilized veneer.

After the pills are gone, there’s only one option. “Or else.”

Read about it at Haunted Computer or view it at Amazon, BN.com, Smashwords

Scott has created a pretty exciting blog tour for Liquid Fear.  Eleven blogs are participating in this tour today.  At each stop, learn about one of the characters featured in the book.  Here’s a little bit about Roland Doyle:

What’s your biggest fear?

It really sucks when you wake up in strange city, your driver’s license bears your face but someone else’s name, and there’s a vial of pills with the label “Take one every 4 hrs. or else.”  It sucks even more when you find a dead stranger in the bathroom.

Roland, a recovering alcohol, believes he’s fallen off the wagon and committed a terrible crime during a blackout. But the name on the driver’s license seems oddly familiar, and as he puts the pieces together, he returns to his ex-wife Wendy, who was also a volunteer in a long-ago experiment in fear response. They piece together the past and come up with a terrible conclusion, one that leads Roland to believe he’s a murderer.

Roland is in many ways the most fragile of the experiment survivors, and he believes his drinking is the cause of his memory lapses. But when he is reunited with the others, he takes on a leadership role, although responsibility is his greatest fear. But when they reach The Monkey House, all bets are off, because they are out of pills, and the only thing left is “or else.”

Dive into Liquid Fear and decide for yourself just how much fear is enough.

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Scott Nicholson is author of 20 books, including Disintegration, The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, and The Red Church. He’s also written the children’s books If I Were Your Monster and Duncan the Punkin. Visit him at Haunted Computer.

Scott is also hosting a giveaway as part of this tour.  Win a $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or BN.com! One point for tweeting this post (be sure to include @hauntedcomputer and @jennsbookshelf in your tweet), one point for Facebooking, and one point for commenting below.

The winner will be announced on April 8. If Liquid Fear—available for
99 cents at Amazon, BN.com, and Smashwords–hits the Top 100, a $100 winner will also be selected from participating blogs. Hop all the blogs and increase your odds!

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