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Goat Dance

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From Douglas Clegg, award-winning author of The Hour Before Dark and The Abandoned, comes a novel of unimaginable terror and heart-pounding suspense. What secrets lie within the ancient place known as the Goat Dance? A Haunted Lake . . . Seven-year-old Teddy Amory should have died that winter's day on Clear Lake, when she fell through the ice while skating with her older b ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published April 30th 2006 by Wildside Press (first published 1989)
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Douglas Clegg has a great way of taking a small town and infusing it with the most appalling forms of evil imaginable. The beginning was a little confusing to me, with the introduction of all the characters, but once I'd gotten past that the story really took off. The visceral imagery was incredible! There were times when I actually felt the sensation of something akin to what a character was going through. I've long been a fan of Clegg's work, and this novel is no exception!

First published back in 1989, ‘Goat Dance’ was Douglas Clegg’s second full length novel to be published. With a multitude of different covers for each separate publication, everone of them portraying some grotesque and darkly imaginative artwork, you know exactly what sort of novel you’ll be getting when you pick up ‘Goat Dance’.

True to the cover artwork, Clegg unleashes a multitude of obscene and horrifying moments within the tale that strike great similarities to that of the master of dark ima
Oh the suspense!!! From the first page to the last page this book is filled with it! Scary, gruesome, great story line, great characters. Yes there were spots that I was kinda freaked out to walk through a dark room ;) A few this on my Nook and it was filled with places where there was a period and should of been a comma and a handful of words that didn't fit...kinda like when you type something then go back and change the words but don't delete all of the original words first. Not ...more
I quite enjoyed Clegg's "The Attraction" -- a tight, vivid, well-written, character-driven exercise in survival horor what was hair-raising with being mean-spirited. The companion novella that came with it was a nice Victorian pastiche "books one should not open" piece. I had earlier read "The Hour Before Dark," which was unimpressive but readable enough. So I was quite pleased to find Goat Dance so affordable on Kindle, and the sample I downloaded was nicely written.

Unfortunately, this first n
I really would have liked to give this book more stars, as the writing is pretty good, and Clegg does a great job of keeping you hooked . . . I just don't think the story was all that good. It gets weirder, darker, and more disturbing as the book goes on, but never really lived up to the potential of the story. If it was shorter, I'd say it's worth reading quick, but it actually took me a while.
Ok, honest? I hated it. The main characters are crazy, or nearly so. I need to trust and believe in my heroes. Maybe I am just tired of maggots.
Shawn Manning
A tad bit uneven, but not bad by any means. It's a great example of 80's horror that wears its love for Stephen King on its sleeve.
Aug 01, 2014 Jimmy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great horror novel! It has everything I'm looking for and come to expect from this genre. It made me not want to put it down, and stay up all night reading. Not to suggest that this book is just like/copying/plagiarism, but to give you an idea. For me Goat Dance is the perfect combination of Stephen King's Bag of Bones & Dean Koontz's Phantoms. It has been a while since an author has shocked me, grossed me out, and left me in such a wonderful state of scared out of my mind awe. I w ...more
Tanya Simon
When I read this book for the first time, I realized that this was what I wanted to write. In your face horror, gore, terror, etc. No censoring the darkness. Clegg’s books fill the space inside your head and outside with dread and dark places. I have enjoyed many of them, but this one was my first and when I was finished I was stunned.
This was my first Clegg novel, and I am very very pleased. Contrary to popular belief, there IS an art to writing good horror. King certainly has the chops for it, as does Dan Simmons and I am happy to add Clegg to my list.

This is a well crafted story from begining to end, I liked the characters, even though some were deeply flawed. Good writing and scares all around.

The key is enough horror without the kitchen sink feeling, and this novel delivered. Eerie, evocative and visceral in perfect mea
Jackie Primo
Good book...kept me hooked
It started of so slow that I almost stopped reading it. Eventually the pace picked up and it finished pretty strongly. It seemed to muddle along and then jump into the action with no real transition. Overall I like it well enough.
Rachell Horbenko
I couldn't finish this book. Gave up because it got to be just too boring and too damn confusing. Author kept jumping around and it was not worth the effort to try to keep up.
You have to love the imagination of Douglas Clegg. A dark, look into ourselves.
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