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An adolescent's cruel mischief proves a pathway to a dimension of otherworldly terrors in this creepy supernatural thriller, first published as a mass-market paperback in 1991. One summer on Gull Island off the coast of Georgia, Sumter Monroe indoctrinates his cousin Beau Jackson into the marvels of Neverland, Sumter's name for a tumble-down shack on their mutual maternal grandmother's property that's a shrine to a god he names Lucy. In Neverland, reality and illusion blur eerily, and the spirit of fun takes a malevolent turn as Sumter begin offering sacrifices of an increasingly disturbing nature to placate Lucy and sustain his special relationship with her. Clegg (The Vampyricon) crafts a haunting story redolent with the influence of Arthur Machen, H.P. Lovecraft, and other classic horror writers. His credible rendering of the internal lives of children and their imaginations give this flight of dark fancy a firm and frightening foothold in reality. (Apr.)
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Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."

Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Douglas Clegg is the future of dark fantasy."

David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Shimmer 
"Douglas Clegg's Neverland is an unforgettable novel that combines creeping horror and psychological suspense. It starts like a bullet and never slows down."

Marjorie M. Liu, New York Times Bestselling Author
"From start to finish, Neverland is a haunting and tragic masterpiece. A powerful, thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg tells Beau and Sumner's incredible story with a subtle blend of humor and sadness that resonates with the reader long after the novel ends.”

F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author
“This is a powerful and thrilling tale, Douglas Clegg’s best novel yet. The novel builds in whispers and ends in a scream. You will never forget Neverland.”

Bentley Little, Bestselling Author
“A brilliant novel that grows richer with each reading, a multilayered marvel that will one day be recognized as one of the classics of supernatural literature.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671672797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671672799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,703,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of Neverland, The Priest of Blood, The Children's Hour, among many other novels and collections. He lives with his husband of more than 25 years in a house called Villa Diodati. Included in and around that household is a menagerie of animals, including cat, dog, rabbit and possibly more than 40 goldfish. He has written many books and more short stories. Recently, he wrote a new introduction for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the Signet Classics edition and released the novella, Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters as well as the ebook mega-collection, Lights Out.

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Very creepy story and characters.
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What I liked: The writing is so extremely clever and beautiful.
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I absolutely could not put this book down until I finished it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sebastien Pharand on February 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a sucker for coming of age stories, where the main character (usually a young boy) steps out of childhood to enter manhood through a series of traumatic events that will leave him changed forever. This is exactly what happens to Beau in Douglas Clegg's brilliantly imaginative Neverland, a book that will leave you breathless and in complete awe.
Beau, his parents, his infant brother and his twin sisters leave for their annual summer trip down to the family island, where they will stay with Beau's aunt and her family and his grandmother for the following month. When he arrives, his cousin Sumter is already waiting for him. Sumter is a strange boy who has discovered something magical and yet terrifying in the old shack behind the house. A crate with something - or someone - trapped inside. Something that calls itself Lucy.
Soon enough, Beau finds himself trapped in a nightmare he can't get himself out of. They nickname the shack Neverland, the place where imagination runs free, a place where pain and sadness does not exist. But Neverland grows to be an entity of its own, and it wants something more than mere company. It wants blood.
Douglas Clegg's imgination is amazing, and he puts it to full use in this book. The things we used to dream as children - both good dreams and nightmares - come alive in this book. You soon find yourself trapped in playground from hell, where there are very few rules.
Beau will have to face his own personal demons as he will be pushed to the very limits of sanity by Sumter and Neverland. The last 150 pages of the book are a real roller coster ride, where everything goes to hell, and where Clegg really shows how great and brilliant his imagination truly is.
Not only is Neverland a great horror novel, it is one you won't soon forget. Douglas Clegg is the master of suspense, no dout about it. So do yourself a favor and pick on of his book up. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mellion108 VINE VOICE on December 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Clegg does it again. He is one of the most consistently effective horror writers I have ever read. In Never Land, we meet cousins Beau and Sumter summering at their grandmother's home on Gull Island. While the grown-ups drink and fight amongst themselves, the kids explore the island in search of adventure. Unfortunately, Sumter isn't exactly the most mentally healthy child, and he drags his cousins into some bizarre, frightening and dangerous games in his secret hideaway called Neverland. Communicating with another world, Sumter calls forth evil forces that threaten to destroy the family and the island. In the process, family secrets are dragged into the open, and Beau finds himself as the single person who may be able to save his family. Clegg has a knack for creating believable child characters who act in ways and say things that you would expect from a child. I absolutely could not put this book down until I finished it. It's creepy, suspenseful, and wickedly fun to read. Do what you must to track down these out-of-print Clegg novels; you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Douglas Clegg is a master of fantasy and imagination. THIS plot is nothing simple; it turns out to be creative ,and unpredictable as hell, and I stand with applause for the hours he must have spent brainstorming this one.

Neverland is fun, twisted, gripping. I fell in love with the characters, I weeped with them, I feared for them. The setting with the old house, the creepy shack, the woods - all amazing, beautiful, unnerving. The pace is quick when it should be, slower when its appropriate, and overall ends with a stunning conclusion. Clegg writes with a hand that holds talent, knowing how to work its stuff.

Read Neverland for a good time, an imaginative roll in the hay. You won't be dissapointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ZombiKitty on November 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Other reviews before this one have summarized the plot better than I can, but in a nutshell, the book is about creepy children. Creepy, creepy children. Beau (a bit creepy) and his sisters (not so creepy) visit their grandmother (kind of creepy in her own right) on Gull Island every summer. Their cousin Sumter (way creepy) visits at the same time. Beau and Sumter form a friendship mostly based on their secret place, Neverland, where they perform rituals and play increasingly bizarre games, and where Sumter grows ... well ... creepier and creepier.
This novel was chilling and very good. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for creepy-children-coming-of-age-stories, and this one does not disappoint. Sumter is an absolute little freak, so if you also like creepy children stories, then Sumter is your boy. A very worthy addition to the creepy, out-of-control children sub-genre of horror stories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By opinionated, me? on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Beauragard Jackson has been visiting his grandmother's small house on Gull Island for years, along with his family, including his sisters and cousin, Sumter. And, like most kids, he wishes he were somewhere else. His grandmother's blantantly racists remarks and old-fashioned styles of disiplining, combined with the drunken escapades of his older relatives make for a rather unpleasent vacationing experience. Soon, however, things take an interesting turn when the little cabin the children have escaped to becomes something sinister, Sumter creating an imaginary "Lucy" to go alongside this Neverland. In addition, Beau and Sumter somehow form a telepathic connection. During all this, power is distributed and, as we all know, power leads to Plot.

The first thing, the most obvious thing, about Neverland is the atmosphere. Immediately chilling, almost heartless, as life in the eyes of a child tend to be. If there's only one thing to say of Clegg's writing, its that he knows how to set a mood. The realistic and fantastical intertwined dangerously between the "base" of Neverland. Its kind of like these two opposite ends of the spectrum--harsh reality and childish, sometimes cruel escapism.

Every character is, again, seen through a child's eye, which is a nice way of saying big, bumbling cartoons. The only people really explored on is Beau and Sumter, which makes sense, I suppose, since they're really the main focus points. As Sumter becomes more and more psycho, Beau is realistically torn--he is disgusted with his cousin's actions, but at the same time, he understands them. In a way, so do I, which I think is Clegg's greatest acheivment; there are no villains, even through the black-and-white perspective of Beau, and there are no heroes (but are there ever in horror?).
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