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Guest post and Giveaway: What’s your biggest fear? by Scott Nicholson

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What’s Your Liquid Fear? (Dr. Sebastian Briggs)

By Scott Nicholson

What’s your biggest fear?

That’s the question my flawed researcher asks his hired goon in my new thriller Liquid Fear. Of course, the goon’s response is “nothing.” Which the researcher. Dr. Sebastian Briggs, takes to mean his image is his greatest fear—the goon is afraid of seeming soft.

Briggs makes his hay exploiting people’s weaknesses, and his synthesis of the drugs Halcyon and Seethe has given him tools for changing people’s minds, ostensibly while improving their lives.

Briggs’s own fears lead to problems, too. And he’s driven to prove himself right, even at the expense of damaging or killing people. When he lures his original test subjects back, they discover the horrible acts they committed and learn that the past is subjective.

“There’s nothing to fear except fear itself.” Unless you don’t remember what you’re afraid of.
Briggs is exploring the border between the raging, primitive brain, and the amoral state of having a clear conscience. If your brain is wiped clean of the terrible things you did, are they still terrible? If a drunk on a black-out commits a murder, is it as bad as killing with full awareness?

Dive into Liquid Fear and decide for yourself!

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 and inflicted 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 return.

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.”


Scott Nicholson is author of 20 books, including , , , and . He’s also written the children’s books and . Visit him at Haunted Computer.

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  • Day says:

    Thank you Scott for visiting the "dollhouse" it is always a pleasure.

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  • Mari says:

    i really love scary stories! My biggest fear is something bad hapening to my loved ones.

    I tweeted- @Italia_mari

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  • Brenda says:

    Naturally, I'm buying this book because Scott is a great writer, but it also includes some fascinating concepts and a number of themes I tend to agree with. varbonoff 22 at cox dot net.

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  • dianeb says:

    You know, with only a few changes you could be describing Wall Street and the universe of hedge funds. They seem to live on other people's biggest fears, and make a ton of money. I wouldn't mind reading about giant spiders (in suits and ties) heading into the NYSE. :)

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  • Anne says:

    Scott is a new to me author, but the blurb for Liquid Fear makes it sound really exciting, so I'll have to look up his other works. (Only .99 too!)

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  • Noa says:

    Scott – thank you so much for visiting the Dollhouse! Liquid Fear sounds seriously intriguing

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  • Kah_cherub says:

    Hi! I tweeted about this.

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  • Rabid Fox says:

    It's an intriguing premise–and I still think that cover is one of the best yet.

    Count me in on this giveaway, too. :)


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  • Rabid Fox says:

    Oh, and I threw up a retweet of the link, too.

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  • gnostalgia says:

    It was a fun read

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  • Candy says:

    Just bought can't wait to read
    dragonfly1976 at gmail dot com

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  • Sweetpidi says:

    My biggest fear is that I don't get to finish my work 'cause I am too wrapped up in the paperback dolls…LOL!

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  • Gail says:

    I just read the book and from the first page on I couldn't put it down. Great book.

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  • Gail says:

    oops, forgot to include my email…
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 at gmail dot com

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  • SandyG265 says:

    Interesting idea for a story.

    sgiden at

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  • Sirhijinx says:

    Looking forward to reading 'Liquid Fear'. Have read other books from Scott and loved them!

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  • Vivien says:

    Really looking forward to reading this one. Sounds fabulous!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  • MMI says:

    hi thanks everyone, tell your friends, we're close to cracking the Top 100 and getting you the chance at the $100! I hope you enjoy the book–and thanks Dolls, good to have the high heels back on! (but y calves are killing me…)


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  • Tore says:

    I can't wait to read Liquid Fear. Please enter me in contest.

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  • Got it, now I need to read it!

    lorraine_lanning [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  • Darlyn says:

    The book has a great cover and good premise too!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

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  • Jaidis says:

    Thanks for the contest! Please enter me!

    JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

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  • paul hollis says:

    Looking forward to reading this.

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  • Heard about this book on JA Konrath's blog earlier, bought the book soon after, and am looking forward to reading it next. Good luck with the top 100 goal, Scott!

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  • Dovile says:

    I've just learned about this book. Interesting!

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  • Stacy says:

    I can't wait to read this, thanks for the chance!

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  • Sounds like another great read! Thanks for the chance to win. =O)


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  • tweeted:


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  • Llehn says:

    I'd love to play please.


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  • Life Outloud says:

    I'm afraid of bad things happening to my kids. I hate to think of it! I'm excited to read this book! It sounds great!

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  • Dee Martin says:

    can't wait to finish – I started reading this morning :)

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  • Dee Martin says:

    oops forgot – tweeted and facebooked too :)

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  • Hi everyone, great turnout! Please be sure to tweet and facebook to improve your odds! I hope you leave reviews at Amazon and BN if you like it, and tell your friends on Goodreads and Shelfari.

    Also, a good surge in sales will trigger the $100 gift card that YOU might win! Please consider gifting it to your friends who like mysteries, thrillers, and suspense! (a 99 cent surprise)

    Scott Nicholson

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  • May says:

    Interesting concept… Sounds like a good book… Will look forward to reading it.

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  • Susan says:

    It's a darn good book. Scared the socks off me :O

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  • Anita Yancey says:

    I love thrillers, and this one sounds so good. I would love to read it, I like to be scared. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  • I don't tweet. I don't Facebook. I just cha-cha-cha, baby! Who has the time? Not I, said the pig! Not I, said the goose! Not I, said the goat! (Well, we know why the goat doesn't have time. WINK! WINK!)


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  • Nikki says:

    Can I say "awesome" this looks to be the type of book to keep me awake in anticipation all night

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  • Kah_cherub says:

    The book looks great, I love scary stories…. :)
    I tweeted

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  • Abby says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for this!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  • Abby says:


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