The Hour Before Dark

The Hour Before Dark

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by Douglas Clegg
     
 

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As Children, They Played the Dark Game...

A riveting gothic novel of mystery and horror -- from bestselling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg -- The Hour Before Dark begins with a terrifying event...When Nemo Raglan's father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo must return to the New England island he thought he had…  See more details below

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As Children, They Played the Dark Game...

A riveting gothic novel of mystery and horror -- from bestselling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg -- The Hour Before Dark begins with a terrifying event...When Nemo Raglan's father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo must return to the New England island he thought he had escaped for good . . . and the shadowy home called Hawthorn.

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction, and THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is his best and most exciting novel to date. This is pure imagination, and it is wearing speed skates." - Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and, with Stephen King, The Talisman.

"...An eerie psychological tale of supernatural horror that builds suspense gradually as the characters slowly peel back the layers of their past and face the terrors of their shared childhood. Clegg approaches horror with a stark and vital simplicity that is utterly convincing. Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will appreciate this atmospheric gem." -- Library Journal

"I was compelled to keep turning the pages as fear...raised my pulse to racing level from cover to cover." -- DarkEcho

Here Comes a Candle to Light You To Bed...

As Nemo unravels the mysteries of his past and a terrible night of childhood, he witnesses something unimaginable...and sees the true face of evil...while Burnley Island comes to know the unspeakable horror that grows in darkness.

From the Publishers Weekly Starred Review:

"Suspenseful and relentlessly spooky, told in economical prose yet peopled by characters as fully realized as one's own blood kin, this is at once the most artful and most mainstream tale yet from one of horror's brightest lights."

"... A dark,psychologically astute novel that pushes beyond the horror genre
and into raw suspense...THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is a powerful and deeply engaging novel of disturbance and redemption...highly recommended to any reader who enjoys Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Pat Conroy." - The BookReporter.

"In his finest novel to date, Clegg establishes himself firmly as one of the leading authors in the horror genre...Hold onto your chair; THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is a powerhouse of a read. - Cemetery Dance Magazine.

"A gripping read that is refreshingly character-driven, yet still produces a palpable sense of dread." - Fangoria


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.

"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.


Tags: horror, thriller, suspense, supernatural, paranormal, murder, crime, New England, island, mystery

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014377973
Publisher:
Alkemara Press
Publication date:
05/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,926
File size:
478 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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The Hour before Dark 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel by Douglass Clegg. I have read several of his books and this one is my favorite so far. The story line flowed smoothly. Very creepy and intense in some sections. I did figure out what the family secret was about one quarter of the way through, but it did not distract from the story at all. You will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read more from this author but not just yet. Not a book to read in the dark by the light of your Nook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nemo Raglan is brought back to Hawthorn, the house on a small New England island, by the murder of his father. It was here that Nemo, his brother Bruno, and his sister Brooke played the Dark Game, a game that still haunts the three of them. This is the story of dark and dangerous secrets hiding behind the face of family. The characters are written very well, and at times you can almost believe you are there with them. The mystery behind the whole book is eerie, and builds to a tremendous climax. Doug Clegg has quickly become one of my favorite horror authors, right up there with Stephen King and Dean Koontz. If you haven't tried him yet I highly recommend that you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by this author I am a Stephen King/ Dean Kootz fan and I loved this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, this is not a "horror" novel. You won't get constant chills but the writer does tell a good story. I had a hard time putting it down. The writing flowed well. Books are so subjective - it's hard to judge a book by the review, so you'll have to read it to judge. I enjoyed it. But I read for pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 2nd Douglas Clegg I have read, and it was great! Certainly entertaining and scary. A must read for horror fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nemo Raglan returns to his New England home town to solve the mystery of his father's death, a death that is linked to a game from his childhood. Atmospheric and terrifying! If you love horror, you have got to add this one to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Douglas Clegg novel I've read. And after reading it, I can say it will be the first of many! The suspense and characterization are simply superb. And Clegg has such a smooth flow to his writing, that it's impossible not to be pulled right in! A definate must-read for any horror fan!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I love a good gothic/mystery novel and Clegg does not disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
King and Koontz cant touch this guy, he is simply amazing, and his latest, The Hour Before Dark is his best to date. You will not find a better Horror Novel this year, or maybe in the past five years
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book...Clegg has quickly become one of my favorite writers. I highly recommend picking up a copy of THE HOUR BEFORE DARK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doug Clegg has a winner here in The Hour Before Dark. It is not only well-written, but the content is fresh as well as scary. Oh, to be able to write like that! Next to Stephen King, (sorry, Doug), Clegg is my very favorite author. I've read other novels by him, but this is by far his best. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good quick read. Great creepy factor. The thrilling aspectmoves slowly, building the terror oh so slowly. I had trouble putting the book down. It does get just a little graphic at times, so not for the young reader. Thanx Mr. Clegg for a good read. Will look for more from you. -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drug out and boring. Figured it out half way through. The endind was the only scarry part and still did not carry the punch i was hoping for. A waste of my time. Sorry but i think the authors friends rated this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Clegg writes yet another horror novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. When Nemo has to return to his childhood home after his father's brutal murder he finds himself defending his sister because everyone believes that she killed her father. Someone, or something had a score to settle with the old man. Surely nothing human could have committed such a heinous act? But what, or who is responsible for what happened that night? Find out what dark secrets the woods, and the family, hold. Remember, The Dark Game has started, and once the sun goes down, it can't be stopped. When the sun goes down, The Dark Game, becomes very, very real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark, engaging, frightening, perfect! Rarely has a book captured me so completely from beginning to end. MORE CLEGG PLEASE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg is giving horror writers a run for their money. Grab anything you can find written by this wonderful writer. He is able to catch your attention and hold on all the way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The brutal murder of his father brings Nemo Raglan back to Hawthorn, the house on the small New England island he has fled many years before, for reasons he only partially understands. He is reunited with his younger brother, Bruno, and his beautiful sister, Brooke, whose fragile emotional state seems headed for a mental breakdown. The three siblings are bound by the childhood traumas of their mother¿s desertion, their father¿s punishment in the ancient stone smokehouse where he was murdered and the Dark Game, the secret game they had played in childhood, whose hypnotic embrace they have never escaped. In THE HOUR BEFORE DARK, Douglas Clegg peels back the layers of a family¿s dark past to reveal a hideous secret. Within the walls of Hawthorn lie the clues to a mystery that has haunted the two brothers and their sister from childhood and to the supernatural evil that is slowly taking over their lives. Douglas Clegg won both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award for his short story collection THE NIGHTMARE CHRONICLES. Now In his finest literary effort to date, Clegg establishes himself firmly as one of the leading authors in the horror genre. He pulls the reader in immediately and builds suspense until it¿s hard to breathe. Great characterization that puts the reader inside the skins of the leading characters, pacing that gradually builds to a shocking climax, intriguing setting and a haunting mystery combine to make this one of the best novels I¿ve read in a long time. I had the privilege of writing the first review of this book for a top horror magazine, and I am happy to report that it is now a strong contender for a 2002 Bram Stoker Award. If you love horror, hold onto your chair; THE HOUR BEFORE DARK is a powerhouse of a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg is a great writer of our time. This book is a wonderful story that is frightening and yet has a calm beauty about it. Clegg sends the reader on a journey, in this case to a little New England island with harsh winters and horror... I fell in love with the characters and the scenery. I highly recommend this book.
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In the future, 2139, there was an amazing discovery: time travel. It was used for many purposes such as research. Imagine the surprise scientists felt when they saw who actually fired the first shot at lexington, or even where amelia airhart landed after disappearing. However, the creator of this marvelous technology, the father of time, is missing in the past. It is YOUR mission to find him. You must go back in time and search for clues. Be warned, there are dangerous times in the past such as the world wars, and several catastrophic events. When you are sent back, you will be issued a weapon of the time so you blend in. Be warned: people with a blue aura are meant to survive. DO NOT KILL THEM! You will be given special beads that will track them down and knock them out for the battle, or you can nonfatally wound them if they are out of range or you are desperate. Very rarely can you bring someone back with you. Thanks to other technology, we have found that other sentient life exists. If you are one, please put so in your file. A few were actually in our history! Please place your file in the next result. Your map will say that result 3 is the modern time, and the portal where you may travel between times. To get closer to father time, you will need to rescue a few people who are meant to live. If they were meant to live, why are they in danger? A terro<_>rist group, hourglass is trying to rearrange time and kill these targeted people. They are disguised as enemy soldiers. Your battle restrictions are lifted, as well as geneava conventions. Anything else, ask your suprevisor.
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