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A classic tale of supernatural horror from the acclaimed author of Koko, The Talisman and Mr X. Now reissued in a new cover style. IF YOUR SHADOW DOESN'T MOVE WHEN YOU DO, THEN YOU'RE IN SHADOWLAND In a private school in New England, a friendship is forged between two boys that will change their lives for ever. As Del Nightingale and Tom Flanagan battle to survive the oppr...more
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Published October 1981 by Hispanic Book Distributors (first published 1980)
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Maciek
Peter Straub came to prominence in 1979 with Ghost Story, an old fashioned spooky ghost tale which I wasn't really a fan of (though I appreciate it). A year later, in 1980, he published Shadowland, a coming of age novel which can be classified as dark fantasy with horror elements. This time, I say, he penned a winner.
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
Dirk Grobbelaar
Revisited Review

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
Tony
I really a fish walks by eating a taco want to like this tiiiiin rooof book but rusted? I just get sidetracked once there was a mouse and a squirrel, but that was a long time ago just kept getting distracted a taco walks by eating a fish by the trippy dream sequences the sound of a thousand mute voices saying nothing and random interjections did I have a point? and I'm pretty sure am I me? that in the end nothing nothing? really yes nothing, remember the moral of the fish taco? happened.
Dawn
I can't even review this. I hated it. Finishing it was like Chinese water torture. I just.. Hated it. I have no idea what the point was... It was just... Ridiculous and bad and ridiculously bad.

I don't want to waste another moment thinking about it, so that's my review.

Not recommended.
Henrik
Apr 29, 2009 Henrik rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to read intricate yet classic stories of the weird
Shelves: horror
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Kirsten
This is one of my favorite of Peter Straub's novels. It's a creepy take on the idea of the Sorcerer's Apprentice -- only in this case, the sorcerer may be more dangerous than anything his apprentice can cook up. There are loads of references to fairy tales here, which are fun to try to place, and I love the way that Straub makes it difficult to figure out what's real magic and what's just sleight of hand.
Lisa
I think many of the negative reviews of this book come out of the mistaken impression that this is meant to be a horror novel. It is not. This is not the sort of book that gives you cause to sleep with the lights on. It is a much more subtle affair than that.

The downfall of the book is its poor ending - but even that can be overlooked in favour of the charms of the first 350 pages.
Tamela Quijas
Peter Straub's Shadowland is a rolling ride into undefinded horror that leaves the reader quaking. Prep schools are a nightmare in themselves (for the attendees) but many fast friendships can be formed among the students. Del and Tom form such a friendship, sharing a childlike curiosity in magic, learning to execute those ever difficult card tricks, dodging a headmaster from hell, and trying to understand why the entire school is suffering from nightmares.

Shadowland is an estate owned by Del's a...more
Rick Urban
During the extremely unsatisfying experience of reading Lev Grossman's "The Magicians", I kept thinking of how much better Straub's treatment of similar themes was, so literally the minute I finished "The Magicians" I went to my bookshelf and picked out this book to re-read. With it's nods to everything from Grimm's Fairy Tales to Hans Christian Andersen to John Fowles' The Magus, this is both a literate homage to the art of storytelling and a gripping story in its own right. The tale of two boa...more
Nora Black
Often-times, the less fashionable is subjugated to the lower shelves of desirability, than the in-thing. In this way Peter Straub's tour-de-force- “Shadowland”, has been relegated to the untalked-about, the lesser-known realms of fantasy and magic. Making it a work that, sadly, few of the younger generation have read.

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
Patrick
I read this book when I was a kid in high school. It is truely a horror about a boy who went to a school and finds an underlying secret club that practices real magic. It is done in subtle details and is why I constantly believe Peter Straub is a true magician with words himself. The story is told with such realism and the writing itself is lively, most particular the scene in which the boy is nailed to the wall. Perhaps, in the author's own study, I would go as far to believe there is a Number...more
Gregor Xane
This was really a good book except for one scene involving Bugs Bunny. Bugs Bunny? Come on, someone should have told Mr. Straub to cut this scene. It added nothing and detracted from the overall mood of the book.
John
I have a love/hate relationship with Peter Straub. I love him for his beginnings and hate him for his endings. (Except in regard to GHOST STORY, which was pretty darn good all the way through.)
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
Chris Meger
This book is essentially a rehash of pretty much every other horror coming of age book. It's competent, but that's about it.
Will Waller
The final words of the book are "I turned back to walk across the ruins of Shadowland to my car." Thus ends one of the worst books I've read thus far. Is it bad because at times the plot settles into some fantastic journey into the mind of the sorcerer that the reader loses track of reality in the midst of fantasy? Is it bad because the symbolism of eerie houses, birds, songs, audiences, hearing voices (all of which could be simple and clear thematic elements to a horror book) become a boring an...more
Barry
Some of the more surreal moments, as well as the occasional switches in narratives, made this book a little hard to follow at times, but there IS a reason I gave this book five stars: it was terrific. It's not the all-out horror fest that the cover (of the 1980's paperback) promised, but there were some truly gruesome scenes towards the climax, as well as a general tone of mounting tension throughout.

Tom Flanagan is a very memorably three-dimensional young protagonist, and all the conflicts of c...more
Tee Jay
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Nancy
I wanted to like this book. It had many elements that appealed to me: a dark and creepy private school, a fatherless boy who wanted to learn real magic, an eccentric uncle with a luxurious private estate, mystery, horror, fairy tales...

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
Rick Soper
This is one of my favorite books. There are just so many layers to it, some which are explained, and some that aren't, but in the end you just don't care because there so many visual images that get buried into your head that the entire experience of the book is just overwhelming. Uncle Coleman's tales just get under your skin. And whatever that thing is in Skeleton's room makes me shudder. And what the Grimm brothers are doing just popping up in the middle of thing, I'll never understand. But i...more
Eric
I read this on a train trip up to Vermont. I didn't realize before the trip that it was partly set in Vermont. So, it was a pleasant and fitting surprise. I'd wanted to read it ever since I was ten, when I saw the ad for it in the back of the "Darkfall" (Dean Koontz) paperback I was reading. It held up to the promise I'd expected, although I think it's better I read it so many years later, as an adult. My child self wouldn't have been patient enough to read this. Straub's style is too sophistica...more
Mark W. Coulter
I normally enjoy Straub's writing and stories, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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
Sam Reader

"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
Cliff
I loved this book! It's such a great story and mystery. I cared about the characters and really enjoyed the journey I went on with them. It was one of those books that when I got finished, I really missed being in that world with them, even though their world at the end of the book there was pretty horrifying.

I have to say though, that if you're looking for a book to scare your pants off, and do it right from the beginning and often, this book probably isn't the one you want. Everyone is differ...more
Sharon Roy
Definately one of his best books.Has vivid descriptions of the main characters thoughts and feelings throughout, because of his age everything is still new and things await discovery which dont always turn out as you'd hope but the journey is the best part of childhood the destination not always as important.
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Phil Reads
Boy, did this book ever disappoint me. Prior to reading this novel, my whole experience with Peter Straub had been reading his collaboration with Stephen King, The Talisman. I loved that book, and I know that King is a huge booster of Straub, so I was really highly anticipating reading this one.

After a good start with plenty of creeping dread, this novel completely falls apart in the second half. By the time I made it three quarters of the way through, I was really just hoping that the experienc
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Caddy Rowland
Very, very strange. Transported me to a very erie place.
Joyce Jellison
read it in ninth grade and loved it for years....
Kaethe
Thirty years ago I loved this book. It still has redeeming qualities, but it isn't pure awesome. It has some flaws. For one thing, the form is a muddle. the narrarator is a reporter who is putting together bits of this story he's heard from Tom Flanagan about events that took place twenty years earlier, much of which consists of stories told by his friend's uncle and/or fairy tales that Tom read for school. At the end of the book we have some notes by the reporter who did a little digging to try...more
Paul Dinger
I had this book several times in my life. I was spellbound by Straub's earlier effort Ghost Story which is an excellent chiller. However, I later came across a collection of short stories that was so dreadful, and at the time I was in an anti genre novel mood, that I never tried again. I did however enjoy the Floating Dragon and so I searched out this book and decided to give it another go. I am glad that I did. This is a chiller Charles Williams would have loved, it is full of his touches, the...more
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Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse. The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.

When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more
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