Meet the Malcolms. They've just moved in to a home they can't afford, they're trying to climb a social ladder that they don't belong on, and both are chasing careers that are just out of their grasp. They want a child, but every time they try, every attempt they make, fails.
Charles Malcolm, successful bestselling writer of cutting-edge, timely pop-science books finds himself staring at the blank screen. Unable to top himself yet again, he descends into writer's block, and finds himself taking long walks through Boston's historic cemeteries, his dog at his side.
Janet Malcolm finds herself chasing partnership at a high-powered law firm while facing her latest medical results -- she can't have children. Desperate, Janet will try anything to have a baby.
Charles watches as his wife seems to change before his eyes, spending more time with the mysterious and alluring couple next door. Then, one day a miracle occurs--Janet is pregnant. Charles is elated. Why wouldn't he be? But...was it a miracle?
Charles realizes that he can't remember certain periods of time, and has horrifying glimpses of memories--cult members, blood, and some...thing, from the deep ocean, risen, hungry, red-eyed. As his new infant son grows ever larger, he begins to suspect that the boy may not have been conceived naturally.
As Janet slips into madness, Charles begins to doubt everything in his life, from the people around him, from his next door neighbors, to his own wife, and finally—to his infant son.
Hope's scientist father is determined to exploit her frightening gift, a relentless government agent is out to kill her -- and a damaged soul called Monkey vows to deliver her to the mercies of the fiendish forces he serves...
For fans of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Guillermo del Toro.
"An omnibus of unexpected horrors!" -- Publisher's Weekly.
“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.
Books by Douglas Clegg
The Children’s Hour
The Hour Before Dark
Dark of the Eye
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
The AttractionThe Priest of Blood
“Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It’s a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick.”—Washington Post
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
It's scary, it's involving, and it’s also mature and thoughtful.”
— Stephen King on Dark Channel
“The most nightmarish vampire story I have ever read.”
— Ramsey Campbell
“Garton never fails to go for the throat!”
— Richard Laymom
“Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror theiries and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print.”
— Cemetery Dance