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Editorial 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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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.
©1995 Douglas Clegg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Bill on 09-21-16

Welcome home, Joe. We’ve been waiting...

A dark and atmospheric novel of small town life and the evil that lives directly beneath the surface. It may have dragged a wee here and there, but it didn’t spin me out of the story and the slower interludes didn’t last long. Not that this is a fast novel to begin with…because it isn’t. It isn’t supposed to be. Mr. Clegg takes his time getting you familiar with the characters and the colorful backstory of Colony, West Virginia. And then all hell breaks loose...

Welcome home, Joe. We’ve been waiting. …All of us.

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By kilgore mantrout on 10-16-17

cool story well narrated

neat spooky small-town-horror thriller great for Halloween. original and interesting premise executed well. made me curious about the author's other works

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By sarahmoose2000 on 12-26-13

Salem's Lot-esque

Kids are going missing in a small town. People think it may be the crazy, religious guy who lives in the woods; and seeing as he takes pot shots at trespassers, they may not be wrong!

Joe returns to his hometown when his mum feigns illness; and is soon dragged back to the mysterious deaths of his childhood. The end was a bit of an anticlimax so that loses a star from my review!

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