The Halloween Man

The Halloween Man

by Douglas Clegg

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An ancient ritual within desolate October woods. A stolen child. A mysterious New England village. A terrifying legend of shadows. Who holds the key to the dark secret of Stonehaven? What unspeakable creature is trapped within one of its summer mansions?

From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a riveting, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller.

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."-- Dean Koontz, NY Times bestselling author of The Husband, Odd Thomas, Velocity and many others.

*"Combining both the quiet horror of a Charles Grant with the all-out spectacles of a Stephen King, Clegg's storytelling has never been better. The Halloween Man is a brilliant novel, up there with the best of Straub, King, and Koontz, and one of the most original tales of terror to come along in quite a while." -- Edward Lee, bestselling horror novelist.

"The Halloween Man is one of the best horror novels that I've read in years...I had never read anything by Clegg before reading this novel, but now I'm going to go out and get the rest of his books. If you've never heard of Clegg either, or are a fan of horror fiction, get this book right now." - Pixel Planet

"Halloween Man is a stunning horror novel, written with a degree of conviction that is rare these days." --Fiona Webster

"Clegg gets high marks on the terror scale..."(The Daily News (New York)) --

"Douglas Clegg is one of horror's most captivating voices..." -- BookLovers

"Every bit as good as the best works of Stephen King, Peter Straub, or Dan Simmons..." -- Hellnotes: The Newsletter for the Horror Professional

"Packed with vivid imagery; a broadly-scoped but fast-paced plot; powerful, evocative writing; superb characterizations; and facile intelligence...Douglas Clegg has given horror lovers the best Halloween gift possible -- an entertaining spinetingler written with unique style..." -- DarkEcho

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction.." - Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and, with Stephen King, The Talisman.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015500769
Publisher: Alkemara Press
Publication date: 09/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 861,374
File size: 393 KB

About the Author

Douglas Clegg is the author of more than 25 books, including The Hour Before Dark, The Children's Hour, The Nightmare Chronicles, You Come When I Call You, Breeder, Neverland, Purity, Afterlife and many others. He is married and lives near the coast of New England.

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1958

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

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The Halloween Man 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Clegg and have enjoyed every one of them. This is a very good book that kept me wanting to read it when I had to put it down. I was very skeptical about the book given the way it starts out in the first chapter, but the strength to this book is when Clegg goes to the flashbacks of Stony as a kid. I found that his revalations in the book were perfectly timed and he kept you wanting more of Stony as an adult. But I found the book a little predictable near the end of the story, which is the cause for the four stars and not five. The book was billed as a scary and horrorifying story on the cover by reviews, but I found myself wondering what story it was that they had read. It wasn't a scary story at all but was more of a thriller with some horror elements to it, such as the demon worshipers. I loved the book despite what people thought that it was and would recommend it to anyone.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Douglas Clegg book will not be my last. The book had problems, but I was very impressed with Clegg's writing.Stony Crawford is on the road with a kidnapped child messiah. As he travels he remembers events from his own childhood in the New English town of Stone Haven. The Halloween Man is an ambitious horror tale that is not easy to sum up without including spoilers. I can say that it has very little to do with Halloween. If you are looking for a book to read in the last weeks of October that deals with harvest time, pumpkins and trick-or-treaters, this is not it. At its heart it is a tale of Satanism and black magic. That isn't entirely accurate, but close enough to give a spoiler-less idea for potential readers, I hope.I enjoyed the book. It told an exciting and complex story that I got into and was exceptionally well written. But I never felt... connected to it. I got the feeling he was maybe a bit too ambitious with his storry. It sort of came off as muddled. I was impressed with the book while I was reading it but (until the end) it wasn't a book I would eagerly anticipate picking up again.I liked the writing, A LOT. From this first experience I can say that Douglas Clegg is quite a talented author. But the writing would tend to get too lyrical at times. This was a problem for me especially at the beginning of the book. Doug throws you into the story as it is already underway. This can work really well, making the reader immediately feel unsafe and out of his depth. But a confused story coupled with overly ambiguous writing made the beginning of the book feel a bit like a chore.He does a decent job of describing the town of Stonehaven, but the book was missing a real sense of time and place. It could be that I was extra sensitive, because I've just recently reread Stephen King's It and The Tommyknockers, two books that create completely detailed and believable New England towns. The Halloween Man's Stonehaven came off as much sketchier. I never got the sense of verisimilitude that the book wanted me to have.Still, I did enjoy the book overall. As the story progressed I was drawn into it and was excited to see where it would go. I would have no problem suggesting Douglas Clegg to an interested reader, but I get the feeling this book probably isn't the place to start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, an interesting premise, but sometimes bogged down in a sort of pretentiousness. Because of this I found it somewhat hard to get through. Mr. Clegg can spin quite a yarn, but seems to become a bit too enamoured of his own verbosity to be as entertaining as he could be. I truly enjoy some of his work. "Goat Dance" and "The Hour Before Dark" are favourites. It is easy to get lost in these books and the characters in them. I have re-read them many times. However, it is hit or miss. I like Mr. Clegg in general, but will have to choose a bit moer wisely next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good Doug Clegg story that could have been a really great story! About three quarters of the way through it starts to fall apart. The ending feels rushed...uninspired. The voice goes flat. Feels like the author got bored then wrapped it up quickly. The concept here was so elaborate that he could have developed it further, at least 2 books. Instead he wrapped it up by allowing his 15 year old protag to wrap up the story in one chapter at the end. We have to take it on faith that the kid knows what he's talking about. Weak ending. Kids and teens speak with the language and voice of adults which irks me. Still I can't say I didn't like it.
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
From the opening sentence, this book grabs you and then takes you on a journey across the country and through time. The main body of the book takes place in a small New England town, a town so small that everyone remembers the stories of when the residents were born, especially the birth of Stony Crawford. Everyone remembers the birth of Stony Crawford, and as the book goes along you discover what makes his birth so unique. Everything that happens in the book is related to Stony and what sets him apart from not just the residents of the town but also sets him apart from his own family. The events of Stony’s life go beyond coincidence and break into birthright. There are characters that help shape Stony’s destiny. From Nora, the blind lady in the woods who sees more than she lets on, to Stony’s brother Van who gets involved with the wrong girl, to Stony’s own girlfriend, Lourdes Castillo, who has a secret of her own, all lend a hand in getting Stony ready for what he must face. Some parts of this book are easy to figure out, but that does nothing for what comes at the end. To be honest, this book needs a warning label “DO NOT START IF YOU HAVE PLANS FOR SOMETHING ELSE”, it holds your attention that well and moves along as if the pages were made of potato chips. This is a must read for any horror fan, especially around Halloween.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I did not like the ending. I wish Stony had stuck to his guns and followed his plan instead of changing it at the last last minute. I also didn't like how the old car Stony was driving changed from Mustang to a Chevy then to a Mustang again at every new chapter. I guess the author couldn't make up his mind what he wanted Stony driving. But at least when Stony made it to his final destination, it was the original Mustang he bought at the beginning of the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my type pf reading----I didn't care for this book. Too macabre, too bloody, too strange. Way too strange.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Scary, heartbreaking, exciting. It's got it all. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a quitter so I did finish this book. I did not enjoy it at all, but I had to read it to the end for curiosity sake alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of you feel that this book is scary. It keep you from front cover to last page. I dont think you are reading the same book i am . This book is a not is not worth the time . I will try one more book . I hope it will be a 100% better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago