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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931081263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931081269
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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In this deluxe reprint of a novel first published in 1994, Stoke Award winner Clegg (Naomi; The Nightmare Chronicles; etc.) piles horror upon horror, but nothing is really objectionable or repulsive because the story's not in the least bit believable. Hope Stewart, a child who unknowingly bears a mysterious, double-edged gift, can either heal or destroy. When Stephen Grace, the sinister "Shadow," kidnaps Hope, his orders are to remove one of her eyes, then kill her. Shadow achieves his first aim, but a timely automobile accident lands both of them in the hospital before he can carry out his second. The pace picks up after Hope's divorced mother kidnaps her from the hospital and flees to Empire, a small and allegedly typical California town, the home of an old boyfriend. Shadow and the seemingly affable Matt, more often acting as "Monkey," one of Matt's multiple, all-mad personalities who believe "imperfection should be hacked off," pursue Hope to California. The parade of grotesques includes a geek who thinks he's a werewolf, raids chicken coops and bites off chicken heads; a mysterious underground cult called Cthonos, which has murdered scores of children; and a maniacal and disfigured nine-year-old boy who figures in a catalogue of awful events that have plagued Empire. Luckily for her, Hope belatedly realizes that she has "power!" There's a surprise a page, and while devotees will relish this omnibus of unexpected horrors, others may find it too mechanical and parodic.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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By Snakeman on July 5 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book to its end. The writing itself is well done but the characterization was so intense that I finished it feeling tense. I've read other stuff by this same writer and this book was no doubt one of his earlier books. A man implants an alien element into a small girl which causes her to take on and cure other people's diseases. The characters make a few wild character changes. Worth a read, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Douglas Clegg is brilliant June 22 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Apparently I am not alone in just discovering this amazing talent. I had heard that Clegg wrote novels like King, and I wasn't sure this was a good thing (although Stephen King is still an amazing writer, I wasn't sure if someone "like" him would be very good). Douglas Clegg is a blazingly original talent, and to confuse his work too much with King is to miss out on truly enjoyable fiction. I found both The Children's Hour and Dark of the Eye to be remarkable in their level of character development and Clegg's literate style of writing. Then I found second-hand copies of his first novel, Goat Dance, as well as his third, Neverland. Both of these should be classics of the genre, except that the critics of this particular genre tend to be moribund and bitter, and I suspect much of the horror audience is made up of people who have never heard of Shirley Jackson but know all the films of Wes Craven. The fact that Clegg's publishers have all but buried these novels shows the blindness of publishing. If anyone can locate a copy of his second novel Breeder, drop me a note.
James Falmouth
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gruesome psychological terror March 29 1998
By Casey Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fast-paced horror novel a little like King's Fire Starter, in the sense that the 11 year old heroine has extraordinary powers, but there are plenty of plot twists to make this a truly original work. After I read this-in one sitting-I went to a local bookstore to search out other Doug Clegg titles.
I found Children's Hour and Bad Karma, (this last under a psuedonym) but the other titles were out of stock. Hey Dell Publishing, Doug Clegg or who ever is out there who might know-where can I find the other paperbacks, because this is a great author-the kind who delivers taut, original horror of an intelligent sort.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good early novel from Clegg April 7 2005
By Craig Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading author Douglas Clegg's Bram Stoker Award-winning short story collection The Nightmare Chronicles, I was eager to read a novel by him. But where to start? As luck sometimes has it, that decision was made for me.

In the interest of keeping up with news about Clegg, I signed up for his email newsletter and found that Dark of the Eye was being serialized within its pages. Not the most ideal circumstances in which to read a novel, I'll admit -- I'm one of the old-fashioned type that still likes to turn pages -- but it is also an idea whose time has come. It's merely an updating of the old Dickensian model of magazine serialization -- and he was, by most accounts, a rousing success. Even now, authors are catching on to the concept that the best way to promote their work is by giving something away for free. It keeps us coming back and, therefore, keeps their names fresh in our minds for when we go book shopping.

Dark of the Eye, first published in 1994, is now out of print but still available from online booksellers. Still, it's fairly rare, which makes it the perfect candidate for this sort of promotion; it is a really good book that isn't easily available anywhere else. It almost makes it seem like a sort of discovery!

In it, we're dropped right in the middle of an ongoing story as a one-eyed girl named Hope Stewart gains an awesome healing power that some people -- like her father, the mysterious Dr. Robert Stewart -- want to preserve, while others -- like Special Projects' Stephen Grace (aka "Shadow"), a government assassin -- want to destroy. Hope's mother, Kate, however, doesn't trust Robert and runs away with Hope, straight into the middle of Empire, California, a former boomtown that now seems only to serve as the residence for a motley crew of supporting characters -- including the strange "family" that goes by the name of Cthonos.

A relatively early novel in the Clegg bibliography, Dark of the Eye does not exhibit signs of the author's later confidence in his abilities, but does showcase his seemingly intuitive knowledge of when something works. The beginning is a little confusing because while we're trying to learn about the characters, they're taking off somewhere else. It's like a chase trying to get to know them. After the fast-paced exposition, the story takes time getting to where it's going though the pace never lets up. Once the climax is set in motion, however, the surprises come fast and furious as the novel barrels to its conclusion. (I carried the printed pages with me so as not to miss a opportunity to read it.) It ends somewhat abruptly, but is suspenseful and engrossing the entire time. The characters are absolutely fascinating and Clegg fills this book with enough idiosyncracies to fill a series of novels and a circus freak show.

Based on the evidence of Dark of the Eye in addition to The Nightmare Chronicles, Douglas Clegg is now on my Favorite Authors list.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
poorly built April 23 2003
By jan erik storebø - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this wasn't all that bad. a little kid with a "gift". a mother trying to escape with the kid. someone chasing them. standard stuff. the mad/evil scientist was a little too much, i mean, really. it lacked suspence. the mother and the child was a little bit too dull for me. talking to a waiter, thinking about whether or not they could afford a burger, etc. the book didn't really peek my interest. but the worst thing was the way the story was built. a little bit from the scientist's journal, the mother, the chaser, an so on. the book jumped from one scene to another.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dark Eye July 5 2004
By Snakeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book to its end. The writing itself is well done but the characterization was so intense that I finished it feeling tense. I've read other stuff by this same writer and this book was no doubt one of his earlier books. A man implants an alien element into a small girl which causes her to take on and cure other people's diseases. The characters make a few wild character changes. Worth a read, though.

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