The #1 New York Times bestselling author's all-time horror classic Now with a new introduction by Peter Straub
Few modern horror novels have been able to stand the test of time like Shadowland. Now, with a new introduction from Peter Straub, this classic becomes a collectible for his insatiable fans-and for new readers who have just discovered Straub through the bestsellin...more
Shadowland is concerned with the friendship of two boys - Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale - which began at the private all-male school they both attended. As both try to fight the ...more
I really enjoy this kind of horror. Shadowland has an elaborate build up, and the reader invests quite a bit in the story before things start going awry. This means that you actually do care about what happens next…
There’s also a very “real world” feel to the events, however bizarre things eventually turn out. You almost, almost feel that this could actually happen. That being said, I wasn’t using the term bizarre loosely just now. This is one sinister story, and if the body cou ...more
I don't want to waste another moment thinking about it, so that's my review.
Tom Flanagan is a very memorably three-dimensional young protagonist, and all the conflicts of c ...more
If the now people, readers of Erin Morgenstern, Casandra Clare and Suzanne Collins, opened their minds, they would discover MAGIC comparable to any flights of fantasy the aforement ...more
In this book two boys spend a summer at a magician's house, the magician being the uncle of one of the boy's, Del ...more
I seem to remember something similar with Ghost Story and that grew into an excellent read. This however couldn't hold me through the build up.
Two stars because there is no fault in the style.
I must say, the first, non-Shadowland third wasn't horrible. Mostly pointless, and could have been done in more like fifty pages ...more
But on to SHADOWLAND.
As is often the case with a Straub novel, for the first 150 pages I was thinking, "This is fantastic!" It felt like reading something that Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker collaborated on.
That was the honeymoon phase of the book.
I have a lot of respect for Straub because his work is alw ...more
But unfortunately, it didn't live up to my hopes. The story plodded along endlessly. It didn't even get to the main premise of the book until about 150 pages in, and then it turned out to be mostly a surreal echo of the events that had gone before. The structure w ...more
Edited to add: thank goodness neither of the two planned film adaptations of this ever came to fruition. While I could totally see Bill Nighy as Coleman Collins, I can't think of a filmmaker who could do the material justice. For a while I thought maybe Terry Gilliam, but it's just too dark for him.
My main issue is that I just didn't find it scary. While Ghost Story kept me up at night, I found myself skimming the last 10% of Shadowland in an at ...more
Part of it is that I was looking to read a good, old-fashioned horror novel like I haven't read in a while, and this falls more into the category of disjointed dark fantasy. But even in that case, it fell short for me in a few ways and couldn't even draw me into that type of story. I will say that there are some artful prose that are well done, and even that some of the tales couched inside could have been very ...more
"Long ago, when we all lived in the forest..."
And Peter Straub Month is brought to a smashing close with Shadowland. There is one sentence I can use to describe this book, one that I'm surprised I'm using, but one that makes perfect sense:
Shadowland is what would happen if Lev Grossman hadn't failed when he wrote The Magicians.
Now, that's a bold statement. And as a bold statement, it deserves some backing up, so here goes: With Shadowland, Peter Straub takes a few traditional concepts-- child ...more
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