Purity (Novella): A Dark Thriller [NOOK Book]


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From award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a dark psychological thriller of madness, love and turning 18 -- and murder.

In the novella PURITY, the darkest force is love.

Owen ...
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From award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes a dark psychological thriller of madness, love and turning 18 -- and murder.

In the novella PURITY, the darkest force is love.

Owen Crites has watched Jenna Montgomery flower into a beautiful young woman as they've practically grown up together through the summers; Owen is the gardener's son who will one day become groundskeeper of the Montgomery summer estate on Outerbridge Island.

Now, when they both reach adolescence, Owen begins to understand that Jenna is meant for a different life in adulthood than he is destined for -- and he knows that he must somehow keep her on the island until she no longer wants to leave.

Enter Jimmy McTeague, the young tennis star from Manhattan, heir to a sporting goods fortune, who has also come to spend the summer with the Montgomery's -- and soon, a triangle of love, hate, and the darkest of human impulses emerges.

"Clegg turns the screws dexterously in this sleek, multifaceted suspense story...Clegg brings them together in a vacation paradise saturated in alcohol, entitlement and hypocrisy..." -- Publisher's Weekly

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

"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.

Type & Subject: fiction, psychological suspense, thriller, dark thriller, mystery, horror, suspense, novella, identity, sociopath, murder, teen, bisexual, mystery & thriller, gay/lesbian, dark romance, summer.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012305046
  • Publisher: Alkemara Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 644,782
  • File size: 150 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author:

Douglas Clegg is the award-winning and bestselling author of horror, fantasy, and suspense fiction, including The Children's Hour, The Words, Afterlife, The Hour Before Dark, and Breeder among many others.

His fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shocker Award. He was born in Virginia, but currently lives with his better half, on the coast of New England along with several wild things: a cat, a dog, a few mice and a couple of rabbits.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2001


    Douglas Clegg is an author that one can easily become addicted to. He has a rather unique style of writing that slowly lures the reader in with its insight into humanity¿s mixed emotions and with carefully drawn characters that literally reach out for compassion and understanding. There¿s no better example of this than in Mr. Clegg¿s novella, PURITY, which has been printed in a beautifully designed, autographed, limited edition by Cemetery Dance Publications. PURITY is the tragic story of eighteen-year-old Owen Crites, the son of the Montgomery estate¿s gardener and caretaker. The estate is located off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts on Outerbridge Island. Every year, the Montgomery family spends the summer at their estate, bringing their young daughter, Jena, with them. Suffice it to say that Owen has loved Jena with (as Poe would write) a love that is more than a love for many years. Though he comes from a low-to-middle income family, Owen believes that he has a chance to win Jena¿s heart before she goes off to college. He has trained his mind and conditioned his body to make himself more attractive and appealing to her, but is it enough? Owen doesn¿t think so. Years before, at the age of twelve, he found an ancient statue of a god while exploring one of the many caverns on the island. He named the statue Dagon, after the Fish-God of the Philistines from the Bible, and hid it amongst the rocks in a small pond on the estate¿s property, waiting until the time came when he would finally need the ancient God¿s help in acquiring an obtainable goal. When Jena arrives on the island, by way of a sailboat, accompanied by her new boyfriend, Jimmy, our lovelorn teenager realizes that the moment has come to ask Dagon to give him the person of his dreams, no matter what the cost. If he can¿t compete against Jimmy for Jena¿s affections, then he¿ll find another way to win her heart, even if it means murder. Though only 118 pages in length, PURITY is rich in scope as the reader enters the mind of a young man and discovers how painful rejected love can be, more so when your rival is caught making love to the object of your affection. Mr. Clegg brilliantly captures the complexity of emotions that teenagers are filled with. He writes about the purity and innocence of love that only the young can know, while at the same time examining how the structure of marriage can nurture the lack of passion and romance as it does between Owen¿s parents and Jena¿s. Life is seldom easy, or viewed with a clarity that can only come with personal growth and maturity. It is certainly less so when you¿re a teenager with no social standing, trying to win the heart of a wealthy debutante. Subtle, yet poignant, PURITY is a tale that offers a brief glimpse into a world that might have been, reminding us of memories best forgotten, and of a longing that could never be filled. Though different from Douglas Clegg¿s other works and with less supernatural overtones, it nevertheless displays his remarkable talent as a writer and his ability to create characters that are but a reflection of who we are as human beings. The cover design and artwork by Gail Cross on this limited edition is beautiful to behold with its tapestry of greens and gold that perfectly depict the essence of the story and the approaching storm of tragedy about to unfold within. This would definitely make an ideal gift for someone who loves books and is an avid fan of Douglas Clegg.

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