★★★★★"A terrifying quick punch of horror."★★★★★ "Grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go." What's the "unspeakable horror" the desert billboards advertise? And why is it locked up in a glass coffin? From the twisted imagination of Douglas Clegg comes this short novel (200 pages) of first loves, first trips, and first horrors.
Some Mysteries Should Remain Buried. Five college students hit the road to travel cross-country, away from college pressures. Seeking fun and adventure, they pull over to a roadside gas station after they see signs along the desert highway that read Come See the Mystery!
"...A vivid story that will separate the timid from their sleep and the bold from their complacency whenever they next visit a sideshow or museum mummy display!"—Midwest Book Review.
"A terrifying quick punch of horror."—Alternate Reality Webzine Reviews.
"I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go."—Horror World Reviews.
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About the Author
His fiction has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shocker Award.
Date of Birth:April 1, 1958
Place of Birth:Alexandria, Virginia
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Five college friends decide to take a road trip cross country to California for spring break. They want to get away from their little private college in the Virginia mountains and see the country. They start noticing road signs in Arizona that say 'Come see the Attraction! The unspeakable unknowable Mystery!' They end up having a breakdown in the Arizona Desert and a trucker gives them a lift to a local gas station. It is called the Breakdown Palace and it is the very place where the 'Mystery' is kept. They decide to go have a look and see what it is all about. Located in the back of the store in a glass case with a sign above it saying 'Do not feed' is a small, mummified corpse with long, sharp fingernails. It is called a Flesh-Scraper. The ancient Aztecs used it to scrap the flesh off the bones of sacrifices. One of the friends thinking it is all a stupid hoax decides to steal it, but when they have another breakdown in the desert they soon realize that Flesh-Scraper is a lot more than just a road side attraction hoax. They have awaken an Ancient Evil with one thing on its mind. 'Human Flesh' I had never read any of Clegg's work before so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. I am kicking myself now for not giving his stories a chance sooner. I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. I ended up reading most of the night away. I had a stiff neck and only got a few hours sleep, but it was worth it. The Attraction has a original plot and very believable characters. The story moves at a incredible rate and never lags. The only complaint I have is that it was a little short. I thought it could have been at least a lot longer than 175 pages, but that aside The Attraction is worth every cent. There is also a Novella called The Nercomancer in this book. It is a prequel to the Harrow House novels and it is mainly drawn from the diaries of a young Justin Gravesend. Fans of the Harrow House books will love this story. I have got to read the Harrow House trilogy now. To sum up The Attraction is one of the best stories I've read this year. I got a whole lot more than I expected, and I am now a Clegg fan.
The first time I became acquainted with Clegg's work was through this Harrow series with a novel called "Mischief" and let me tell you, the man can write! I still remember reading the book through the night and simply being unable to put it down. Just as with the other book, his writing is very smooth, easy to digest and simply impossible to put down. This book is really two short novels in one. The first being a 170 page story about an Aztec monster out for fresh blood in the desert and the second, an introduction to the Harrow series, about a man who was reborn as a monster with insatiable appetite for lust and sacrifices. Each one is so very different but it showcases Clegg's intense way of conjuring ideas and his ability to translate them into books that are easy to read. He's slowly becoming a staple on my bookshelf and I can always count on him for a fantastic mix of horror and fantasy that somehow feels real.
The first story is called "The Attraction" and its strength relies on the sharp and spot on character development. I adored the relationships he build between the five friends who went on a road trip though the dry, hot desert, somehow getting stranded in middle of nowhere, close to danger. I got to like some, dislike others and then I got to read about them coming across an ancient Aztec mummy, said to be the scraper of the bones who drank the blood and danced for rain in the ancient times on top of the pyramids. Its no secret that something happens and the monstrum comes to life, what happens next is the real beauty of the story. Be prepared for some gruesome devouring, the tale is good but ends a little tame for my tastes. Overall I love the characters and enjoyed the imaginative new nemesis that I have never read about before.
The second novel is about a very bad man who gets entangled in some very dark magic; it's a little intro to the wonderful Harrow series, about a haunted private school with many skeletons in its closet. It was a really dirty and intense story but really good at the same time, perhaps it's a good thing it was short because it was immensely dark and rich with truly horrific ideas.
I engulfed this book over the weekend and can't wait to get back to reading some more of Clegg, he's a real diamond in the rough and his stories entertain both the mind and the imagination.
- Kasia S.
I give this title five stars only because of The Necromancer. The Attraction held my attention for only the first half, but The Necromancer left me wanting more. How can we get more adventures of Justin Gravesend on the page?