From Douglas Clegg, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Priest of Blood and The Hour Before Dark, comes a supernatural gothic thriller of family secrets and innocence turned to darkness.
For years, the Jackson family vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a shack hidden among the brambles and windswept trees near the bluffs overlooking the sea.
The rundown shack called Neverland is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. Inside it, the children's games soon turn deadly and dangerous as they begin worshipping a god of shadows they call "Lucy."
And all gods demand sacrifice…
"Neverland is a masterpiece of dark suspense that will forever haunt your dreams." - Douglas Preston, New York Times Bestselling Author of Impact and (with Lincoln Child) of Relic and Gideon's Corpse.
"Douglas Clegg's Neverland is an unforgettable novel that combines creeping horror and psychological suspense. It starts like a bullet and never slows down." - David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of Murder as a Fine Art.
“This is a powerful and thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg’s best novel yet. The novel builds in whispers and ends in a scream. You will never forget Neverland.” - F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Nightworld and the Repairman Jack series.
"From start to finish, Neverland is a haunting and tragic masterpiece. A powerful, thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg tells Beau and Sumner's incredible story with a subtle blend of humor and sadness that resonates with the reader long after the novel ends.” - Marjorie M. Liu, New York Times Bestselling Author.
“A brilliant novel that grows richer with each reading, a multilayered marvel that will one day be recognized as one of the classics of supernatural literature.” - Bentley Little, Bestselling Author of The Influence and The Haunted.
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby." - Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Odd Thomas and Innocence.
"Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills. Neverland is Clegg at his best." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of Girl Missing and the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels.
“Douglas Clegg . . . could have hung out with (in a better world) Robert R. McCammon, Bentley Little and Stephen King. These are guys who know America, and know how to literally scare up the best and worst aspects of the American character and slap them into a ripping yarn full of monsters, terror and enough action to keep the pages turning late into the night.” - Rick Kleffel, book commentator for NPR
An adolescent's cruel mischief proves a pathway to a dimension of otherworldly terrors in this creepy supernatural thriller, first published as a mass-market paperback in 1991. One summer on Gull Island off the coast of Georgia, Sumter Monroe indoctrinates his cousin Beau Jackson into the marvels of "Neverland," Sumter's name for a tumble-down shack on their mutual maternal grandmother's property that's a shrine to a god he names "Lucy." In Neverland, reality and illusion blur eerily, and the spirit of fun takes a malevolent turn as Sumter begin offering "sacrifices" of an increasingly disturbing nature to placate Lucy and sustain his special relationship with her. Clegg (The Vampyricon) crafts a haunting story redolent with the influence of Arthur Machen, H.P. Lovecraft, and other classic horror writers. His credible rendering of the internal lives of children and their imaginations give this flight of dark fancy a firm and frightening foothold in reality.
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Thinking back on it as I write this review, when I had finished the last page I inadvertently said aloud, "Wow!" This was a good book with good writing. Thank goodness for the good writing part, which seems hard to come by these days in this age of self-publishing.
I was attracted to this book by the title. I wasn't disappointed. The story line makes it hard to stop reading. These characters are like family you have known about. Early in the story, it reminded me of things I did as a kid. Not the ones that involved the supernatural!! Great read!