Afterlife: A Psychic Horror Thriller

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In New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg's page-turning blend of psychic thriller and gothic mystery, a brutal murder ignites a series of dark, erotic, paranormal invasions. Who has returned from the afterlife?

Julie Hutchinson believes someone's breaking into her house while she's asleep...while she's dreaming. A shadow presence comes in the night -- to her bedroom.

Is it a psychic attack? A ghost? Or something even more terrifying?

For fans of Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Gillian Flynn

"Douglas Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."— Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of Watchers, Intensity and Odd Thomas. 

Afterlife is a full-length novel, in its hardcover form it was 356 pages. Don't miss other chilling bestsellers from Douglas Clegg, including The Children's Hour and The Hour Before Dark! 

"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." 
-- Bentley Little, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunted and The Mailman. 

From the Publisher's Weekly Starred Review


"Stoker-winner Clegg (The Hour Before Dark) has an uncanny ability to frighten readers by chronicling everyday characters' perilous descents into their own private hells. Julie Hutchinson mentally unravels after the brutal and mysterious murder...The book's final sentence is guaranteed to unnerve readers.." 

"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


Afterlife 
Goat Dance 
Purity 
Dark of the Eye 
The Words 
Wild Things 
The Children's Hour 
The Criminally Insane Series: 
Bad Karma 
Red Angel 
Night Cage 
The Harrow Series: 
Nightmare House 
Mischief 
The Infinite 
The Abandoned 
The Hour Before Dark 
You Come When I Call You 
Naomi 
The Nightmare Chronicles 
The Machinery of Night 
Isis 
The Necromancer 

Praise for Douglas Clegg's fiction


"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." 
-- Bentley Little, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunted and The Mailman. 

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!" -- Robert R. McCammon, New York Times bestseller author of Swan Song and Stinger. 

"Clegg delivers!" -- John Saul, New York Times bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth. 

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction." -- Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, and The Talisman and Black House (with Stephen King.) 


tags: horror, thriller, psychic, horror fiction, suspense, murder, crime, remote viewing, undead, ghost, haunting, erotic, nightmare, ghost

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Never play the Dark Game...It will take you over...it will come alive... From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes this riveting supernatural thriller of dangerous secrets within a haunted family. After one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo Raglan must return to the New England island he thought he'd 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, New York Times bestselling 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.

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Alkemara Press
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Nov 3, 2014
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356
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9780979686221
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English
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Fiction / General
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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The Hour Before Dark

Lights Out

Isis

Nightmare House

You Come When I Call You

Goat Dance

Purity

Dark of the Eye

The Words

Bad Karma

Red Angel

Night Cage

Mischief

The Infinite

The Abandoned

The Necromancer

Naomi

The Nightmare Chronicles

The Attraction

And more!


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."

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— 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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For fans of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Bentley Little. 

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"Neverland is a scary work written by an author soaring to the top of his game." - The Merry Genre Go Round Review. 

“Neverland delivers . . . delicious slow horror…I’m going to put a library hold on one of Clegg’s other novels, because if they’re anything like this one, I’m an instant fan.” - Sci-Fi Saturday Night.



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"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." - Bentley Little, bestselling author of The Haunting. 

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Or something more demonic... 

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"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. 

Books by Douglas Clegg


Afterlife 
Goat Dance 
Purity 
Dark of the Eye 
The Words 
Wild Things 
The Children's Hour 
The Criminally Insane Series: 
Bad Karma 
Red Angel 
Night Cage 
The Harrow Series: 
Nightmare House 
Mischief 
The Infinite 
The Abandoned 
The Hour Before Dark 
You Come When I Call You 
Naomi 
The Nightmare Chronicles 
The Machinery of Night 
Isis 
The Necromancer 

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. 

"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. 

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