You Come When I Call You

You Come When I Call You

by Douglas Clegg

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From award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg, comes a nightmarish epic that spans 20 years in the lives of a handful of friends who experienced -- as teenagers -- a terrifying apocalyptic event in their small desert town.

"Horror at its finest!" -- Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly.

The high desert town of Palmetto, California, has turned toxic after twenty years of nightmares --

In Los Angeles, a woman is tormented by visions from a horrifying past, and a man steps into a house of torture...

-- On the steps of a church called The Sacrament of the Sacred Heart, a young woman has been sacrificed in a ritual of darkness...

-- In New York, a cab driver dreams awake of the territory of demons -- And an old friend who calls himself the Desolation Angel has returned to draw them back to their hometown...

Where, two decades earlier, three boys committed the most brutal of rituals, an act of such intense savagery that it has ripped apart their minds -- where an entire town burned against a scarlet sunset -- And where, in a cavern in a place called No Man's Land, something has been waiting a long time for those who stole something more precious than life itself.

Look for other books by Douglas Clegg:

The Children's Hour
Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
Nightmare House
Bad Karma
Red Angel
Night Cage
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Necromancer
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
The Attraction

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

"Clegg delivers!"
-- 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.

For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Bentley Little.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015675948
Publisher: Alkemara Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 486
Sales rank: 354,406
File size: 777 KB

About the Author

Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of more than 25 books, including The Hour Before Dark, Breeder, The Children's Hour, Isis, Neverland and The Nightmare Chronicles. He is married and lives along the coast of New England.

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1958

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

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You Come When I Call You 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for disturbed. You've found it. I read it, I was freaked out by it, I loved it, and I passed it along. By far the most screwed up book I've ever read... and I loved every minute of it.
AvidReaderTD More than 1 year ago
This is a long book and it gets better and better as you get into the story!! I only have about 50 pages left so I still don't know how it ends but the descriptions and story line reminded me of a Stephen King novel!! I will definitely be getting more of this author's books!! If you like a long detailed story I highly recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discovered Douglas Clegg a few months ago and have since read a half dozen of his books. This one was far and away the best one so far. I like the way it is written, you have to pay attention to keep up with the story - and what a story it is! It is original, has a great plot and great characters. That is a good read. I don't like my stories spoon fed to me. A good read has to engage my imagination and keep me involved. I love horror, have been reading it since I was a teenager, and too many of the current crop are like the slasher movies - gore for gore's sake, just trying to shock you without necessarily being an integral plot component. It is so much more effective when it is a part of the story that actually moves the plot along instead of driving it. If you like a smart horror story, definetely check this one out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just what I've been looking for in a horror story, something demonic, something ghastly, something that leaves you hopeless and yet gives you fleeting hope! The story is perfectly interwoven!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to let everyone know that the deluxe, lettered edition of YCWICY is BEAUTIFUL! It is well worth the money. Invest in Clegg's limited editions now, not when they cost you $1000 on the second hand market in ten years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read ! Fast, invigorating , scary . Gives you your monies worth .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it had me so interested, other times I was like can his book hurry up and be over?! I do not think he is as good a writer as Stephen King, which I read diligently, and I am about to read Swan Song to see what that is about next. Writers like him need to get with the program and work on their story telling and get a better editor. I hate when I get suckered in by bad comparisons, because I expect something that is going to be fantastic and it isn't close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg has written what may be his magnum opus with You Come When I Call You, a deceptively complex tale that becomes, as it builds, a simple tale of terror and love and the things we lose in life as we go from childhood to adulthood. I read this one over the course of a few weeks, but by the time I reached the final hundred pages, I ended up staying up all night just to find out what happens. The writing is smooth and the story is head and shoulders above every other horror novel I read in the past couple of years. Clegg has won a fan with me, and I'm going to catch his other books, too. I could not get enough of Peter Chandler and his world and Charlie and his version of New York, and Wendy Swan herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good horror book to read. Starts out a little hard, but gets going once characters are all introduced. A fun and entertainingly gross book makes it hard to put down. Reccommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to be scared, this is the book for you! Clegg does a great job of teasing the reader's imagination. The unknown is the most scary in this book...a definite must for the horror book fan. Interesting characters and a freaky plot make this book a real page-turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The horror novel we have been waiting for. Maybe the best book I have read since McCammon's 'Boy's Life'. If this book doesn't push Clegg into the same level of popularity as King, Koontz, Barker..., something really wrong is going on around here. The kind of book that grabs you from page one and keeps the reader hooked through the end. My one complaint - even at 500 pages, I wanted more. You need this book. It's calling you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is a new horror novel you read this year, make it YOU COME WHEN I CALL YOU. People are throwing around comparisons to GHOST STORY by Peter Straub, IT by Stephen King, and SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon. I couldn't agree more. This novel grabbed me from this first page. It's fast paced and the characters became real in my mind. I found myself thinking about this book days after I finished it, something that hasn't happened in a very long time. Make the time to read this book. I can't believe any fan of horror fiction will be disappointed by the epic work that took Clegg twelve years to write
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doug Clegg has made me wait 3 years to read this novel. Since I first heard of it, I have anticipated it with great anxiousness, hearing that it was an epic, with a few sly comparisons to SWAN SONG, and IT. I was not dissappointed at all! This is horror at its level best. You've got characters that are real and very well defined, situations that could happen...probably have happened. And a premise that spans all of time. The way Clegg mixes in this reality with what went on in a town that was destroyed 20 years ago is nothing short of genius. And the different mediums to tell this tale. Through interviews, taped confessions, written notebooks and narrative is great! Highest recommendation and a can't put down book. Do yourself a favor and buy for you and one for a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the release of You Come When I Call You, Douglas Clegg demonstrates clearly and without any doubt that he is one of the best horror writers in the business. The epic tale brings the reader into a world where nightmare and reality freely mix¿and sometimes neither the characters nor the reader are quite sure which is which. The story, which takes place over a twenty-year period, is written in a style that is best described as a spiral. Clegg begins by sporadically revealing bits and pieces of the tale to the reader¿some of the information from today, some from twenty years ago¿developing the characters and story with each chapter, gradually adding new details, drawing the reader in, until everything becomes clear in the final pages. Although this nonlinear method of storytelling may be disconcerting to some readers, it actually serves as an extremely clever tool for holding the reader¿s interest and maintaining the suspense of the story. The novel starts in the small desert town of Palmetto¿the kind of town where everyone knows everyone else and not much happens on a day to day basis. One by one several of the town¿s young people cross paths with Wendy Swan, the beautiful daughter of ¿The Beekeeper,¿ one of the town¿s many eccentric characters. They eventually come to understand her true nature, but only after it is too late to help themselves or their town. In an attempt to try and save themselves (and their sanity) they perform a brutal, terrifying ritual, only to discover their mistake twenty years later when they are all called back to what little is left of their decimated former home. Several of the main characters suffer from what they call ¿waking nightmares,¿ a kind of terrifying hallucination where both nightmare and reality are experienced simultaneously and to varying degrees. Clegg uses intense imagery that allows the reader to feel they are truly witnessing a dream, which makes the story all the more powerful. The author takes his work very seriously, with this novel taking twelve years from initial conception to publication, and the years of labor are apparent in the quality of the finished product. You Come When I Call You has all the elements I look for in a horror novel¿blood, guts, terrifying imagery and dark atmosphere, but only when it serves to enhance the story rather than for its own sake; meticulous character development, such that the reader can identify with and care about each of the main characters; and a style of writing that makes the book difficult, if not impossible, to put down. You Come When I Call You is one of the best horror novels that I have read in the past year, and I give it my highest possible recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is confusing, bouncing back and forth between different things that are never explained. It seemed like the author was inserting images of weird and creepy things just for the sake of trying to make the book fit into the horror genre. I couldn't even finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love most of Stephen Kings books but as he would get into sick sexual fantasies this one did that as well as got too sick and gory for me to continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with the constant feeling of , I have no idea what is really going on! But as a reader who gives respect to an author by finishing a book that I have started reading, I persevered! Sadly, I finished the book it that same cloud. I am a very avid reader and don't usually have a a problem figuring out a plot. This book I don't know...I thought it would clear up in the end but it never did. I still, even after thinking on it, could not tell you what happened...sorry I just didn't like And would not recommend it ! ???
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This book seriously reminded me of "IT" by Stephen King. While the demon was different, it so closely resembled King's book that I started to get frustrated. Some points became increasingly boring and others just plain confusing. I'll try another book by the author in hopes that it will be scarier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is mot scary or horrifying. It is simply boring, i am reading it because i have to finish something i paid for. Sorry, but it doesn't come close to Bentley Little!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. I somehow managed to struggle through it. The storyline was very disjointed, making it difficult to follow. The ending was weak as well, with the author throwing similes and metaphors like a peanut vendor at a baseball game. 'It would be like sending a dog home and thinking it was punishment!' What the heck does that mean? However, I've never had a novel published, so who am I to judge?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Desinteresting. The book started great, but it lost my interest in the middle. It could be a second IT by Stephen King, woth characters interesting but the history of demons destroyed the book.