From Publishers Weekly
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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"Clegg is truly a master of imagination and fantasy. Neverland is one of the spookiest, most unpredictable adolescent tales that I've read in a long while. And it's believable. That's what makes it so frightening." --Dark Discoveries Magazine
"The suspense had me turning pages as fast as I could read, so I could find out what happened next. Clegg has created an exquisite mix of truth and mythology, of secrets and lies, of darkness and the supernatural." --Book Sandwich
"Neverland is a mix of Southern Gothic, horror and coming-of-age story--a chilling adult bedtime story for those not afraid of the dark." --Shelf Awareness
"A Gothic Masterpiece!" --Dread Central