|SUSPENSE MAGAZINE'S 2007 AUTHOR OF THE YEAR::
I first noticed Douglas Clegg about 9 years ago after reading "The Halloween Man."
From the beginning to end, "The Halloween Man" keeps a steady pace that makes it
impossible to put down. Now that I had discovered Douglas Clegg I was thirsty for
more, and more I got. I had to know more about this man. I then picked up "The
Children's Hour." This book was released two years after his first novel. After
reading "The Children's Hour" I could already see that Douglas was going to be
something special, because of how diverse his writing style is. Since 1989, when is
first novel "Goat Dance" was published, he has published more than 20 novels and
won the Bram Stoker Award for his "Nightmare Chronicles." His most current series
are "The Vampyricon", which includes three books so far: "The Priest of Blood", "The
Lady of Serpents" and "The Queen of Wolves" (to be released July 2008). To know
more about this series visit the official website: www.vampyricon.com
Douglas mentions on his website that if you want to know him, read his books.
There is not one book that you can read and say, Oh I know what he is all about.
Douglas's entire collection gives you a great insight into his mind.
Douglas is very interactive with his readers. In 1999, he knew the internet was the
wave of future for authors, and launched the worlds first published-sponsored eserial
novel, called "Naomi." He created a free newsletter that he sends out at least twice a
month. I ordered four books from his website and he autographed all four. This is
another personal touch he adds to stay close to his readers.
We were very delighted that Douglas agreed to be interviewed by us, so without
further ado, I present you Mr. Douglas Clegg.
Let's get the tough question out of the way. Who do you think will win
the Super Bowl this year, or better yet will the Patriots lose?
Boy, are you barking up the wrong tree with this one.
What is your favorite book of all time (not yours)? and why?
The Iliad, followed by The Odyssey. They’re still my favorites because they capture a
world and a viewpoint of life like no other tales I know.
What was your "worst" job ever?
On some level, I’ve loved all my jobs. I’ve been fortunate. My favorite was as a kid,
working in the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian – while I began taking college courses
at Georgetown in the evening. I was about sixteen at the time. A wonderful time for
me – hopping all over Washington, D.C., and feeling as if I had finally grown up.
Plus, we got to help uncrate mummies and things in the basement of the museum
now and then.
What historical person would you like to talk to for one hour? and
I’d probably enjoy just listening to Homer tell his stories. I’d love to hear him speak
the story of The Iliad, even if only for an hour.
What board game did you play as a kid, that you can't find anymore
and wish you could? and why?
I was never a lover of board games. I used to play Risk and Monopoly as a little kid,
but I never really enjoyed all that conquering and money-making. My idea of a good
game was playing Cowboys with friends, with cap-guns – which I hear leads people to
pick up guns as adults, but that never happened with me. I used to have candy
cigarettes, too, but they never got me to smoke, either.
What is on your Ipod right now?
My iPod is mainly for workouts at the gym, so it tends to be full of pop music and
dance music to keep my heart pumping. Too many songs to mention. But I just
listened a second ago to Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head, the Numa
Numa song by the Romanian group O-Zone, and a fun duet between Etienne Daho
and Charlotte Gainsbourg called “If.” All very light, fun stuff, but the beat’s needed if
I’m going to stay on that elliptical trainer for an hour.
I loved watching Saturday morning cartoons and I miss them. What
do you miss that was on TV?
I don’t miss anything on TV because apparently – on cable – everything is still on
that was on when I was four years old.
You are an avid pet and animal lover. You have many pets and do
great work for the humane society. What can people do in their
hometowns to get more involved?
If they’re interested, they can go to their local pound or shelter and just ask what
they need. Sometimes, they just need old blankets or dry food for the animals. Often,
that’s better than a check. If somebody wants to volunteer or adopt a pet, I’m sure
they can be accommodated, too. Ultimately one of the best things people can do is
just neuter or spay their own pets – and not abandon them when they move.
If you could go back in time and solve a mystery that is still unsolved
today, what would that be? for example: stonehenge, jack the
ripper, jimmy hoffa.
I like my mysteries as they are – speculation makes for a more interesting world. And
wouldn’t it be boring if all the solutions to these mysteries were just ordinary? What if
Amelia Earhart just moved to Akron and stopped being interested in flying?
Ok, last question. What is something that you keep saying you are
going to do, but haven't done it yet?
I’ve been fortunate to do mostly whatever I have set out to do. I can’t really think of
anything along these lines.