Douglas Clegg

Ghost Game

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Coming in 2020

New in the Harrow Series

Supernatural Horror, Ghost, Haunting, Literary, Dark, Gothic

Roughly 300 or so pages in print.

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About the Book

Harry Morehouse, a self-conflicted college professor, has a secret he keeps from others ever since an incident of guilt and shame as a child and a nightmarish moment in his teen years.  But now, much older, he meets a captivating woman who shares one particular obsession with him.

Her name is Claudia Ballard  and she belongs to a club of people who love a good ghost story.

And that’s where the trouble begins…

Claudia’s group plans annual gatherings at places of special interest to the Houndstooth Irregulars, including Borley Rectory in England, or Lizzie Borden’s house in Massachusetts, or the Winchester House in California, Bog Farm in New Hampshire…

This jovial weekend of like-minded fans of the paranormal can be quite stuffy:  a bottle of tawny port, a good Stilton, Cuban cigars, a crackling fire…and a weekend of ghost stories.

But this year, it’s different.

This year, they’re at Harrow.

Author Note: You might be able to tell by the cover of this novel that it’s a bit outside the first four novels of Harrow. Officially this is book number 5, but when Harrow is a place of infinite hauntings, how do you really number books? As a series, Harrow is more shared world hauntings than a 1-2-3-4 series. There are no cliff-hangers in Harrow, every novel and novella is its own stand-alone.

Each of the Harrow books is connected to the house in some way but each is also a very different kind of novel of the supernatural. The only truly continuing character is Harrow itself.  Although the novels consist of two prequel short novels/novellas, and five novels (including Ghost Game) they can all be read in any order you wish because of the way the series is set up.  

Ghost Game is a contemporary supernatural horror novel.

I’ve decided with some of the Harrow novels to broaden their reach a bit, but always arriving at or returning to Harrow for that extra click of the supernatural. For the purist who only wants to read a ghost story set entirely at the haunted house, this is not the book for you but others in the series definitely should meet with your interest.

If you didn’t really get into the Harrow series but enjoy a ghost story, this might be the book for you.

I’ve always felt Harrow stories were more about haunted lives that happen to cross paths with this particular house at some point  — and that’s what feeds the spirits of the house.

Cheers,

Douglas Clegg - DClegg@DouglasClegg.com

Isis

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

First Time in Trade Paperback

She broke the law of the Dead…but at what price?

If you love the fiction of Daphne du Maurier, Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, and other dark gothics with ghost stories, you are sure to enjoy the novella, Isis.

From Publishers Weekly:

“Clegg (The Abandoned) expands the burgeoning backstory of his multivolume Harrow haunted house saga with this poignant chamber tragedy involving young Iris Catherine Villiers (who, as an adult, will become Isis Claviger, oracle of the spook-ridden Hudson Valley academy)…This potent novella, one of Clegg’s best, is both a stand-alone triumph and a powerful new chapter in his evolving series.”

From Fangoria:

“…a story of love, loss and longing…told with the beautiful prose of an old-fashioned Gothic era.”

From The Strand magazine:

“Haunting yet poignant, Isis is a work that should firmly place Clegg among the all-stars of horror such as Straub, Machen, LeFanu, and Stoker.”

From NY Times Bestselling Author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps):

“‘Never sleep there, for the dead enter your dreams.’ Those frightening words froze me to the page. And when Isis dares to open the doors to the Tombs, I knew the dark legends and terrors of this book would stay in my dreams for a long, long time.”

From Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author:

“Douglas Clegg’s Isis is a haunting beauty of a tale as chilling and dark as the shadows on an October night.”

From Cemetery Dance Magazine:

“…a literary work for the ages. This story is Clegg at his absolute best. . . . lovely and powerful and profound. . . . a story that will live on for decades”

  • Other novels in this genre that would have similar readerships though different books, obviously: The Haunting of Hill House, Hell House, The Woman in Black, Ghost Story, The Shining, Haunted.
  • Movies, also similar audience (if different story): The Innocents, The Others, The Haunting, The Woman in Black.

The Necromancer

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In Trade Paperback & Ebook

“A cross between the Marquis de Sade and Charles Dickens…Scintillatingly brilliant.”*

Love shows like Taboo, Game of Thrones, with their dark seamy underbelly of history or alternate history? Enjoy historical fiction with a bit of supernatural and occult woven through? You’re sure to delight in devilish, The Necromancer. Note: Not for the faint of heart.

Occult societies, murder, brothels, London, and a young debauched Victorian on the loose…Justin Gravesend, who would later in life build the house called Harrow, was once an innocent Welsh lad in Victorian London…until he crossed the road to the night side of town…

Genre: Horror, gothic thriller, coming of age, Victoriana, occult, suspense, supernatural fiction, short novel, novella, prequel. This book is 196 pages in its first trade paperback edition (now available as well as in ebook).

Read Some Reviews – If You Dare!

“Readers will find themselves enthralled by the early life and lessons of young Justin Gravesend…There is a richness to the prose in this book reminiscent of ‘The Confessions of an Opium Eater’ penned so long ago. Side by side, they might have been written by contemporaries, and that is the magic of Clegg’s prose in this volume.” — FeoAmante.com Reviews.

*”…Like reading a cross between the Marquis DeSade and Charles Dickens.. [Clegg’s] prose is scintillatingly brilliant in parts and I was sucked right into this squalid tale of black magic. …the book is worth this little gem of horror literature…” – Alternative Reality Webzine.

“Justin Gravesend’s story is one of perversity and debauchery and his embracing of it. Clegg does not back away from the more unsavory elements, yet keeps the language of the time (presumably the late 1800s), so that sometimes it felt as if I were reading something from Boccaccio or the like. ‘The Necromancer’ is never anything less than compelling, and I finished this relatively short tale in two sittings.” – Craig’s Book Club Reviews.

 

 

 

Nightmare House

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

It Knows Your Fears…

The Harrow Series, Book One

If you’re a fan of haunted house supernatural horror fiction, the works of Shirley Jackson,  Stephen King, Peter Straub, Bentley Little, Darcy Coates, Ambrose Ibsen, James Herbert, John Saul, Guillermo del Toro,  H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, you’re sure to enjoy the Harrow series, about the notorious house of infinite hauntings in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Each novel and prequel in this series is a different kind of supernatural horror novel, from quiet gothic (Isis, Nightmare House) to classic hauntings (Mischief, The Infinite) to the all-hell-breaks loose, not for the faint of heart of The Abandoned.

The house called Harrow has an ancient soul

Returning to claim an inheritance, Ethan Gravesend inadvertently unlocks the long-buried secrets of a sinister mansion in this chilling gothic horror novel of ghosts and psychic phenomena from Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg — Book One of the Harrow Series.

Genre: Horror, ghost story, haunted house, gothic thriller, suspense, supernatural fiction. This novel was 270 pages in its first print edition.

  • Other novels in this genre that would have similar readerships though different books, obviously: The Haunting of Hill House, Hell House, The Woman in Black, Ghost Story, The Shining, Haunted.
  • Movies, also similar audience (if different story): The Innocents, The Others, The Haunting, The Haunting of Hell House, The Conjuring, The Woman in Black.

Mischief

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

1st time in trade paperback!

The Harrow Series, Book Two

If you’re a fan of  movies and novels of haunted schools and the students within them, as well as the works of Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, and Stephen King, you’re sure to enjoy the supernatural horror of Mischief.

In Mischief, the horror of Harrow is reborn — as Harrow Academy, a private school for boys. A dark fraternity exists within Harrow — and it wants new blood…

Whispers of Ghosts

The mansion overlooks the Hudson River, just outside the town of Watch Point, New York. And Jim Hook, should never have come to Harrow Academy…because he may be the new key to unlocking the terrors of the house.

A Secret Society of Night

Within the walls, something horrifying awaits Jim…a haunting more disturbing than any other…

Each novel and prequel in this series is a different kind of supernatural horror novel, from quiet gothic (Isis, Nightmare House) to classic hauntings (Mischief, The Infinite) to the all-hell-breaks loose, not for the faint of heart of The Abandoned.

 

  • Other novels in this genre that would have similar readerships though different books, obviously: The Haunting of Hill House, Hell House, The Woman in Black, Ghost Story, The Shining, Haunted.
  • Movies, also similar audience (if different story): The Innocents, The Others, The Haunting, The Haunting of Hell House, The Conjuring, The Woman in Black.

 

The Infinite

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Harrow Series, Book Three

If you’re a fan of haunted house supernatural horror fiction, the works of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and Stephen King, you’re sure to enjoy the supernatural novel of psychics and haunting, The Infinite.

After the burning of Harrow, Ivy Martin wants to restore the mansion to its former glory — and terror. In this supernatural thriller from award-winning and bestselling novelist Douglas Clegg – Book #3 of the Harrow Haunting series — psychics converge on the most haunted house in the world to find the key to its infinite hauntings.

Who holds the key?

Cali Nytbird – radio host of a psychic show, is no stranger to psi abilities. Chet Dillinger – raised in squalor, discovered a unique and wondrous talent early in life. Frost Crane, bestselling author, has crossed into shadow to communicate with the dead. These three are brought together by a major paranormal institute to study Harrow — and to find out the source of its hauntings.

But will they fall victim to the house’s deadly charm?

“A cavalcade of nightmares. Memorable for its evocative, disturbing imagery and haunting emotional insights, this novel adds a new chapter to horror’s tradition of haunted house fiction.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Each novel and prequel in this series is a different kind of supernatural horror novel, from quiet gothic (Isis, Nightmare House) to classic hauntings (Mischief, The Infinite) to the all-hell-breaks loose, not for the faint of heart of The Abandoned.

The Abandoned

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Harrow Series, Book Four

If you’re a fan of haunted house supernatural horror fiction and Douglas Clegg’s horror novels, you’ll enjoy the The Abandoned, a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners horror novel about Harrow, the house of infinite hauntings in the Hudson Valley.

Teenage girls with hatchets…

…kids with knives, and a newly-arrived Nightwatchman at Harrow — the most haunted house in the world. In this all-out horror chiller – Book #4 in the Harrow series from award-winning and bestselling novelist Douglas Clegg.

Some Houses Are Deadly

The old abandoned mansion on the edge of town infects the dreams and nightmares of those who sleep. Children turn against parents, old friends arrive with hatchets in hand — and only a handful of people are strong enough to resist the seductive whisper of Harrow’s haunting.

There’s No Escape

What’s been trapped inside the house has begun leaking like a poison into the village itself. A teenage girl sleeps too much, but when she awakens her nightmares break loose. A little boy encounters the ultimate fear when the house calls to him. A young woman must face unspeakable terror to keep Harrow from destroying everything she loves.

And somewhere within the house, a demented child waits with teeth like knives.

Warning: Not for the faint of heart.

“Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation.”- Bentley Little, bestselling author of The Haunted.

Each novel and prequel in this series is a different kind of supernatural horror novel, from quiet gothic (Isis, Nightmare House) to classic hauntings (Mischief, The Infinite) to the all-hell-breaks loose, not for the faint of heart of The Abandoned.

Harrow: Three Novels

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Supernatural. Gothic. Psychic. Ghosts.

Books 1-3 of the Harrow Series

BOOK 1: NIGHTMARE HOUSE

A chilling gothic horror novel of the awakening of Harrow’s hungry ghosts by the haunted house’s new heir.

BOOK 2: MISCHIEF

In Mischief, the horror of Harrow is reborn — as Harrow Academy, a private school for boys. A dark fraternity exists within Harrow — and it wants new blood.

BOOK 3: THE INFINITE

Psychics converge on Harrow — the most haunted house in the world — to find the key to its infinite hauntings. But will they survive its horrors?