The Halloween Manby Douglas Clegg
More common in the days of Charles Dickens, the serial novel has recently been revitalized in the bestselling horror genre by Stephen King's The Green Mile, John Saul's The Blackstone Chronicles, and, most recently, Anne Rice's twice-a-year installments of The Vampire Chronicles. Now a complete novel from Douglas Clegg, one of the masters of the/i>/i>/i>… See more details below
More common in the days of Charles Dickens, the serial novel has recently been revitalized in the bestselling horror genre by Stephen King's The Green Mile, John Saul's The Blackstone Chronicles, and, most recently, Anne Rice's twice-a-year installments of The Vampire Chronicles. Now a complete novel from Douglas Clegg, one of the masters of the horror novel, will be sent out in email installments to subscribers throughout the world in the English language.
Clegg, author of The Halloween Man, is gearing up to write a short serial novel specifically for those who subscribe to the Douglas Clegg list, a listserv available at www.Onelist.com. The novel, called Naomi, is a ghost story with echoes of classic chillers by Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is available free to all those who subscribe at Onelist and will come in weekly installments that began on May 1, 1999 (late subscribers can view all previous installments). Naomi -- which Clegg calls an e-serial novel -- will be a historic event in the life of the Internet: Although book excerpts are often provided online (as are, occasionally, short stories), no author has yet dared to create a book exclusively for email distribution (or for free).
Naomi is a tale of the city -- Manhattan, specifically -- and love is at its heart. A young man reads about the brutal murder of the woman who was the first love of his life. Jake is divorced now, raising his daughter on his own, and one night, in the 8th Avenue subway, he sees graffiti on the side of a train that reads, "Naomi Loves Jake to Death." As the thought of Naomi stirs him, Jake finds that sometimes love can transcend the flesh -- and sometimes ghosts are hungry for what the living possess.
Naomi will be sent in five- to eight-page installments until the middle of September. Clegg, who has published seven novels and 40 short stories, is devoting his spring and summer to bringing the most entertaining, mysterious, refreshing, and terrifying story to light -- through email.
Please join us as we welcome acclaimed horror novelist Douglas Clegg to chat about The Halloween Man and his e-serial novel, Naomi.
Centering around a compelling protagonist, Stony Crawford, The Halloween Man has the attributes of a bestseller partially because it can be blurbed with gothic hyperbole like "only Stony Crawford holds the key to the power of the chilling mystery of Stonehaven, and to the power of the unspeakable creature trapped within a summer mansion" and "ancient secrets and terrifying tales of unnamable horror" -- yadayadayada. But -- packed with vivid imagery; a broadly scoped, but fast-paced plot; powerful, evocative writing; superb characterization; and facile intelligence -- The Halloween Man is more than its blurbage could ever convey.
The story itself is impossible to boil down to a paragraph -- and maybe that's something else it offers modern readers used to the necessarily simplistic plots of 90 minutes of film. The Halloween Man might make a good mini-series or movie -- but one that enevitibly loses much in translation. It would earn the book-selling sobriquet -- "Yeah, cool, but read the book, it's better!"
With an already solid body of work (Goat Dance, Breeder, Neverland, Dark Of The Eye, The Children's Hour,the "Andrew Harper"-penned Bad Karma) Douglas Clegg has given horror lovers the best Halloween gift possible -- an entertaining spinetingler written with unique style and in no one's tradition -- but respectful of what came before. Little Leisure Books and its perspicacious editor Don D'Auria may already have what bigtime publishers have so fruitlessly been searching for -- the Next Big Name in Horror.
- Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
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- 4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.99(d)
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