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Ghost Story by Peter Straub
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Feb 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-pre-12-07, own, fiction
Read from September 19 to 25, 2010 — I own a copy

A re-read of one of my all-time favorite horror novels. I've read it perhaps three or four times now, and every time it manages to creep me out. I think it might be one of Straub's best novels in terms of horror; it slowly builds until what was previously a normal Midwestern town has turned into something as horrible as the Overlook Hotel in King's The Shining.

My favorite character is Ricky Hawthorne, a thoroughly unexpected hero. Ricky is a mild-mannered, elderly gentleman whose main source of companionship are the twice-monthly meetings of the Chowder Society, a fancy name for four old friends who wear evening dress, drink a little good scotch, and tell each other stories. They used to be five old friends, until last year, when Edward Wanderley died unexpectedly at a party given by one of the other Chowder Society members. Since then, the members of the Chowder Society have been plagued by terrible nightmares and a feeling that an incident from the distant past is come back to haunt them. In the hopes of setting their minds at rest, they invite Edward's nephew Don, a horror novelist, to come visit them and (as is the unspoken hope) to tell them they're a bunch of old fools imagining things. What they don't realize is that when Don comes to town, he will be the final element in unleashing an ancient horror...
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