- 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: #661,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Attraction Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2006
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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.
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.Read more ›
They have car trouble in the desert and hitch a ride to a gas station that offers a tour of various relics and dioramas reflecting Aztec lore. The tour concludes with presentation of a mummy that cannot be identified as either man or animal. The mummy is surrounded with warnings not to touch or to feed. They manage to demolish the display case and one of them decides to steal it for display in his fraternity house. After being exposed to blood and skin from one of the males, the mummy comes to life and starts slaughtering the participants one by one after they run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. The remainder of the story reflects the fate of the characters and reaches an unexpected conclusion.
I highly recommend the story!
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is campy, easy writing at its finest. That's not a good thing. Clegg keeps the pace up in this short novel but really doesn't offer much else. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by M. Nation
I enjoyed The Attraction a lot. I liked Scratch; he was a fun little beast. I like creatures and beings from long ago and museums and weird places and stuff like that. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by Jennifer Whildin
The first time I became acquainted with Clegg's work was through this Harrow series with a novel called "Mischief" and let me tell you, the man can write! Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by k
The Attraction, story #1, is a great little piece about 1970's teenagers opening an Aztec Pandora's box when they smash a glass case open and release a little mummy (Scratch) with... Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by Ginahmk
The Attraction attracted me through the first half, but then fell off in a hurry. The Necromancer, however, attracted me from page one and left me wanting more. Read morePublished on May 2, 2007 by A. Rayburn
Both The Attraction and The Necromancer were originally released as limited edition novellas. They're expensive for readers who are not collectors or die-hard Clegg fans. Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by David G. Montoya
If you are a goth, you will love this book; it will be a 4 star. If not, it's a little over the top.Published on November 5, 2006 by JoeHoward
THE ATTRACTION/THE NECROMANCER by Douglas Clegg
Review by Nickolas Cook
The novelette format is a tricky business for a writer. Read more
ok Douglas Clegg strikes again with an hit. Although it really should be classified as a novella, it starts typically with college students on a road trip to Cali. Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by Chrissy Nadeau