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The Attraction [NOOK Book]

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From Bram Stoker Winner Douglas Clegg comes a horror novella of roadside terror! The signs all along the desert highway read Come See the Mystery! But some mysteries should remain buried forever.

"Douglas Clegg blends a unique and macabre imagination with a genuine gift for developing his characters and presenting the reader with a vivid story that will separate the timid ...
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Overview

From Bram Stoker Winner Douglas Clegg comes a horror novella of roadside terror! The signs all along the desert highway read Come See the Mystery! But some mysteries should remain buried forever.

"Douglas Clegg blends a unique and macabre imagination with a genuine gift for developing his characters and presenting the reader with a vivid story that will separate the timid from their sleep and the bold from their complacency whenever they next visit a sideshow or museum mummy display!" - Midwest Book Review.

"Clegg takes the idea of a cheapjack tourist hustle for a decrepit gas station in middle-of-nowhere Arizona and turns it into a terrifying quick punch of horror for his readers…" - Alternate Reality Web Zine Reviews.

"I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. I ended up reading most of the night away. I had a stiff neck and only got a few hours sleep, but it was worth it. The Attraction has an original plot and very believable characters. The story moves at an incredible rate and never lags." - Horror World Reviews.

Josh is into Bronwyn, Griff is into Tammy, Ziggy's into weed, and Dave Olshaker wants to get his girl back from Griff. But that's not all they have to worry about.

It's Spring Break, and Bronwyn needs to get to L.A. for reasons that annoy her, Griff and Tammy want to go to the beach and party, Ziggy wants to score, and Josh just wants a reason to get out on the road.

When they end up with a flat tire, stuck out in an Arizona hellhole, they find out about the real attraction.

The signs all over the desert highway: "Come See the Mystery!" "You're Near the Mystery!" "The Mystery of the Universe is Two Miles Away at the Brake Down Palace Gas and Sundries!"

Now, because Charlie Goodrow tells this story to anyone who stops for a fill-up, he's sold a lot of tickets to the back of his shop, where the Mystery of the Universe, the Mummified Remains of the Ancient Flesh-Scraper, is there for all to see.

Behind curtains, in a glass case, lies this creature.

Above it, tacked on the wall: "Do Not Touch. Do Not Feed."

"Some freak put this together," Ziggy says.

"Let's feed it," Griff says.

And then, the nightmare begins.

About the Author

Douglas Clegg wrote The Attraction as a Drive-In Movie kind of horror novella, a fast-paced monster story, based on a road trip across the desert in Arizona in the early 2000s, and stopovers at various roadside attractions over the years. This is a slightly revised version of the limited edition hardcover from Delirium Press published in 2004 and from the Leisure Books paperback of 2006.

Look for other books by Douglas Clegg

The Children’s Hour
Goat Dance
Purity
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
Nightmare House
Bad Karma
Red Angel
Night Cage
Mischief
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Necromancer
Isis
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
Naomi
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
Breeder
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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014593021
  • Publisher: Alkemara Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 729,136
  • File size: 340 KB

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.

His fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shocker Award.
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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    There's nowhere to hide in the dust and the sand when Scratch is after your meaty scent

    The first time I became acquainted with Clegg's work was through this Harrow series with a novel called "Mischief" and let me tell you, the man can write! I still remember reading the book through the night and simply being unable to put it down. Just as with the other book, his writing is very smooth, easy to digest and simply impossible to put down. This book is really two short novels in one. The first being a 170 page story about an Aztec monster out for fresh blood in the desert and the second, an introduction to the Harrow series, about a man who was reborn as a monster with insatiable appetite for lust and sacrifices. Each one is so very different but it showcases Clegg's intense way of conjuring ideas and his ability to translate them into books that are easy to read. He's slowly becoming a staple on my bookshelf and I can always count on him for a fantastic mix of horror and fantasy that somehow feels real. <BR/><BR/>The first story is called "The Attraction" and its strength relies on the sharp and spot on character development. I adored the relationships he build between the five friends who went on a road trip though the dry, hot desert, somehow getting stranded in middle of nowhere, close to danger. I got to like some, dislike others and then I got to read about them coming across an ancient Aztec mummy, said to be the scraper of the bones who drank the blood and danced for rain in the ancient times on top of the pyramids. Its no secret that something happens and the monstrum comes to life, what happens next is the real beauty of the story. Be prepared for some gruesome devouring, the tale is good but ends a little tame for my tastes. Overall I love the characters and enjoyed the imaginative new nemesis that I have never read about before. <BR/><BR/>The second novel is about a very bad man who gets entangled in some very dark magic; it's a little intro to the wonderful Harrow series, about a haunted private school with many skeletons in its closet. It was a really dirty and intense story but really good at the same time, perhaps it's a good thing it was short because it was immensely dark and rich with truly horrific ideas. <BR/><BR/>I engulfed this book over the weekend and can't wait to get back to reading some more of Clegg, he's a real diamond in the rough and his stories entertain both the mind and the imagination. <BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    The Necromancer !!!

    I give this title five stars only because of The Necromancer. The Attraction held my attention for only the first half, but The Necromancer left me wanting more. How can we get more adventures of Justin Gravesend on the page?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    WOW

    Five college friends decide to take a road trip cross country to California for spring break. They want to get away from their little private college in the Virginia mountains and see the country. They start noticing road signs in Arizona that say 'Come see the Attraction! The unspeakable unknowable Mystery!' They end up having a breakdown in the Arizona Desert and a trucker gives them a lift to a local gas station. It is called the Breakdown Palace and it is the very place where the 'Mystery' is kept. They decide to go have a look and see what it is all about. Located in the back of the store in a glass case with a sign above it saying 'Do not feed' is a small, mummified corpse with long, sharp fingernails. It is called a Flesh-Scraper. The ancient Aztecs used it to scrap the flesh off the bones of sacrifices. One of the friends thinking it is all a stupid hoax decides to steal it, but when they have another breakdown in the desert they soon realize that Flesh-Scraper is a lot more than just a road side attraction hoax. They have awaken an Ancient Evil with one thing on its mind. 'Human Flesh' I had never read any of Clegg's work before so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. I am kicking myself now for not giving his stories a chance sooner. I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. I ended up reading most of the night away. I had a stiff neck and only got a few hours sleep, but it was worth it. The Attraction has a original plot and very believable characters. The story moves at a incredible rate and never lags. The only complaint I have is that it was a little short. I thought it could have been at least a lot longer than 175 pages, but that aside The Attraction is worth every cent. There is also a Novella called The Nercomancer in this book. It is a prequel to the Harrow House novels and it is mainly drawn from the diaries of a young Justin Gravesend. Fans of the Harrow House books will love this story. I have got to read the Harrow House trilogy now. To sum up The Attraction is one of the best stories I've read this year. I got a whole lot more than I expected, and I am now a Clegg fan.

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