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From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg, comes a spellbinding, urban gothic horror novel of lost love in Manhattan, witches 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

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From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg, comes a spellbinding, urban gothic horror novel of lost love in Manhattan, witches 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

The subways of Manhattan are only the first stage of Jake Richmond's descent into the vast subterranean passageways beneath the city -- and the discovery of a mystery and a terror greater than any human being could imagine.Naomi went into the tunnels to destroy herself...but found an even more terrible fate awaiting her in the twisting corridors.

Now, the man who loves Naomi must find her...and bring her back to the world of the living, a world where a New York brownstone holds a burial ground of those accused of witchcraft, where the secrets of the living may be found within the ancient diary of a witch, and where a creature known only as the Serpent has escaped its bounds at last.

About the Author

Douglas Clegg wrote Naomi as the world's first e-serial novel in 1999. It was then published in hardcover and paperback. Now in a new, revised digital edition from Alkemara Press. Inspired by Manhattan itself, a private loss and a love for the history and legend of the subways themselves, Naomi was originally written week-by-week and episodes were emailed to reader via the newsletter at Clegg's website.

Look for other books by Douglas Clegg

The Children's Hour
Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
Nightmare House
Bad Karma
Red Angel
Night Cage
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Necromancer
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
The Attraction

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."
-- Bentley Little, author of The Policy

"Clegg delivers!"
-- John Saul, bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth.

"A master of the genre. Absolutely thrilling! Douglas Clegg is the future of dark fantasy."
-- Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times bestselling author of the Dark-Hunters.

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction."
-- Peter Straub
author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl and the New York Times Bestseller Black House (with Stephen King)

"Clegg is one of the best!"
-- Richard Laymon

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!"
-- Robert R. McCammon
author of The Queen of Bedlam and Speaks The Nightbird.

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Naomi 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. Makes me wondering whats really lerking in those subway tunnels. A MUST READ for the horror/occult fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg writes a gripping, effusive, engrossing tale of love, evil, of witches, and of demons. Naomi is a wonderful book that deserves more attention than it got. This book is truly charming. Douglas Clegg writes a book on a higher level than anything the popular Stephen King can write. Highly recommended. I am looking forward to his newest book, 'The Hour Before Dark', which is to be out by October of 2002.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning writer has written another winner that puts his name up there with Koontz and King on the horror charts. This story has everything you can ask from a horror novel, with characters you truly feel are alive and unspeakable evil that keeps you reading long into the night. The book has everything from creepy Subway tunnels to Witchcraft (If you enjoyed Wither you'll love this book!)The plot takes us on three seperate but related journeys that come together nicely for the finale. I can't wait for Sept. 15th so I can get his newest novel The Infinite! Thanks Doug for giving us horror fans something to be excited about again! I should also mention all proceeds from Naomi to goes to charity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Douglas Clegg¿s newest paperback novel, NAOMI, Jake Richmond has moved to Manhattan to escape the ugly memories of Carthage, Virginia. It was in Carthage that Jake fell in love with his childhood friend, Naomi Cross. When something bad happened to Naomias as a teenager...something that she couldn¿t even talk to Jake about, she eventually left and moved to New York City. It wasn¿t long before Jake followed her. Though Jake looked for his lost love, he never found her until it was too late. Instead, he started a career as a writer, got married, and had a wonderful child. When Jake¿s wife leaves him for another man, he once more begins his search for Naomi, only to find out that she committed suicide by jumping in front of a subway train a few months before. The body of Naomi may have been torn apart by the train, but not her spirit for she is destined to return to help destroy an evil that caused her death hundreds of years before when she was a young girl, living on a plantation in old New York. To win this battle, Naomi¿s spirit will need the help of Jake, as well as the help of a woman named Maddy (who owns an old brownstone in Manhattan where the bones of several murdered witches are found buried beneath the basement floor) and a homeless boy who calls himself Romeo and knows the subways tunnels like the back of his hand. All the players are gradually drawn together to finish their roles in a drama that was started in a previous lifetime, and only a few of them will survive the final confrontation between light and darkness. While not having the action and intensity of YOU COME WHEN I CALL, Mr. Clegg¿s newest book has great characters that drive the story forward and a premise that held my interest. The author is extremely skillful when writing about the ambiance of teenage life, especially where young love is concerned. He¿s able to capture the innocence, the hope, and the melancholy with stark clarity that brought back memories of my younger years. Mr. Clegg also knows how to weave the intricate details of a story, creating an atmosphere of suspense and dread that permeates each layer of narrative as it unfolds. I found myself loving the characters of Jake and Naomi, wishing that they could have found each other as adults and fulfilled the possibilities that their long relationship seemed to promise. I also liked the details of Manhattan¿s subterranean caverns that house the old subway tunnels, and where hundreds, if not thousands, of homeless people live. I found the City of the Forbidden where the Serpent (evil incarnate) lives underneath Manhattan to be well drawn and frightening in nature. I did think the ending was a little too quick and that the novel could¿ve used another twenty pages or so to wrap things up in greater detail. Anyway, I believe NAOMI is a wonderful weekend read and is recommended to those who enjoy a well-written tale of the supernatural. Though Mr. Clegg has yet to write his breakout novel (a novel that hits the top ten on the bestseller lists), I feel confident that it will soon happen. This author has a talent that keeps drawing me back to him. There's only one thing I would like to say to Mr. Clegg: please work something out with your previous publisher and have your out-of-print novels reprinted for your growing mass of fans. You have several that I would like very much to read. Perhaps Leisure Books could buy the publishing rights and print them under their logo. These would certainly add to your popularity as an author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Jake and Naomi were both born in Carthage, Virginia, a place where evil stands side by side with the righteous. Neither one had a descent family to turn to for support so they clung to one another. At seventeen Naomi left town to attend school and a year later Jake followed her though they never stayed in touch with one another. Thus, Jake is shocked to elarn that his childhood sweetheart died by falling onto the tracks of a New York subway station.

In a bizarre coincidence, Jake rents an apartment in Greenwich Village just across the hall where Naomi lived. When he goes into the subway to catch a train, he swears he has just seen Naomi walking on the tracks. When it happens again and other weird things occur, Jake wonders if Naomi is dead or is her restless spirit trying to communicate with him. Either way, Jake knows that he cannot ignore what his senses tell him for if he does he will go slowly insane.

Douglas Clegg has written a complex, suspenseful, and exciting horror novel that contains several levels of understanding due to strong subplots that tie back to the prime theme. The story line includes several likable and not so likable characters, but the show belongs to Jake who must contend with the curious and crazy happenings that engulf him.

Harriet Klausner