Ghost Story

About the Author: Peter Straub

Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy colored paper, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself to read by memorizing his comic books and reciting them over and over to other neighborhood children on the front steps until he could recognize the words Therefore, when he finally got to first grade to find everyone else laboring over the imbecile adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot See Spot run See, see, see he ransacked the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives, spies, criminals, and other colorful souls, Soon he had earned a reputation as an ace storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards on summer evenings.This career as the John Buchan to the first grade was interrupted by a collision between himself and an automobile which resulted in a classic near death experience, many broken bones, surgical operations, a year out of school, a lengthy tenure in a wheelchair, and certain emotional quirks Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and then still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks Because he had learned prematurely that the world was dangerous, he was jumpy, restless, hugely garrulous in spite of his stutter, physically uncomfortable and, at least until he began writing horror three decades later, prone to nightmares Books took him out of himself, so he read eventhan earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer And his storytelling, for in spite of everything he was still a sociable child with a lot of friends, took a turn toward the dark and the garish, toward the ghoulish and the violent He found his first effect when he discovered that he could make this kind of thing funny.As if scripted, the rest of life followed He went on scholarship to Milwaukee Country Day School and was the darling of his English teachers He discovered Thomas Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, patron saints of wounded and self conscious adolescence, and also, blessedly, jazz music, which spoke of utterance beyond any constraint passion and liberation in the form of speech on the far side of the verbal border The alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, speaking in the voice of a witty and inspired angel, epitomized ideal expressiveness, Our boy still had no idea why inspired speech spoke best when it spoke in code, the simultaneous terror and ecstasy of his ancient trauma, as well as its lifelong so far, anyhow legacy of anger, being so deeply embedded in the self as to be imperceptible, Did he behave badly, now and then Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke Are you kidding Did he also wish to excel, to keep panic and uncertainty at arm s length by good old main force effort Make a guess So here we have a pure but unsteady case of denial happily able to maintain itself through merciless effort Booted along by invisible fears and horrors, this fellow was rewarded by wonderful grades and a vague sense of a mysterious but transcendent wholeness available through expression He went to the University of Wisconsin and, after opening his eyes to the various joys of Henry James, William Carlos Williams, and the Texas blues rocker Steve Miller, a great joyous character who lived across the street, passed through essentially unchanged to emerge in 1965 with an honors degree in English, then an MA at Columbia a year later He thought actual writing was probably beyond him even though actual writing was probably what he was best at down crammed he many and many a book, stirred by


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  • Ghost Story
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  • 23 January 2017
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Ghost Story In Life, Not Every Sin Goes Unpunished.GHOST STORYFor Four Aging Men In The Terror Stricken Town Of Milburn, New York, An Act Inadvertently Carried Out In Their Youth Has Come Back To Haunt Them Now They Are About To Learn What Happens To Those Who Believe They Can Bury The Past And Get Away With Murder.

10 thoughts on “Ghost Story

  1. Maciek says:

    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 Indeed, two characters bear the surnames of Hawthorne and James.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 Indeed, two characters bear the surnames of Hawthorne and James.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 Gh...

  2. Lou says:

    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 was a real haunting good read, the story drives you crazy in places with characters perceptions of reality being played with by the supernatural.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 story paces well and does not let down, the tale was r...

  3. Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    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 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 Da...

  4. Edward Lorn says:

    First and foremost, I would like to thank Jessica Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile for this awesome addition to my collection Back in 1995, 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 Califo...

  5. Apatt says:

    SF F H , the holy trinity of genre fiction, my neck of the woods for reading 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 As far as I know the equivalent award for horror fict SF F H , the holy trinity of genre fiction, my neck of the woods for reading 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 Steph...

  6. Becky says:

    BAIT AND SWITCHPeter 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 nightmaresOh, this book was conjuring my worst fears alright 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 t BAIT AND SWITCHPeter 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 ti...

  7. Kimberly says:

    Although GRs marks this as my second read, it s actually my third I read this one as a teenager for the first time One of Straub s best books, imho Still, this is not one that promises instant gratification, or perfect closure It s a multi layerd novel, that leaves a lot to the imagination of the reader Personally, I enjoy a bit of ambiguity in my horror often what one can imagine is eventerrifying that what is put down on paper.A classic read in every sense of the word.Recommend Although GRs marks this as my second read, it s actually my third I read this one as a teenager for the first time One of Straub s best books, imho Still, this is no...

  8. Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Not a Straub fan, but this is a good book One of the better ghost stories out there in spite of the fact that it s not exactly a story about a ghost per se This is actually one of the scariest books I ve read so far as atmosphere and actual emotional scare goes.The villains of the piece are while not exactly new used in a different way than you ll see elsewhere It might be said that the book rests on the simple idea that one reaps what one sowsthough that is a huge over simplificat Not a Straub fan, but this is a good book One of the better ghost stories out there in spite of the fact that it s not exactly a story about a ghost per se This is actually one of the scariest books I ve read so far as atmosphere and actual emotional scare goes.The villains of the piece are while not exactly new used in a different way than you ll see elsewhere It might be said that the book rests on the simple idea that one reaps what one sowsthough that is a huge over simplification and doesn t give any inkling as to the amount of sleep you may loseor how much your electric bill may go up from leaving the lights on all night.One caveat, don t be put off by the opening scenes in this book some would be and some wouldn t They could lead one to believe it s a totally different kind of book than it is I myself almost put it down getting the wrong impression from the wa...

  9. Matt says:

    When I was a kid, I had a long list of fears A short summary would include tornadoes big dogs bullies the basement fire music class swimming lessons spiders cat burglars and girls As I got a bit older, say around middle school and high school, that list changed 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 d...

  10. Steven Kent says:

    I lived on horror novels when I was in college and I acquired a good collection of my favorite horror novels in hardback When I finished school, I sold my The Shining, my The Stand, all of my horror books except one There was one novel with which I could not part Peter Straub s Ghost Story Ghost Story, set in upstate New York, unwinds brilliantly It begins with the frigid voices of old men swapping ghostly stories, then settles back and unwinds as the demons of these old men s stories co I lived on horror novels when I was in college and I acquired a good collection of my favorite horror novels in hardback When I finished school, I sold my The Shining, my The Stand, all of my horror books except one There was one novel with which I could not part Peter Straub s Ghost Story Ghost Story, set in upstate New York, unwinds brilliantly It begins with the frigid voices of old men swapping ghostly ...