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A Dark Matter
Peter Straub

Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
Pub Date : Feb 03, 2011
Imprint : Phoenix
Page Extent : 448
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780753828823
Price : 1,299

About the book

Peter Straub is the author of the iconic GHOST STORY, the bestselling novel that was adapted into one of the scariest movies of the 1980s.

Straub was also the co-author of THE TALISMAN (with Stephen King) which was a massive - and ongoing - bestseller.

No one does thoughtful and dark like Straub. He brings intelligence and wonderful characterisation to the job of disturbing his fans.

A DARK MATTER combines all of this to amazing effect. It is a novel of depth, nostalgia, power and epic spookiness.

Straub has won the BRAM STOKER AWARD an incredible five times.

Forty years ago, Spenser Mallon led a group of young students to witness a brutal, ritual murder. The survivors never recovered. Now, it seems, he's back...

It is the 1960s and the charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favours 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 body - and the shattered souls of all who were present.

Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and it's 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 throughout 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...


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A well written novel that uses its linguistic flourishes and scene setting to great effect>
A gripping, mysterious piece of fiction>
'This is a story about stories, their importance in our lives and the competing forces of love and evil driving every narrative... Straub wears his literary influences openly and has nothing to fear by comparison with such greats as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Machen'

'Superb horror'

'The scariest book I've ever read...It crawls under your skin and into your dreams'

'The terror just mounts and mounts'

'Straub writes understated, literary horror, all the more terrifying in this novel for what he keeps from the reader and for his brilliant psychological portraits of innocents caught up in events beyond their control and understanding. Gripping'
     
Peter Straub
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 several BRAM STOKER AWARDS a...(+)
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