Douglas Clegg

The Hour Before Dark

As children, they played the Dark Game

A riveting gothic novel of mystery and horror — from bestselling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg — The Hour Before Dark begins with a terrifying event…

When Nemo Raglan’s father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo must return to the New England island he thought he had escaped for good . . . and the shadowy home called Hawthorn.

Genre: Horror, paranormal, gothic thriller, ghost story, suspense, supernatural fiction. This novel was 384 pages in its first edition.

Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed

As Nemo unravels the mysteries of his past and a terrible night of childhood, he witnesses something unimaginable…and sees the true face of evil…while Burnley Island comes to know the unspeakable horror that grows in darkness.

What Others Said About It:

“Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction, and THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is his best and most exciting novel to date. This is pure imagination, and it is wearing speed skates.” – Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and, with Stephen King, The Talisman

“…An eerie psychological tale of supernatural horror that builds suspense gradually as the characters slowly peel back the layers of their past and face the terrors of their shared childhood. Clegg approaches horror with a stark and vital simplicity that is utterly convincing. Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will appreciate this atmospheric gem.” — Library Journal

“Suspenseful and relentlessly spooky, told in economical prose yet peopled by characters as fully realized as one’s own blood kin, this is at once the most artful and most mainstream tale yet from one of horror’s brightest lights.” — Starred Review from Publishers Weekly