Two monstrous evils.
This quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors.
One is natural. The hideous, unstoppable creation of man's power gone mad.
The other is not natural at all. And it makes the first look like a child's play.
The plot in a nutshell
What you’ve got here is essentially a town that is periodically plagued by a sequence of terrible events: serial killings; disappearances; children dying under mysterious circumstances. This only happens once every generation and only the i...more
As a novel, Floating Dragon operates on the ever familiar canvas of "horror in a small town", popularized in the 70's by Salem's Lot. While Salem's Lot was lean, swift and fast-paced, Straub's novel is much longer, much more com...more
First off, I found that this novel’s strength was also its weakness. Early on in the novel, Straub delves into Hampstead’s history, a Connecticut town that almost literally goes all to hell. The town, and its inhabitants, are in terrible trouble from more than one facet of evil, si...more
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I had just read Ghost Story and found it original, frightening, and enjoyable...so I picked this one up in paperback. It's the book that put me off Peter Straub for years. I won't go into great detail here, but frankly instead of frightening I found this one while at times disgusting also to be almost silly. The pathetic pervert tu...more
I original read this book over 2 decades ago, and on the back of that thought that this was a 3 star read. Since re-reading this book I have re-evaluated this and given it a 4 star rating. Up until the last third of the book I was certain that I was going to give the book 5 stars. I loved the way that Straub built the story and the characters, mixing each of their...more
I give the first 610 pages five stars. If you read it and find your opinion slipping toward the end, stop reading and savor the first 98 percent.
BTW, and I am not exaggerating... there was a violent scene in this novel that was so brilliantly written I felt faint after reading it.
Below there be spoilers....
Straub, like many other authors in this genre, writes himself into a corner by creating a truly frightening and powerful evil that must be defeated by one or more protagonist(s) who, in order for the reader to identify with them, must be fundamentally normal people with only a small portion of "specialness" that will allow them to triumph....more
Come "It" di Stephen King anche il "Il drago del male" racconta la storia di un'entità malvagia che periodic...more
After I read (and was completely scared shitless) by Ghost Story in high school, I was afraid to read anything else by Straub. I remember passing up Shadowland and this book; by then I was in...more
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The populace of affluent Hampstead, Connecticut, and its outlying regions are unknowingly facing the fallout of leaked bioweapon DRG-16. Simultaneously a generation-dormant supernatural evil awakens to claim vengeance on the descendants of four families that had defeated its previous incarnations. This unusual mix of mad science and outright supernatural horror is a rare combination, and Straub's attempt is a worthwhile...more
Género. Narrativa fantástica.
Lo que nos cuenta. En la acomodada población de Hampstead hay un mal que vuelve a manifestarse cada cierto tiempo. Ahora, un accidente en un laboratorio de armas químicas libera el peligroso gas DRG-16, que flotando en la atmosfera llega hasta Hampstead, donde por primera vez en bastantes años vuelven a coincidir los descendientes de los fundadores d...more
Peter Straub seems to be an author that many people know from his collaborations with Stephen King and are wary of. I know that I always ha...more
When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more