Neverland [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg blends dark suspense and gothic horror in Neverland, a novel of deadly secrets and innocence corrupted.

What lurks within the shack called Neverland? What kinds of dangerous — and deadly — games do the children play there?

For years, the Jackson family vacationed at their matriarch's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a ...
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Neverland

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg blends dark suspense and gothic horror in Neverland, a novel of deadly secrets and innocence corrupted.

What lurks within the shack called Neverland? What kinds of dangerous — and deadly — games do the children play there?

For years, the Jackson family vacationed at their matriarch's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a shack hidden among the brambles and windswept trees near bluffs overlooking the sea.

The rundown shack called Neverland is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. Who calls to the children from within its walls?

For fans of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Peter Straub and Thomas Tryon

"Neverland is a masterpiece of dark suspense that will forever haunt your dreams." - Douglas Preston, New York Times Bestselling Author of Impact and (with Lincoln Child) of Relic and Gideon's Corpse.

"Douglas Clegg's Neverland is an unforgettable novel that combines creeping horror and psychological suspense. It starts like a bullet and never slows down." - David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of Murder as a Fine Art.

“This is a powerful and thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg’s best novel yet. The novel builds in whispers and ends in a scream. You will never forget Neverland.” - F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Nightworld and the Repairman Jack series.

"From start to finish, Neverland is a haunting and tragic masterpiece. A powerful, thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg tells Beau and Sumner's incredible story with a subtle blend of humor and sadness that resonates with the reader long after the novel ends.” - Marjorie M. Liu, New York Times Bestselling Author.

“A brilliant novel that grows richer with each reading, a multilayered marvel that will one day be recognized as one of the classics of supernatural literature.” - Bentley Little, Bestselling Author of The Influence and The Haunted.

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby." - Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Odd Thomas and Innocence.

"Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills. Neverland is Clegg at his best." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of Girl Missing and the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels.

“Douglas Clegg . . . could have hung out with (in a better world) Robert R. McCammon, Bentley Little and Stephen King. These are guys who know America, and know how to literally scare up the best and worst aspects of the American character and slap them into a ripping yarn full of monsters, terror and enough action to keep the pages turning late into the night.” - Rick Kleffel, book commentator for NPR

“Combing elements of H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, southern gothic, and adolescent angst, Douglas Clegg subsumes us in horror with Neverland, a tale so chilling it infected my dreams. Clegg builds horror in rich detailed layers. It is a testament to Clegg’s gifts that we can’t turn away; scary though the trip may be, the fright reaches out from the pages and pulls us along…Neverland is scary stuff, the product of a skilled writer of horror, and best read with the lights on.” - San Francisco Book Reviews

“I can tell you without hesitation that Neverland is a true gothic masterpiece. I am incredibly impressed with it. This is a remarkable piece of literature.”- Scott A. Johnson, Dread Central.com

"Neverland is a scary work written by an author soaring to the top of his game." - The Merry Genre Go Round Review.

“Neverland delivers . . . delicious slow horror... I’m an instant fan.” - Sci-Fi Saturday Night.

“Clegg (The Vampyricon) crafts a haunting story redolent with the influence of Arthur Machen, H.P. Lovecraft, and other classic horror writers. His credible rendering of the internal lives of children and their imaginations give this flight of dark fancy a firm and frightening foothold in reality.”- Publishers Weekly.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149754076
  • Publisher: Alkemara Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 67,663
  • File size: 653 KB

Meet the Author

Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling author of Isis, The Priest of Blood, Afterlife, and The Hour Before Dark, among other novels. His short story collection, The Machinery of Night, won a Shocker Award, and his first collection, The Nightmare Chronicles, won both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Great!

    Suspenseful with a great story. I found myself really looking forward to reading it each day!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    neverland

    This another excellent read from one of the best authors in the field. gripping and exciting. This book grabs you and pulls you in asnd doesnt let you go.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    WELL WRITTEN AND KEEPS YOUR INTEREST

    I have read several of this author's novels and NEVERLAND has definitely been the best so far. I never once was bored and stayed way past my bedtime several nights reading this story. Very hard to put down. I enjoyed the character development, the realism of the dysfunctional family, and the paranormal aspect included. Highly recommended!!

    ~ DO ~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    If Stephen King had written Tom Sawyer....

    I found this in the Science fiction section and was greatly disappointed at the lack of science fiction content. With less than 100 pages remaining, there had only been a few instances of anything supernatural and even then it felt more like hallucinations and mind games than science fiction. The story moved painfully slowly and was filled with dry, uninteresting characters. This is the first book in a long while that I have not been able to force myself to finish. If you are a fan of Stephen King and coming of age stories, this may be for you, but I caution you to try a few chapters in the store before committing.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    The Children are Seeming Stranger Than Usual...

    The Jackson family seems doomed to spend every summer vacation at a remote location off the coast of Georgia, a place called Gull Island. To the youngest members of the Jackson family, the site is dull and offers very little in the way of entertainment. And there always seems to be tension in the old and dismal house owned by their scrutinizing grandmother. The children are only attempting to find a safe haven when their cousin Sumter stumbles upon a strange, well-hidden shack, which they call Neverland. The fun at Neverland is innocent enough at first. But now, the kids of this family clan are beginning to act strangely: offering sacrifices to a creature of the shadows, insisting that parents are never allowed in their refuge, and writing on the shack's walls-in blood. The mystery surrounding Neverland begins to unfold as the reality behind the strange creature of shadows worshiped by the children starts to take shape. It is a reality that transforms Gull Island into a place of terror, and the children's games are becoming very destructive. What secrets are held by Neverland, the newest novel from Douglass Clegg? Clegg is the critically acclaimed author of Isis, an award-winning novel that has earned Clegg a positive reputation in the genre of suspense/horror fiction. This disturbing addition to his collection of written works deals with the idea of lost innocence in its most horrifying manifestations. Neverland is an excellent book for fans of Clegg's previous work, of course, and it should also be well-received by readers of both suspense and horror novels.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2010

    Creepy!

    Children are not always nice, and little old ladies are not always entirely benevolent. Family is not always a support, and home is not always sanctuary. Evil creeps into the old places and doesn't necessarily wash away cleanly as time wears on. When children are chosen as the easy prey, and when evil is perpetuated by one who should be among the innocents, the insidious nature of wickedness begins to reveal itself. Reality becomes tenuous as lies and illusions and faith help to distort. The author captures all these thing in one easy-to-read package. It's a creepy ride leading to the realization that one must recognize and cherish that which is most valuable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    NEVERLAND by Douglas Clegg

    The mold on the back of a Normal Rockwell painting.

    Tennessee Williams drag racing Ray Bradbury down David Lynch's Lost Highway.

    A little Southern Gothic, a little Peter Pan it's a Sneak peek behind the curtain of the Saccharine coated Sit-Com version of family life. This is horror at its finest. The horror of family values and summer vacations turned sideways and thrown over a cliff. A story of childhood gone horribly wrong and the pain and disillusionment of a family's American Dream becoming the American Nightmare. It takes you on a journey that's all too close to home...and does not disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    When Beau is ten years old he, his parents and twin sisters go to Gull Island, Georgia to see his granny. Also visiting at the same time is his cousin Sumter and his parents. The children watch their parents get drunk every night and say terrible things to each other. Sumter has a teddy bear called Bernard that he clings to while his father calls him a sissy who should act like a boy instead of a girl.---------------- It is Sumter who finds the abandoned shack on his granny¿s property and he calls it Neverland. He brings Beau to it and introduces him to the god he worships in a crate. Strange inexplicable things happen in this shack as they worship the god. He puts his hand in the crate as do his sisters when they come to Neverland and feel something bite them. A blood sacrifice is made as the children put their blood in the crate. Beau and the children believe they fly over Gull Island and see the ghosts of dead children Sumter communicates telepathically with Beau who believes what happens is real. He knows that some things are inexplicable because his dreams come true. It is when Sumter wants them to make the final sacrifice that Beau turns against him risking his life to stop it from happening.------------------ Douglas Clegg is a talented horror writer who manages to creep out his audience with a very visual picturesque storyline so that the reader feels as if they are inside the storyline. This is dark atmospheric work, gothic in tone that makes the readers question whether the events Beau experiences have more than one explanation. Neverland is a scary work written by an author soaring to the top of his game.----------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Couldn't put it down

    I am a huge horror fan. I haven't read a book this good in ages. I couldn't put it down, stayed up past midnight reading, yet didn't want it to end. I did wake up from a screaming nightmare last night...but isn't that evidence of its excellence?

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Dark and Compelling.... a true Masterpiece!  Douglas Clegg is on

    Dark and Compelling.... a true Masterpiece!  Douglas Clegg is one of the best writers around. Although he's usually classified or viewed as horro, his writing is so unique and evocative that it's hard not to get drawn into his stories, no matter what he writes. He is a true master of the gothic novel, by which I mean gothic as written by authors such as Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, Ann Radcliffe and Edgar Allan Poe.

    In "Neverland," he beautifully portrays the carefree summer days of childhood and no one can do this quite like he can. But underlying it all is a menacing sense of dread and gloom, quite like real childhood, when the things you don't understand and the obscure symbols of the night, can overshadow the sunniest and happiest of days.

    With a unique and compelling voice, Doug Clegg draws you into the story and the lives of Beau and Sumter, as inevitably as a dream from which you can't awake. This is dark suspense at its finest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Disturbing!

    I could not finish this book. There was so much anger and evil. Every time I put it down I had difficulty going back. Such a disturbing story. I have to wonder what kind of mind could think up such a story. I cannot under any circumstances recommend this book to anyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Omg

    Ithe title sounds like everwild series which i would recomend:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    NOT WORTH THE TIME

    This book was one of the worst books I have ever read. The characters were weak, the story was weak. Don't waste your time!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    Book for adult or teen?

    I felt like I was reading a book written for a teen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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