We talk about straub s concerns when writing it and how he walked the line between horror and literature, while responding to the market pressures on. Straub does a brilliant job of making the characters come alive. The uncle takes it upon himself to teach the two boys the tricks of the trade. A year later, in 1980, he published shadowland, a coming of age novel which can be classified as dark fantasy with horror elements. It was the first book straub wrote following his highly successful ghost story.
Story, the hellfire club, shadowland, and lost boy lost girl. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It is a horror novel that has strong elements of fantasy. Peter straub is one of americas foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. Shadowland by peter straub discussion in book discussion started by vynnil, mar 6, 2016.
Another fantastic novel from peter sraub is the shadowland. Wed love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. The two schools, old and new, are inventions of the author and should not be confused with any existing schools. Shadowland is a superb, underrecognized, early novel from a master of literary terror. Shadowland is a novel by peter straub, first published in 1980 by coward, mccann and geohegen. A past president of the horror writers of america and multiple award. In his first postghost story novel, peter straub turned almost wholly away from the horror genre, and instead published shadowland, a fantasy novel that is deeply informed by fairy tale and myth. I liked, more or less, even peter straub novel ive read so far.
Shadowland by peter straub paperback harpercollins. He is the new york times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic ghost story and the talisman, which he cowrote with stephen king. A dense, complex book that showcases all of straubs impressive skills as a. As is the case when i finish other peter straub novels, i closed koko last night. In this school, del and tom, two freshmen boys fascinated by magic, find each other and form a strong friendship. It is a deeply frustrating novel, but not an uninteresting one.
A past president of the horror writers of america and multiple award winner, he lives in new york city. I cancelled my evening plans and curled on the couch, ready to be scared out of my. After the success of ghost story, straub wrote shadowland, a whimsical horror novel about two young boys who go to spend the summer with a magician uncle. Shadowland by peter straub scary books, good books. Shadowland, by peter straub, is a piece of really excellent highend horror. It turns out that uncle collins is a retired magician and plans on teaching. Peter straub came to prominence in 1979 with ghost story, an old fashioned spooky ghost tale which i wasnt really a fan of though i appreciate it. Peter straubs classic best seller is a work of superb horror washington post book world that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares. Peter straub books in order publication order of talisman books. Shadowland by peter straub creative writing forums. Shadowland is one of those books that perfectly fits the description of hard to put down. It is scary, terrorizing full of fiction that makes the reader never want to stop perusing.835 170 674 521 115 1065 1579 1549 406 1033 439 1018 903 1585 999 106 732 1064 1517 1178 345 215 1529 870 1234 253 1221 818 1473 1397 1068 882 508 1317 1415 452 734 350 273 1349 831