'The Hour Before Dark'
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Hour Before Dark,"
Douglas Clegg, Dorchester Publishing Co. Inc, 370 pages, genre:
Review by Bobbi Reddix
"The rules for the Dark Game are
simple: First you need to close your eyes. Do not open them. If
necessary, you can use a blindfold. In fact, because kids usually
can't keep their eyes closed, blindfolds are recommended. Second,
you need to stay very still, join hands in a circle and block out
all noise, except for the voice of the chosen master of the Dark
Game. The master controls the direction of the Dark Game. You recite
the litany, and the game begins. Only one rule: Never play after
dark. Sometimes, you can't get out of the Dark Game once dark
begins. The stakes heighten after dark, it becomes real then, it
takes you overů"
Nemo, Bruno and Brooke Raglan have been
playing the Dark Game since they were children. As adults, it is
something they'd very much like to forget. When their father is
brutally murdered in one of the most vicious killings in Burnley
Islands history, Nemo finds he must return to the island and
discovers that the Dark Game they once played as children is alive
and seeks to claim the Raglan clan as its own.
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Bruno, Nemo and Brooke have unknowingly
wiped the memory of a terrible event from their minds. They find
they must unravel the mysteries of their pasts, pick apart the home
of their youth and face an evil that lies waiting patiently for them
to return to the Dark Game.
Clegg is the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker
Award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, including "The
Infinite," "Naomi," "You Come When I Call You," "Mischief" and "The
Halloween Man." He was born in Virginia but now lives
close to New York City, where he is writing his next book. His novel
"Bad Karma" became the movie of the same name.
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