- Author: Douglas Clegg
- Artist: Gail Cross
- Page Count: 260
- Pub. Date: 2000
- ISBN: 1-58767-009-7
- Status: Out of Print
by Douglas Clegg
About the Book:
It's the year 2000, and Jim Hook must stay in the rigorous prep school — the Bast — at any cost. He is a scholarship student, and his older brother — the angel of the family — had graduated from there before dying in a ski accident. His father had graduated from the Bast, too.
Now Jim must, in many ways, take his brother's place. Born into wealth, but growing up in genteel poverty, Jim has been living his family's dream more than his own — but the Bast is the living symbol of his salvation. Still, he's just been caught cheating on a test, and because of the strict honor code, Jim, a sophomore, now faces quick expulsion.
But that's before the Cadaver Society gets to him — they vouch for his innocence, and in doing so, own his soul.
The Cadaver Society is a secret cadre of six students who manipulate, lie, cheat, and steal within the prep school to get ahead.
But at their core is the secret of a murder that occurred many years ago.
But even Jim doesn't realize how special he is — that he is very different from the others. And when he is finally initiated into the Cadaver Society, he activates something within the school grounds...
Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling author of The Priest of Blood, Afterlife, Nightmare House, and The Hour Before Dark, among other novels. His recent short story collection, The Machinery of Night, won a Shocker Award; and his first collection, The Nightmare Chronicles, won both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award.
Clegg was born in Virginia and raised in Hawaii, Connecticut and Virginia. He has been writing fiction since childhood, but only pursued publication of it beginning in his late twenties. He has primarily written supernatural fiction -- from horror to fantasy to psychological suspense with a paranormal edge. His fiction-writing career currently spans about 20 years of constant writing and publication. Additionally, he's been Director of Marketing for a publisher, editor for a bookstore's website, a marketing consultant for publishers, publicity firms, and booksellers -- and a wrangler for the cats, dogs and rabbits that have occupied his home. He has also co-authored the book Buzz Your Book with M.J. Rose. The two have also written a screenplay together. So far, these are Clegg's only collaborations.
In 1999, Douglas Clegg launched the internet's (and world's) first publisher-sponsored e-serial novel. Called Naomi, Clegg later went on to sell both hardcover and paperback rights. In 2000, his short novel Purity became one of the most-downloaded fiction ebooks on the internet -- reaching more than 100,000 readers in its first year on the internet. In 2001, Purity became the world's-first fiction to appear on a cell phone -- and was nicknamed an M-Book at the time (for Mobile).
Clegg lives with his partner, Raul, in New England, with a small menagerie of rescued animals.
Published in two states:
• Limited Edition of 750 signed copies ($40)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with satin ribbon page marker and additional full-color artwork ($150)