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The Nightmare Chronicles [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Clegg
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1.0 out of 5 stars Say sorry to the trees Dec 22 2002
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For those that think depth is a heroin-filled needle hanging from your arm in some condemned, rat-infested apartment, you'll love Douglas Clegg.
The characters are rarely multi-faceted and layered. The plots are mediocre, standard stuff, bordering on uncompelling. The tone is always hopeless. And the language is pseudo-literate that gets in the way of the story telling.
There is a reason why he's written so many books and hasn't become popular. Read this book and you'll discover why.
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4.0 out of 5 stars creepy and unsettling Feb. 15 2004
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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). Having said that, there are a few here that still come off as a bit routine, and only a few are truly memorable. High marks, nevertheless, by someone who sees most modern horror fiction as future landfill.
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Douglas Clegg is a leader in the post King/Koontz/Saul generation of horror authors, along with being one of the most prolific. In "The Nightmare Chronicles" he brings thirteen short stories to life in one of the most clever ways I've ever seen. The book begins with what you think is the first story, but it's actually a framework story that continues around each of the mini-thrillers contained here. It's a good story by itself and you find yourself waiting to see what happens next in the "frame" story as well. This is probably one of the best collections I've read in a long time. There's a lot of variety in style, setting, time periods, subjects and, of course, horror factor. The stories are graphic in ways you don't expect, which takes them out of the "wallow in blood and guts" type of horror, but the shock value is WAY up there. This book is a great way to get a fast intro to an author who dares to stray from formulaic horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Clegg! Dec 21 2002
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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. Really chilling and disturbing stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT WRITER Oct. 12 2002
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Douglas Clegg's collection of short stories rivals anything that Barker, King, or Koontz have put out. Most stories draw you in so deeply you can't put the book down until you finish them. There really isn't a clunker in the bunch.
I roll my eyes when someone writes "creepy" and "will give you chills" in their reviews but some of the stories included here are quite scary, and you will feel the creeps and chills...which is why you buy a book like this anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master of the short story Aug. 19 2002
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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 form.
The collection are nightmares by a boy who has been kidnapped by some truly unsavory characters. The first is "Underworld" and starts off with a bang. This is one creepy and scary story; take my word for it. You will break out in goosebumps.
Other stories of note: "The Rendering Man" and possibly the best stolry of the bunch, "I am infinite:I contain multitudes." The third story will surprise and shock you.
Quite simply, "Clegg is a weaver of nightmares," as one reviewer said of him years ago about his debut, Goat Dance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best short story collection I've read in years! May 25 2002
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Great stories, great ideas especially The Ripening Sweetness of Late Afternoon and I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes. I judge the greatness of a book by how easily I'm distracted from reading. I was not distracted at all by outside sources while reading these stories; in fact, I was late to work several times because I would get caught up in the storylines. Do yourself a favor and buy and read this book. Move it to the top of your To Be Read (TBR) pile.
Other Clegg books recommended:
The Halloween Man by Douglas Clegg
You Come When I Call You by Douglas Clegg
Breeder by Douglas Clegg
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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 get you into the mind of a writer who is personable and fun, and I believe a great horror writer.
If you're looking for a Stephen King or Clive Barker clone, move along. Clegg is an original writer with a unique voice.
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