Douglas Clegg

Biography

Douglas Clegg is the author of more than 25 novels, including The Hour Before Dark, Isis, Neverland, The Children's Hour and many others. He's also penned the Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning collection, The Nightmare Chronicles, and the Shocker Award winning, The Machinery of Night. He lives on the coast of New England.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New England and in the South, a bit in Hawaii and ultimately, on the West Coast before the age of 26. How it influenced my writing is simply that I have a sense for these regions in particular and I have strong emotional bonds within those areas, some of them sentimental and generous and others, stormy and unresolved. I think this all adds into the reasons why I've written novels in various places, most of which I've lived in, around, among.
When did you first start writing?
When I could first communicate at all I was telling stories, but I was eight years old when my mother gave me a typewriter and asked me to write a story about a pet mockingbird that had recently died. So I did -- I typed the story out and I've never really stopped typing and writing stories since.
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Where to find Douglas Clegg online

Where to buy in print

Series

Criminally Insane
Bad Karma
Price: $10.99 USD.
Night Cage
Price: $10.99 USD.
Red Angel
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Books

The Faces
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,230. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The Face of Nightmare.... In this suspenseful novella of horror from bestselling and award-winning author Douglas Clegg, a man discovers a mask that begins to change his life in disturbing and terrifying ways.100 pages in print. Genre: Horror, Psychological Suspense.
The Poisoner's Garden and Others: Selected Poems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
A Poisonous Flower, an Evil Doll, a Well of Memory and Dream Award-winning author of supernatural and gothic 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.
The Dark Game: Includes the Novelettes The Dark Game and I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Can you escape the nightmare? Men imprisoned, one in war and one in an asylum, these two novelettes are packed with twisted psychological suspense and spine-tingling horror at its darkest. One man, a prisoner of war; and the other, a disturbed young man who wants out of a hospital for the criminally insane – at any cost!
Mordred, Bastard Son
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 91,090. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a spellbinding novel of Arthurian fantasy. Conceived in violence, born of royalty, and raised in exile, Mordred grows to manhood torn between his powerful mother’s desire for revenge, his own conflicted feelings toward the father who betrayed him, and his passionate coming of age into first love with one of the greatest knights of Camelot.
Dark of the Eye
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 110,960. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » General
A girl named Hope becomes the prey in a monstrous hunt in this chilling supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg. A tragic accident leaves young Hope Stewart with an extraordinary power that is both blessing and curse.
Dark Rooms
Price: $36.99 USD. Words: 251,340. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A box set bundle collecting three of his classic supernatural novels together: The Hour Before Dark, Breeder, and Afterlife. Nearly 1,000 pages of fiction between these three novels of suspense and horror – and at a price 25% off the individual books’ prices.
Night Towns: Three Novels, a Box Set (The Children's Hour, You Come When I Call You, Goat Dance)
Price: $36.99 USD. Words: 367,210. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Three novels of supernatural horror set in towns as dark as night -- more than 1500 pages if in print!
Funerary Rites
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,980. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a dark novelette of a village caught on the edge of fear.
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,920. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Literature » Literary
From New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg comes a novella (112 pages in print) of a young man on a search for the truth behind the legend of the famous Windrow sisters.
Lights Out
Price: $17.99 USD. Words: 181,600. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Dark, Scary, Thrilling, Strange, Creepy, Mysterious, and Weird — a mega-collection from a master of the fiction of nightmares. From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes this giant gathering of classic dark fiction of suspense, horror and nightmare logic, including the previously-uncollected novelette, Funerary Rites. 700+ pages if in print.
Neverland
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 94,580. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
From Douglas Clegg, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Priest of Blood and The Hour Before Dark, comes a supernatural gothic thriller of family secrets and innocence turned to darkness. "Neverland is a masterpiece of dark suspense that will forever haunt your dreams." - Douglas Preston, New York Times Bestselling Author of Impact.
Night Asylum: Tales of Mystery & Horror
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 96,970. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Welcome to the Night Asylum! Come on in -- join the madness, but don't stay after dark. From Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg, come 18 tales of horror and suspense in this revised, second edition!
Halloween Chillers: A Boxed Set Bundle (Halloween Man, The Words, The Nightmare Chronicles)
Price: $24.99 USD. Words: 194,790. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Just in time for Halloween -- three chilling ebooks in one! From Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning writer Douglas Clegg come three works of horror and the supernatural! Nearly 800 pages (if in print) of fiction, including the full-length novel Halloween Man, the novella The Words, and the award-winning full-length collection, The Nightmare Chronicles.
The Halloween Man
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 96,100. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
A mysterious New England village. A stolen child. An ancient ritual. A terrifying birthright. Who holds the key to the chilling mystery of Stonehaven and its desolate woods -- and what unspeakable creature remains trapped within its summer mansion? From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a dark supernatural thriller.
The Stain
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
From award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg, comes a short story that begins with the discovery of a strange stain on a t-shirt -- and grows into a threat against a man and his only son. The story is approximately 5600 words in length.
Belinda in the Pool
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Horror » General
From Bram Stoker Award-winning writer Douglas Clegg comes a new short story of a girl named Belinda -- and her father, who discovers something entirely disturbing about her.
Criminally Insane: The Series
Price: $17.99 USD. Words: 183,610. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This box set edition of the Criminally Insane series includes the first three novels of this suspense thriller series: Bad Karma, Red Angel, and Night Cage. The Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice is packed with sociopaths and murderers. And sometimes, they escape...
You Come When I Call You
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 135,970. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
From award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg, comes a nightmarish epic that spans 20 years in the lives of a handful of friends who experienced -- as teenagers -- a terrifying apocalyptic event in their small desert town. "Horror at its finest!" -- Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly.
The Nightmare Chronicles
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 78,630. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The Bram Stoker Award-winning and International Horror Guild Award-winning short story collection -- 13 tales of disturbing horror and twisted psychological suspense fill The Nightmare Chronicles by Douglas Clegg. These short stories from a master storyteller of horror "can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby, " says author Dean Koontz.
Coming of Age: 3 Novellas
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 80,360. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A triple-feature omnibus of three suspense thrillers - Purity, The Words, and The Attraction! Three full-length novellas all packed into one cool ebook -- three of award-winner Clegg's most frightening and fascinating novellas of horror and...coming of age.
The Words
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 22,570. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
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 involving stories of the occult and a strange drug that allows Dash to see into another world -- a world of absolute darkness and terror. A novella from Bram Stoker winner Douglas Clegg.
The Attraction
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 32,890. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
From Bram Stoker Winner Douglas Clegg comes a horror novella of roadside terror! The signs all 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.
Naomi
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 70,140. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg, comes a spellbinding, gothic dark fantasy of lost love in Manhattan, witches, subway depths -- and a dark creature known only as the Serpent. “Clegg’s spectacular depiction of New York as a vast Gothic mansion filled with haunted souls gives [Naomi] its formidable power.” -- Publishers Weekly
Purity
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 25,920. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
In PURITY, the darkest force is love. From award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a 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.
Red Angel
Series: Criminally Insane, Book Two. Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 68,200. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A page-turning thrill ride into suspense and psychological terror, Red Angel is the second novel in the Criminally Insane series from Douglas Clegg. A relentless killer has struck again -- and the innocent victims are found with bird wings around their neck. Called the Red Angel killer -- and terrifying southern California residents -- he is hunted by rookie cop Jane Laymon and Trey Campbell.
Night Cage
Series: Criminally Insane, Book Three. Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In Book 3 of the Criminally Insane Series, award-winning and bestselling Douglas Clegg brings us back to the terrifying corridors of the Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice. As fires rage in the hills above the hospital, Bloody Mary and her son "Doc" are on a murdering rampage in southern California.
Bad Karma
Series: Criminally Insane, Book One. Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 57,360. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
No one will ever love you as much as someone who's willing to kill for you. New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg raises the stakes in Bad Karma, a harrowing suspense thriller with a paranormal twist where fatal attraction meets a truly gone girl. Brutal murder, deadly secrets, a southern California rampage — and all of it wrapped around a hospital for criminal justice.
Goat Dance
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 132,570. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
From Bram Stoker winner Douglas Clegg comes a novel of heart-pounding suspense and supernatural horror. What secrets lie within the ancient place known as the Goat Dance? Nightmarish forces lurk in the mountains of Virginia. Those long-dead return in nightmares - and a small town must face its terrifying past as a possessed child threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror.
Afterlife
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 73,430. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg's page-turning blend of psychic thriller and gothic mystery, a brutal murder ignites a series of dark, erotic, paranormal invasions. Who has returned from the afterlife?
Wild Things: Four Tales of Suspense and Terror
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 25,190. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Suspenseful, strange and riveting -- Wolves in disguise, birds as terrifying harbingers, prisoners-of-war and murderers inhabit the pages of this mini-collection from Douglas Clegg, award-winning and bestselling author of The Children's Hour and Neverland. Three short stories and one novelette, originally published in a special deluxe limited hardcover from Cemetery Dance Publications.
Breeder
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 99,720. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
From Douglas Clegg, award-winning author of The Hour Before Dark and The Children's Hour, comes a nightmarish vision of Washington, D.C. where a new horror is born within the walls of an ancient house -- haunted by a diabolical ritual and a terrifying legacy of the past.
The Children's Hour
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 97,810. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
In this gripping supernatural thriller of horror and suspense -- from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg -- something is terribly wrong with the children of Colony, West Virginia. Innocent though they seem, these kids come out at night -- to hunt.
The Hour Before Dark
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 80,020. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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.

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