Peter Straub - Author

About the Author

Peter Straub was born and educated in Wisconsin, and lived in Dublin and London before settling in New York. Author of a string of bestselling novels, he is the recipient of five BRAM STOKER AWARDS and the two-times winner of the International HORROR GUILD AWARD.

Featured books by Peter Straub

A Dark Matter

A Dark Matter

Author: Peter Straub Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

February 2011 Book of the Month. Straub, who once collaborated with Stephen King on a couple of now classic novels, has established himself as the master of contemporary literary horror. A thread of subtle unease travels through all his books, many of whom are connected by minor characters, events or themes. A secret ritual on a campus meadow, organised by a charismatic guru, leaves it marks on all its participants as we follow their lives over the following decades and the way evil has taken hold of them forever. One of them tries to write a book to understand what actually happened and the windows of the unknown open.

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In The Night Room

In The Night Room

Author: Peter Straub Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2005

Dark, elegantly written with a fantastic supernatural twist, this is first rate.  It is also indescribable, it hits you in that cold place of wonder where you are afraid yet compelled to read more.  It keeps twisting and folding back, building layer upon layer.  It concerns two authors, emails from the dead and a race to discover … but I’m not telling you any more.Comparison: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, James Herbert.Similar this month: None.

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Other books by Peter Straub

The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

Author: Peter Straub Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

They are dying, one by one. THE HELLFIRE CLUB is a reissued thriller from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Peter Straub. 'The Hellfire Club' moves like an express train - very fine work indeed' STEPHEN KING Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb have each disappeared from blood-spattered bedrooms. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim . . . . THE HELLFIRE CLUB is Peter Straub at his very best. A nerve-jangling thriller of astonishing pace, featuring one of the most hypnotic killers ever created.

Mr. X

Mr. X

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/08/2016

The award-winning supernatural thriller from the acclaimed author of Ghost Story, Koko, The Throat and The Talisman.Every year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan has a paralysing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious figure in black whom he calls Mr X. Now, with his birthday fast approaching, Ned has been drawn back to his home town of Edgerton, Illinois, by a premonition that his mother is dying. On her deathbed, she imparts to him the name of his long-absent father and warns him that he is in grave danger. Despite her foreboding, he embarks on a search through Edgerton's past for the truth behind his own identity and that of his entirely fantastic family. But when Ned becomes the lead suspect in three violent deaths, he begins to realise that he is not the only one who has come home...

Mallon the Guru & The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero

Mallon the Guru & The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/02/2016

Peter Straub has spent forty years at the forefront of modern literary horror. This pair of stories represent his astonishing range and his ability to terrify, transport, and hold a reader hostage. Both stories crack the foundation of our reality and opens our eyes, taking us further and further into the darkness that normally remains deeply, and safely, hidden.    Straub will be narrating both stories, which have never before been available in audio.

If You Could See Me Now

If You Could See Me Now

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/01/2016

One summer night, a boy and his beautiful cousin plunge naked into the moonlit waters of a rural quarry. Twenty years later, the boy, now grown, flees the wreckage of his life and returns to Arden, Wisconsin, in search of everything he has lost. But for Miles Teagarden, the landscape he had known so well has turned eerie and threatening. And the love he shared has become very, very deadly . . .

Julia

Julia

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/01/2016

In a house in London a woman starts a new life, trying to put tragedy behind her. Then a pretty blonde child runs into view, bringing with her an inexplicable suggestion of evil.Once Julia Lofting had a husband and a daughter. But everything has changed since she bolted from her marriage, in flight from the unbearable truth of her daughter's death. For Julia, there is no escape. Another child awaits, another mother suffers, and a circle of the damned gathers around her. The haunting has begun . . .

Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine

Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/07/2012

Peter Straub masterfully weaves horror and suspense into a love story unlike any other: the ballad of Ballard and Sandrine.Ballard and his considerably younger lover Sandrine have been brought together by a shared erotic obsession of the darkest kind. As they travel down a remote part of the Amazon River on a luxurious yacht, they spend their days indulging in their macabre pastime. Through a haze of pain and pleasure, the lovers are witness to a series of increasingly sinister portents, dreams and visions that haunt their claustrophobic and disturbing world. With Peter Straub's signature, breathtaking twists and an astonishing climax, you'll never forget The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine.

Ghost Story

Ghost Story

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

#1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straubs classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past... What was the worst thing youve ever done? In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other storiessome true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives. But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever...

Houses Without Doors

Houses Without Doors

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/02/2012

These psychic and horror fictions--seven of them short-shorts--reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. In "e;Blue Rose,"e; sadistic Harry Beevers, 10, hypnotizes and destroys his younger brother; the tale leaps ahead to the ironic verdict in Harry's court-martial for wreaking atrocities in Vietnam. In the outstanding "e;The Juniper Tree,"e; a novelist relives a harrowing, seductive summer when, at age seven, he was sexually molested in a movie house by drifter Stan, a seedy Alan Ladd lookalike. "e;The Buffalo Hunter"e; fastidiously chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old who numbs his fear of women by sucking his coffee and cognac from baby bottles. In the ambitious gothic thriller/academic spoof "e;Mrs. God,"e; a fatuous professor is lured to a creepy English mansion crammed with grisly secrets to research the papers of his poet ancestress; dead babies provide a subtheme. Wry and riveting, "e;A Short Guide to the City"e; fuses and parodies two genres: the self-congratulatory tourist blurb with a news alert on the "e;viaduct killer."e;

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/01/2012

A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son- fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill-vanishes. His uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his mother's suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge. No mere empty building, the house whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror story, and Tim Underhill comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain.

Throat

Throat

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/12/2011

THE THROAT. Tim Underhill, now an acclaimed novelist, travels back to his home - town of Millhaven, Illinois after he gets a call from John Ransom, an old army buddy. Ransom believes theres a copycat killer on the loose, mimicking the Blue Rose murders from decades earlier he thinks his wife could be a potential victim. Underhill seeks out his friend Tom Pasmore, an aging hermit who has attained minor celebrity as an expert sleuth, to help him investigate. They quickly discover that Millhaven is a town plagued by horrifying secrets and there is a twisted killer on the loose who is far more dangerous than they ever imagined. Expertly tying together the events of Koko and Mystery, The Throat proves Peter Straub to be the master of the suspense novel. Terrifying psychological horror. . . . Rich in detail and character. The Plain Dealer Disturbing. . . . Satisfying entertainment. . . . A bloodstained tapestry of stunning emotional power. San Francisco ChronicleA classic mystery novel. . . . Deft, impressive. The New York Times Book Review

Koko

Koko

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/10/2011

KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York, hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill. A masterpiece of terror. Los Angeles Times Complexly plotted, thickly layered evil. . . . The ultimate horror. The New York Times Book ReviewA dead-center hit. . . . A gripping, enthralling, nonstop read. San Francisco Chronicle

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/02/2010

The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered bodyand the shattered souls of all who were present. Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and to his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and its through this process that they begin to examine the unspeakable events that have bound them in ways they cannot fathom, but that have haunted every one of them through their lives. As each of the old friends tries to come to grips with the darkness of the past, they find themselves face-to-face with the evil triggered so many years earlier. Unfolding through the individual stories of the fated groups members, A Dark Matter is an electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel that will satisfy Peter Straub's many ardent fans, and win him legions more.From the Hardcover edition.

Poe's Children

Poe's Children

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/10/2008

From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from twenty-five writers representing todays most talented voices in the genre.Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes-predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent, Poes Children now brings the best of the genres stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll, Poes Children is Peter Straubs tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades.Selections range from the early Stephen King psychological thriller The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, in which an editor confronts an authors belief that his typewriter is inhabited by supernatural creatures, to The Man on the Ceiling, Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tems award-winning surreal tale of night terrors, woven with daylight fears that haunt a family. Other selections include National Book Award finalist Dan Chaons The Bees; Peter Straubs Little Reds Tango, the legend of a music aficionado whose past is as mysterious as the ghostly visitors to his Manhattan apartment; Elizabeth Hands visionary and shocking Cleopatra Brimstone; Thomas Ligottis brilliant, mind-stretching Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story; and Body, Brian Evensons disturbing twist on correctional facilities.Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills, Poes Children bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.From the Hardcover edition.

In the Night Room

In the Night Room

Author: Peter Straub Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/10/2007

In his latest soul-chilling 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 into question.Willy Patrick, the respected author of the award-winning young-adult novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing her mindagain. One day, she is drawn helplessly into the parking lot of a warehouse. She knows somehow that her daughter, Holly, is being held in the building, and she has an overwhelming need to rescue her. But what Willy knows is impossible, for her daughter is dead.On the same day, author Timothy Underhill, who has been struggling with a new book about a troubled young woman, is confronted with the ghost of his nine-year-old sister, April. Soon after, he begins to receive eerie, fragmented e-mails that he finally realizes are from people he knew in his youthpeople now dead. Like his sister, they want urgently to tell him something. When Willy and Timothy meet, the frightening parallels between Willys tragic loss and the story in Tims manuscript suggest that they must join forces to confront the evils surrounding them.From the Hardcover edition.

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