The anthology Thank you for the Flowers was a collection of 13 short stories in which Nicholson merges "the macabre with science fiction and fantasy tales loaded with everything from biting satire to fluffy sentamentalism." In a review in The Dispatch, some of Nicholson's work constituted "a seeming glorification of metaphor". This collection featured the award-winning short story Vampire Shortstop.
Nicholson's book The Farm was his fifth thriller, and was based around his experiences near his home in North Carolina. In an interview with The Times News, Nicholson noted that his fascination with Appalachian religions and goats influenced him in the writing of the book. In the article, Nicholson was quoted as saying:
"The core of the story is the relationship between the mother and daughter," Nicholson said. "Then these weird things start happening because she was into drugs. I kinda wanted her to be an outsider coming in to the little mountain community, being rebellious, going overboard, being really defiant so she could stand out. Because she's so weird she doesn't think anyone will believe her when things start happening with the goats. ... The situation is pulling them apart instead of drawing them together to deal with it."