A riveting supernatural thriller of family secrets and murder -- from New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg -- The Hour Before Dark begins with a terrifying event...When Nemo Raglan's father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo must return to the New England island he thought he had escaped for good . . . and the shadowy home called Hawthorn.
Alongside the dominant stream of horror fiction that, at whatever level of artistic achievement, relies on shock and gore, runs a quieter stream that relies on atmosphere and inference for its unsettling effects (think Machen, Blackwood, sometimes Ramsey Campbell). Clegg (The Infinite; Naomi) has added a superior new title to this latter tradition, with a psychologically astute and genuinely shivery story of a young man who returns to his ancestral home on a remote island off Massachusetts. Nemo Raglan, a failed novelist, is back at Hawthorn, on Burnley Island, because his father, Gordie, has been found slaughtered in the family's smokehouse. Also at Hawthorn are Nemo's errant younger brother, Bruno, and their sister, Brooke, a high-strung artist who'd been living with Dad; the siblings' mother had disappeared from the family when they were children. The killer has, weirdly, left no traces and thus no clues; but then much about Hawthorn and the siblings is weird, particularly the game they played as children, a risky form of mind-projection taught them by their father, who used it as a POW, whereby they were able to explore worlds known and unknown. As brothers and sister get reacquainted and ponder the murder, the air grows tense but also dark. Nemo senses an unseen presence; is the house haunted? Clegg delves deep and precisely into the familial ties that bind but also sunder even as he celebrates the magical isolation of a New England island so adrift from the mainland as to be its own planet. Suspenseful and relentlessly spooky, told in economical prose yet peopled by characters as fully realized as one's own blood kin, this is at once the most artful and most mainstream tale yet from one of horror's brightest lights.
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Full disclosure: I'll read just about anything horror, sci-fi or fantasy. The crazier the better. But the best ones, the ones that give you the most delicious chills, are stories like these that are believably unbelievable.
This is a good, fun, creepy read. Would recommend.
I've just "found" Douglas Clegg". I really enjoyed this storyline, and there were a few times it actually made me jump. This is actually pretty hard to do for someone who read "The Shining" at the age of 12. Yes, there are some grammatical and spelling errors in the e-book edition, however the Author does mention that these books are new to the e-book format. If you like a good horror read you can't go wrong with Clegg.
Ok story but ebook has typos galore.