Wild Things: Four Tales

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From award-winning and bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a special quartet of stories dealing with creatures of the wild— wolf, bird, and the most terrifying of beasts: the human variety.
“Clegg shows how the bestial aspects of horror and humanity are interchangeable in this quartet of psychological suspense stories….riveting reading.” — Publishers Weekly

In “The Wolf” a hunter guides a younger man up a mountain to track down the creature that has been slaughtering in the valley below.
“The American” takes place at a late-night cafe in Rome where foreigners gather. On this particular night a stranger steps out of the shadowy park to sit at the sidewalk tables and speak of love and murder.
In “A Madness of Starlings,” a father, teaching his children about protection from the predators of life, takes in a fledgling bird. But when it’s time for the bird to fly away, the forces of nature come undone and a secret wisdom and terror enter the mind of the one who understands the language of birds.
In the novelette, “The Dark Game,” a war hero and his men are captured and taken into a prison camp. There, tortures and torments await them, but the man named Gordon Raglan begins to use a childhood game of escape to help him discover a way to hunt the wolves surrounding him.
Four dark tales from a master of dark fiction.
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Once, it was called the Screaming House. Behind its doors, rumors of murder and black magic. But now, it's an upscale brownstone in a gentrified neighborhood. What a perfect home for a young couple hoping to raise a family... From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg, comes a nightmarish vision of Washington, D.C. where a new horror is born within the walls of an ancient house -- haunted by a diabolical ritual and a terrifying legacy of the past. 

"A white knuckle read from beginning to end -- Clegg delivers!" - John Saul, New York Times bestselling author.

"The tension seldom flags as this tale builds to a grisly, suspense-filled climax. As in Goat Dance , his first book, Clegg pulls out the stops of terror...a chilling story." -- Publisher's Weekly.

Rachel Adair thought Draper House in Washington, D.C, would be the perfect place to start over with her husband, Hugh.  But as soon they move into the old townhouse, the nightmares begin: horrific images of the child Rachel lost, the dark secrets of Hugh's father, scenes of blood-curdling ritual . . . and the scraping sounds of an even greater terror from within the walls . . . 

Look for other books by Douglas Clegg, including:

The Children’s Hour

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."

— Bentley Little, author of The Policy

"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 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.

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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Feb 1, 2015
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100
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9780979686252
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English
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Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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“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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