The book is approximately 250-270 pages in print (although this may change during final edits.)
Start reading the early draft of Mr. Darkness now — just go to the Free Reading area in the Blog, here.
“My name is Mina. I’m broken in unseen places…” From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a strange, dark novel set at the crossroads of fable and reality, mythology and invention. Mina – the chronicler of the demise of House Grigsby – and her brother live high over the streets of Manhattan in a world illuminated by the dysfunctional wonderment of her eccentric parents.
They are an extraordinarily ordinary family – until Mina commits a terrible crime and a potentially dangerous woman named Leelah Castle comes into their lives…
“You may have heard of us…There’s some unfortunate fame attached to our family crest…”
The notorious Grigsby family curse pushes them over the edge – and into the depths of sunless realms below the streets, a place inhabited by both humans and…others.
Within this midnight-tinged country of train tunnels and subterranean waterfalls, the fragmented chronicle of an aeronaut named Marcus Drucker provides guideposts to the secrets of this underworld, and an odd boy with a glorious birthmark covering his face steals Mina’s most prized possession.
Genre: Gothic Dark Fable/Coming of Age/Literary
This story began as a 12,000 word novelette, then vastly changed over several years to become a 100 page novella, and now it’s a novel of approximately 250 pages when in final form but a very unconventional novel.
I refrained from publishing much over the past 7 years, although I’ve been writing all the time. With luck a few more books will be released during 2017 and a few in 2018, mostly the stories I’ve been working on these 7 years. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
I’ve expanded my genre interests beyond horror, but still inclusive of horror. Just my style of dark fiction, which can encompass everything I’ve ever written, extending further into dark fable, weird fiction, psychological magical realism, and beyond – yet inclusive of what ‘dark’ means to me.
Mr. Darkness will be out in both print and ebook. In print, there will be a deluxe hardcover coming from Cemetery Dance Publications (date to be announced), and an Alkemara Press trade paperback later, also.