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You Come When I Call You [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Clegg
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1.0 out of 5 stars You run when he calls you May 11 2004
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"You Come When I Call You" is not the best book I have ever read, and that is being kind. The book is about three very unbalenced adults who are experincing waking nightmares because of an event in their childhood. Douglas Clegg is not very forth coming with an explanation of where the bad guy (or girl) Wendy came from. We get her back story, but it makes little since. In fact very little in the book makes any since. It's like a combination of Stephen King and Hunter S. Thompson. The book is a nightmare logic, meaning it is all surreal images (and very disturbingly graphic) with almost no narritive thread. It's like a very bad acid trip. The three main charcters, Peter, Alison, and Charlie , all have their psyche so messed up by the event in childhood (they all seemed to have been possesed by a demon and killed everyone in their sleepy little southern California town) that they are not very useful narrating the action through. The book is almost 400 pages long, and it seems like much more than that. The book is like wading through soup. I have heard that Clegg is a good writer; I don't know, maybe I just started with the wrong book.
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One of the downsides of buying online is sometimes you don't get a "feel" for the book. This particular book brought that home to me. Whoever wrote the blubs for these books is a far better writer than the author himself.
Mr Clegg writes like an overly complicated John Saul; not necassarily giving our heroes much of a shot at surviving, nor being very likable.
It is also written in such a poor font, that if you have poor eyesight, or suffer from headaches from eyestrain, this is definitely not worth the trouble.
His writing skips around like ants on a hot skillet, and the book was released without being completely proofread. misspelled words, poor phraseology ... there are so many stumbling blocks in the book it was a chore to finish, even for a book-o-holic like myself.
I dislike leaving poor reviews, but I wish I had known these things Before purchasing close over half his available releases. Mr Clegg, please forgive me as I may appear unkind ... I am simply trying so save other people their money's worth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disjointed affair July 4 2003
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You come when I call you is an ambitious horror novel. Instead of rehashing the well-beaten path of formulaic horror, it tries something new. I once read in an issue of Fangoria that Clegg struggled mightily writing this novel and actually took upwards of ten years to finish this book. Sadly, instead of delivering its promise, the novel falls flat on its face.
The story flip flops between two time frames. THEN takes place in 1980 in the sleepy desert town of Palmetto, California. We get to meet several teenage characters whose routine lifestyles are turned upside down when a demonic force takes over them and makes them perform brutal acts of murderous rage. NOW is set in 2000 and the teenagers are now grown adults living in different cities across the country and doing their best to forget the horrible memories of their past. But now the demon of their past is "calling" them and they will reunite in Palmetto in an attempt to put the demon that haunts them to rest once and for all.
This is not an easy book to read. So much of the events take place through dreams, memories, hallucinations and flashbacks. After a while it becomes hard to decipher what's real from what's not as well as if something's occuring now or if it happenned in the past.
The main secret behind this book seems to be of what ritual the kids performed that was so terrifying and that ended up scarring them emotionally. However, as I read deeper into the novel I found that I really didn't care anymore. Most of them have become dislikeable burnouts and schizophrenics that are difficult to sympathize with. The most thrilling part of the book was actually reading about two elderly ladies sitting on rocking chairs on their porch and recounting events of 40 years ago. How sad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grisly Sept. 19 2002
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Doug Clegg seems to be on the short list of popular horror authors currently churning out tales of bleak terror. His books probably fall somewhere between powerhouses like Stephen King and those who write gore laden stories for the small press companies. In "You Come When I Call You," Clegg reworks the classic theme of demon possession, setting the story in a small town located in the stony deserts of California. Demon possession is a staple of the horror genre, which means that any horror author worth his salt must visit the concept at least once in his (or her) career. Clegg not only visits this theme, he decides to set up camp while he is there.
Palmetto, California is a ghost town. It wasn't always a ghost town-up to 1980, the town housed a few hundred souls slowly wasting away in the harsh climate. In that year, a devastating fire ravaged the town, not only destroying the entire place but also making it impossible to find any bodies of those who didn't escape. The only ones who got out were four kids with a weird tale. According to these kids, a creature destroyed the town by infesting the locals. The kids did something to the demon, but how they did it is something so horrible that it takes 20 years for the full story to emerge. During these long years, the kids grow up while still harboring their terrible secret, a secret that must be revealed when they are "called" back to the ruins of Palmetto to face a horror beyond reason and time, a horror with the name Lamia, a horror who wants something the kids took from it and have kept inside themselves for two decades.
The blurb-like description above really won't prepare you for this gross, scary book. The book is gross because people are killed and tortured in the most exquisitely detailed ways.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly bad
I just finished this book and I think I will not be coming when Doug Clegg calls. I kept reading as I like to finish any book I start to form an honest opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chrisco J
4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely chilling horror tale
"You Come When I Call You" is different from other horror novels I've read, in that I tend to read vampire novels, and this one was about demons. Read more
Published on March 14 2003 by Tanja L. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Please dont come any more Mr Clegg
This book was terrible. It lacked narrative, there was no real reason for any of the protagonists moves and it was poorly written. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by John O'Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Read When Clegg Writes....
...Is the best way I can sum up the man's unique talent! This book is fantastic, and the man who wrote it deserves lots of praise. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by Khrissy Choate
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but I was expecting more...
A very good novel, but just that.
I was expecting more from Clegg. And I don't know how to quantify that. More. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Darren Jacks
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Clegg's early work...
But he's getting more convaluted with each novel. I guess he thinks it adds depth or some literary flair, but it doesn't serve the stories he tells very well. Read more
Published on March 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and thrilling
I borrowed this book from a friend, having never heard of Clegg or read anything by him. You Come When I Call You seemed like a strange name for a horror novel, and I guess that... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2000 by "crsantamonica"
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome and disappointing
From the reviews and description I was expecting so much more. So much of the narrative felt forced and self-indulgent. I wish an editor had come when Clegg called. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2000 by Erin Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Clegg Book
Well this is the third book of Douglas Cleggs' that i have read, and I'll have to admit, it is the best. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2000 by Natalie Savage
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