Books by Peter Straub

MRS. GOD by Peter Straub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"An intriguing artifact for hardcore fans but an unremarkable entry point for new readers."
A scholar is invited to an eerie scholarly retreat in this melancholy blast from the past. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: July 21, 2010

"If this was an episode severed, so to speak, from the body of A Dark Matter, it's easy to understand why. This is very, very close to Straub at his very, very worst."
This extremely creepy and disturbing novella is either a pendant to, or, more likely, an outtake from Straub's most recent full-length novel A Dark Matter, published earlier this year. Read full book review >
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Straub's last few fantasies (In the Night Room, 2004, etc.) have been ever more baroque, but this tall, dark tale beats them all for heaven-storming scale and wheels within wheels."
A successful novelist obsessively revisits a fateful night he missed back in the '60s in this intense, ambitious, but unfocused saga of an encounter with ultimate evil. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A terrific, must-have collection. "
Vast two-volume anthology of horror and supernatural fiction, precisely divided along lines drawn by the modern American experience. Read full book review >
H.P. LOVECRAFT by H.P. Lovecraft
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Black-robed by Library of America, the real King rises from darkness in his homeland. His reputation abroad glows."
A landmark that lifts Lovecraft from pulp to Poe as a master of macabre fantasy and horror, despite Edmund Wilson's infamous destructive essay "Tales of the Marvelous and Ridiculous." Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT ROOM by Peter Straub
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Straub can still tease the imagination and chill the blood with the best of them. But it's probably time to bury Tim Underhill, and move on."
The "lives" lived by a novelist's creations intersect and conflict in this tricky sequel to last year's lost boy lost girl. Read full book review >
LOST BOY LOST GIRL by Peter Straub
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Strikingly imagined indeed, but the zigzag structure blurs the momentum and effect of what might have been one of Straub's best."
The veteran horror writer's circuitous 16th outing (stories: Magic Terror, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
BLACK HOUSE by Stephen King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Those not knowing King's Dark Tower series or The Talisman will follow all this easily enough. Many admiring King's recent, subtler work, though, may find these blood-spattered pages a step backward into dreamslash & gutspill."
Coauthors King and Straub, together again (The Talisman, 1984), take a Wisconsin Death Trip into parallel universes. Read full book review >
MAGIC TERROR by Peter Straub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

A solid third collection (following Houses Without Doors, 1990, and Wild Animals, 1984) of the veteran horror writer's insidious and disturbing short fiction, featuring two already famous stories. Read full book review >
MR. X by Peter Straub
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

Admirers of H.P. Lovecraft's classic supernatural tales will find much of interest in this intricately contrived horror story. Read full book review >

THE HELLFIRE CLUB by Peter Straub
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

A plucky heroine is forced to distinguish between literary illusion and existential reality in this murky sins-of-the-father metafiction from Straub (The Throat, 1993, etc.) Vaguely discontented with her marriage to a 40-year-old manchild named Davey, ten years her junior, Nora Chancel (who served as a frontline nurse during the Vietnam War) resolves to turn their lives around. Read full book review >

THE THROAT by Peter Straub
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 12, 1993

Submitted by the publisher to Kirkus too late to review, Straub's latest is a sequel to both his bestselling Koko (1988) and his less popular Mystery (1989), resurrecting characters from each (Tim Underhill of Koko and Tom Pasmore of Mystery among them) to investigate a series of killings known as the Blue Rose Murders. Read full book review >

THE TALISMAN by Stephen King
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1984

The quasi-cosmic, picaresque journey of twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer—across America on foot, "flipping" in and out of a parallel universe called the "Territories"—in quest of a magical talisman that will save his widowed mother (a former B-movie star) from dying of cancer. Read full book review >