Nightmare House

Nightmare House

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by Douglas Clegg

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A chilling gothic horror novel of ghosts, psychic phenomena and the most haunted house in the world from Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg -- the Book #1 of the Harrow Haunting Series!

The Key to Harrow...

The house called Harrow has an ancient soul. When Ethan Gravesend claims his inheritance in Watch Point, he unlocks long-buried


A chilling gothic horror novel of ghosts, psychic phenomena and the most haunted house in the world from Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg -- the Book #1 of the Harrow Haunting Series!

The Key to Harrow...

The house called Harrow has an ancient soul. When Ethan Gravesend claims his inheritance in Watch Point, he unlocks long-buried secrets of the notorious mansion -- and awakens the hungry spirits...

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby." - Dean Koontz

An Unquiet Grave...

Psychic manifestations, poltergeist activity, hallucinations, and other residue of terror have all been documented in Harrow. It is a place of paranormal nightmare.

"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation."- Bentley Little, bestselling author of The Haunting.

A Nest of Restless Spirits...
Ethan doesn't suspect the horror that awaits him -- the terror of the woman trapped within the house, the visions of occult rituals and psychic manifestation -- and the endless crying of an unseen child.

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction." - Peter Straub, NY Times bestselling author of The Talisman (with Stephen King) and Ghost Story.

Don't Miss A Single Harrow Novel!

The Harrow Haunting Series:

Book #1, Nightmare House - set at Harrow in the 1920s, the grandson of its creator has come to claim his deadly inheritance and explore the terrifying mystery within the ancient stones and passages of the house.

#2, Mischief - Boys will be boys -- and a dark fraternity of misfits seek out Jim Hook, the new student at Harrow Academy -- but something more terrifying is hunting Jim, as well.

#3, The Infinite - A handful of psychic investigators are called in to document the horrors of Harrow -- but little do they know that the house is more than simply a haunted place -- it may be the soul of evil itself.

#4, The Abandoned -- In the village of Watch Point, New York, in the bucolic Hudson Valley, something toxic and horrifying has leaked from the old boarded-up mansion called Harrow. Throughout the town, people who sleep awaken with blood-lust in their hearts -- and hatchets in their fists. A rampage of mayhem, murder and madness begins -- and only those brave enough to enter Harrow may find a way to stop the terror.

Harrow Prequel Novellas

The Necromancer - set in the 1800s, this is the story of the young Justin Gravesend and his initiation into a terrifying mystery cult.

Isis - set right at the end of the 1800s, the story of the young Iris Villiers when she discovers the terrible price that must be paid to speak with the dead.

Look for other books by Douglas Clegg

Night Asylum
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 Clegg's fiction from bestselling authors:

"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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Alkemara Press
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The Harrow Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Douglas Clegg is the award-winning and bestselling author of horror, gothic, fantasy, thriller and suspense fiction, including Goat Dance, Purity, The Words, The Children's Hour, Breeder, Neverland, The Hour Before Dark, You Come When I Call You, The Machinery of Night, Bad Karma, Nightmare House, Naomi, The Nightmare Chronicles, The Attraction, Dark of the Eye, Mischief, The Infinite, The Abandoned, Red Angel, Night Cage -- and more.

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Nightmare House (Harrow Academy Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
RHarrisonR More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg has done it again, with Nightmare House. He has penned a tale that grabs the reader by the front of the shirt and holds him inside the tale of this inherited property. No matter how many real life instances attempt to interfere with the readers time (if you are anything like me) you will let the uncritical real life things slide in favor of reading the next page. OK, the ctitcal, you will take care of as fast as you can, and immediately leap back into Cleggs narrative with a quaking gusto. Clegg, like Poe, should always be read at night with dim lighting in the room and preferably a storm raging outside. OK, that isn't really necessary, because you will after 3 to 4 pages feel like that, anyway. Thank you Douglas, for three nights of wonder and enchantment with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those novels that I just didn't want to put down, and wished would never end. Douglas Clegg is truly a master of horror fiction. He knows how to strike the chords of terror within the human mind without the crutches of butchery and gore. His eloquent writing style captivates the senses in such a way you can almost feel, see, hear and taste his every word. Whether this makes any sense, at all, I can best describe this novel as terrifyingly beautiful and that I was beautifully terrified.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ethan has inherited his grandfathers mansion. Along with that home some memories of his childhood are rekindled and secrets uncovered that were never meant to be distrubed. Ethan gets some help to understand the supernatural events around him and learn about the errie past of the mansion his grandfather built, but at what cost to them all? This is a real page turner by Clegg, he leaves you wanting more!! I hope the sequels to this book are as good as this one. Purity, a bonus novellette, is about a boy with out scruples who will do whatever it takes to get himself ahead... read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truely horrorfying book, but read it at one sitting. And the extra story, Purity, was just as good. I never did have a favorite Horror writer until now. I usually read a variety of writers, but since reading your work, I can't get enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read tons of books due to being an attorney with lots of waiting time between deliberations and such and I would never think of reading a book in the halls of the courts but I had this one in my briefcase at all times. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night and it scared me pretty good. This is one of the first horror books that I have read that actually scared me. I recommend this to any horror fan, but if your not a horror fan read it anyway!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems that lately every book in this genre that I pick up is the same old formula. Douglas Clegg steps away from the everyday and brings you into a whole new world of his creation. Remember those nights when you would wake up from a nightmare feeling alive and invigorated, the kind of feeling that only fear can bring. Relive those nights of terror and spend a night in Nigthmare House.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg's NIGHTMARE HOUSE is an eerie excursion into the history of Harrow,the house from his equally chilling THE INFINITE and MISCHIEF novels. Mr. Clegg's easy style and dark imagery set the stage beautifully for the hauntings to come and send the reader into a world of extraordinary horror that might actually leave you breathless, but will definitely leave you craving more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book to pick up before "MISCHIEF" & "INFINITE". A Diary of the man who constructed from the very ground up, this Mansion of Mayhem and Horror. Evil lurks in the most mysterious room of HARLOW. If there is one way in, there is another very well hidden. Murder, Family, Life, Untold Secrets. The History of Harlow is this book. And what you uncover in every chapter is just amazing. Don't let this book slip by your hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not the book you want if you're looking for a scary or creepy page turner. For me, the first half of the book was promising. The rest went to pot, drowned in too much exposition from the character Pocket. The redundancy of some descriptions and explanations towards the end I found annoying.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
If you like a good old fashioned story about a haunted house then this is the book for you. Completely creepy!! Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. This is book 1 in the Harrow house trilogy. A must read if scary is your thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i picked this book up from the library and took it home... after the first 50 pages i had to put it down... it was horribleee
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book out of the library thinking it would be a great and scary horror story only to find disappointment. I read the first 100 pages and had to stop because I was so bored with the story. I like a book that cathces you right from the start and this one just did not do it for me. The story line is great, but in the end it just did nothing for me. I dont recommend it and hopfully he with have some other good books..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borowed this from a coworker. Clegg likes to go from third to first person. Unfortunately,I found a passage wherein he uses first and third in the same sentence! I think he felt like he had to stuff as many hauntings, and visions, and weird noises as he could think of into the plot. He also lets the main character flounde around until the kindly old policeman shows up and explains everything to him. And the old policeman talks like John Houseman. This story should have been tightened up. There was little suspence, because as soon as the guy walks in the house, it's one strange thing after another. Cannot really recommend. Sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a horror for most of my life, I must admit there isn't much new out there under the sun. Most movies and novels are really more than variations on a well established theme. Therefore the enjoyment comes not from discovering some fresh new idea but to see how well a writer deals with a familiar topic. And I have to admit, 'Nightmare House does this very well. It follows the usual beats of most ghost stories; man inherits house with bad reputation, moves in, everything seems fine at first, odd things happen, then all hell breaks lose. All very familar, but Douglas Clegg manages to keep you reading even though you know what's coming next. He has an easy, straight forward style which makes for even faster reading ( if only the third book in the 'Harrow' series were the same way'. 'Nightmare House' Borrows from both Stephen King's 'Christine' in it's use of shift in narration (from first person to third person back to first person) and Richard Matheson's 'Hell House' ( a book I HIGHLY recomend). As-a-matter-of-fact, it borrows so heavly from 'Hell House' it becomes slightly annoying (which is why I'm only giving the book 3 stars instead of 4). Over all, 'Nightmare House' is an enjoyable retread over well worn territory and is thus far the best book of the 'Harrow' series.