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Ghost Story (original 1979; edition 1989)

by Peter Straub

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Title:Ghost Story
Authors:Peter Straub
Info:Pocket Books (1989), Edition: Multiple Printings, Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
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Ghost Story by Peter Straub (1979)

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Not your typical ghost story. An excellent edge-of-your chair thriller. ( )
  turtlesleap | Mar 1, 2017 |
I'd give this 4.25 if I could. This book plays a long game.

It's generally about The Chowder Society, a weekly get-together of four 'old,' lifelong friends from a small town - Ricky, Sears, John and Lewis. The four men share a terrible secret and begin having nightmares. The society is a way to spent time together and release the ghosts of their pasts. Turns out they can't escape the past - there is a ghost who wants vengeance; however, every townsperson carries his or her own ghosts of a sort.

The story starts in earnest about a year after the death of one of the four at a party at one of their homes. From that point, things escalate and the separate ghost stories fuse together and become one. This isn't horror in the sense it's come to mean, but rather a more traditional ghost story with supernatural elements.

Nearly the first 375 pages set the context and provides back story of each of the main characters as well as secondary ones. That part is like the climb and hang of a rollercoaster's biggest, baddest drops just prior to freefall. Then, the drop and you race at breakneck speed to the end. Stick with it- it's worth the ride.

Highly recommended if you're into ghost stories and/or the supernatural.

One note--I read a few reviews where readers DNF because the book opens with an account of a kidnapping and/or killing of a young girl by an older man. It's an unsettling and vague scenario and it's meant to be. However, payoff of the opening comes only at the end. It all makes sense then and it's not exactly what you were led to think.

Recommended. Bonus points for reading when you're housebound during a winter storm. ( )
  angiestahl | Dec 28, 2016 |
Four aged men haunted by an indiscretion in their youth. A classic gothic ghost story.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 1, 2016 |
First animals, then people, are being murdered in an odd way in the small town of Milburn, New York. There seems to be a connection to a group of elderly men, a group of friends, who have known each other since they were young.

The book was good, the second half much better than the first. The first half was a lot of introduction of characters and background information and there was a lot of both of those. Unfortunately, I did lose interest during some parts of the first half of the book. It really picked up for me in the second half, though, as things really got going and got interesting. ( )
1 vote LibraryCin | Sep 4, 2016 |
Horror ( )
  SidWilliams | Aug 17, 2016 |
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The chasm was merely one of the orifices of that pit of blackness that lies beneath us, everywhere. -- The Marble Faun, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ghosts are always hungry. -- R.D. Jameson
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For Valli Shaio and Gregorio Kohon
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What was the worst thing you've ever done?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671685635, Mass Market Paperback)

In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

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" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

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