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Peter Straub Books In Order

Publication Order of Talisman Books

The Talisman (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black House (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Blue Rose Books

Koko (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Throat (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Rose (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Juniper Tree (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Criminal Records Books

Pork Pie Hat (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Marriages (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Julia (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If You Could See Me Now (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Story (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowland (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Floating Dragon (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The General's Wife (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under Venus (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hellfire Club (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. X (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Boy Lost Girl (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Night Room (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dark Matter (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Mrs God (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Special Place (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Buffalo Hunter (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perdido (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Ishmael (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Open Air (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Houses Without Doors (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic Terror (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Little Blue Book of Rose Stories (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
5 Stories (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Interior Darkness (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Peter Straub's Ghosts (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poe's Children (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Fantastic Tales (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Ashputtle (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Talisman, Vol. 1: The Road of Trials (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Woman (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sides (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Peter Straub is a famous writer of terror fiction. He is also a poet. He has obtained various awards like the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild. He was born in Milwaukee, Wiscosin on March 2nd, 1943.He is seventy two years old. His father was a salesman and his mother was a nurse. His dad wanted him to be a sportsman whereas his mom wanted him to become a physician. However, Peter Straub’s passion was to read and write. He started showing his interest in story telling when he was in kindergarten. He would teach himself how to read by cramming his children’s newspaper and rehearsing them again and again to the other children of his locality. He repeated this until he could distinguish the words. By the time he started his first grade, he could go through the library looking for bandit, detective and scandalous books. Before long, he had become popular in his neighborhood as a top storyteller.

During his first grade he was almost killed to death when he clashed with a vehicle. Most of his bones were fractured and he needed corrective surgeries missing one year of school. He spent sometimes on a wheelchair. He started writing horror novels after three decades as he was immune to nightmares through the bad experience he encountered as a child. He was immersed into books than ever before. In spite of his childhood accident encounter, he was still social. He discovered he can write humorous works of fiction. This became the turning point of his life. He got a scholarship at Milwaukee Country Day School where he found favor in the teachers, constantly maintaining top grades. He went to the University of Wisconsin .He successfully graduated with an honors degree in English. After one year he got a MA in Columbia. He married Susan, got an English teaching job at his previous school which is currently known as University school of Milwaukee. He became interested in poetry particularly that one for John Ashbery and wrote a replication of them. After three years, Peter Straub discreetly went to Dublin, Ireland in 1969 to pursue a PhD so that he could take writing as an important profession.

He published verses in the poetry category. He worked with Thomas Tessier who was a poem writer and produced two poet books, Ishamel and Open air. From Dublin he moved to London in 1972.He could turn his old fears into writings. He also used the idea of the horror movies that he watched which made his literature to improve. He and his wife, Susan purchased a home on Hillfield Avenue where they got their first child, Benjamin. It was during that moment when the novel, Ghost Story was written. Peter Straub returned to America in 1979.They begot a daughter, Emma Straub. He still maintains vital alliance with writers such as Ann Lauterbach and other bop singers. He is an affiliate of PEN and HWA. Emma is becoming a successful novelist and Ben is an agent in human-dynamo film. Other movies that Straub has produced are the Full Circle and Lovercraft. He has also been nominated at James Tiptree Award.

The Ghost story is a horror fiction which involves the darkest dread and nightmares. It is a story of supernatural settling of scores. The four men named as Lewis Benedikt, John Jaffrey, Edward Wanderly, and Ricky Hawthorne unintentionally murder a woman named Eva Galli. They are terrified and decide to conceal the death. They put the body in a rented vehicle and shove it into a neighboring lake. As the vehicle submerges in the water they see a scene that troubles them for the rest of their lives. It looks as if Eva is alive because they can see her image through the rear. Frightened, they swear to keep the death undisclosed and to continue with their business. Fifty years later the men have advanced in age. They reside in Milburn, wealthy and comfortable. They join a team known as the Chowder Society which gathers often to exchange ghost tales. The four men refrain from speaking about Eva’s story. Sadly, Wanderly dies out of panic in a cocktail that is held in respect of a performer named Anne Veronica. The other members encounter a sequence of visionary nightmares in which most of them pass away.

Not allowing themselves to admit that Eva has come back to haunt them, they summon for Ed’s nephew, Don Wanderly. Don is a terror novel writer .When he arrives in Milburn, it appears to propel a sign to the evil which jeopardizes the group leading to the death of two more affiliates. The survivors team up with Don and Barnes, whose mom was murdered by Eva and her gofers. Jointly, the team labors to search and demolish their adversaries. The Ghost story helps Straub to expand the horror boundaries. It stands as an honor to writers like Henry James and many more. It is unclear if Eva could live without her victims’ conviction to keep her going.

Another fantastic novel from Peter Sraub is the Shadowland. It is scary, terrorizing full of fiction that makes the reader never want to stop perusing. The characters are consistently asking questions that only get feedback towards the end of the book. Readers are filled with eagerness wondering what the horrible thing will be. You will encounter ghostly homes, discreet tunnels, magic and imaginations and still keep you entertained. These tales are a good assessment to the brain at the same time very entertaining. This book is about a tale of a property named Shadowland, owned by an intoxicated retired conjurer, who is an uncle to Del. The boys become wary of Del’s uncle wonder stories and magic surrounding shadowland. The boys discover a lot more when they spend the summer with their uncle. Their trip from the school to shadowland, their missions there and the results of their ritual of passage has a good terrorizing effect. Peter Straub continues to delve into the idea that phantoms finally adopt the souls of those who observe them.

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