Goat Dance: A Novel of Supernatural Horror

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From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a novel of heart-pounding suspense and supernatural horror. What secrets lie within the ancient place known as the Goat Dance? 

In winter, in the mountains, a darkness envelopes a town...a house on the edge of a lake holds the key to its horrifying secret.

A Haunted Lake...

Seven-year-old Teddy Amory should have died that winter's day on Clear Lake, when she fell through the ice while skating with her older brother, Jake. But something got inside her that day . . . something terrifying...

A Town in Shadows... 

Nightmarish forces lurk in the mountains of Virginia, and darkness has begun to spread like a shroud over the living. 

Those long-dead return in nightmares. Does someone – or something -- control these horrifying visions from within the mysterious halls of the Marlowe-Houston House on the edge of Clear Lake?

Now a young man named Coffey returns to Pontefract, Virginia, to find the woman he lost – and a town must face its terrifying past as a possessed child threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror.

A terrifying chiller of a horror novel from a master of the fiction of nightmares.

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares...Goat Dance is a dark, mesmerizing delight." - Robert R. McCammon, author of Swan Song.

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

"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

The Hour Before Dark

Breeder

The Children's Hour

Nightmare House

Mischief

Bad Karma

Red Angel

Night Cage

The Necromancer

Purity

Dark of the Eye

The Words

Wild Things

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 the New York Times Bestseller Black House (with Stephen King)

"Clegg is one of the best!" -- Richard Laymon

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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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Alkemara Press
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Nov 7, 1989
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432
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9780979686207
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English
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Fiction / General
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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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.

Claiming his inheritance, Ethan Gravesend unlocks long-buried secrets within a sinister mansion and awakens its nest of hungry spirits in this chilling gothic horror novel of ghosts and psychic phenomena from Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg -- Book One of the Harrow Series. 

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

An unquiet grave...


Psychic manifestations, poltergeist activity, hallucinations, and other residue of terror have all been documented in Harrow. It is a place of paranormal nightmare. 

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

Ethan doesn't suspect the horror that awaits him -- the terror of the woman trapped within the house, the visions of occult rituals and psychic manifestation -- and the endless crying of an unseen child. 

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

Don't Miss A Single Harrow Novel! 

The Harrow Series:Book #1, Nightmare House - set at Harrow in the 1920s, the grandson of its creator has come to claim his deadly inheritance and explore the terrifying mystery within the ancient stones and passages of the house.
#2, Mischief - Boys will be boys -- and a dark fraternity of misfits seek out Jim Hook, the new student at Harrow Academy -- but something more terrifying is hunting Jim, as well.
#3, The Infinite - A handful of psychic investigators are called in to document the horrors of Harrow -- but little do they know that the house is more than simply a haunted place -- it may be the soul of evil itself.
#4, The Abandoned -- In the village of Watch Point, New York, in the bucolic Hudson Valley, something toxic and horrifying has leaked from the old boarded-up mansion called Harrow. Throughout the town, people who sleep awaken with blood-lust in their hearts -- and hatchets in their fists. A rampage of mayhem, murder and madness begins -- and only those brave enough to enter Harrow may find a way to stop the terror.


Harrow Prequel Novellas 

The Necromancer - set in the 1800s, this is the story of the young Justin Gravesend and his initiation into a terrifying mystery cult.
Isis - set right at the end of the 1800s, the story of the young Iris Villiers when she discovers the terrible price that must be paid to speak with the dead.


Look for other 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 

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?

Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?
FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.

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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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