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Ghost Story by Peter Straub
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May 08, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, paranormal

A few words i found by Stephen King about this novel
"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 potential much wider than the readership of such defunct magazines as Weird Tales and Unknown or the paperback reissues of Arkham House books.* ”


This was a real haunting good read, the story drives you crazy in places with characters perceptions of reality being played with by the supernatural.This is my first Straub novel and he writes a plot well and makes you feel you are there amidst the snow filled town slowly falling apart day by day.The story paces well and does not let down, the tale was reminiscent of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.
The review is @ more2read also with a video2watch interview with Peter Straub.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 8, 2010 – Shelved
January 24, 2012 – Shelved as: horror
January 24, 2012 – Shelved as: paranormal

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message 1: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes This is one of my all time favorite horror novels. I read several more, including some of those he co-wrote with SK, but this remains, for me, his best.

Nice payload on the concentrated release of good scary.


message 2: by Lea (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lea I agree with Will! Love this book!


message 3: by Lou (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lou Was a good story need to re-read it.


message 4: by Bethica (new)

Bethica This isn't released on Kindle yet! Grr I hate that. I'll have to remember to try it out whenever it reaches the e-book format.


message 5: by Lou (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lou Bethica wrote: "This isn't released on Kindle yet! Grr I hate that. I'll have to remember to try it out whenever it reaches the e-book format."

Try shopping for a paperback. Thanks for the like


message 6: by Jason (new) - added it

Jason bethica.. i have it on ebook.. so it should be out


message 7: by Stephen (new) - added it

Stephen Soukup It's available for loan at my public county library through the app Overdrive Media Console which lets you use your library card to loan out ebooks or audio books for up to 21 days.


message 8: by Evan (new) - added it

Evan What part of North America are you in, Stephen?


message 9: by Evan (new) - added it

Evan What part of North America are you in, Stephen?


message 10: by tamiagorden (new)

tamiagorden this is Tamia


Ceelee Sunshine I read Ghost Story the first time in the early 80s, only a few years after it came out. I read The Shining that,same autumn and both are to me the best in horror literature.and among my all time favorites. I re-read the book this past spring 2017 and it still holds up as a classic. It is just simply brilliant. I still have my original paperback!


Taffeta I appreciated the atmospheric, mid-winter bleakness...but I didn't like that character of David Wanderley....


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