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Goat Dance [Paperback]

Douglas Clegg
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August 1993
This is the first novel from Douglas Clegg. Bill finds four things written in his wife's diary. One message is directed at him and is signed by his wife as "a dead woman". Bill takes it as a joke, but is soon to discover that his wife is being totally serious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goat Dance is truly a goat. April 12 2004
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I purchased this book after having read a book by Andrew Harper and looking for someone in the same genre. Clegg was touted by some online reviewers to be the second coming of Stephen King. I purchased Goat Dance and I labored and toiled through half of the book, but in an unprecedent act, I abandoned the rest of the book.
Clegg is a good writer, in terms of the style and narrative, but this book was way too slow and far from being a thriller. It was meandering and repetitious and self-indulgent.
I do not plan to read any more books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read Nov. 24 2000
By mellion108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
By now, all my reader friends are probably pretty tired of hearing my repeated recommendations of Douglas Clegg. When I find something I like, however, I am more than happy to recommend it to others.
Goat Dance takes us to Pontefract, Virginia--a tiny community where everyone knows everyone else. Cup moved away years ago, but he is now having horrifying dreams and receiving ominous telephone calls that lure him back to his hometown. Once there, he is caught up in an ancient evil that is reaching out to gain power. Cup joins forces with some fellow townspeople to try to stop the spread of this horrifying creature before it destroys everyone in its path. At one point, Cup asks himself "How do you keep the dead out? If they want you, they'll find a way."
This is a chilling story that kept my attention from page one. The characters are realistic and interesting, the evil is deliciously frightening, and the twists and turns are enough to grab the reader's attention all the way through the story. As with any Clegg novel, this one is part love story, part personal discovery, part epic and 100% scary. This title may be difficult to find, but it is certainly worth the effort. If you are new to Clegg, you might want to also check out YOU COME WHEN I CALL YOU, HALLOWEEN MAN and THE NIGHTMARE CHRONICLES.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Douglas Clegg Dec 18 2002
By JohnnyRoulette - Published on Amazon.com
"Goat Dance" by Douglas Clegg is a great introduction to a great author. He's written many a book that turned out to be gems as well. Personally, this isn't my favorite by him, but it's still very good. I found it to be a little confusing at times, but it was overall a smooth read.
The protagonist is a guy named Cup, and the antagonist is "The Eater of Souls", aka 'goat man'. I'm not going to say anymore because I wouldn't want to spoil your read, but if you're into horror, I'd reccomend you checking it out. Happy Reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Clegg Nov. 16 2002
By ZombiKitty - Published on Amazon.com
Don't let the title or the cover art put you off, because this book isn't another one of those tedious, repetitive, done-to-death "Oooh-look-it's-Satan" novels. In fact, Satan (or Memnoch, as Anne Rice would call him) does not even put in an appearance. Instead it's a young-man-returns-after-many-years-to-the-town-he-grew-up-in-and-where-something-bad-happened-when-he-was-a-kid novels. Most horror writers seem to have written at least one, but this one is very well done nonetheless. The plot overview has already been iterated in previous reviews, so I won't add another one to the pile, but you get the idea.
It is all too easy to compare Douglas Clegg to Stephen King, but that is because there are some similarities in their narrative styles, though Clegg's descriptions are possibly more vivid.
I liked this book and think that it is worth tracking down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure June 30 2005
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Back in high school, I was a big fan of horror novels, namely anything by Stephen King (before his writing went south)but one of my favorite books in the horror genre was "Goat Dance" by Douglas Clegg. Yeah it was not Shakespeare but then again Shakespeare has never done anything for me. I bought "Goat Dance" on a whim when I first saw the book cover with the half-man, half-goat. That really freaked me out yet strangely enough compelled me to buy it. Part of the story involves a young girl named Teddy Amory who almost drowns but doesn't. She is revived but when she is revived, something powerful invades her body and takes control of her body and soul. That is just the sub-plot. The main plot revolves around a young man named cup who returns home to Pontefract to find that the place he grew up isn't what it used to be. In fact his home has become something of a nightmare. It has been awhile since I read this book but I do know that I loved reading it. It came off as a cheesy horror story at times but I enjoyed reading Cup's attempts to save his town from being consumed by the Eater of Souls.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Goat Dance A Demoinic Twist March 31 2004
By Senior High - Published on Amazon.com
The book Goat Dance by Douglas Clegg is a literary masterpiece. It moves from the grotesque to the bizarre in an evil tide of events. The book is a wonderful journey from the angelic to the demonic. I really enjoyed reading it. Inside are some very interesting ideas and practices, yet through all these there is a true underlying pattern and love of life.
I would not recommend this book to a casual reader. It must be read by those who enjoy occult and demonic books. It should also not be read by anyone under the age of 14. Those who read it, as long as they follow these guidelines, will really enjoy this literary delight.
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