For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder.
Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (T...more
"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
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
Ghost Story both draws from, and significan...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
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
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 more than an over-the-top, o...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 th...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
My favorite character is Ricky Hawthorne, a thoroughly unexpected hero. Ricky is a mild-mannered, elderly gentleman whose main source of...more
((and why can't these GD comment corners have spell check so I don't have to second guess words lik NECESSARY!?!?!?!?!))
Fifty years after a group of men accidentally kill a woman named Eva Galli, they meet to tell ghost stories as the well dressed, whiskey-sipping “Chowder Society,” but never mention Eva. They begin to have spooky, propheti...more
I read a good chunk and was bored out of my mind. So I re-read reviews on Goodreads.com and kept telling myself that it will get better, oh, it MUST get better! But as I droned on and on reading this novel felt more like a chore than it did enjoyable. Many will...more
To my great disappointment, I haven't liked anything else I've read by Straub at all -- but this book is a delight, from the profoundly d...more
Horror lit is one of my favorite genres (I know, I'm a man of low class tastes), and when I perused Flavorwire's 50 Scariest Books of All Time list I was sure I would get some good suggestions. I'd already read 19 of the suggestions, andI don't like gore, really, or descriptions of torture, so some of the books didn't strike my fancy. But ghost stories? Stories of the supernatural? That's right down my strike zone. For that reason,I was pretty excited about the 4th...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
I think it is impossible to discuss Staub with out touching on his similarity in writing style to Stephen King. They are both masterful story tellers that can weave a wicked and macabre tale but they both make you work for it a bit by being very wordy and, at times, overly descriptive. Strau...more
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