A Dark Matter
The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritua...more
It's like this. You will like or dislike this book depending on your expectations. If you're expecting the kind of hackle-raising horror that is often associated with this author, you may be disappointed. If you are expecting a slam-bang, linear narrative in which all is revealed, you probably won't want to read it. It is really not so much a novel of horror but more of a look at the whole concept of the connectivity of good and evil, so if you...more
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Synopsis: A Dark Matter is the story of one man trying to comprehend an event that has shattered the lives of his once inseparable group of friends, an event that happened over four decades prior. After witnessing a homeless man being kicked out of a coffee...more
Ok, there are a few things he does do very well in this book and first and foremost is he manages to tell the same story over and over again from different angles and it is always interesting and surprising. Second, there is some truly freaky imager...more
I listened to A Dark Matter via unabridged audiobook, and I highly recommend it. I've found within the past year or so that the commute goes by more quickly (and with far less stress) when I'm listening to a story.
There are certain authors who benefit from having their books read aloud, and I'll say that Straub is...more
My review should really be zero stars, as I didn't finish it, and I HATE doing that.
The story is about author Lee Harwell, and his quest to find out what happened in "the Meadow" many years before, and involved his wife and several other acolytes of an occultist guru named Spencer Mallon.
Really, I listened to this book in audio format, and the first hour and a half are almo...more
The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.
The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors 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 pr
The book immediately draws the reader in with the mystery of the 'dark matter' and grips from the start. Straub's knack of making us feel we truly know the characters helps the story to flow however it does not seem to reach the climax one wishes for.
It was a beautiful read, almost poetic, but I was left rather disappointed. Questions seemed to be left unanswered for me but perhaps that was the point, and the mystery never could be fully explained....more
The basic premise is pretty straightforward, and one that's a popular trope for horror writers (Straub has even used it in the past). Decades ago, four of Lee Hayward's friends (including...more
It was 1966 in Madison, Wisconsin. A group of teens fascinated with a self-proclaimed guru named Spencer Mallon agree to participate in a ritual with him. By the time it's over, one of them has disappeared, one of them is insane, one is going slowly blind, one has been literally torn apart, and all have been altered. Years later, the only member of their group of friends who wasn't there, now a successful writer, tracks down his old friends and...more
Beyond that, he's a damned good writer in the best literary sense, with a real sense of poetry that manages to convey impressions of the eternal and the sacred, instead of just plot and character. As such, his novels sometimes be very difficult t...more
Positive points: great cross weaving of classic novels Straub engages Hawthorne's Scarlet letter so well I had to reconsider my high school based opinion of the story. Another great point was his metaph...more
Ugh -- nevermind that whole "reader's digest" comment. 400 pages is way too long to t...more
I first discovered Stra...more
I enjoy horror fiction. Stephen King and Peter Straub are undoubtedly two of the giants of the genre (along with F. Paul Wilson). When I see a new book by any of these three gentlemen, I usually get it the first day it’s out. I love almost everything Mr. King and Dr. Wilson put out. Mr. Straub, on the other hand, I have a more difficult time with, and I think that I finally figured out why in rea...more
When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more