Purity: Autographed, Limited Editionby Douglas Clegg
From Douglas Clegg, author of You Come When I Call You and the Bram Stoker Award-winner, The Nightmare Chronicles, comes his first novella, PURITY, in a signed, special edition hardcover from Cemetery Dance Publication. This is a tale as experimental as it is suspenseful, in/font>/b>
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From Douglas Clegg, author of You Come When I Call You and the Bram Stoker Award-winner, The Nightmare Chronicles, comes his first novella, PURITY, in a signed, special edition hardcover from Cemetery Dance Publication. This is a tale as experimental as it is suspenseful, in which love, darkness, and the human imagination clash on a small New England island -- in a coming-of-age tale like no other.
In 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.
This is Clegg's first published novella, part of the novella series from Cemetery Dance Publications.
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Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling author of dark fiction, including horror, gothic, fantasy, supernatural, and suspense thrillers. Clegg’s first novel, Goat Dance, launched his career as a novelist. He has seen more than 30 books published within a span of 25 years, as well as more than 40 short stories. His short fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award and the Shocker Award, and it has also been included in several Years’ Best anthologies.
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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.