- Author: Andrew Harper
- Artist: Daniele Serra
- Page Count: 252
- Pub. Date: June 2009
- Status: Out of Print
by Douglas Clegg writing as Andrew Harper
About the Book:
The inmates of the Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice are among the most dangerous psychopathic killers in the country. Now, while fires burn out of control in Southern California, authorities face the overwhelming task of relocating hundreds of these patients before the raging inferno descends. But in the frenzy, two of the murderers remain behind, unaccounted for. . . . "Bloody Mary" Chilmark and her son, Doc, discover the entrance to the underground passageways beneath Darden State in a desperate bid to escape. Instead they find the Night Cage—a special room where brutal experiments were once carried out. It’s up to Trey Campbell and Officer Jane Laymon to hunt for the killers in the dark underworld maze.
"Harper does what few writers in this genre do: he paints a vivid picture
of his physical setting, giving it background and context. The final showdown
is perfectly paced..."
— Publishers Weekly
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 signed by the author, limited to just 652 copies, the number of collectors who qualified for a copy by joining the 2008 Book Club (no retail price)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)