Douglas Clegg

The Nest & Others

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

New Fiction Collection, to be published 2020

Details to be announced.


The Poisoner’s Garden & Others

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook

Get Your Signed Edition:

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Award-winning author of dark fiction, Douglas Clegg gathers 22 of his poems for the first time ever into The Poisoner’s Garden & Others, ranging from those with a dark gothic edge, to rhymes of whimsy with strange twists. Plus a Foreword and Afterword by the author.

Included in this Volume:

The Poisoner’s Garden

Why My Doll is Evil

The Salt of Undone Collars

Swimming in Underwear

Medea in Transit

My Younger Self

Toast to the Damned

Cenote of Dreams

October Wind

On All Hallow’s Eve

Song of Lupercalia

For St. Valentine’s Day

On the Ides of March


Winter Solstice

The Christmas Smite

Elegy on a Dead Frog Found in Swimming Pool

At the Station in the Rain

Still Life

That Hardscrabble Life You’re In

Assam Tea

The Crime

Coming of Age

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook

Face of Innocence, Mind of Monster


The box set of the Coming of Age short novels. A triple-feature bundle of suspense thrillers – Purity, The Words, and The Attraction!

Coming of Age: Three Dark Novellas by Douglas Clegg, Print EditionPurity

In Purity, the darkest force is love. From award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a twisting, dark psychological thriller of dangerous obsession. “Douglas Clegg turns the screws dexterously in this sleek, multifaceted suspense story…in a vacation paradise saturated in alcohol, entitlement and hypocrisy…” — Publisher’s Weekly

The Words

In The Words, two young men discover a secret world of monsters…When teenager Mark befriends outsider Dash, he believes his new friend to be an outcast rebel. But a dark mystery unfolds as Dash leads Mark into dangerous games and rituals that allow them to see into another world — a world of absolute darkness and terror.

The Attraction

The Attraction is a drive-in movie-style horror chiller of roadside terror! The signs along the desert highway read Come See the Mystery! But some mysteries should remain buried forever… “Clegg takes the idea of a cheapjack tourist hustle for a decrepit gas station in middle-of-nowhere Arizona and turns it into a terrifying quick punch of horror…” – Alternate Reality Web Zine Reviews.


Lights Out

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

First Time in Print

3 Books in One + Bonus Novelette

Lights Out is a bundle of the collections The Nightmare Chronicles, Night Asylum, and Wild Things: Four Tales, plus the bonus novelette, Funerary Rites.

If you love the short fiction of Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, Stephen King, Joe Hill, or Bentley Little, you’re sure to enjoy Lights Out, a mega-collection from a master of the fiction of nightmares, a box set bundle of three collections.


Table of Contents:

1. Foreword by the Author

2. Funerary Rites

3. White Chapel

4. The Stain

5. The American

6. Belinda in the Pool

7. The Skin of the World

8. O, Rare and Most Exquisite

9. The Little Mermaid

10. A Madness of Starlings

11. Subway Turnstile

12. Where Flies Are Born

13. Underworld

14. The Rendering Man

15. The Fruit of Her Womb

16. Becoming Men

17. People Who Love Life

18. Fries with That?

19. The Machinery of Night

20. The Wolf

21. The Wicked

22. 265 and Heaven

23. The Night Before Alec Got Married

24. Ice Palace

25. Why My Doll is Evil

26. The Five

27. The Dark Game

28. Only Connect

29. The Ripening Sweetness of Late Afternoon

30. Chosen

31. Damned If You Do

32. The Hurting Season

33. I Am infinite, I Contain Multitudes

Night Asylum

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook

If you love the short fiction of Ray Bradbury, Jack Ketchum, Joe Hill, Stephen King or Peter Straub, you’re sure to enjoy Night Asylum, 18 tales of mystery, suspense and horror from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg.

Dean Koontz Says:

“Clegg’s stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby.”

Genre: Horror, anthologies & collections, single author collection, gothic thrillers, suspense, supernatural fiction. This collection is estimated at 300+ pages if in print.

Meet the Inmates

Mysterious children surrounded by houseflies; a strange woman in a small town stalked by a preacher; boys trying to survive a terrifying boot camp; fraternity brothers who find a deeper brotherhood during a wintry Hell Week; a boy named Charlie, who may have more up his sleeve than meets the eye; a cop named Paul who discovers a tenement that opens the door into a place nightmares — or heaven; Nix — a patient in an asylum — who holds the key to the secret geometry of night itself…and many more.


The Nightmare Chronicles

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In Hardcover, Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook

Horror & Suspense Page-Turners

Love the dark short fiction of Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, or Shirley Jackson? You’re sure to enjoy The Nightmare Chronicles.

The Bram Stoker Award-winning and International Horror Guild Award-winning short story collection — 13 tales of disturbing horror and twisted psychological suspense from Douglas Clegg

Dean Koontz Says:

“Clegg’s stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby.”

Read the Reviews — If You Dare!

“Clegg brings his stories together with a chilling fictive conceit….The effect is dangerously seductive.” — Locus

“Clegg’s (The Halloween Man, etc.) collection of 13 tales takes risks and is full of passions that sometimes burst forth violently…Clegg’s use of innovative metaphors catapults each story beyond a landscape crowded with the horror genre’s usual monsters and madmen into a territory he alone can claim.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Clegg writes some of the most harrowing, unforgettable tales you’re ever likely to come upon.. Clegg’s best stories…slip into your subconscious and stay with you well beyond the last turning of the page…” – The Chiaroscuro

“I was truly impressed with this collection, and was not surprised to learn that it received the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection, and the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.” – Casual Debris


Wild Things

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

From award-winning Douglas Clegg comes a special quartet of stories dealing with creatures of the wild— wolf, bird, and the most terrifying of beasts: the human variety.

The Wolf

A hunter guides a younger man up a mountain to track down the creature that has been slaughtering in the valley below.

The American

At a late-night cafe in Rome, foreigners gather. On this particular night a stranger steps out of the shadowy park to sit at the sidewalk tables and speak of love — and murder.

A Madness of Starlings

A father, teaching his children about protection from the predators of life, takes in a fledgling bird. But when it’s time for the bird to fly away, the forces of nature begin to come undone…

The Dark Game

A war hero and his men are captured and taken into a prison camp. There, tortures and torments await them, but the man named Gordon Raglan embraces the darkness…

“Clegg shows how the bestial aspects of horror and humanity are interchangeable in this quartet of psychological suspense stories….riveting reading.” — Publishers Weekly