by Douglas Clegg

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From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes "a terrifying thrill ride"* of suburban supernatural horror "guaranteed to unnerve the reader" (Publisher's Weekly). Years after the closing of a secret school for gifted children, Julie Hutchinson has terrifying visions that ignite a series of paranormal invasions of her home. Will she -- and her children -- survive the chilling touch of the afterlife?

"Mr Clegg has an ability to create believable, realistic characters...and tighten the suspense and terror as they slowly descend into their own private nightmare...Afterlife is as good as the modern horror novel gets." -- The SF Reader.

*"A terrifying thrill-ride that sits comfortably among horror classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives."-- Shocklines Reviews.

"Stoker-winner Clegg (The Hour Before Dark ) has an uncanny ability to frighten readers by chronicling everyday characters' perilous descents into their own private hells....guaranteed to unnerve the reader...captivating." -- Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review.

For fans of Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro.

"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation."
-- Bentley Little, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunted and The Mailman.

"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.

Books by Douglas Clegg:

The Halloween Man
Night Asylum
Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
The Children's Hour
The Criminally Insane Series:
Bad Karma
Red Angel
Night Cage
The Harrow Series:
Nightmare House
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Necromancer
The Chateau of Devils
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters

Praise for Douglas Clegg's fiction:

"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation."
-- Bentley Little, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunted and The Mailman.

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!" -- Robert R. McCammon, New York Times bestseller author of Swan Song and Stinger.

"Clegg delivers!"
-- John Saul, New York Times bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth.

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction."
-- Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, and The Talisman and Black House (with Stephen King.)

tags: horror, thriller, psychic, horror fiction, suspense, murder, crime, remote viewing, undead, ghost, haunting, erotic, nightmare, ghost

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012307880
Publisher: Alkemara Press
Publication date: 04/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 38,902
File size: 576 KB

About the Author

Douglas Clegg is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 25 books of horror, suspense, dark fantasy and gothic mystery, including Afterlife, Purity, The Nightmare Chronicles, Goat Dance, Dark of the Eye, Neverland, The Words, Wild Things, Naomi, The Children's Hour, You Come When I Call You, The Machinery of Night, The Hour Before Dark, Breeder, Bad Karma, Red Angel, Night Cage, Nightmare House, Mischief, The Infinite, The Abandoned and others. He lives on the New England coast.

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1958

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

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Afterlife 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The only thing is i wish it was longer because i feel that the story wasnt finished.
shob.dw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've only read Clegg in short story anthologies, and thought he was pretty good. I picked up this coz it was short and the back cover had blurbs from the usual suspects - Straub(!), Koontz, Saul, Mccammon, Little, etc. Being the first Clegg novel i read - it bombed. The idea of the Afterlife had been done a million times over, and this book really does not offer anything new. It borders more on sci-fi than horror, the plot wafer-thin (u can see it coming a mile away), and the story just trudges along at a slow leisurely pace. By the time you expect it to pickup, it fizzles out and ends. And what a lame ending it was. You don't feel anything for the victim or the villain (if u can even call it that), and - mind you, the book has got parts which are strictly ADULT - ends up feeling amateurish. Might pickup another Clegg book to give him another shot, but it won't be anytime soon.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an easy light read with moderate predictability and very open ending...the author leaves a lot to the imagination especially at that end, and I rather like that in an age where way too much is shown/detailed in books and movies. I've enjoyed a couple of books by this author and would certainly read more. This was more suspense to me than horror with the paranormal thrown in....and an interesting/fresh look at death. I give it a solid B+, it was interesting but didn't really creep me out the way I like to be when I read horror/suspense/thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one, my second read by this author. I found the ending a little abrupt though. It left me feeling like the story was incomplete.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm particularly fond of this author anyway but this book keeps you on your toes.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because it was a bit shorter, and I have never read a book by Douglas Clegg before. I have to say I enjoyed it, until the end. The last two chapters seemed to run on and on with no where in sight, and actually, there was no end. This book really did creep me out though, with the "ghostly" encounters and such, but I wanted so much more in the ending. I will also say that I enjoued this book to the point where I cannot wait to read more! I just hope not all of Clegg's books are so open ended... I like to know somewhat of what happens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim one day and I have to say that to me this was one of those books that got to me so much that I felt like I couldn't read another book again. I just couldn't get this book out of my head. I was hooked. I definately recommend this book to those who can dedicate alot of time to reading because you will not be able to put this one down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's obviously me. However, I didn't like the ending. I loved the book up until the last thirty pages or so. It got weird and confusing. Not really confusing as much as weird. I hate books that seem so 'far' out their that I can't wrap my mind around them. Again, maybe I'm lacking a brain, since I didn't find it as great as everyone else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of books in my life. The horror genre has always been one of my guilty pleasures. I've read them all: from the masters right down to the plain obscure authors. I was always intereseted in Douglas Clegg but wasn't sure where to start. I picked up Afterlife simply because it was so short. I figured that if I hated it at least it would be a quick read. I'm glad I picked this one up. Although, the entire book is basically one long build up to an ultimately unsatisfying finish, I really didn't mind. Clegg's writing had me hooked! The ghostly encounters were so eerie and relevations were surprising and interesting. The only drawback was the ending, I feel. But by that time I didn't really care. I had so much fun getting there that it really didn't matter. Read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Up until this novel I had only read works from Clegg that delt with the haunted mansion Harrow and one of his short stories from Four Dark Nights, but this story did not dissapoint! Even at first glance the plot is amazingly chilling. But it also helped with the creepy factor that I was able to draw parallels to Rosemary's Baby(which if you haven't heard of I would highly suggest that you look into it). And on the bigger scale something that I have noticed from Clegg is that there is a more complex message in his works dealing with the--and yes this is going to be cliche--battle between good and evil. Even more than that it really looks at how the lines between right and wrong are blurred in society. But aside from all that critical reading stuff, this is just one of those books that you are not going to want to read while you are all alone on a dark and stormy night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very different than other books in its genre. Fast read and very suspenseful. I thought the ending could be better; some parts of the story was never resolved. Maybe there will be a book two. I personally hope there will be. Though I wanted to give it a 4 star I could not, because of the rush ending. However, I do recommend you horror fans read this. Plus, if you like a little erotica, you will be pleased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Afterlife, Douglas Clegg has managed to perfectly blend the genres of horror, mystery, suspense, and spirituality. Many of us have wondered what lies beyond this life, and this novel dares to present some of the questions that we may be afraid to ask ourselves. The answers to these questions may send a chill down your spine. With three-dimensional characters, plot twists a-plenty, and scenes that move intensely fast, this book is sure to pull you in from the start. Don't let the size of the story discourage you. It may not be the longest book you've read, but one thing is certain. There's no room for filler here. I've been a longtime fan of Clegg's work, and I must say, this one has been my favorite to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved finding little references here and there in this novel (inside stuff). For instance, Caniglia makes a brief appearance as a photographer. In real life, he's an artist for some great horror titles. This story will keep you reading to find out what happens with Julie (our heroine) and Matt and Livy (her children) after her husband has been killed. Who is the murderer? I think you'll find some interesting twists here. Great reading! And if it's a cloudy, rainy day, so much the better for the atmosphere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! My only complaint is its too short -- I wanted to know more! Anyway, if you like the 'atmospheric' type of horror (whatever that means) pick this one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all lead busy lives! That is why it is so unusual, at least for myself, to be able to find a book that not only held my attention and kept me thinking about it constantly, but totally wrapped me up in the edge of seat suspense. It took me only two days to read this book, a feat which I haven't done since sometime in 1986. Everytime that I set the book down, the anticipation of picking it back up was almost unbearable. The accessible Clegg style showed why his books are finally getting the recognition deserved, and proved that genre fiction can indeed still hold new experiences even for those of us who are never seen without a book. The characters and scenarios are not only believable, but they are you and I in situations that begin to go askew. If you've ever grieved about the loss of a loved one, you know that your mind can play many tricks on you. You will also know that thoughts about life beyond death seep into your fragile psyches at that time of grieving. When those thoughts drift toward strangeness... well read the book. Awesome reading! Never doubt for a second that you will be entertained by this book!!