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You Come When I Call You

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  51 reviews
From the dark imagination of Douglas Clegg comes an epic tale of horror, spanning twenty years in the lives of four friends -- witnesses to unearthly terror.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 chilling past, and a man steps into a house of torture. On the ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Leisure Books
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Eric Miller
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite Clegg book, and one of my favorite horror books of all time. I was kind of stunned to see how many people didn't like it here, but that's what personal taste is for I guess. It IS dark, very dark, and oh so harsh, but it doesn't put me off like "torture porn" movies or books do- the gore and violence came out of story and characters here for me, so I didn't see it as gratuitous. To each his own, but I recommend this book all the time, and am doing so again here.
Horace Derwent
Jan 20, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
with the author's signature, will post the photo soon, i think :)
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not recommended
Recommended to Martha by: Goodreads group
Shelves: horror
I can deal with a good amount of nasty guts and gore when I am interested in a story, or if a book is particularly imaginative and well written. Sometime during the first hundred pages I had guessed the ending, so there wasn't suspense to keep me interested. This is my first, and probably only Clegg novel, so I don't know how well written his other books are. In this book he seemed to employ a stream-of-consciousness writing style that I tire of very quickly and makes me think "Holy run-on ...more
Mark Tallen
Dec 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I found this a chore to read.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long

I found myself losing interest in this book rapidly. I became quite bored with the whole thing. I just kept on looking at how much I had left to read. I've been reading and watching horror movies for 40 some years and this wasn't horror to me. If I would have been frightened from it I could tell you why it frightened me, since I was so bored by it it's hard to explain why. I guess too much "drooling" was going on. Somebody somewhere was drooling, then there were the lizards, here there
Berry Muhl
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected. The novel's flaws turned out to be mostly the result of poor copy editing and typesetting (many, many typos throughout in the paperback edition I read). Clegg sprinkles the story with lots of pop-culture references preceding chapters, and in many other ways Stephen King's influence shines through, but when you get down to the actual story, it's pretty good. This is a horror novel through and through; there is very little page space given to any aspect of the characters' ...more
Just Deborah
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a horror novel alright

Actually it was a horror OF a novel. I must not be bright enough to follow books about spirits and demons and death.(although I have read Koontz, Crouch, King, and many, MANY others) maybe I should adapt what my AMAZING grandmother taught me and if I can't say something nice, not to say anything at all. But she would have hated this book too.
George Poppenwimer
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I hated this book, but finished it to the end, had to see how it wrapped up. Had this been the first Clegg book I read, I would have never picked up another by this author. I guess we all have good days and bad days.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I forced myself to finish this book. Too many characters, none of which I liked, and a back-and-forth plot that just dragged on and on. And enough with the green goo; it wasn't scary.
Edward Taylor
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Some authors can be dark and visceral in their writings and I am all for it as long as it serves to further the story. Clegg knows what buttons to push and what will make you squirm, but this one is rife with typos and could be a little shorter. Some of the chapters seemed to drag on with no point but to serve some possible lead into a sequel. I will give him my "second book chance" and maybe a re-read later on but overall a solid three stars for the dark theme that is not for the squeamish.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Content-wise, this is a very fun horror story. Clegg mixes some old tropes with novel ideas and tells a compelling story.

I do have some issues with how the Kindle version was put together. It's pretty clear that the original text was just scanned in with little proofreading, because there are numerous errors that no proofreader worth their salt would allow to slip through. While I can forgive the occasional typo or grammatical error, the frequency with which they occur here, and the fact that
Sep 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: non-squeamish adults
This book was one of the most unique, individual, and bizarre things I've ever read. You don't find the typical vampires, werewolves, or ghosts in this one, nor do you find the average demon or demonic-possession. The first time I read it, I went through fast, and I thought, " was okay." But I went through it again recently, and it really took me by surprise of how deep it is. The pain the four main characters endured, how reality, dreams and insanity blended into one, and the craziness ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite gruesome

Douglas Clegg is a terrific author. He is very imaginative, and his way with words is absolutely beautiful, even when describing hideous things. I am a great fan of his. However, this particular book I did not really care for. I thought is was rather drawn out, and I did not really care for the plot. Also for an extremely talented author, I thought there were far too many typos.
Brian Steele
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Clegg is a good writer, great at atmosphere. While I enjoyed what he did with this book, the themes he played with, I imagine many readers never finished it. This book started out very confusingly, slipping between various characters who weren't always named and jumping time periods. Honestly, I had no idea what was going on until about halfway through the book; but then I was hooked.

If you tried to read this and gave up, give it another go.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was confused the entire way through this book. I continued to read it because I don't believe in not finishing what I start (unless it is really bad) I would think I had it figured out and NOPE I was wrong! So I thought at the end of the book it would clear everything up and I could wash my hands of it. It didn't. Sorry Mr Clegg but this is not one of your better reads!!
Brett Minor
Not a fan. Difficult to follow.

Much of the narration was intended to be the thoughts and observations of the characters whose minds are being infiltrated by demonic forces. However, it was done in such a way that it was a challenge to follow what was going on. I had to read slowly and often re-read to stay on track and sometimes I was still lost.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the second Clegg book I've read, and while I dig his style of storytelling, I thought this book started out strong, but kind of lost its way, as did I, as the plot unraveled. And there's a lot of talk about "demon juice" which is just odd.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was excited about this book because I have liked cleggs other books but it didn't pass my 10% rule (if I don't care about any of these people and/or don't know what is going on by 10% through, I'm out). I just couldn't get into it.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I found this book to just drag on and on with no real plot. Maybe it gets better further in but I only got to 12%
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Could not even finish this after making it two-thirds of the way through... Forcing myself to continue.... Just a horribly written story.
Josh McIntire
Fairly Formulaic Horror

I'm had a hard time finishing this one, and I'm normally a fan of Clegg's work. Overlong, and a bit cliched, this is one of his least enjoyable novels.
Ronald Keeler
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
TRIGGER WARNING: There are descriptions of extreme horror that are not suitable for all readers. Not everyone is comfortable with humans consuming or killing other humans in explicit very detailed ways. Even when sometimes the humans are or might be demons. And what do demons look like? This novel has descriptions of demons that should not be read close to meal times although snacks during reading are up to a readers queasiness quotient. Sexual language is surprisingly minimal; horror, gore, and ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read Douglas Clegg before. I have enjoyed his books, but this one was awful.

It starts by being confusing, where you are not sure of who is saying what, but obviously something horrible has happened.

Then you jump 20 years into the future. And the sentences and paragraphs run on and on forever.

Their are no characters I liked, the dialogue was terrible and it appears Mr. Clegg got paid by the word her or had a contract to deliver a 75,000 word book, so he dragged on with never ending
Matt Moore
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine Stephen King's IT set in the high desert.

As teenagers, they fought a horrible evil. They thought they killed it, but were wrong. As adults, it is calling them back to the remains of a desert town to finally finish the battle.

You Come When I Call You bounces from past to present, and even mixes first and third person, present and past tense, to tell a broad but intimate story of an evil that invests a small desert time. Great characters, enough mythology to pull you in but not be
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if?

Like no demon story I have ever read, it was a chaotic ride that cannot be explained. It is definitely a book that makes you think and leaves you slightly speechless. I can see why some people found it a hard read, it was but only because it felt like you where entrenched in the darkness right along with the characters. Very disturbing.
Found the storyline and characters very confusing at the outset and the jumping back and forth in time even more so. Usually enjoy horror books but found finishing this one a bit of a chore. At least the ending was reasonably satisfactory although predictable. Would only rate this as 4.5/10.
Megan Hex
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I admire what this book was trying to do. It wanted to be a grand work of generational evil. It got close but things just didn't quite jell. Still creepy, gory, and fun!
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mighty strange
Karen Berriman
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great horror book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Gwen Stevens
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Straight Up Terrifying!!!

Palmetto, California. 1980. Its the last summer friends will spend in the desert town, but its one theyll never forget. What happens is so horrifying, so cataclysmic, that it haunts them to this day. But the soul-shattering nightmares arent the only result there are murders. Gruesome, gory, and disturbing, somehow the past comes alive in the form of inexplicable crimes. But can the present really be blamed on the past? Its the fear they must face.

Let me just say that
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