A critical essay on straubs horror work can be found in s. Ghost story by peter straub 1989, paperback for sale. He worked with thomas tessier who was a poem writer and produced two poet books, ishamel and open air. Henry jamess the turn of the screw, peter straubs ghost story, stephen kings. Recently i finally sat down to read what is perhaps his most famous novel, ghost story. Straub is the editor of numerous anthologies, including the twovolume american more about peter straub. Straub is one of the best american horror writers out there. Jul 10, 2015 where to start with the works of peter straub.
Jumping back and forth between decades, straub explains the horrific consequences of a series of ghost stories once shared by a group of. The best of peter straub if you are looking for fastpaced horror this is not the book for you. Steven king named peter straub s ghost story as one of the greatest horror novels of modern times, alongside the exorcist and rosemarys baby. Ghost story and over 2 million other books are available for amazon kindle. Peter straub s 1979 novel has always proved popular, both with readers and critics alike, and is one of the books hailed as starting the new boom of horror in the eighties, which gave us some great books. Peter straub s classic bestseller is a work of superb horror the washington post book world that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time. Like with those novels, straub takes his sweet time building up his world, specifically the town of milburn and the history of the chowder society, but if you give. Peter straubs classic bestseller is a work of superb horror the washington post book world that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares. Julia was later adapted into the 1977 film the haunting of julia occasionally referred to as full circle starring mia farrow.
Sep 21, 20 peter straubs classic bestseller is a work of superb horror the washington post book world that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares. Ghost story, 1979 in peter straub s book, the protagonists gather periodically to share ghost stories. Its originality of concept is one of the reasons why peter straub s horror novel was not only the best of its kind in 1979, but must. Straub is a masterful writer and his prose is terrific throughout. The 10 scariest goosebumps books of all time glamour. Peter straub has been on my toread list for a long time. I also cover shapeshifters, and i receive an unwanted gift. Mar 16, 2015 to celebrate his 40th anniversary of julia, i did a marathon of peter straub, my second favorite author. The book was adapted into a film by the same name in 1981, minus the novels fifth protagonist character, lewis benedikt. Having read a great deal of horror books, i thought.
Peter straub is the new york timesbestselling author of more than a dozen novels. The chowder society, who for years had met in customary evening dress with the object of telling each other tales of every kind, now found themselves drawn towards the. If a horror novel is your book of choice, you might want to check out this local author. Midnight picnic by nick antosca was also pretty creepy, and in my. Rose murders, said straub, and that meant i was in for as long, long book. X, in the night room, and two collaborations with stephen king, the talisman and black house. Ghost story is not, it turns out, about ghosts at all. Thoughts on ghost story by peter straub annie neugebauer.
I love this book and its the scariest book ive read that still stays with me. Alison, the weary, spiritbeset psychic at the core of the book, has learned this about messages from the dead. But if you enjoy an interesting, eerie story that slowly unfolds you will love this book. Oct 30, 2017 of course, a story can be terrifying without necessarily being great art. See all books authored by peter straub, including the talisman, and black house, and more on. Signin to download and listen to this audiobook today. In the night room and lost boy, lost girl were winners of the bram stoker award, as was his collection 5 stories. So, be ready, it looks like 2015 is going to be another big year for both king and straub. Another fantastic novel from peter sraub is the shadowland. Peter straub s classic bestseller is a work of superb horror the washington post book world that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.
The title of this book is ghost story and it was written by peter straub. The early straub 19751984 wrote in the shadow of stephen king. Ghost story by peter straub 1980 paperback with images. Ghost story by peter straub, koko by peter straub, shadowland by peter straub, the throat by peter straub. It began shortly after the party at which one of their members, edward wanderley, had died or was killed. Readers are filled with eagerness wondering what the horrible thing will be. The novel tells the story of three people who spend a night in the belasco house in maine, which has been sealed since 1949.
In his latest soulchilling novel, bestselling author peter straub tells of a famous childrens book author who, in the wake of a grotesque accident, realizes that the most basic facts of her existence, including her existence itself, have come int. Stephen king has called richard mathesons novel hell house the scariest haunted house novel ever written. And, it would come to be followed up by this little shocker by peter straub. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read shadowland. Slade house by david mitchell, and hellbound heart by clive barker which is the scariest book ive read.
As for the scariest book well, its got to be either the shining or salems lot by the inimitable s. Sep 15, 2015 peter straub has been on my toread list for a long time. Peter straubs 1979 novel has always proved popular, both with readers and critics alike, and is one of the books hailed as starting the new boom of horror in the eighties, which gave us some great books and newer writers. Educating yourself on all the classics is a neverending task, especially if you read in many genres. Julia, if you could see me now, ghost story, shadowland, and floating dragon are supernatural horror. Ghost story is a horror novel by american writer peter straub. It was published on january 1, 1979 by coward, mccann and geoghegan. This book always feels extra scary at this time of year, thanks to the abundance of corn mazes and scarecrows everywhere. The best horror novels not written by stephen king youtube. The most terrifying ghost novel ive ever read is probably peter straub s iconic ghost story, which feels way too real to be comfortable and conventionally fun. Yes, we all know king is the sultan of scare, and that books like the shining, salems lot, and it will make you quake in your fuzzy slippers. The 10 best horror books youve never read publishers weekly. But here are books thatll start the shivers while the scariest books of all time not written by stephen king.
After three years, peter straub discreetly went to dublin, ireland in 1969 to pursue a phd so that he could take writing as an important profession. Hes a big name in horror, but i just hadnt gotten around to him yet. Oct 16, 2015 the 10 scariest goosebumps books of all time. Mar 06, 2016 horror writer peter straubs 6 favorite books. Read this classic horror when it first came out, like the ghosts and the.
Its originality of concept is one of the reasons why peter straubs horror novel was not only the best of its kind in 1979, but must. Peter straub is an awardwinning writer of horror fiction the author of ghost story. Sep 14, 2019 straub s story of a ghosts revenge against her murder. From ghost story and beyond, the best peter straub books will leave you with nightmares. Written by peter straub, audiobook narrated by buck schirner. Julia, peter straub, 1976, pocket books, paperback, very good. In this book there are lots of descriptions of places, people, situations. The main characters of this horror, fiction story are edward wanderley, sears james. This book builds its layers of horror slowly and it is one creepy tale. Horror writer peter straubs 6 favorite books the week.
Straub capped off this period with the talisman, a fantasyhorror collaboration with king. Ghost story is a book about the real horrors of life, those that we create ourselves, those that originate, not from without but from within. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past and get away with murder. I love stephen king, and the talisman written in conjunction with peter straub is my favourite book. It was a heady experience rereading all his novels. Jul 16, 2018 the scariest book ive ever read is the haunting of hill house by shirley jackson. The ballad of ballard and sandrine by peter straub. The characters are consistently asking questions that only get feedback towards the end of the book. One novel that king coauthored with peter straub is also one of the most horrifying ones to date, and that novel is black house. The scariest book ive ever read is the haunting of hill house by shirley jackson.
The first edition of the novel was published in 1979, and was written by peter straub. Truly, of all the books i have read in my 61 years, this, ghost story, is the one single book that i remember and think of as the scariest book i have ever readbar none. Pdf ghost story book by peter straub free download 567. Posted on november 16, 2014 in news 1 comment the collaborative efforts between stephen king and peter straub the talisman and black house have not only impressed, theyre also both new york times bestselling novels that fans clamor. Just finished ghost story by peter straub submitted 3 minutes ago by shinybluechocobo ive had this one on the backburner for a while and finally sat down and read it, and its also the first straub novel ive read. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 567 pages and is available in mass market paperback format. However, the thing that usually draws me in is the way the reader gets to know all of the characters intimately lives inside their heads. It earned a place on the new york times best seller list. Oh, this book was conjuring my worst fears alright. Henry jamess the turn of the screw, peter straub s ghost story, stephen kings. It is a ghost story but it also is a character study, a horror story, and a marvel of storytelling. The early straub 19751984 wrote in the shadow of stephen. Peter francis straub is an american novelist and poet.
In the sleepy town of milburn, new york, four old men gather to tell each other storiessome true, some madeup, all of them frightening. Julia is a 1975 novel by american writer peter straub. Its on flavorwires 50 scariest books of all time, for one thing. Ghost story by peter straub i hesitated to put this on, only because. Peter straub is an awardwinning writer of horror fiction the author of ghost story, a dark matter, lost boy lost girl, and 14 other novels. Posted in books, cooking, food, literature, reading bacon books chowder chowder society cooking corn ghost story ghosts ham horror peter straub soup supernatural thyme published by foodinbooks i read, i cook, i travel, i love pugs, i drink wine, and i blog about food and books. It was published by berkley and has a total of 528 pages in the book. Peter straub is one of our best living horror writers, rivaled only by stephen king. William peter blattys book details the demonic possession of twelveyearold regan macneil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon. Ghost story by peter straub 1989, paperback for sale online. I really got a sense of place with this book, something that doesnt always happen. To this day, ghost story is the scariest book ive ever read. Get this book free when you sign up for a 30day trial. Peter straub books list of books by author peter straub.
It is scary, terrorizing full of fiction that makes the reader never want to stop perusing. After reading this, i emailed peter, who confirmed that the plan is to write the book next year. Straub capped off this period with the talisman, a fantasyhorror. Free download or read online ghost story pdf epub book. Thank you for buying an authorized edition of this book and for complying with laws by not reproducing, scanning, or distributing any part of it in any form without. He also said he hoped to write it with peter straub during next year. The best horror books of all time penguin random house. From ghost story and beyond, the best peter straub books. Berkley titles by peter straub ghost story shadowland floating dragon ghost story peter straub berkley books, new york an imprint of penguin random house llc. In the sleepy town of milburn, new york, four old men gather to tell each other storiessome true, some madeup. Stephen king and peter straub reunite for third talisman book. It is well written, steady paced, and, for the most part, well narrated.1101 178 131 81 287 1279 1461 644 212 635 586 633 457 92 307 1138 893 678 1016 936 519 565 422 660 273 1006 347 620 1194 717 725 1166