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  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843954116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843954111
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Douglas Clegg was ten years old, he stood on the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico and vowed he would be a writer and travel the world. At sixteen, he stood within the arched doorways of the Alhambra in Spain after reading Lorca; at 21, he got lost in London, generally in the vicinity of Piccadilly Circus, living out every frame of Hogarth's The Rake's Progress in a condensed span of time; at the age of 23 he strayed along the boulevards of Paris with a yellow pad scribbling out a terrible novel that he destroyed soon after; but it wasn't until he was 27 -- in a lilliputian apartment in Hollywood, California -- that he sat down to write his first novel with any degree of conviction.

Clegg is the award-winning author of Neverland and Isis, among many other novels. He lives with his husband of more than 23 years in a house called Villa Diodati. Included in and around that household is a menagerie of animals, including cat, dog, mouse, rabbit and possibly more than 35 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. He invites readers to subscribe to his email newsletter at http://DouglasClegg.com to keep up-to-date with his current and upcoming books in both print and ebook.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on April 23, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A group of young folks has some car trouble while traveling across the country. They are not particularly good friends but the bonds get tested on the trip. At one point their car breaks down almost in the middle of nowhere. This puts them in position to view a roadside attraction of a strange little beastie said to be from South America. Although it appears to be mummified a sign warns not to feed it.

When the creature is accidentally fed it becomes animated and begins to fulfil its purpose of taking the skin off the living. It is fast, brutal, and intelligent. Is there any way to stop it? The dwindling cast must find an answer and find it quickly. Things move quickly all the way to an acceptable and believable ending. A very good read.

Also in this volume is a short novella of Clegg's Harrow stories called The Necromancer. This tale tells the story of the very beginning of Mr. Gravesend and how he first becomes familiar with the occult and its mysteries. As part of a larger story it is quite good. As a stand alone tale it is a little dry and slow at the beginning. But if you have read any of the Harrow novels, you will surely want to read this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Duncan on July 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Five college friends decide to take a road trip cross country to California for spring break. They want to get away from their little private college in the Virginia mountains and see the country. They start noticing road signs in Arizona that say "Come see the Attraction! The unspeakable unknowable Mystery!" They end up having a breakdown in the Arizona Desert and a trucker gives them a lift to a local gas station.

It is called the Breakdown Palace and it is the very place where the "Mystery" is kept. They decide to go have a look and see what it is all about. Located in the back of the store in a glass case with a sign above it saying "Do not feed" is a small, mummified corpse with long, sharp fingernails. It is called a Flesh-Scraper. The ancient Aztecs used it to scrap the flesh off the bones of sacrifices. One of the friends thinking it is all a stupid hoax decides to steal it, but when they have another breakdown in the desert they soon realize that Flesh-Scraper is a lot more than just a road side attraction hoax. They have awaken an Ancient Evil with one thing on its mind. "Human Flesh"

I had never read any of Clegg's work before so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. I am kicking myself now for not giving his stories a chance sooner. I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. I ended up reading most of the night away. I had a stiff neck and only got a few hours sleep, but it was worth it. The Attraction has a original plot and very believable characters. The story moves at a incredible rate and never lags. The only complaint I have is that it was a little short. I thought it could have been at least a lot longer than 175 pages, but that aside The Attraction is worth every cent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Delirium Books has achieved a justifiable reputation as a publisher of superbly crafted science fiction/horror fantasy titles for the true connoisseur of book that conjures nightmares to life! The latest title offered to horror fantasy enthusiasts is Douglas Clegg's The Attraction. A desiccated corpse from the Aztec era is displayed in a glass case for anyone to see. When it is deemed to be a counterfeit, just the remains of a small child with some glued on fake fingernails, Griff says to his friend Ziggy by way of a practical joke, "Let's feed it!". That's when the the horror awoke and the Flesh-Scraper is loose! Douglas Clegg blends a unique and macabre imagination with a genuine gift for developing his characters and presenting the reader with a vivid story that will separate the timid from their sleep and the bold from their complacency whenever they next visit a sideshow or museum mummy display!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Curtis on July 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
5.5" x 8.5" hardcover, limited edition of 500 copies. 154 pages.

"Please Do Not Touch Glass. We at the Brakedown Palace have nicknamed this special ancient mummy, Scratch, and he has been good luck to us all these years. We must warn any who view it that there is a legend that once Scratch gets fresh human skin under its fingernails and the taste of blood, he'll come back from oblivion to reap the human harvest. Do Not Touch. Do Not Feed."

While a sign that reads the above would be slightly ominous yet silly, if you were watching a movie about a bunch of college-aged kids standing in-front of this mummy then you'd be screaming 'Don't touch the mummy! Don't feed the mummy!' just like you'd yell 'Don't go into the basement!' or 'Don't hide in the closet!' There are certain conventions to slasher films and we all know them.

Douglas Clegg certainly knows them. He even admits it in the Afterword: The Attraction was meant as Clegg's "own version of the Slasher Movie" -- "a homage to them, without being an exact replica." And he certainly succeeds. Leave it to the man who re-imagined the haunted house in his Harrow series to be as creative when re-envisioning the slasher film.

The Attraction is fun; a bloody and gutsy and fun read. The reader is given an experience akin to watching a good slasher film. Can you remember the first time you watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th? You'd probably seen slasher films before, so you knew how it would all turn out because you knew the 'rules' that the genre obeyed. But you were still scared at times and, more importantly, you wanted to know how the story played out.
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