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From Douglas Clegg, author of You Come When I Call You and the Bram Stoker Award-winner, The Nightmare Chronicles, comes his first novella, PURITY, in a signed, special edition hardcover from Cemetery Dance Publication. This is a tale as experimental as it is suspenseful, in which love, darkness, and the human imagination clash on a small New
Hardcover, signed limited to 450 numbered copies, 118 pages
Published June 2nd 2000 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published June 2000)
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Jan 21, 2012 Brandee rated it it was amazing
Loved this brief chilling tale. Didn't want it to end.
Marianne Søiland
Jan 26, 2012 Marianne Søiland rated it liked it
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Dette er min første horror-novelle, og bare det er interessant nok. Jeg utvider horisonten, som var et av lesemålene for 2012, og jeg ble ikke skuffet! Douglas Clegg kjente jeg overhode ikke fra før, men med litt aktiv jobbing på Amazon så leste jeg nok reviews til å konkludere med at jeg måtte forsøke meg på denne forfatteren. Et snev av Dean R. Koontz, kanskje? Man har jo lov å håpe!

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Owen er tenåringssønnen til gartneren som steller hagene for de rike på Oute
Neil Davies
Jul 08, 2014 Neil Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn but this Mr Clegg can write. I tend to forget when I've not read anything of his for a while. Beautifully written, disturbing, gripping, wonderful novella. Would love to read a new full length Douglas Clegg novel (preferably horror but I'm pretty easy going on that) but in the meantime this novella will keep me ticking over. I can't afford the hardback so it's good to see this in an affordable ebook format. Highly recommended for readers who don't mind thinking as they read.
Robin Edman
Apr 15, 2012 Robin Edman rated it really liked it
What interesting insights the author has into the heads of the not-quite-poor! He's absolutely right. His wealthy characters are rather shockingly self-absorbed, which could explain their failure to notice that Owen is a sociopath. I have a sister who is a sociopath, and she kinda gives me the wiggins. That the others characters never even noticed what he is just shows you what jerks they are.

I find Owen the Sociopath to be the most sympathetic character in the book. He might set out to destroy
Jul 20, 2015 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: ebook, short-story
I really liked this short story. Dagon is one of my absolute favorites of H.P. Lovecraft. Together with the love/hate relationship between Owen, Jenna, & Jimmy-which reminded me of times like Sally, Brian, & Maximillian in Cabaret-was superb! I loved how dark it was, & this story was very easy to get yourself lost in.
Nov 21, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Pretty good love story with a little suspense/mystery thrown in. I was surprised at the ending and thought it could have ended a little better, but it was okay as well.
Jan 27, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
Damn. I downloaded this book knowing only that it was by Douglas Clegg. Imagine my surprise when scrolling to the next page and finding it was a novella. I would love to see this continued into a full series of novellas or full length novel. The dichotomy of social classes is very well delineated through the actions and thoughts of the characters.
This novella stands up well to another exploration of a sociopath in this situation, "The Talented Mr. Ripley".
May 23, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
Slow to start, this tale of psychological terror ends up being chilling and extremely dark.
Nov 04, 2010 Rachelle rated it it was ok
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“The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. Happiness only happens for those who cry and those who hurt, for only then can they appreciate the importance of people who touch their lives.” 1 likes
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