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This is my introduction to the work of Peter Straub. Having read The Talisman and Black House which he co-authored with Stephen King I was anxious to know how he writes on his own, and Ghost Story came recommended by virtually everyone who has read it. As mentioned in the first paragraph, G I don't think one can truly rate Ghost Story as a novel without acknowledging the fact that it's a literary homage to the classics of the genre.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, Ghost Story is a homage to the old masters who paved the road of fright for future generations. Peter Straub himself says that "[Ghost Story] started as a result of my having just read all the American supernatural fiction I could find". It is noticeable; the first part is largely a reworking of The Turn of The Screw. The theme of a story within a story is everpresent, as the work deals with a group of old men who tell themselves ghost stories on regular meetings.

Shades of Lovecraft, Poe and Hawthorne brood in the corners of the rooms they sit in. The men find themselves terrorized by terrible, realistic nightmares. Terrible things start happening in the small, sleepy town of Millburn. They remember the crime they had committed years before What's not to like? Several things. A chore to get through.

Straub switches between several narrative viewpoints much like Stoker in Dracula and the plot plods frequently and slows down so much that reading soon becomes a challenge. There's no doubt that Straub is a great writer - some of his passages I've read several times, because I simply enjoyed them so much - but he becomes lost in what he tries to do, the references he includes so subtly vanish in the detail he describes so voraciously.

The protagonists discuss ghost stories they tell to each other, but for some reason refuse to talk about the one they all share even when darkness has fallen upon their city. Instead of trying to scheme how to fight or at least delay the danger, they remain passive. No one fights back. No one things of moving away and running from the deadly force. The passivity, the stupidness of their actions drastically slows down the plot and kills any tension that might have emerged.

It would be understandable if the novel featured only one protagonist who witnessed these events and who would be afraid to entrust his story to others in fear of being considered insane - but Ghost Story features a group of men who believe each other, and do nothing. The theme of a town besieged by malevolent forces or beings has been done previously, most notably by Peter Straub's fellow writer and friend Stephen King in Salem's Lot. Straub acknowledges the influcence: "I wanted to work on a large canvas.

Besides the large canvas, I also wanted a certain largeness of effect. The town of Millburn is described as a small town, but it completely lacks any awareness and interaction. The characters seem to be detached from reality - everyone walks everywhere, and there's little mention of pop culture - music, television and such. The novel is supposed to take time in the s, but for all we are shown it might just as well be the s. Last, the Evil with a capital E. While the concept of the Evil is really interesting, the Evil is really inconsistent and incompetent.

There's no sense of looming presence of Evil, ready to fall upon the heads of innocent people and end their lives at any moment, like in Salem's Lot or Phantoms. Evil seems to be employed when it is needed by the narrative, and then pushed back, only to be called again later. I don't want to spoil anything, but the nature of the Evil and it's actions don't follow any pattern of logic and reason. Evil is at times omniscient and capable of incredible power, only to have its abilities reduced to humanlike status, and then go back to the supernatural and all-powerful again.

Evil capable of everything is boring - why, it'd take a snap of fingers to eliminate a human being, much like a child breaking a twig in two - but one might wonder why the author chose to grant his menace that priviledge, only to take it back Overall, I'm sad to say that Ghost Story doesn't live up to the hype that surrrounds it. While it is a complex, multilayered work, a homage to the creators of the genre, It's not very compelling and in fact is pretty easy to put down and leave unfinished. The concept, the idea of the novel - the premise, the prose, the situations - everything works, but not as a whole.

I think I like the idea of the book better than the book itself - Peter Straub tends to be meandering and repetitive. There are sections of Ghost Story that are narrated brilliantly, but there are sections that are stale and uninteresting. For each flash of suspense and atmosphere, there's a whole lot of mundane and ordinary. The idea of the novel deserves five stars, but I can't give the novel itself more than three - I liked it, but I liked analysing the text more than reading it. Nevertheless, Peter Straub is an ambitious writer who's much more "literary" than most horror authors - his prose and style easily rivals the so-called "serious" writers - and I most certainly will read his other novels.

View all 34 comments. May 08, Lou rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal , horror. A few words i found by Stephen King about this novel "Probably Ghost Story by Peter Straub is the best of the supernatural novels to be published in the wake of the three books that kicked off a new horror "wave" in the seventies—those three, of course, being Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and The Other. The fact that these three books, all published within five years of each other, enjoyed such wide popularity, helped to convince or reconvince publishers that horror fiction had a commercial p A few words i found by Stephen King about this novel "Probably Ghost Story by Peter Straub is the best of the supernatural novels to be published in the wake of the three books that kicked off a new horror "wave" in the seventies—those three, of course, being Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and The Other.

The fact that these three books, all published within five years of each other, enjoyed such wide popularity, helped to convince or reconvince publishers that horror fiction had a commercial potential much wider than the readership of such defunct magazines as Weird Tales and Unknown or the paperback reissues of Arkham House books.

This is my first Straub novel and he writes a plot well and makes you feel you are there amidst the snow filled town slowly falling apart day by day. The review is more2read also with a video2watch interview with Peter Straub. View all 13 comments. Mar 25, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , favourites , books-i-own. An intelligent and ambitious novel, Ghost Story has received some well deserved acclaim. That is, however, not enough. Not even close. This is a book that should be re-introduced to a whole new generation of readers.

It really is that good. Stephen King himself lists it as one of the best horror novels of the 20th century refer Danse Macabre. I will not go into plot details at this stage, since these can be had by reading the book synopsis. Instead, in general terms, I'll try and explain just w An intelligent and ambitious novel, Ghost Story has received some well deserved acclaim.

Instead, in general terms, I'll try and explain just why this book should be on the reading list of any self respecting horror fan. First of all, this is not a novel that offers up cheap thrills and quick scares. The terror, sometimes expected, often unexpected, is measured out in precise and exact quantities. Lovingly so. Mister Straub has managed to weave into Ghost Story an absolutely breathless sense of inevitability and futility. Secondly, it is a pretty complicated story: dense and epic. The cast is also fairly big. Think you know what's going on around here?

Think again. Lastly, Peter Straub is arguably one of the best wordsmiths out there. He can write. Comparisons with Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot' are inevitable: the small town setting; the terror that comes to town. In both novels, a great amount of time is spent on creating breathing, flesh and blood, characters.

This, of course, makes the terror more palpable when it comes. And does it come! Often subtle, the Horror element takes on interesting shapes in Mister Straub's capable hands. Things aren't quite what they seem, and isn't it marvellous? Looking for a thrilling read that will ever so slowly freeze your blood without attempting to shock with gratuitous gore and schlock tactics?

Then line up, Dr Rabbitfoot has your medicine right here! View 2 comments. Jan 24, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: thriller , ghosts , read , horror. I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me John Jaffrey, their n "What was the worst thing you've ever done? View all 11 comments. Dec 29, Char rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , dark-fiction , mystery , mount-tbr-challenge , ghost-stories , s-horror , re-reading , group-read.

I am SO glad that I finally re-read this book! I was afraid that it wouldn't hold up to my memory of it. I worried about that for decades. Silly me-I needn't have worried-it was even better than I remembered! This beautifully written story of evil in a small town has a lot in common with Stephen King's IT as far as the small town portion goes. Derry and Milburn are similar in a lot of ways. Despite the title, this book isn't really a ghost story. Just like in IT, IT isn't really a clown. Ghost Story is about a small group of men who made a mistake in their youth and rather than face up to it, they went about hiding it instead.

This leads to consequences none of them could have possibly foreseen. But WE can see those consequences, and unfortunately, they are often deadly. The stories of these men, the stories about the relatives of these men, and the stories about the town itself, wind around and through each other-to me it's like a beautifully woven tapestry of art. I have to think that the author had it all planned out from the very beginning, otherwise how could it have been so wonderfully done? This book isn't for everyone, and I get that. It wasn't even for me at one time, it took me three tries to get into it back in the day.

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For those people that it DOES work for? They will sit back when they're done, just like I did, and marvel at the skill on display here. My highest recommendation! I'd buy it again, if I had to! View all 8 comments. Just not in the way that was probably intended. I'm quitting you, book. You know why?

Because you're fucking boring. Because I dread picking you back up. Because you're not in the least bit scary to me, if you don't count the horror and dread I have of actually contemplating trudging along to the finish line with you. By all accounts, the second half is where all the awesome happens. I just bet. I've given almost an entire month to this book.

The only thing it's given me back was confirmation that Straub's books just aren't for me. View all 20 comments. This copy of "Ghost Story" is signed by Peter Straub. View all 3 comments. First and foremost, I would like to thank Jessica Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile for this awesome addition to my collection. Back in , my family and my fifteen-year-old self moved from California to Alabama. The week we arrived in Alabama Mobile area Hurricane Opal decided to make landfall. Most of our stuff was still on the back of my brother-in-law's flatbed trailer. The most important items lost for me, at least was my mother's book collection.

Whilst in California, Mom called her First and foremost, I would like to thank Jessica Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile for this awesome addition to my collection. This grand space was stocked with more than first editions of some of the best horror literature ever written. These books were gifts from friends, family, and co-workers, but mostly they came from one person in particular—my mother's best friend Andrita. Sadly, all the books Andrita ever bought my mother were lost to water damage. Not only was my mother 2, miles away from her lifelong friend but she'd also lost most of the collection Andrita helped her build.

Freakishly enough, I would lose those final 22 books another 9 years later when Hurricane Ivan came through Montgomery, Alabama and flooded my storage shed. To date, I have replaced all books my mother kept record of all her gifts and purchases, and I've been working off the contents in her ledger for the past ten years aside from three. With Jessica's gift, I only need to replace two more. Thank you so much, Jessica. So there's your E.

History Lesson of the Day. After receiving Jessica's gift, I decided to reread Ghost Story so that I might give it a proper review. Here is that review: For this reread I chose the audiobook narrated by Buck Schirner. All too often, literary horror is read in a cheesy, over-the-top fashion. These narrators seemingly want to be Vincent Price, but only Price could pull of Price without sounding like a bit of rejected B-movie voiceover. Buck Schirner is damn good at what he does.

His performance is highly recommended. If you dig earhole stimuli, stimulate your earholes with this audiobook. Now for the book itself. Ghost Story is one of the greatest literary horror novels ever written. The prose is gorgeous and the writing flows. The characters are varied and exquisitely drawn, believable and nearly tangible. The horror is achieved through mounting dread and rarely relies on gore to disturb, leaning more toward creatures with twinkling yellow eyes slowly climbing the stairs toward their victims, or a creepy child staring through a window.

This is the essence of Ghost Story. This is where the novel succeeds the most. The subject matter is insidious.


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It burrows. I will admit, however, that Ghost Story is a chore to get into. You will be tempted to put the book down, but I beg of you, push through the tedious opening chapters. Everything makes pays off by the end, and every word is needed.


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In summation: Ghost Story is a novel better read if you know nothing about it. One of the truly nightmare-inducing additions to horror literature. Tell Gregory Bates that E. Final Judgment: Best read while snowed in. View all 15 comments. Dec 07, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: horror. I read a hell of a lot of sci-fi SF , I read about a couple of fantasy F titles a year, but I've been neglecting the horror fiction H genre in recent years. The reason is that besides Stephen King I don't tend to hear much about exciting new horror titles.

Sci-fi and fantasy books win the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards and I am always aware of the winners. Anyway, to cut a long story short I miss reading horror fiction and want to get back to it. Having just reread it this is not so surprising as this is quite a complex story and the title is somewhat misleading. The book is divided into several parts with a nonlinear timeline. It starts off intriguingly with a 24 pages prologue about a man who has kidnapped a strange little girl, but the kidnapper is more afraid of the kidnappee than the other way around.

The girl seems to take it all in stride and may, in fact, not be a girl at all. After this prologue the story goes back to a few years earlier where a group of for elderly gentlemen meet on a regular basis to share ghost stories which may or may not be true. The next part of the book tells the story of Donald Wanderley, the child kidnapper from the prologue.

He is a nephew of the dead club member of the Chowder Society and an author of a horror novel. After publication of his book he took a temporary job teaching at Berkeley, there he meets and falls madly in love with a mysterious beautiful girl. They get on famously, make wedding plans and one day she just disappears; next thing he knows she meets his brother David in another town, they fall in love and soon David dies under mysterious circumstances.

The girl disappears again. Ghost Story is not a whodunit, but it is not really about ghosts though a few do show up. The story is quite a complex but not at all hard to follow. A creepy atmosphere pervades the entire book and the reader what is going on with the disappearing girls and the dead people they leave behind. It is meticulously written by Straub. The supernatural element often has a hallucinogenic feel to it and the climax is quite rousing. The characters are well drawn but not particularly memorable.

His brand of horror is subtle and often psychological, there is very little in the gore department. If you are looking for an elegantly written, unusual and complex horror story this is for you, but how many people are looking for such a thing? If you are reading this in October this would be a great Haloween read. View all 10 comments. Feb 21, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , horror , fiction. When I was a kid, I had a long list of fears.


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    Some items remained girls, the possibility of being forced to sing in public , some fell away tornadoes, big dogs, swimming , and some new fears were added school dances, acne, various other complex social interactions. N When I was a kid, I had a long list of fears. Now, as an adult, the list has changed entirely. This is not because I am brave, which I am certainly not, or because I am idiot, which is debatable; rather, my limited understanding of probabilities allows me to rest assured that I am far likelier to die in a car crash because I am texting, than I am to plummet earthward in a Boeing , and that the mounting nights of pizza and hard drinking are more lethal to my person than a sociopathic killer just escaped from the county asylum on a dark and stormy night.

    The simple fact is that for most of us, all the terrorists and all the murderers and all the faultily-constructed planes in all the world are not nearly as likely to hurt us than uncontrolled cell growth within our own bodies. Sure, I get a little jittery when my plane hits turbulence; and yes, I sneak around my own house with a baseball bat every time I hear a bump in the night. But truthfully, the only thing that really scares me is cancer. That kind of fear, though, based solidly in statistical reality, is almost too much to bear.

    We need distractions. The county road had been paved the year before with postwar federal money. Clanton was four miles away, and Pete drove slowly, as always. All picking was by hand. The John Deere and International Harvester corporations were trying to perfect mechanized pickers that would supposedly one day eliminate the need for so much manual labor, but Pete had his doubts. Not that it mattered. Nothing mattered but the task at hand. Cotton blown from the trailers littered the shoulders of the highway.

    Pete did not acknowledge them. He lit a cigarette and said something to Mack as they entered the town. Near the courthouse square he parked in front of the post office and watched the foot traffic come and go. He eased from his truck, walked to the letter box, and mailed the envelope to his wife. Driving away, he circled the courthouse, with its wide, shaded lawn and gazebos, and had a vague image of what a spectacle his trial might be. Would they haul him in with handcuffs? Would the jury show sympathy? Would his lawyers work some magic and save him?

    Too many questions with no answers. He passed the Tea Shoppe, where the lawyers and bankers held forth each morning over scalding coffee and buttermilk biscuits, and wondered what they would say about the killing. He avoided the coffee shop because he was a farmer and had no time for the idle chitchat. Let them talk. He expected little sympathy from them or from anyone else in the county for that matter. He cared nothing for sympathy, sought no understanding, had no plans to explain his actions.

    At the moment, he was a soldier with orders and a mission to carry out. He parked on a quiet street a block behind the Methodist church. He got out, stretched his legs for a moment, zipped up his barn jacket, told Mack that he would return shortly, and began walking toward the church his grandfather had helped build seventy years earlier.

    It was a short walk, and along the way he saw no one. Later, no one would claim to have seen him. It was the third church of his ministry, and he would have been rotated onward like all Methodist preachers but for the war. Shortages in the ranks had caused a shifting of duties, an upsetting of schedules. Normally, in the Methodist denomination, a minister lasted only two years in one church, sometimes three, before being reassigned. Reverend Bell had been in Clanton for five years and knew it was only a matter of time before he was called to move on.

    Unfortunately, the call did not arrive in time. He was sitting at his desk in his office, in an annex behind the handsome sanctuary, alone as usual on Wednesday morning. The church secretary worked only three afternoons each week. The reverend had finished his morning prayers, had his study Bible open on his desk, along with two reference books, and was contemplating his next sermon when someone knocked on his door. Before he could answer, the door swung open, and Pete Banning walked in, frowning and filled with purpose. No, Pete! He had been trained as a marksman with all firearms, and had used them in battle to kill more men than he cared to remember, and he had spent his life in the woods hunting animals large and small.

    The third entered his skull just above the nose. Within the walls of a small office, the shots boomed like cannon fire, but only two people heard them. She later described it as the muffled sounds of someone clapping hands three times, and, at the moment, had no idea it was gunfire. Hop Purdue had been cleaning the church for twenty years. He was in the annex when he heard the shots that seemed to shake the building.

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