A heart-pounding supernatural epic spanning two decades in the lives of four friends, You Come When I Call You is a classic of supernatural thrills from New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg. A high desert town has turned toxic after twenty years of nightmares. Now, a woman in Los Angeles believes her visions and memories are signs of insanity; a man named Peter Chandler follows a teenager into a house of darkness; in New York City, a cab driver begins to see a demon-haunted world all around him — while he’s driving.
And an old friend — from years ago when they were all teenagers in the town of Palmetto, California — is coming for them. He calls himself the Desolation Angel. He has returned to draw them all back to the dark place where they once committed a ritual of such intense savagery that it ripped their minds — and souls — apart.
At the center of it all, a mysterious girl named Wendy Swan, who has been missing for twenty years.
"Horror at its finest!" -- Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly.
Look for other books by Douglas Clegg:
The Children’s Hour
Dark of the Eye
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
Praise for Douglas Clegg's Fiction:
"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation."
— Bentley Little, author of The Policy
— John Saul, bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth.
"A master of the genre. Absolutely thrilling! Douglas Clegg is the future of dark fantasy."
— Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times bestselling author of the Dark-Hunters.
"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction."
— Peter Straub
author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl and the New York Times Bestseller Black House (with Stephen King)
"Clegg is one of the best!"
— Richard Laymon
"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!"
— Robert R. McCammon
author of The Queen of Bedlam and Speaks The Nightbird.
Tags: supernatural horror thriller, southern California, high desert, demon
Clegg gained attention last year for Naomi, his serialized horror novel that, arguably, was the first major work of fiction to originate in cyberspace. Genre cognoscenti, however, know him also for several acclaimed earlier novels, including The Halloween Man. Clegg's new book, which marks his first hardcover publication under his own name, is as powerful literarily and morally as anything he's written. Densely textured in plot, language and character, it tells of the 1980 destruction of the body and soul of a small desert town in California and of the resolution, 20 years later, of that supernaturally created holocaust; past and present mingle throughout, as if in a dream. The act of dreaming is a primary motif in the book, for the agent of destruction, Lamia ("lamia was fluid from steamy swamps... always feeding from the dying... until a depraved animal walking on two feet learned to pass lamia, to cultivate and worship lamia, to call it god, then demon...."), who, manifested in the body of a beautiful teenage girl, bends the reality of those upon whom she feeds, psychically and physically. Set amid the town's squalor of trailer parks, organized dogfights and fevered relationships of those with no escape, and also in the hard streets of Manhattan, a drug den in Los Angeles and elsewhere, the novel reads like a nightmare on paper as Clegg traces the fates of several of Lamia's victims. His imagery is intense, horrific, sexually violent--patricide, incestuous rape and cannibalism are among the crimes he envisions--but he paints with a poet's hand. Despite its monstrousness, his vision tenders a kind of hope; Lamia's destructive powers are balanced by another's force for healing, and, at novel's end, one victim recognizes the power of "grace." This is horror at its finest. FYI: Also in March but after Cemetery Dance's publication of this novel, Dorchester/Leisure will release a mass market edition ( 400p ).
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For some reason, my iPad wouldn't let me download this book. I have loads of books there, just not this one.
So I got it out of my library.
The hype is worth it. One of the best horror novels I've ever read. And I have read a lot of them.
This is the worst kind of assault on the senses with little or no story to support it. Not worth reading beyond the first few chapters.