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The Children's Hour Audiobook

The Children's Hour

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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.

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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    E. Kysela 09-23-16
    E. Kysela 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting novel"

    Easy to follow plot in spite of having too many characters to keep track of. The author makes the drama feel fully personal.

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    Bill 09-21-16
    Bill 09-21-16

    I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.

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    "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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    Mother Trucker 03-13-16

    can't beat Audible on a long drive through the West!

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    "don't ever stop when driving through WV"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. West Virginia has this strange vibe anyway, so when I read that this book was based on a fictional town called Colony, I thought, hm, this will be creepy for sure. Kids at night that "hunt"? Telepathic tendencies? Dead people in an old, dark, barn? People that lurk about in the woods? All checks out like getting lost on a WV back road.


    What other book might you compare The Children's Hour to and why?

    If Children of the Damned was an audiobook, I'd have to choose that one. I saw the movie some years ago and that movie was just as creepy. All these children with glowing eyes, roaming the town at night in search of souls. *shivers*


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of the scenes really stood out to me, because the book as a whole was great.


    If you could rename The Children's Hour, what would you call it?

    Spooky Holler.


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    Sophiea T. 11-28-15
    Sophiea T. 11-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Spoon - Fed 2 - dimensional Characters"

    I struggled to finish this one. It was a huge disappointment compared to the twisted charm of Neverland.

    The storyline was decent, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. A well crafted story and great narrator should be able to propel you off of your couch and hold you captive. Instead, I was spoon fed character descriptions riddled with clichés. I wanted to throw my phone across the room towards the end. I don't think the author's heart was in this one.

    When you listen to 10 hours of a novel and cannot picture what the characters look like and start drafting out out your grocery list in your head, you know you're screwed.

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    esmeredla 10-28-15
    esmeredla 10-28-15
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    "why?"

    3.5 hours in and I still don't know why or how this is supposed to be a scary story or what the title means. It's just gross sex after gross sex after more gross sex. Why....?

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    Marilynnc2ny2nc2mi2nc2ak2va 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy Good!"

    It sucks you in and then doesn't let go until the last word on the last page! Great winter read!

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  • sarahmoose2000
    12/26/13
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    "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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