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The Girl Who Conjured the Dead

If you lost someone you loved, what price would you pay to bring them back? From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a classic dark gothic novella of quiet horror, " chilling and dark as the shadows on an October night," said NY Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

120 pages in print. For


The Girl Who Conjured the Dead

If you lost someone you loved, what price would you pay to bring them back? From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a classic dark gothic novella of quiet horror, " chilling and dark as the shadows on an October night," said NY Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

120 pages in print. For fans of Guillermo del Toro, Susan Hill, and Daphne Du Maurier.

Note: Isis is a prequel novella to the Harrow Series. Also, this ebook version does not include the illustrations done for the 2009 hardcover special edition.

Old Marsh, the gardener at Belerion Hall, warned the Villiers girl about the dark places and old ruins along the sea-cliffs. "Never go in, miss. Never say a prayer at its door. If you are angry, do not seek revenge by the Laughing Maiden stone or at the threshold of the Tombs. There be those who listen for oaths and vows....What may be said in innocence becomes flesh and blood in such places."

From childhood until her sixteenth year, Iris Villiers wandered, a wild child in a repressive time, along the stone-hedged gardens and steep cliffs of the coast of Cornwall near her ancestral home. Surrounded by the stern judgments of her grandfather-the Gray Minister-and the taunts of her cruel governess, Iris finds solace in her handsome and beloved older brother who has always protected her.

But when a tragic accident occurs from the ledge of an open window, Iris discovers that she possesses the ability to speak to the dead...

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 Magazine:
"...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."

Discover Douglas Clegg's fiction:

Lights Out
The Children's Hour
The Halloween Man
You Come When I Call You
The Hour Before Dark
Nightmare House
Bad Karma
Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
Red Angel
Night Cage
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Necromancer
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Attraction
Night Asylum
The Priest of Blood
The Lady of Serpents
The Queen of Wolves

FIC015000 FICTION / Horror
FIC024000 FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

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Meet the Author

Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including Nightmare House, The Hour Before Dark, and Neverland. He is married and lives on the coast of New England.

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Isis 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a contest. Isis is the first work I've ever read by Douglas Clegg and I have to wonder why it took me so long. Isis is a classic style horror story, part darkness, death and depression, and part fairy tale. Gorgeously written it's the tale of Iris Villiers, a girl who grew up wandering a land haunted by ghosts and legends, who by all means should have known better than to breach the veil between the living and the dead. Short (about 100 pages) Isis is full of barely restrained raw emotions, sadness and love. Also peppered between Clegg's stunning style are illustrations that match the tone of the book with their classic fairy tale style and simple black and white morbidity. It's hard to review such a short tale without ruining the plot, so I'll leave it at this: Isis is not to be missed, a haunting tale that crosses genres and trends and is sure to be just as appealing years from now.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel of Douglas Clegg's HARROW books, which I didn't realize until after I read the book. ISIS is a novella, being only 113 pages long, but it's quite amazing. It is the story of Iris and her brother, Harvey. They grow up together in a very dysfunctional family - before there were even any such things as dysfunctional families. Iris's father takes off; her mother is depressed and is an alcoholic. She has an older brother who she never sees and twin brothers. One is very selfish and the other is very kind, and that one is Harvey. Iris and Harvey are fascinated with the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris. The story is a take off of that. When Harvey dies saving Iris, she defies all to get him back. I enjoyed this short book but have to admit that I needed to read it during the day because it scared me. It doesn't have much gore or violence, but the way it is written is much scarier. I highly recommend this short slip of a book.
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Makkato More than 1 year ago
I read the other reviews and was all excited about this book. In fact I had intended to buy several of Mr. Clegg's books once I got to the bookstore. Much to my disappointment this was the only book of his there. For some reason I had expected a book more substantial in size - as in page numbers. Of course this was a quick read as several said - it was not even 100 pages if I recall. It took me about 45 min to read. It was something that possibly could have been published in a magazine. For that short a "Story"- not book - it was ok. It was not haunting or anything like the other reviews had said. It was a bit touching. I wished the story had been developed further into a true book.
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gooddragon38 More than 1 year ago
I read the entire book in one sitting in complete silence. I read a lot; at least 2 or 3 books a week, but I can't remember the last time I read such a well written, lovely, horrible, sweet, sad, terrifying book. I found all of these things and more in Isis. The illustrations were beautiful as well. I will keep it in an honored place on my bookshelf.
Wendymaria More than 1 year ago
I was really excited when I found out that Douglas Clegg was writing a book about Isis. I wanted to know more about her character. This book is incredible. The illustrations are haunting and beautiful. The story itself is fascinating and sends just the right amount of chills up your spine. I'm very interested in world mythology, so I really liked seeing the Egyptian myth about Isis and Osiris worked into the storyline. Douglas certainly knows how to describe everything so you feel as if you are there inside the story. I'm sure that just like me you'll read it in one sitting. This is definitely a great book to read to older children by the campfire or even make it a tradition to read together every Halloween. Pick up a copy, you won't be disappointed.
SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
If you love the classic horror tales of old this is the book for you! It reminds me of Poe in many ways. It is beautifully written and full of the irony that good horror always has. A young girl makes a wish to bring back her beloved brother and her wish is granted. Though that may seem like a happy ending, Clegg doesn't rely on the predictable to complete his tale, which I really love. The book is appropriate for younger readers, those who would appreciate Poe or maybe even Twilight Zone. It's a novella and can easily be read in a couple of hours.
harstan More than 1 year ago
She was born Iris Catherine Villiers, the youngest of four siblings. Her oldest brother Lewis was six years older than her while the twins Spencer and Harvard were three when she was born. Their mom was an artist from Chicago while their dad was a Brit living in Manhattan. They initially lived on Fischer Island in Long Island Sound, but when their father was assigned to Burma, the family except for Lewis moved to his ancestral home Belerion Hall in Cornwall to be with the dying ¿Gray Minister¿, their paternal grandfather, who considered them sinners. Still in spite of the dark mutterings of her crazed grandfather, life is good for preadolescent Iris and the twins as they play together the Tragic Tale of Isis and Osiris. --- As the years pass by, Iris continues to dabble as Isis though her governess Edyth believes this is sinful pagan byplay. When Iris discovers her governess is sleeping with her brother Spence, the two women argue. Edyth slaps Iris, almost knocking her out the window. Her brother Harvey comes to her rescue but Iris can¿t hold on to his hands and they both fall out the window. Harvey dies but using the spell she has learned over the years, she brings him back from the dead, not realizing that what she has done will come back to haunt her. --- ISIS is a terrific horror novel that grips readers who know what the outcome is, but wonders how a kindhearted precocious little girl transforms into the Oracle at Harrow. The story line is a dark coming of age thriller as Iris begins to become Isis. Fans who appreciate a character driven horror novelette will enjoy this fast reading one sitting transformation tale. --- Harriet Klausner