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Peter Straub (1) (1943–2022)

Author of The Talisman

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

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
Image credit: photo by Bernard Gotfryd, 1984

Series

Works by Peter Straub

The Talisman (1984) 9,822 copies
Black House (2001) 7,517 copies
Ghost Story (1979) — Author — 3,794 copies
Shadowland (1980) — Author — 1,627 copies
Koko (1988) 1,452 copies
Floating Dragon (1983) 1,380 copies
Mystery (1990) 1,162 copies
Lost Boy Lost Girl (2003) 1,157 copies
The Throat (1993) 1,045 copies
The Hellfire Club (1996) 1,028 copies
Mr. X (1999) 859 copies
A Dark Matter (2010) 785 copies
In the Night Room (2004) 763 copies
Houses Without Doors (1990) 665 copies
Julia (1976) 524 copies
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Editor; Contributor — 454 copies
If You Could See Me Now (1977) 428 copies
Magic Terror (2000) 390 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now (2009) — Editor; Contributor — 263 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Editor; Contributor — 197 copies
Blue Rose (1995) 179 copies
Mrs. God (1990) 150 copies
Pork Pie Hat (2010) 135 copies
The Talisman [and] Black House (1984) — Author — 103 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Editor — 92 copies
The Green Woman (2010) 86 copies
Under Venus (1984) 56 copies
Sides (2007) 47 copies
5 Stories (2008) 45 copies
The Buffalo Hunter (2012) 35 copies
The WaveDancer Benefit (2002) 22 copies
The Skylark (2009) 22 copies
Marriages (1973) 18 copies
Perdido (2015) 16 copies
The General's Wife (1982) 10 copies
4 Killers (Anthology 4-in-1) (2013) — Contributor — 8 copies
Ashputtle {short story} (2007) 6 copies
Superhorror (1990) 4 copies
Open Air (1972) 2 copies
Mystery/If This was Happiness/The Minotaur/Mothers (1990) — Contributor — 2 copies
Ghosts 1 copy
Isn't It Romantic? (2000) 1 copy
Fee 1 copy

Associated Works

Dracula (1897) — Introduction, some editions — 34,678 copies
The Sandman: Brief Lives (1994) — Afterword — 5,485 copies
The Stepford Wives (1972) — Introduction, some editions — 3,034 copies
Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contributor — 1,380 copies
Black Thorn, White Rose (1994) — Contributor — 1,112 copies
Too Many Cooks (1938) — Introduction, some editions — 977 copies
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (2004) — Contributor — 666 copies
Are You Loathsome Tonight?: A Collection of Short Stories (1998) — Introduction — 597 copies
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror (1988) — Contributor — 595 copies
Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (2000) — Introduction, some editions — 548 copies
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contributor — 454 copies
The Wine-Dark Sea (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 425 copies
Last Days (2010) — Introduction, some editions — 397 copies
Happily Ever After (2011) — Contributor — 294 copies
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contributor — 273 copies
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Contributor — 259 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 216 copies
Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King (1982) — Introduction — 165 copies
The Museum of Horrors (2001) — Contributor — 148 copies
My Favorite Horror Story (2007) — Introduction — 139 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four (2012) — Contributor — 135 copies
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Contributor — 132 copies
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contributor — 129 copies
Cutting Edge (1985) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Monstrous (2015) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 113 copies
Rage Against the Night (2011) — Contributor — 112 copies
Hauntings (2013) — Contributor — 111 copies
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contributor — 97 copies
Metahorror (1988) — Contributor — 91 copies
Borderlands 4 (1994) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 10 (1999) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Contributor — 81 copies
Horror: Another 100 Best Books (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 81 copies
Best New Horror 2 (1991) — Contributor — 77 copies
Halloween (2011) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine (2017) — Contributor — 71 copies
Murder for Revenge (1998) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror (2010) — Contributor — 69 copies
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top (2012) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (2014) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 60 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 55 copies
Best New Horror 4 (1993) — Contributor — 53 copies
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (1994) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mists from Beyond (1993) — Contributor — 50 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 50 copies
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contributor — 43 copies
Turn Down the Lights (2013) — Contributor — 43 copies
Shadows of Fear (1994) — Contributor — 43 copies
Taverns of the Dead (2005) — Contributor — 41 copies
Dark Screams: Volume Three (2015) — Contributor — 41 copies
Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers (2000) — Contributor — 32 copies
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (2018) — Contributor — 31 copies
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny (2013) — Contributor — 30 copies
Murder on the Run (Anthology 11-in-1) (1998) — Contributor — 29 copies
Murder Among Friends (Anthology 11-in-1) (2000) — Contributor — 27 copies
Dark Terrors 2 (1996) — Contributor — 24 copies
Ghost Story [1981 film] (2004) — Original book — 24 copies
Nightmare Magazine, October 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 24 copies
Dark Terrors (1996) — Contributor — 22 copies
Murder in the Family (Anthology 12-in-1) (2002) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Giant Book of Terror (1994) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories (1995) — Contributor — 18 copies
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
Detours (2015) — Author — 14 copies
The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 14 copies
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown [2008 film] (2008) — Self — 14 copies
Halloween Carnival Volume 5 (2017) — Author — 13 copies
Cemetery Dance Issue 61 (2009) 11 copies
Best New Horror #26: Anthology edited by Stephen Jones (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Legacies (2010) — Contributor — 8 copies
Night Shapes (Limited) (Signed) (1995) — Introduction — 8 copies
Nightmare Magazine, September 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 6 copies
By Moonlight Only (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine | May 1982 (1982) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fear #16 — Interview — 1 copy

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THE DEEP ONES: "The Buffalo Hunter" by Peter Straub in The Weird Tradition (December 2022)
RIP Peter Straub in The Weird Tradition (October 2022)
Nov./Dec. 2012 SK's Flavor of the Month - Black House in King's Dear Constant Readers (February 2014)
January 2010's SK Flavor of the Month - The Talisman in King's Dear Constant Readers (April 2010)

Reviews

I would strongly recommend you read The Talisman before starting Black House. This book resurrects our hero, Jack Sawyer—twelve in the first book and thirty-one in the second book. Jack first discovered he could flip to the Territories as a child. After saving The Talisman, he grew up and became a detective in L.A. When he moves to French Landing, a small rural town in Coulee County, Wisconsin, to retire, he's quickly caught up in the hunt for a killer dubbed The Fisherman, who kidnaps, tortures, and eats children. (Yes, gross.) Paired with an unlikely group of people, including bikers, a blind man, and a crazy woman in Ward D, Jack discovers the Black House and The Big Combination—a harrowing pit where slave children struggle to break the beams that hold The Tower in place. If you've read The Tower series, you'll know exactly what that means. The Krimson King is alive and well in French Landing, and Stephen King is at the top of his game. Six hundred twenty-seven pages fly by while Jack fights the good fight against the creepy bad dudes.… (more)
 
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PaulaGalvan | 77 other reviews | Jan 19, 2024 |
So...I found the last few chapters the most interesting and fans of the Dark Tower series...if you have never read this you should. I believe that series was born inside this book....

 
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Becky_From_Kansas | 77 other reviews | Jan 8, 2024 |
this is my first Straub novel not counting the books he does with Stephen king and I don't know if i loved it but I liked it. interesting concept all and all a good way to spend 2 days.
 
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b00kdarling87 | 10 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
I was hugely disappointed in this book. It is the story of a young teen that becomes obsessed with an empty house on the other side of the alley where he lives. It is a house that horrible murders took place many years prior. His mom knows the secret of the house and she ends of committing suicide and then the boy disappears. There is a serial killer on the loose and the assumption is he was now a victim of this man. There were parts of the story that were quite interesting but it did jump around a bit and I just, honestly, was not impressed with how this one went.… (more)
 
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KyleneJones | 28 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |

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Members
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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