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Peter Straub (1) [1943–2022]

This page covers the author of The Talisman.

For other authors named Peter Straub, see the disambiguation page.

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Author Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1943. He earned degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. He taught English at his former high school for three years and worked for a time on his doctorate in Ireland. He began writing in 1969 and published two books of poetry in 1972. His novel Julia (1975) was an attempt to find a successful genre in which to work, after his first novel, Marriages (1973), did not sell well. He found that he had a talent for writing horror thrillers in the Gothic tradition. His stories are complex and well paced, with authentic settings that add to the believability of the plot. He is particularly good at creating grotesque characters and gruesome situations; the eeriness of his work is captivating. He has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Talisman 9,056 copies, 112 reviews
Black House 6,872 copies, 68 reviews
Ghost Story 3,440 copies, 108 reviews
Shadowland 1,505 copies, 19 reviews
KoKo 1,333 copies, 15 reviews
Floating Dragon 1,226 copies, 8 reviews
Lost Boy Lost Girl 1,072 copies, 26 reviews
Mystery 1,065 copies, 13 reviews
The Throat 972 copies, 6 reviews
The Hellfire Club 950 copies, 11 reviews
Mr. X 790 copies, 10 reviews
A Dark Matter 722 copies, 41 reviews
In the Night Room 709 copies, 12 reviews
Houses Without Doors 613 copies, 7 reviews
Julia 475 copies, 7 reviews
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (Editor; Contributor) 421 copies, 14 reviews
If You Could See Me Now 378 copies, 4 reviews
Magic Terror 358 copies, 6 reviews
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (Editor; Contributor) 195 copies, 2 reviews
Blue Rose 171 copies, 2 reviews
Mrs. God 139 copies, 12 reviews
Pork Pie Hat 125 copies, 7 reviews
The Talisman [and] Black House (Author) 95 copies, 1 review
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (Editor) 89 copies, 2 reviews
The Green Woman 78 copies, 8 reviews
Under Venus 52 copies
Sides 44 copies, 3 reviews
5 Stories 43 copies, 1 review
The Buffalo Hunter 34 copies, 1 review
The WaveDancer Benefit 22 copies, 1 review
The Skylark 21 copies
Marriages 15 copies
Perdido 12 copies
4 Killers (Anthology 4-in-1) (Contributor) 7 copies
Ashputtle {short story} 6 copies, 1 review
Superhorror 4 copies
Open Air 2 copies
Fee 1 copy
Ghosts 1 copy
Dracula (Introduction, some editions) 30,682 copies, 569 reviews
The Sandman: Brief Lives (Afterword) 5,147 copies, 59 reviews
The Stepford Wives (Introduction, some editions) 2,745 copies, 80 reviews
Stories: All-New Tales (Contributor) 1,268 copies, 64 reviews
Black Thorn, White Rose (Contributor) 1,067 copies, 9 reviews
Too Many Cooks (Introduction, some editions) 906 copies, 23 reviews
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (Contributor) 646 copies, 10 reviews
Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (Introduction, some editions) 486 copies, 5 reviews
American Gothic Tales (Contributor) 416 copies, 5 reviews
The Wine-Dark Sea (Introduction, some editions) 378 copies, 10 reviews
Last Days (Introduction, some editions) 308 copies, 17 reviews
Happily Ever After (Contributor) 268 copies, 3 reviews
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (Contributor) 242 copies, 4 reviews
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (Contributor) 238 copies, 6 reviews
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (Contributor) 195 copies, 3 reviews
Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King (Introduction) 150 copies, 2 reviews
The Museum of Horrors (Contributor) 143 copies, 5 reviews
My Favorite Horror Story (Introduction) 130 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four (Contributor) 119 copies, 8 reviews
Cutting Edge (Contributor) 116 copies
Rage Against the Night (Contributor) 97 copies, 2 reviews
Hauntings (Contributor) 96 copies, 5 reviews
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (Contributor) 93 copies, 4 reviews
The Monstrous (Contributor) 93 copies, 6 reviews
Foundations of Fear (Contributor) 92 copies, 2 reviews
Metahorror (Contributor) 86 copies
Borderlands 4 (Contributor) 83 copies
Horror: Another 100 Best Books (Foreword, some editions) 77 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (Contributor) 75 copies, 1 review
Best New Horror 2 (Contributor) 71 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
Halloween (Contributor) 65 copies
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top (Contributor) 64 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 (Contributor) 55 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine (Contributor) 54 copies, 1 review
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (Contributor) 51 copies, 2 reviews
Best New Horror 4 (Contributor) 47 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (Contributor) 47 copies, 2 reviews
The Mists from Beyond (Contributor) 47 copies
Taverns of the Dead (Contributor) 40 copies, 2 reviews
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (Contributor) 39 copies, 1 review
Dark Screams: Volume Three (Contributor) 38 copies, 16 reviews
Turn Down the Lights (Contributor) 36 copies, 4 reviews
Murder Among Friends (Anthology 11-in-1) (Contributor) 27 copies, 1 review
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (Contributor) 26 copies, 6 reviews
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny (Contributor) 25 copies
Dark Terrors 2 (Contributor) 23 copies
Nightmare Magazine, October 2012 (Contributor) 22 copies, 4 reviews
Dark Terrors (Contributor) 21 copies
The Giant Book of Terror (Contributor) 19 copies
Murder in the Family (Anthology 12-in-1) (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
Ghost Story [1981 film] (Original book) 15 copies, 1 review
Detours (Author) 14 copies
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (Contributor) 12 copies
Halloween Carnival Volume 5 (Author) 11 copies, 5 reviews
Night Shapes (Limited) (Signed) (Introduction) 8 copies
Legacies (Contributor) 8 copies
Nightmare Magazine, September 2013 (Contributor) 6 copies, 3 reviews
By Moonlight Only (Contributor) 3 copies
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