The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour

by Douglas Clegg

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In The Children's Hour -- from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg -- Joe Gardner discovers that something is terribly wrong with the children in Colony, West Virginia.

"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.

Innocent though they seem, these kids come out at night -- to hunt.

When Joe returns with his wife and two young children to the seemingly peaceful mountain town of Colony, West Virginia, he doesn't expect to find the girl who disappeared when he was a boy.

But she remembers Joe and her other friends who left her behind in a deep well within a mysterious barn on Old Man Feely's property.

And she's out for blood.

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

Is she a vampire?

Or is she something more demonic...

They say that Colony was founded centuries ago by an angel that fell from sky, but whatever's lurking in the old mines under the town has been disturbed by Joe's return.

Joe did something when he was a boy – something that stopped the terror and evil from erupting.

But now, a creature living in darkness wants out.

It's going to use the children of Colony to exact its revenge.

Its hour has come round at last – and this is the Children's Hour...

A terrifying chiller of a horror novel from a master of gothic thrillers.

The Children's Hour is a full-length novel, approximately 370 pages in print. Exclusively published by Alkemara Press for Nook.

Look for other books (fiction) by Douglas Clegg from Alkemara Press, including:

Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things

With more to come...

Praise for Douglas Clegg's fiction:

"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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013745735
Publisher: Alkemara Press
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 455,496
File size: 496 KB

About the Author

Douglas Clegg is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 25 books of horror, suspense, dark fantasy and gothic mystery, including Afterlife, Purity, The Nightmare Chronicles, Goat Dance, Dark of the Eye, Neverland, The Words, Wild Things, Naomi, The Children's Hour, You Come When I Call You, The Machinery of Night, The Hour Before Dark, Breeder, Bad Karma, Red Angel, Night Cage, Nightmare House, Mischief, The Infinite, The Abandoned and others. He lives on the New England coast.

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1958

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

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The Children's Hour 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really tried hard to read this book, but he just jumps around between characters too much. Also, there are too many characters and they don't have enough depth. It took 100 pages for any action to begin, and by 137 I was completely over this book. I love to read and I *always* have. It is EXTREMELY rare for me to give up on a book, (maybe 3 in my life, and I'm 36) but it was dry and dull and I could not make myself read any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“but this thing, this IT, is down there, I know it is, milking us, milking our children,” –The Children’s Hour I first fell in love with Douglas’s imagination with the unique, dark horror, fairy tale, type story of his novel Neverland. Douglas has away with his imaginative words, that bleed a reality, that causes nightmares, and also the mind of the reader to go into somewhat terror, as they read. There is a sense of dread, fear, anger, hatred, but most of all, true life. He has a style of writing, and an understanding of the situation taking place in his stories, and The Children’s Hour is no different. This is a book that is truly a deep, dark, and twisted horror tale of pure imaginative evil, yet mixed with a concept of dramatic moments of personal emotion, that each reader can understand and take with them. The characters are so well crafted through actions and personal hardships, and a lingering difficult past, that you can’t help but understand, and feel for those characters brought to life on page. Douglas Clegg is a genius at word play. He captures emotions and darkened moments of pure evil on page. I felt each player in the story as if I knew them. I love how the backstory comes together, in creating a memorable childhood, haunted by unexplained moments. The clarity of nightmares in this story is dark and fantastic. Your main players of the story, Joe and Hopfrog are excellent created characters that give you a sense of childhood friendships, and moments of pain and suffering. They give you a sense of adventure. A sense of make believe and treasure hunts, but most of all, the darkness of childhood. The ideas of monsters, creatures in the darkness. The idea of ghouls lingering in your closet. The idea of slithering beasts, under the bed. The idea of the dead knocking at your window, in the dark pitch, of night. Clegg gives you all the darkness of a story, of legend and ancient horrors weaved into one tight, dark and character driven plot. I loved how the town is described and brilliantly told through its history and everything around that is happening. You get a solid picture of storybook, picket fence small town beauty and wonder, but behind those painted red shutters, it hides waiting, slowly to devour all sanity. Each player of the town comes off as believable in action and belief. I loved the mix of fantasy and horror, science fiction and storybook drama and imagination. That is what brings this book in so many different concepts, because the book itself, is so many different genera’s of writing. This reality is what aces the hole in one. The story is crafted in a unique tale of drama, and horror, and fantasy with the concepts, of a tightly weaved premise of small town, with it's local folk lore. This book with give you nightmares, and most of all, the hallucinations in the darkness. I can’t recommend this book enough. Diehard horror fans, will love. Fantasy style lovers, will love. Folklore and fairy tale style lovers, will love. The vivid nature of the creatures, and the deaths are vividly written, that it leaves nothing to the imagination, because the whole book is, imagination. This has unique a creature, created for this story. Four Words: Prodigiously creative, evilly powerful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all this book was good but not Cleggs best. The back story was great and had some good creepy scenes yet the final couple chapters ended the story a bit abruptly and way too sugary for my taste. Not bad, nothing special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read th book through. Ithought it was very boring and something was missing. I did not get that feeling of wonderng what was going to happen next. I do no recomend this book. I have not read any other books by this author so it might of just of been one i did not care for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I had expected. Though I completed the book I am not into vampire type stories. Will be more careful in the future when selecting free books.
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