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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. In the best selection, "The Rendering Man," a girl's lifelong obsession with the creepy local who turns dead animals into consumer goods discloses her own festering psychopathology. Subtle seeding of the tale with images of death and transfiguration gives its climax a haunting and visceral inevitability. The narrative device into which the stories are pluggedAeach is presented as a nightmare inflicted by a monstrous boy upon his kidnappersAis flimsy but succeeds in calling attention to several recurring themes: the predatory nature of human sexuality ("Chosen"; "The Night Before Alec Got Married") and "the secret rituals that all families have that would seem insane to outsiders" ("Damned If You Do"; "The Hurting Season"). 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. (Sept.) FYI: Clegg is the author of Naomi, the much-touted e-novel in progress.
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"...Without doubt, [The Nightmare Chronicles is] one of the best collections of the year." -- HorrorOnlineSee all Product Description
I bought this book after reading some of the reviews here. What a mistake. This book was not at all scary, and it wasn't even that interesting! Read morePublished on March 18 2005 by Kristine
Clegg's short stories are a cut above (sorry) most because they rely on atmosphere and twisted psychology rather than blood and gore (though there is a fair share of that here). Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by David Group
Douglas Clegg is a leader in the post King/Koontz/Saul generation of horror authors, along with being one of the most prolific. Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Mary Ellen Gustafson
This is one of my favorite collections EVER, and it was my introduction to the work of Douglas Clegg. Nothing else has ever quite topped it for me. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002
Douglas Clegg's collection of short stories rivals anything that Barker, King, or Koontz have put out. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002 by Samurai6
Clegg is a rarity; a master at the short story and the novel. That is very unusual. A writer is usually better at one or the other, but Clegg knows how to scare in either... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Darren Jacks
Great stories, great ideas especially The Ripening Sweetness of Late Afternoon and I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes. Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by Troy J. Knutson
This was the first Douglas Clegg book I read, after reading some of his work in other collections. Though I believe that his longer fiction is his strong suit, these little gems... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Amazon Customer
Like others I bought this book based on the reviews and by the fact that it has won an award. So okay give it a try. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Eddie F. Jacobsen