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Mischief Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2000

3.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Harrow Series

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In a banner year that has already seen his supernatural horror opus You Come When I Call You in mass market plus his dark suspense thriller Purity (Forecasts, June 5), Clegg now tallies a contemporary occult mystery. Harrow, a prep school housed in a converted mansion in the upper Hudson River Valley, seems "a solidly mediocre addition to the roster of private schools for boys." But its disturbingly dissonant architecture and shadowy historyAwhich includes a legacy of student suicidesAsuggest a singularly malign spirit. Its newest victim is teenager Jim Hook, who's abducted into the byzantine bowels of the school by a cloaked coven of students who call themselves the Cadaver Society. Desperate to be saved from shame, Jim consents to join them and endures ghoulish initiation rites that apprise him of the school's historical link to celebrity Satanists as well as stoke psychic trauma dating back to his childhood. Clegg introduces more characters and subplots than can be satisfyingly woven into this slim spookerAwhich is the second episode in a projected trilogy whose prequel, Nightmare House, is an e-serial evolving at the Harrow Haunting Web site (www. ehaunting.com). But despite the tale's lack of resolution, he draws eerily plausible parallels between the arcane rituals of academic institutions and esoteric occultists, and imbues Harrow with an atmosphere of menace thick enough to support further flights of dark fantasy. Given its Web connection and Clegg's growing reputation, the Harrow Haunting trilogy could be Clegg's most popular work yet. Simultaneous publication in mass market paperback by Leisure. (Oct.)
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Douglas Clegg, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning writer, has begun a story of haunting -- and something in a dark house that has been awakened...in Mischief, the most horrifying coming-of-age experience is happening in a house of nightmarish spirits.

The mansion overlooks the Hudson River, just outside the town of Watch Point, New York. It has been empty for decades, but now, it's a private school for boys. And one of the boys, Jim Hook, should never have come to Harrow Academy...

For, within the walls, something horrifying awaits him...a haunting more disturbing than any other...

A group of misfits and malcontents want Jim in their dark fraternity...

And the house called Harrow is hungry.

The new novel of terror from Douglas Clegg, author of You Come When I Call You, The Halloween Man, Bad Karma, and The Nightmare Chronicles.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; First Thus edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843947667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843947663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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enjoyed this book--it kept reading knowing something horrible was in the wind--but what? I like this series which follows the evil of a house from several different times--so I suggest the series be read in sequence--first with the prequel novella--as much is revealed which helps understand the 3 books that follow.
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The book reads well and moves with the fits and starts, but has interesting characters. This is a gentler story with intricate plots that tie in to the previous book. This is not a Gore or true horror chiller, but rather a supernatural story with children as the main protagonist. Enjoy!
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This book reads more like a stream of consciousness than it does a well-written novel. It's comprised of a series of unusual events (none of which make much sense or are explained well) that are loosely tied together with a razor-thin plot. The characters are dull and their actions and motives make little sense. The plot itself is nearly non-existent and meanders from one point to another without focus. By the end of the book I didn't care one way or another about any of the characters, and didn't even understand what was going on. Everyone seemed to be a confused idiot wandering around in an alternate reality. Mischief could have been the very first draft of what later became a good novel, but should not have been published as is. Clegg can write when he wants to, but this book doesn't cut it. If you're a fan and want to give it a try anyway, be my guest. But if you've never read Clegg before, don't use this as your starting point.
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I have never seen this book before in my life! So I can't write a review about something I have never read!! Title sounds like it would b good. That's why only one star! Just so I could post this review! I just hope Amazon didn't charge me for this!
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I was fortunate enough to read the e-serial novel Nightmare House last summer. Clegg dealt with Harrow's history in that one, which involved the ultimate haunted mansion, where black magic, spirit summoning, and gruesome murders took place. I was so enthralled that I went ahead and ordered the hardback from Cemetery Dance, which is coming out sometime this year. I would recommend that you buy this first, just to get the true nature of Harrow, its founder (Justin Gravesend), who was heavily into the black arts, and its chamber of horrors. It's not necessary, though, because although Harrow is the backdrop of this story it is Jim Hook who is the central figure. Having lost his father and older brother in a car accident, he is determined to live up to their legacy. The pressure becomes too much, and he is caught cheating on a history test. Then comes the Cadaver Society, who are determined to save him from being expelled and make him one of their own. They try to brainwash him into thinking that his father had an illicit affair the night he and his son were killed. The Club puts Jim through a series of mind-numbing initiation tests. The first involves sleeping with a corpse in a mausoleum. After he passes that test, he seeks out the girl whom his dad had had that affair with. The girl tells him the truth about that night (I won't spoil it.) and he goes back to the dorm. The boys snatch him up for the final initiation test, where they take him into the bowels of the Harrow mansion. They stick him in a small chamber with another corpse, that of a boy named Miles, whose ghost has haunted Jim since the beginning of the story. Thus begins a trip into a hell which Jim may never come out of. Does he? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.Read more ›
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Jim Hook, a resident student and famed alumni of Harrow Academy has a problem; he's about to be kicked out of school. Not so lucky for him, there are some kids willing to help, but there's a price. A hefty one.

This novel hooked me like a Marlin. Clegg brings Harrow School to life, scaring and entertaining from the start, but even more, his main character is interesting enough to get you engrossed in the novel simply for that reason alone. Jim's a kid with a past, one that's been dotted with heartache and death. He felt something once, something ghostly, something supernatural, and now he realizes that it's all tied to Harrow Academy. Everything.

And the ending to Mischief will absolutely floor you.

Clegg's a master. This was the first novel I've read by him, but certainly not the last. I just picked up The Infinite, and am looking forward to another great read.
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Douglas Clegg has always been quite good at creating solid and believable characters. Jim Hook is certainly one of them. Jim's a fish-out-of-water teenager surrounded by society's rich kids within the creepy confines of a boarding school called Harrow.
Jim has a lot to live up to. He is, after all, following in the footsteps of his late father and brother...both of whom are Harrow alumni of a higher caliber than Jim. A fact which everyone at the school keeps reminding Hook of.
Let's face it, Jim's an average student at best. Not only does he have to deal with his academic shortcomings; but also with spoiled rotten classmates, vindictive teachers, a blossoming relationship with his girlfriend Lark and an accusation of cheating. A severe violation of Harrow's honor code.
Without giving too much of the tale away... there are ghostly visitations, strange apparitions and a secret society lurking within Harrow. "Mischief" is a creepy horror novel. In the sea of morose splatter-punk and assembly line horror novels, this is a nice breath of fresh air. Just a good old fashioned ghost story that will creep you out.
My only small regret is that Douglas didn't expand on the relationship between Jim and Lark. There was a very nice story forming between them. One hopes that it will be expanded upon in a future story. People looking for splatter or scary monsters will most probably not find this novel entertaining.
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