The Children's Hour

  • by Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by Derek Shetterly
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this gripping supernatural thriller of horror and suspense - from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg - something is terribly wrong with the children of Colony, West Virginia. Innocent though they seem, these kids come out at night - to hunt.
When Joe returns with his wife and two young children to the peaceful mountain town of Colony, West Virginia, he doesn’t expect to find the girl who disappeared when he was a boy. But she remembers Joe and her other friends who left her behind in a deep well within a mysterious barn.
Now, she's out for blood.
Is she a vampire? Or something more demonic...
Whatever’s lurking in the old mines under the town has been disturbed by Joe’s return. Joe did something when he was a boy - something that stopped the terror and evil from erupting. But now, a creature living in darkness wants out. It’s going to use the children of Colony to exact its revenge...Its hour has come round at last - in The Children’s Hour.


Audible Editor Reviews

Bram Stoker award-winning author Douglas Clegg’s most celebrated novel, The Children’s Hour, becomes terrifyingly real in this nuanced performance by Derek Shetterly. Writer Joe Gardner reluctantly returns to his hometown, Colony, West Virginia, with his family and walks back in to a nightmare. He hides a dark secret from his childhood, and he knows that an evil force is still at large in Colony. Shetterly’s characterization and interpretation heightens the terror that suffuses every moment of this horror classic. Called, "the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation", Clegg will not disappoint with this one.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Creepy kids are my downfall and this has plenty. High creepiness factor. Enjoyable narration. Totally worth it.
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- Amanda

so much potential

What would have made The Children's Hour better?

There was no focal point. The story was rather disjointed. Tell me why the main character, if there is one, is so "special" and why I should care about him. What does Abaddon have to do with this story?

What about Derek Shetterly’s performance did you like?

His voice is soothing and he doesn't try to do voices. It's annoying when narrators do voices e.g. men mimicking women or worse, women mimicking men

What character would you cut from The Children's Hour?

John and his family because there was no clear cut reason why I should care about him.

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- Phoua

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios