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For years, the Jackson family has vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a hidden shack in the woods—and christens this new clubhouse "Neverland."

Neverland has a secret history, unknown to the c
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1990)
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Beverly
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Karl
Jul 20, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bloodletting-own
This hardcover book is copy 337 of 400 and is signed by Douglas Clegg
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
NEVERLAND is Clegg at his best. This is a very, very good twisted horror tale involving children and adults. I would read this again.
David Agranoff
here is a fine tradition in the classic horror novel to tell the coming of age story. Stories like Robert McCammon's Boy's life or Stephen King's The Body are period pieces clearly inspired by the authors childhood and the era they grew up in. The late 50's or 60's coming of age horror novel is almost a sub-genre itself. We are just seeing my generation of horror writer start to do this with a the 80's, a great example is James Newman's Midnight Rain. Neverland is soon to be a classic that stand ...more
Emma
May 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I just didn't GET this book. It never grabbed me the way I expect a good horror novel to do. While it was creepy it was also very confusing. Half of the time I wasn't even sure exactly what was going on. The supernatural elements felt very out of place but they were the only explanation of events in the book. Yet the supernatural didn't seem to be enough of an explanation. The story would have been a lot scarier if the author had provided a better background for the creepy events that take place ...more
Natalie

Neverland isn't a book that I would have probably found on my own, but when I was sent a review copy in the mail (and after reading the synopsis), I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

Neverland is one of those books that has you pulling the covers over your head when you turn out the lights. It's deliciously creepy, and even more so because the main characters are children. I don't know about you guys, but I can usually handle all kinds of monster-movie horrors, but throw a cr
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Douglas Clegg is a master of fantasy and imagination. THIS plot is nothing simple; it turns out to be creative ,and unpredictable as hell, and I stand with applause for the hours he must have spent brainstorming this one.

Neverland is fun, twisted, gripping. I fell in love with the characters, I weeped with them, I feared for them. The setting with the old house, the creepy shack, the woods - all amazing, beautiful, unnerving. The pace is quick when it should be, slower when its appro
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Bill
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
"We all scream because we are alive."

A dark and disturbing coming of age story about two boys vacationing on Gull Island who stake claim to a hidden shack in the woods that they call Neverland. It’s not all playboys and He Man Woman Haters Club stuff here. It gets progressively bleaker and more sinister as each chapter passes. Hidden histories and secrets are revealed. Gods and demons are brought out into the light and the fate of Beaus family and the entire town hangs in the balance. ...more
M.J.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Forget that he's my friend. Really.

Forget that you only read genre or never read genre.

Forget whatever book you heard about last week or yesterday.

Just buy this book.

I can't do it justice but here's what Bently Little said: "A brilliant novel... that will one day be recognized as one of the classics of supernatural literature."

Doug Preston called it: "A masterpiece of dark suspense that will forever haunt your dreams."

And I totally agree.
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Leah Polcar
Overall: 3.5

This review refers to the audiobook version.

Story: The story is fairly strong until about 2/3rds in when it just becomes repetitive. It is fairly clear what is going on -- minus a few details -- and what is going to happen, so this was tiresome. Seriously, we already know what Governor's happy sound is. "Dit do" whatever. Ditto for the main storyline. However, the plot was generally engaging in a suspenseful, not really scary, sort of way. For gore fans, there
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Jennifer
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was not my normal read as of late, but nonetheless I must say I devoured it greedily! Neverland crept into my mind and kidnapped me from reality. Throughout the book Clegg held that part of my mind that is still afraid of the dark, and then with the last chapter released me into wanting to embrace Sumter like only a mother could. My heart both feared and loved him from a parent and child's perspective. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

Justin
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
The first three quarters of the book I could barely put it down. The last 25% is very action packed and I'm just not a fan of action so it kind of lost me.
Scott Johnson
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are certain books that do more than entertain. They do more than tell a story or make some sort of commentary. From the first word to the last, these rare tomes connect with the reader on a level that is visceral, touching their innermost feelings of dread and dragging the reader along a fearful path. They place the reader in the story so that the reader can feel the splinters in the boards, the bites of mosquitoes, the breath on their necks. Such books are few and far between, and, withou ...more
Patrick
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
There is something about childhood that makes horror so effective. Whether or not the child is the main character, victim or sometimes the object of horror, it seems to be a prevalent theme among horror. I believe it's partly due to the child-like innocence. As a child, the world is new to you. You don't know much about the world. You're still learning your rights from wrongs. You are very curious about new things. You don't want to listen to your parents, but rather play all day in a world of y ...more
Becky
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never has a family vacation been so wrought with terror and wicked imagination as in Neverland.

Originally released in 1991, Clegg’s creepy tale of children facing off with an evil entity has been re-released featuring wonderful sketches from the talented Glenn Chadbourne (who also illustrated the recently released Isis, also by Clegg). Beau and his family expected their annual trip to Gull Island to be business as usual: mosquitoes, exquisite boredom, and snippy adults for two whole weeks. When
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Adam Wilson
Apr 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Neverland is the first book I've read by Douglas Clegg. The novel is about two cousins doing things in secret in a shack they call Neverland. Whenever they go inside, Sumpter, the cousin of the protagonist, performs strange acts like bringing a dead rabbit back to life or sacrificing a kitten to what he calls Lucy. The novel is very brutally interesting and its one of those books like Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon or It by Stephen King where a lot of the story is made up by kids just being ki ...more
Michael Hughes
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
My first iPad purchase (though I had to read it on the Kindle app, as it's not in iBooks yet). Neverland is a very dark, evocative tale of dysfunctional family life and the imaginative world of children on the cusp of adulthood. There are moments of surreal, hallucinogenic beauty, particularly the episodes inside of the nightmarish shack known as "Neverland," which elevate this novel above the typical horror/thriller into the company of Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner.

Then ending came a little to
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Stephen
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A haunting tale of children on vacation with their parent to grandmas house in Georgia. While the parents spend their time drinking and arguing, the children find their entertainment in an old gardeners shack. Filled with tales from the past, little Sumter grabs his cousins attention with tales of Neverland, a place where grownups aren't allowed. Playing along with Sumter's stories, his cousins are drawn into a world of false gods and ghosts. The author creates Sumter as one creepy kid. Grandma ...more
Peter
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
A really captivating read told from the perspective of a 10 year old boy on summer holiday with his parents. I love family tales with a dark secret or mystery in it and this is one of the most fascinating stories in this genre. The book is eerie, haunting and it also has a fulminant climax in the end. Neverland is a playground you won't forget so easy. Is Grammy good or is she evil? What about Sumter and Lucy. Very enthralling with some shocking and disturbing elements. A clear recommendaten. Th ...more
Maicie
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Library.

There are some deliciously sick family dynamics in the story but I just couldn't sink my teeth into the tale. Loved Grandma Weenie, though.
Elke
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great horror novel that made me feeling queasy the whole time, and the interior illustrations by Glen Chadbourne added greatly to the haunting atmosphere. Recommended!
Joe Piccoli
Neverland was chock full of very creepy and disturbing imagery. And nothing is more creepy than children, especially little Sumpter. I'd love to read a prequel about Baby Girl and The Weenie and and an origin story about The One Who Walks in Shadows, The Feeder.

Remember.... The bunny screams because its alive! Yes, Creep-o-rama at its finest!
Kate
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Just read it.
Steve
Summers are a nightmare for Beau Jackson. August always sees his family packing up the car for the drive from Virginia to Georgia, where the 10-year-old boy spends a miserable two weeks with his sisters, his cousin, their respective parents, and his venerable grandmother.

Grandma Rowena Wandigaux Lee spends her time scribbling in her journals and deadening the air with her continued tales of the old days, particularly about her deceased daughter, Babygirl. Everyone tires of hearing ab
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Missy
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three pages into this book, I knew that I was going to like it. The story starts with a family on their way to Gull Island, GA for summer vacation. They're in their station wagon....two 12 year old girls (twins) a 10 year old boy, a baby, and the parents. It is a typical road trip with the kids squabbling and carrying on and their parents trying to intervene and keep the peace. This story is narrated by 10 year old Beauregard (Beau). I love stories narrated by kids.....their descriptions of thin ...more
Donna
If I remember correctly, I grabbed this at a liquidating Borders. It sounded interesting enough. And it panned out okay. I’m an emotional black hole so no surprise that I wasn’t scared by it, but it was definitely an interesting read.

I really liked the voice. It was this hybrid adult looking back and telling the story mixed with the kid version of the adult telling the story. It felt really . . . accurate. It was a good blend of the two that made for an engaging storytelling voice. I
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Juliette
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think it's funny how I can allow myself to believe in any kind of fantasy world, or creatures so that I can be carried into a story, but when an author brings in emotions that don't seem to go with what I think, I can't get into the story, even if it's a very minute part of the book.
For the life of me I just could not get over the fact that as miserable as this family's vacations were on Gull island, they kept returning. It's stupid, I know, but because of that, instead of getting into the re
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Jon
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a sinister plot
Recommended to Jon by: bookbub.com
Neverland starts out like a children's story, and the names of the characters remind me a bit of those in the show Sordid Lives -- names like Babygirl, Goober, Governor, and Grammy Weenie. Far from being a children's story, the novel takes a sinister turn. This is the story of a family that travels to Grammy Weenie's house on Gull Island, during their vacation. One day, while looking for his cousin, Sumter, Beau found him acting oddly in the shed behind their grandmother's home. When confronted ...more
Emily
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a nutshell, the book is about creepy children. Creepy, creepy children. Beau (a bit creepy) and his sisters (not so creepy) visit their grandmother (kind of creepy in her own right) on Gull Island every summer. Their cousin Sumter (way creepy) visits at the same time. Beau and Sumter form a friendship mostly based on their secret place, Neverland, where they perform rituals and play increasingly bizarre games, and where Sumter grows ... well ... creepier and creepier.
This novel was chil
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Lupe Dominguez
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
So this book took me forever. Partly because I had like 1738933 others but also because I HATED it at the beginning. It started out as one of those books that I had to force myself to get through. I'm definitely glad I did though. It was weird and very twisted, and, if you are religious in anyway, makes your question religion as a whole, regardless of what denomination.

The hardest part for me, honestly, were the character names. Like seriously. Even once the book got flowing and all that, the n
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