In the small upstate town of Milburn, New York, four old friends meet to honor the traditions of the Chowder Society. They drink good whiskey and trade ghost stories. ...more
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"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Peter 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 nightmares."Oh, 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 ...more
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 California, Mom called her ...more
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 sows...though that is a huge over simplificat ...more
Something's going to happen to the whole town of Milburn, and The Chowder Society members with their spooky stories and premonitions are right in the middle of "it"........
For Ricky Hawthorne, his law partner Sears James and friends Edward Wanderley, Lewis Benedikt and Dr. John Jaffrey, their n...more
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 ...more
It's slowly paced, yet not painfully slow. It's really not slow at all, but feels like it is because it takes a smooth journey. It does cover a lot of time, tyin ...more
Ghost Story both draws from, and significan ...more
I hate it when this happens. You have a wonderful writer.
You have what is allegedly his "magnum opus".
You have a decent movie-adaptation, which, although weighted down with several flaws, boasts a storyline that is both original and creepy.
Having read his later, Vietnam-based novel, 'Koko', I'd had very high hopes with 'Ghost Story'. But it all became apparent, fairly quickly, that this "supposed" masterpiece - Stephen King has labelled it this - was really nothing m ...more
That been said I finally started “Ghost Story” which everyone said was Straub’s best and the best book ever about ghosts…etc. etc. I have to say I had to force myself to read this ...more
Ghost story is considered Peter Straub's best book and Stephen King says that it's "one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century", with such endorsement I had high hopes for this book and it didn't disappoint me.
I have to say that this wasn't a light read, the first half of the book is full of details that become important later on the story but if you endure, the second half of the book is truly amaz ...more
Do NOT I repeat do NOT see the movie before you read this book. The movie leaves out most of what Peter Straub has written. It is a decent movie, but don't see it first.
Don Wanderley lives through an encounter with a ghost, Alma Mobley, who passes to his brother (in human form, of course) who ends up dead. Don's uncle has died, as have other members of his uncle's little social group known as the Chowder Society. They are all elderly men, who meet together and tell ghost stories, stories that ha ...more
I think the book's main fault was that Straub used too many narrative devices: flashback, journals, storytelling flashbacks, foreshadowing, and even audio tap ...more
That's a question this book seems to have a hard time with, as its narrative jumps between past, present, stories of the past as told by characters, and even journal entries. This elaborate layering is really effective at concealing the plot from the reader for almost half of the book--a hiding-act which I found less intriguing than frustrating. I had to assign myself a chunk each day, as though I were reading for school. But, being acquainted with Straub's style, I pushed on wit ...more
This is a re-read for me and I'm going to keep my original 5 stars attached.
Admittedly, the book didn't quite wow me like it did the first time I read it, but that was almost 30 years ago, I knew the plot going in and I have a whole lot more experience in the horror genre, so I don't get that same stomach punch shock as often these days.
Still, Ghost Story is a masterfully written, classic horror story. there are enough layers involved in the story that there is no way an observer could deny th ...more
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When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy ...more