Get 8 Horror eBooks at Storybundle.comOctober 19th, 2012
For a limited time, you can grab a whole mess of horror ebooks — and pay what you want for them. Included is my ebook, Coming of Age: Three Novellas, which collects together the novellas Purity, The Words, and The Attraction.
The Hour Before Dark for Kindle and NookMay 27th, 2012
My novel The Hour Before Dark is now out for Nook and Kindle.
Choose your format:
I think you’ll like it — it’s one of my favorites among my own novels — and a reader favorite, too. If you want the print edition, there’s a hardcover and paperback that can be had for good prices if you search online and offline used bookstores, resellers and, of course, eBay.
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.
“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
“I was compelled to keep turning the pages as fear…raised my pulse to racing level from cover to cover.” — DarkEcho
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.
From the Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
“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.”
“… A dark,psychologically astute novel that pushes beyond the horror genre
“In his finest novel to date, Clegg establishes himself firmly as one of the leading authors in the horror genre…Hold onto your chair; THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is a powerhouse of a read. – Cemetery Dance Magazine.
“A gripping read that is refreshingly character-driven, yet still produces a palpable sense of dread.” – Fangoria
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Praise for Douglas Clegg’s Fiction
“Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills…” – Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
“Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation.”
“Clegg is one of the best!”
“Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!”
Tags: horror, thriller, suspense, supernatural, paranormal, murder, crime, New England, island, mystery
NEW STORY ON THE STOVEMay 7th, 2012
After a few years where I stepped away from short fiction, I seem to be writing a bit of it these days. The first piece I’ve placed is called “The Stain,” and it’s scheduled for Cemetery Dance Magazine #67 (I believe.)
“The Stain” is a tale of modern times, and a man who becomes aware of the price of convenience and success in our everyday, sunlit suburban life.
I’ve also finished a novelette/novella called Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters, which is something I think you’ll love. As an advance warning, it’s not a horror tale so much as a tale of a young man who, in 1910, journeys to an isolated farm, called Bog House, to meet two women who, when they were young, were part of a terrible event. It’s scheduled with a publisher, but I don’t want to announce this until they do.
I’ve finished another novella, calleed The Marriage of Figaro, dealing with a particular kind of a tribe of college friends — musicians — who experience their own form of apocalyptic threat.
I’m finishing up a story for an upcoming anthology. This one’s called “In the Hanging Gardens of Babylon,” and is set in 1923, in Hollywood, a place I’ve worked in and loved, even now, from the distance of New England.
I’m hoping to have a new collection of stories by fall, actually — I’ve written three others, as well. I’ve found my few years away from publication of new work has really recharged my batteries.
As I’ve been working on all of these, I’ve also been spending many mornings with my novel, which I’ll keep a little secret for now. It’s at the 73,000 word point and will no doubt hit the 100,000 mark, I hope, by September. When it’s done, I have 50,000 words of the beginning of a trilogy that I hope to get back to — a dark gothic fable of family, madness and murder.
And for those waiting: My novella Mr. Darkness is done but needs clean up and I hope to have it ready for publication by June 1st. The Vampyricon deluxe edition is moving forward, as well. Most of my older books will be in ebook, soon. Be sure and pick up those you’ve missed — I think you’ll enjoy them. Thank you.
And that’s the news — for now.
IN EBOOK NOW: THE CHILDREN’S HOURJanuary 14th, 2012
Just a quick note here: my long-out-of-print novel, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR is back!
This full-length novel of children, vampyrism, a West Virginia mining town called Colony and a guy named Joe who hears voices in his head is now in ebook form for Kindle and Nook.
CLEGG, NOOK, AND KINDLEJanuary 9th, 2012
Check out the ebooks available now:
With more to come in the near-future, including You Come When I Call You, Breeder, Bad Karma, Isis, The Hour Before Dark — and all the Harrow novels.
From award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a tale of madness and love and turning 18 — and murder.
In PURITY, the darkest force is love.
Owen Crites has watched Jenna Montgomery flower into a beautiful young woman as they’ve practically grown up together through the summers; Owen is the gardener’s son who will one day become groundskeeper of the Montgomery summer estate on Outerbridge Island.
Now, when they both reach adolescence, Owen begins to understand that Jenna is meant for a different life in adulthood than he is destined for — and he knows that he must somehow keep her on the island until she no longer wants to leave.
From Publishers Weekly:
NECROPOLITAN LIFE: BUG-EYED MONSTERS I HAVE LOVEDDecember 4th, 2011
When I was a teenager, I worked at the then-brand-new Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian Institution– we had bees, giant cockroaches, mummy lice, tarantulas and more.
Honestly, if I had a reasonable aptitude for the study of science, I’d probably want to be an entomologist. At the Smithsonian, we were exposed to the top scientists and explorers in that field…who usually were literally in the field, exploring.
But I loved the insect world long before this — and after.
I had a pet tarantula in college named Abraxas, and the really wonderful girl I dated at Vassar used to sometimes take the bus down to Lexington, Virginia — where I was in college — with a brown paper bag full of crickets for the tarantula.
Abraxas ended up as a guest at George Mason University in northern Virgina (after I graduated from Washington & Lee University), where he lived out his natural life.
But even now, I’m fond of spiders and bugs. Yes, I like odd things — although they’re not odd to me, since we’re surrounded by insects all the time, everywhere we go.
I loved this recent picture of a Giant Weta chowing down on a carrot, very much like one of our pet rabbits might.
Don’t worry. They’re only found in New Zealand.
Read more at the Daily Mail:
NECROPOLITAN LIFE: YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF BONESNovember 28th, 2011
With my Necropolitan Life feature, I want to make sure you remember who put the Necro in Politan.
Honestly, it has always been my dream to find bones under my house. I’m still diggin’, but so far, nothing.
So, in building a house, a couple discovered some 1,400 year old bones. How cool is that?
Here’s my favorite part of the piece;
” ‘It was the age-old story of builder taps on window saying he had something to tell us,’ said Mr West, 55.
He had a skull in his hand and I thought ‘Oh, my goodness’.”
Ah, yes. That age-old story.
I’ll try to bring you a dose of skeletal goodness each week. Ghoulish of me? I think not.
IF THIS DOESN’T GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WONDER AND THANKS…November 23rd, 2011
My dad worked on many of the Apollo missions, so when I was a kid, he’d bring back stickers from each one — and now and then a replica of a shuttle or a rocket.
I’ve always loved space exploration since then, and with Thanksgiving upon us here in the U.S.A. I found this time-lapse video from out in space — of our beautiful planet — a reminder of everything we all have to be thankful for here on the ground.
An intro from Ron Garan, the astronaut who created this:
“Producing time-lapse video onboard the International Space Station while orbiting 250 miles above the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour helps people follow along on our missions, not as spectators, but as fellow crewmembers. — Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut, Expedition 27 & 28″
(Note: this is a flash video from YouTube. It may take a few seconds to load, and if you don’t have flash, go watch it here.)
Enjoy. Have a great Thanksgiving or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.
NECROPOLITAN LIFE: WHAT PUT THE VOLT IN VOLTAIRE?November 21st, 2011
Voltaire was born on this day (November 21st, for the calendar-challenged and those who read this long after I post it) in 1694 as Francois-Marie Arouet.
Not content to be a philosopher and historian, Voltaire was a caffeine-o-holic like no other: he often downed more than 50 little cups of espresso daily.
Happy Birthday, Voltaire! I raise my paltry second cup of morning coffee to you.
NECROPOLITAN LIFE: RUN FOR THE SHELTER OF GREAT GRAMMA’S LITTLE HELPER…November 19th, 2011
The history of over-the-counter and prescription drugs is a dangerous drunk drive into the past.
I’m always up for riding shotgun on such drives (figuratively, of course) — because as you might guess, I love tales of the strange, off-beat, unusual and downright creepy. And you’ll always find me exploring some of this in these Necropolitan Life features.
Just when you think the past might be some golden age of wisdom and style and virtuous living…here come the cocaine drops! I’ve got a bit of tooth pain right now — maybe I should just skip the dentist and try this old-fashioned, time-honored remedy.
Asthma cigarettes? Check!
Quaaludes for a great night’s rest? Check!
And don’t forget some meth to keep your spirits up.
One of my favorites is the Bayer Aspirin and Heroin ad. That’s a combo that knocks those coughs and headaches right out of your skull. And then some.
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