Douglas Clegg

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Douglas Clegg
Born (1958-04-01) April 1, 1958 (age 56)
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Genre Horror, Fantasy, Genre fiction, Dark fantasy
Spouse Raul Silva (2005-present)
Website
www.douglasclegg.com

Douglas Clegg (born April 1, 1958) is a horror and dark fantasy author, and a pioneer in the field of e-publishing.[citation needed] He maintains a strong Internet presence through his website and LiveJournal.

Early life[edit]

Born in Alexandria, Virginia to a "family of artists", Clegg had "scribbled stories" from a young age and then started typing them at age 8 when his parents brought home a typewriter.[1][2] One of his first tales was an adventure about his pet mockingbird, which had recently died. His first horror story was for a school assignment at Sleepy Hollow School about St. Patrick’s Day, in which snakes take their revenge on St. Patrick and the people of Dublin.[2] Clegg wrote his first novella-length work, called Asylum, at age 17.[3]

Clegg graduated from Washington and Lee University, with a degree in English Literature.[3]

Writing career[edit]

Clegg finished writing his first novel, Goat Dance, in 1987. Pocket Books published it in 1989, and Goat Dance was nominated for Outstanding First Novel by the Horror Writers Association. Pocket also published his second, third, and fourth novels, Breeder (1990), Neverland (1991) and Dark of the Eye (1994). Clegg's next novel, The Children's Hour (1995), was published by Dell, but the imprint dropped its horror line four months later, leaving him without a publisher. His sixth novel, Bad Karma (1997), written under the pseudonym Andrew Harper, was published by Kensington Books, and later adapted for the screen by Randall Frakes. The resulting 2002 film, directed by John Hough and starring Patsy Kensit, was released as Bad Karma internationally and as Hell's Gate in the United States.

In March 1999, Clegg announced that he would be distributing his new ghost novel Naomi in serial installments via email.[4] Naomi debuted in May 1999 and became the Internet's first publisher-sponsored e-serial.[2] Publishers Weekly called it "arguably, the first major work of fiction to originate in cyberspace."[5] Some four thousand mailing list subscribers received free chapters of Naomi on a weekly basis, boosting print numbers for the 2001 Leisure Books paperback version from the low 50,000 range to over 125,000.[citation needed]

Clegg found a new publishing home with Dorchester's Leisure imprint, a small New York publisher committed to its horror line. Leisure brought out The Halloween Man in 1998, Clegg's short story collection The Nightmare Chronicles, (which won the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award) in 1999, and two novels, You Come When I Call You and Mischief, in 2000. Also that year, Cemetery Dance Publications published the print edition of Clegg's novella Purity, which Clegg had made available for free download on his website, and the author launched another e-book, Nightmare House, which was serialized on a weekly basis on the DouglasClegg mailing list at Onelist.com. A bidding war erupted between three companies for sponsorship of the mailing list for the duration of the serial.[citation needed] Cemetery Dance won, and paid Clegg a five-figure fee for his free email novel,[citation needed] which was published in hardcover the following year. Cemetery Dance also sponsored the Harrow Haunting website, which offered readers multi-media along with the e-book. A Nightmare House sequel, The Infinite, became Leisure's first hardcover in 2001.

Since then, Clegg has published several other novels and collections, including the 2004 Shocker Award-winning collection, The Machinery of Night. His current publishers include Cemetery Dance Publications, Tor Books, Berkley/Ace, Leisure Books, and Wildside Press. Under the pseudonym Andrew Harper, the novels Red Angel and Night Cage also were released.

Clegg's Harrow series includes Nightmare House (1999), Mischief (2000), The Infinite (2001) and The Abandoned (2005), as well as the prequel novellas The Necromancer (2003) and Isis (2006). The Vampyricon trilogy, a dark fantasy series about vampirism and mythology set in an alternate medieval history, includes The Priest of Blood (2005), The Lady of Serpents (2006) and The Queen of Wolves (2007). The Priest of Blood hit the extended New York Times bestseller list in hardcover in late 2005. In 2006 Clegg also began his Mordred trilogy with Mordred, Bastard Son.

In 2009, Lonely Road Books announced that they would be publishing The Vampyricon Trilogy: The Definitive Special Edition. The book was scheduled to include all three of the Vampyricon novels, re-edited by the author, as well as an addendum of around 50 to 100 pages of exclusive "deleted scenes" and "lost material" and color and black and white artwork by Erin Wells. Lonely Road announced two editions: a Limited Edition of 300 copies and a Lettered Edition of 52 copies.[6]

Works[edit]

Harrow novels[edit]

  • Nightmare House (1999)[7]
  • Mischief (2000)[8]
  • The Infinite (2001)[9]
  • The Abandoned (2005)

Mordred trilogy[edit]

  • Mordred, Bastard Son (2006)[10]

Vampyricon trilogy[edit]

  • The Priest of Blood (2005)[11]
  • The Lady of Serpents (2006)[12]
  • The Queen of Wolves (2007)[13]

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Goat Dance (1989)
  • Breeder (1990)
  • Neverland (1991)[14][15]
  • Dark of the Eye (1994)[16]
  • The Children's Hour (1995)
  • Bad Karma (1997) (as Andrew Harper)
  • Naomi (1998)
  • The Halloween Man (1998)
  • You Come When I Call You (1999)[5]
  • The Hour Before Dark (2002)[17][18]
  • The Attraction (2004)
  • Afterlife (2004)[19]

Collections[edit]

  • The Nightmare Chronicles (1999)[20]
  • The Machinery of Night (2004)[21]
  • Wild Things: Four Tales (2006)[22]

Selected short fiction and essays[edit]

Adaptations[edit]

Clegg's 1997 novel Bad Karma (1997) was adapted by Randall Frakes into the 2002 film Bad Karma, with no participation from Clegg. Directed by John Hough and starring Patsy Kensit, the film was released as Hell's Gate in the United States. In a 2012 interview, Clegg praised Kensit's performance but noted, "in general it’s not a very good movie."[2]

Several of Clegg's other works have been optioned for film, including The Attraction, The Hour Before Dark, Dark of the Eye and The Children’s Hour, but none have yet to be produced.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Horror author Peter Straub said of Clegg in 2002, ""Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction, and The Hour Before Dark is his best and most exciting novel to date. This is pure imagination, and it is wearing speed skates."[18][31] Publishers Weekly called The Hour Before Dark "suspenseful and relentlessly spooky" and "at once the most artful and most mainstream tale yet from one of horror's brightest lights."[17] Publishers Weekly also singled out The Words, Clegg's contribution to the 2002 novella anthology Four Dark Nights, as the only entry which "uses its expansive length to build the atmosphere and tension crucial for orchestrating its unsettling events."[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Work/Citation
1989 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best First Novel Goat Dance[32]
1997 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best Short Fiction "I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes" (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Volume 11)[33]
1998 International Horror Guild Award Nominated Best Novel The Halloween Man[34]
1999 Bram Stoker Award Won Best Fiction Collection The Nightmare Chronicles[35]
1999 International Horror Guild Award Won Best Collection The Nightmare Chronicles[36]
2000 International Horror Guild Award Nominated Best Novel You Come When I Call[37]
2002 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best Novel The Hour Before Dark[38]
2002 International Horror Guild Award Nominated Best Novel The Hour Before Dark[39]
2003 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best Long Fiction The Necromancer[40]
2004 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best Short Fiction "A Madness of Starlings" (Cemetery Dance magazine #50)[41]
2004 Bram Stoker Award Nominated Best Fiction Collection The Machinery of Night[41]
2006 International Horror Guild Award Nominated Best Long Form Isis[42]
2006 Lambda Literary Award Nominated LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Mordred: Bastard Son[43]

Personal life[edit]

Clegg is gay and lives on the New England coast with his husband and business partner, Raul Silva.[1][44] After 16 years together, Clegg and Silva were joined in a civil union on November 17, 2005. They were legally married on November 17, 2008. The couple have a menagerie of rescued pets and enjoy canoeing, hiking and bicycling.[citation needed]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e Molgaard, Matt (October 30, 2012). "Douglas Clegg Talks His First Horror Story and the Birth of the Online Serial Novel". Horror Novel Reviews. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About Douglas Clegg". DouglasClegg.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Green, Hardy (May 24, 1999). "Two New Books, Two Ways of Marketing". Business Week. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: You Come When I Call You, Douglas Clegg". Publishers Weekly. February 28, 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Vampyricon Trilogy: The Definitive Special Edition". Lonely Road Books. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58767-056-5
  8. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58767-009-1
  9. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8439-4927-8
  10. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-55583-899-7
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  12. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-441-01438-5
  13. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-441-01523-8
  14. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9720859-1-5
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100328070954/http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/36609/exclusive-book-preview-trailer-douglas-cleggs-neverland
  16. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-931081-26-9
  17. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: The Hour Before Dark". Publishers Weekly. September 2, 2002. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "The Hour Before Dark". DouglasClegg.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-451-41167-9
  20. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8439-4580-5
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  22. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58767-156-2
  23. ^ "White Chapel". Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 8. 1994. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  24. ^ "O, Rare and Most Exquisite". Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 10. 1996. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  25. ^ "I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes". Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 11. 1997. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  26. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-881475-71-2
  27. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: Four Dark Nights". Publishers Weekly. September 30, 2002. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  28. ^ "A Madness of Starlings". Cemetery Dance (50). 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  29. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58767-089-3
  30. ^ "Frankenstein by Mary Shelley". Penguin Books. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Author Guest of Honor: Douglas Clegg". World Horror Convention. 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2004. 
  32. ^ "1989 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  33. ^ "1997 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  34. ^ "1998 International Horror Guild Awards". HorrorAward.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  35. ^ "1999 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ "1999 International Horror Guild Awards". HorrorAward.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ "2000 International Horror Guild Awards". HorrorAward.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  38. ^ "2002 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  39. ^ "2002 International Horror Guild Awards". HorrorAward.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  40. ^ "2003 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  41. ^ a b "2004 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  42. ^ "2006 International Horror Guild Awards". HorrorAward.org. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  43. ^ Cerna, Antonio Gonzalez (April 30, 2006). "19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary Foundation. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  44. ^ Guzzetta, Désirée I. (November 11, 2010). "Douglas Clegg: Writer, Spy, and Literary Archeologist". Dark Scribe Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 

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