Video: Carsten Stroud Explains the Dark Origins of the Niceville Series
Don’t let the name fool you: Niceville is anything but. The small southern town brims with dark secrets, twisted criminals, and evil forces beyond human comprehension. In other words, it’s the perfect place to set a thriller.
In Carsten Stroud’s Niceville series—which opened with Niceville, now published in paperback, and continues with The Homecoming, available now in hardcover—bank robberies and kidnappings are as commonplace as malevolent spirits and a seemingly bottomless sinkhole that, as Cherokee legend has it, swallows up everything that enters. The books follow Detective Nick Kavanaugh—formerly Special Forces, now a cop in Niceville—as he investigates a string of macabre crimes, all the while delving deeper into Niceville’s blood-stained past and learning just how inextricable his loving wife Kate’s family history is from the town’s demons.
In a series of exclusive interviews, Stroud describes Niceville as a “gothic environment;” that might be putting it nicely. Perhaps surprisingly, the town owes its creation to a roadtrip that took Stroud and his wife through the relatively peaceful town of Marietta, Georgia: