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Clegg, Douglas

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ISBN 10: 0843944390 / ISBN 13: 9780843944396
Published by Leisure, 1998
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Publisher: Leisure

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Ed.

Book Type: Book

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When Stony Crawford falls in love with the beautiful Lourdes Maria Castillo, he becomes an unwitting pawn in a secret game of horror in a New England coastal town, involving a terrifying creature trapped in a summer mansion. Original.


Horror fiction need not necessarily have original ideas--most of its ideas are as old as the hills--but it's a treat when a writer like Douglas Clegg comes along, with the ability to look at the old ideas in new ways. In The Children's Hour Clegg reinvented the vampire legend. In The Halloween Man Clegg reinvents devil worship.

The plot of this novel is so complex and multifaceted, it's not easy to summarize, but it boils down to two narratives about two points in time. The protagonist, Stony Crawford, is a 15-year-old man (not a boy) in love with a dark-haired beauty named Lourdes Maria. Their surprisingly deep romance unfolds against the backdrop of a peculiar small town on the rugged coast of Connecticut. After a 12-year absence, Stony returns to this town bringing with him a young boy whom he kidnapped from a religious compound in Texas. Thanks to Clegg's skillful interlacing of the two narratives, when the life of 15-year-old Stony climaxes, so does that of 27-year-old Stony. The crux of both stories is a powerful being of "divine evil" and "Azriel Light"--perhaps a demon, perhaps simply a creature like any other.

Clegg's characters are well realized and fascinating, and the story is richly steeped in history. The Halloween Man is a stunning horror novel, written with a degree of conviction that is rare these days. --Fiona Webster

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