- Author: Douglas Clegg
- Artist: Glenn Chadbourne
- Page Count: 100
- Pub. Date: 2006
- ISBN: 1-58767-089-5
- Status: Out of Print
by Douglas Clegg
About the Book:
Before she had ever heard the name of Harrow, the legendary house of horrors of the Hudson Valley, she had already been possessed by the spirits of the dead. Her name is Isis Claviger, and when she was nineteen, a highwayman from Hell came for her soul and took her away into a dark realm of psyche and ecstasy. An original novelette by Douglas Clegg, Isis is the first tale of Isis Claviger, the oracle of Harrow.
"Clegg (The Abandoned) expands the burgeoning backstory of his
multivolume Harrow haunted house saga with this poignant chamber tragedy involving
young Iris Catherine Villiers (who, as an adult, will become Isis Claviger,
oracle of the spook-ridden Hudson Valley academy). One of four children growing
up on her family's Cornwall estate, Iris conveniently stumbles upon books of
occult lore in her grandfather's library shortly before beloved brother Harvey
dies while saving her life. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden, Iris invokes a
resurrection ritual, and the devastating results show how the worst horrors
can grow out of misdirected love. This potent novella, one of Clegg's best,
is both a stand-alone triumph and a powerful new chapter in his evolving series."
— 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:
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 600 signed copies ($20)
• Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies ($125)