Douglas Clegg is a writer of imaginative dark fiction (including horror, gothic, fantasy, supernatural, and suspense thrillers.)
His books have been published worldwide and translated into various editions. His short fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award and the Shocker Award, and has been included in several Years’ Best anthologies.
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Doug began writing fiction the same time he learned to write his name, and kept busy typing stories by the age of eight. He did other things, too — wandered the woods, canoed, swam, played a little basketball, hung out with friends, delivered newspapers, flipped burgers, and even worked at the Smithsonian as a teenager in their then-fledgling Insect Zoo.
He wrote his first novella-length work at 17, called Asylum.
During college, he worked as a waiter, an envelope-stuffer, customer service at Texas Instruments, and was a morning news announcer on college radio. He worked other jobs after graduation with a degree in English Literature in the worlds of publishing, bookselling and television.
Clegg’s first novel, Goat Dance, was published in 1989 by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books — launching Clegg’s career as a novelist.
He has seen more than 30 books published within a span of 25 years, as well as more than 40 short stories.
In addition to his current novels-in-progress, he has been finishing up a variety of novellas and short stories.
In early 1999, Douglas Clegg launched the internet’s (and world’s) first e-serial novel. Called Naomi, Clegg later went on to sell both hardcover and paperback rights.
In 2000, Clegg’s short novel Purity became one of the most-downloaded fiction ebooks on the internet at the time.
In 2001, Purity became America’s first fiction to appear on a cell phone for reading — and was nicknamed an M-Book at the time (for Mobile).
Still, Clegg is partial to books that happen to be in print, though he’s owned ebook devices since the year 2000 when he got the very first one ever made, the Rocket eBook Reader. And that one still works. He reads ebooks, print books and sometimes even listens to audiobooks. Doesn’t care how a story arrives so long as it can be read or heard.
Douglas Clegg went into a bit of creative hiding over the past six years, during which he has worked on eleven separate novels (including Museum of the Innocents, Hello Goodbye Yes No, The Nightcomer, My Father’s Mistress and Mr. Darkness among many others), as well as various short novels (including The Marriage of Figaro, Bring Me the Head of Marie Antoinette, The Dollmaker of Venice, The World on Butterfly, and The Chateau of Devils) for upcoming publication.
He’s been writing these in private (so far) simply because, “I’d been writing for publication since my twenties. After nearly three decades, I felt my publishing schedule needed a breather. There’s a downside to this (no new books coming out), but the upside is: I could expand my fictions in a very private and even primal way. Additionally, I like the idea of taking 6 or 7 years to create fiction that can be published over a 6-10 year period thereafter while I continue writing a bit ahead of the curve.”
He lives with his husband of 29+ years, Raul Silva, near the coast of New England in a house called Stonehaven, which they share with a small menagerie.
Doug’s fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shocker Award.
Clegg’s novels have been translated into French, Croatian, Hungarian, Spanish, Czech, German, Russian, Norwegian, Greek, among others.
This is the logo (or colophon) for Alkemara Press itself.
Alkemara was the city Clegg created for this Vampyricon saga, a place based on the legend of people known as Alkemars.
Of course, this is fictional, but Doug felt the name of the mysterious citadel suited the imprint.
DeenaWarnerDesign.com not only has been Doug’s web designer since about 2008 but also created this symbol.
The colophon represents an eclipse cutting across the letter A.
Doug felt the eclipse was right for the imprint for two reasons. He feels much of his fiction deals with the intersection of light and darkness all in one as well as the concept of “what is obscured,” which seems a good basis for dark — and often supernatural — fiction.
In creating Alkemara Press, Doug & Raul were able to launch more than 40 editions in print and ebook, and will no doubt launch many more in the years to come.
Right now, Alkemara Press is a single-author imprint, but this may change in the future. Stayed tuned.