From Bram Stoker Winner Douglas Clegg comes a horror novella of roadside terror! The signs all along the desert highway read Come See the Mystery! But some mysteries should remain buried forever.
"Douglas Clegg blends a unique and macabre imagination with a genuine gift for developing his characters and presenting the reader with a vivid story that will separate the timid from their sleep and the bold from their complacency whenever they next visit a sideshow or museum mummy display!" - Midwest Book Review.
"Clegg takes the idea of a cheapjack tourist hustle for a decrepit gas station in middle-of-nowhere Arizona and turns it into a terrifying quick punch of horror for his readers…" - Alternate Reality Web Zine Reviews.
"I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. I ended up reading most of the night away. I had a stiff neck and only got a few hours sleep, but it was worth it. The Attraction has an original plot and very believable characters. The story moves at an incredible rate and never lags." - Horror World Reviews.
Josh is into Bronwyn, Griff is into Tammy, Ziggy's into weed, and Dave Olshaker wants to get his girl back from Griff. But that's not all they have to worry about.
It's Spring Break, and Bronwyn needs to get to L.A. for reasons that annoy her, Griff and Tammy want to go to the beach and party, Ziggy wants to score, and Josh just wants a reason to get out on the road.
When they end up with a flat tire, stuck out in an Arizona hellhole, they find out about the real attraction.
The signs all over the desert highway: "Come See the Mystery!" "You're Near the Mystery!" "The Mystery of the Universe is Two Miles Away at the Brake Down Palace Gas and Sundries!"
Now, because Charlie Goodrow tells this story to anyone who stops for a fill-up, he's sold a lot of tickets to the back of his shop, where the Mystery of the Universe, the Mummified Remains of the Ancient Flesh-Scraper, is there for all to see.
Behind curtains, in a glass case, lies this creature.
Above it, tacked on the wall: "Do Not Touch. Do Not Feed."
"Some freak put this together," Ziggy says.
"Let's feed it," Griff says.
And then, the nightmare begins.
About the Author
Douglas Clegg wrote The Attraction as a Drive-In Movie kind of horror novella, a fast-paced monster story, based on a road trip across the desert in Arizona in the early 2000s, and stopovers at various roadside attractions over the years. This is a slightly revised version of the limited edition hardcover from Delirium Press published in 2004 and from the Leisure Books paperback of 2006.
Look for other books by Douglas Clegg
The Children’s Hour
Dark of the Eye
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
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
— 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 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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- Alkemara Press, July 2012
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