The Bram Stoker Award-winning and International Horror Guild Award-winning short story collection -- 13 tales of disturbing horror and twisted psychological suspense fill The Nightmare Chronicles by Douglas Clegg.
These short stories from a master storyteller of horror "can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby, " says author Dean Koontz.
“Clegg brings his stories together with a chilling fictive conceit....One of the book's real accomplishments is [his] genuine talent at presenting the most terrifying — and sometimes most disgusting — effects in such a very genteel manner....The effect is dangerously seductive.” -- Locus
“Clegg's (The Halloween Man, etc.) collection of 13 tales takes risks and is full of passions that sometimes burst forth violently. But his skill at elucidating the psychological lives of his characters in precise, revealing prose makes these emotions more disturbing than the violence itself. …Clegg's use of innovative metaphors catapults each story beyond a landscape crowded with the horror genre's usual monsters and madmen into a territory he alone can claim.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“…Like M. R. James, Douglas Clegg can ‘write about the vile and horrific without seeming to smear it over himself or you.’ Like Shirley Jackson he has an understated precision of language and the ability to portray his characters emotionally in a wickedly effective manner. And, like Stephen King, he loves to tell stories and tells them well. At the same time, Clegg is a thoroughly modern writer…His writing is like a potent drink that goes down with deceptive smoothness -- right before it knocks you on your derriere….Without doubt, one of the best collections of the year. -- DarkEcho
“Every story is perfectly different and definitely unlike any other horror novel/film I’ve read or watched…Of the tales, the best are “White Chapel,” “I Am Infinite; I Contain Multitudes,” “Underworld,” and one of the most interesting short horror stories I’ve ever read, “The Rendering Man.” But don’t just read those, all of them have their images that could come back to you in your dreams.” – Doubleshot Reviews.
“Clegg (The Halloween Man, Dark of the Eye, Bad Karma) writes some of the most harrowing, unforgettable tales you're ever likely to come upon.. Clegg's best stories…slip into your subconscious and stay with you well beyond the last turning of the page. "Storytelling is a form of kidnapping," Clegg points out in his dedication. Let him take you prisoner, safe in the knowledge you can escape anytime.” – The Chiaroscuro
“I was truly impressed with this collection, and was not surprised to learn that it received the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection, and the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.” – Casual Debris
About The Nightmare Chronicles:
It begins in an old tenement with a horrifying crime. It continues after midnight, when a young boy, held captive in a basement, is filled with unearthly visions of fantastic and frightening worlds.
How could his kidnappers know that the ransom would be their own souls?
For, as the hours pass, the boy's nightmares invade his captors like parasites -- and soon, they become real.
Contains the short stories
"O Rare and Most Esquisite,"
"The Rendering Man,"
"The Fruit of Her Womb,"
"The Hurting Season,"
"The Night Before Alec Got Married,"
"The Little Mermaid,"
"Damned If You Do,"
"The Ripening Sweetness of Late Afternoon,"
Plus the acclaimed novelettes, "White Chapel" and "I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes."
"Douglas Clegg pulls out the stops of terror!" -- Publisher's Weekly
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