(1943 - )
Born in Milwaukee, Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, most recently A Dark Matter. In the Night Room and Lost Boy, Lost Girl are winners of the Bram Stoker Award, as is his collection 5 Stories. Straub is the editor of numerous anthologies, including the two-volume The American Fantastic Tale from the Library of America. He lives in Brooklyn.
Peter Straub recommends
To Wake the Dead (1980)
"The book Ramsey Campbell readers have been waiting for...affects the reader for days afterward...it makes death itself look sweet because of the ghastly things that can happen this side of death."
Books of Blood Volume 1 (1981)
"Clive Barker has been an amazing writer from his first appearance, with the great gifts of invention and commitment to his own vision stamped on every page."
Small World (1981)
"So clever it could cut your skin. Tabitha King knows how to create suspense. She has a unique and self-possessed view of things and a talent for the grotesque."
The Nestling (1982)
Charles L Grant
"It's entertaining, suspenseful, but it's a lot of other things too...and while it's nasty enough to give us a kick in the shins, it is oddly tender towards the world."
X, Y (1993)
"Michael Blumlein is a real genius...I don't think anybody is going to be able to imitate him."
The Hook (2000)
Donald E Westlake
"THE HOOK begins with an agreement signed in blood and smoothly, unobtrusively, gracefully, relentlessly moves toward absolute devastation. This is Donald E. Westlake at the top of his form, writing with the power and confidence of a master and keeping the reader dazzled and agape all the way to the last sentence."
The Shooting Gallery (2002)
(Detective Yablonsky, book 2)
"Joseph Trigoboff knows what he's talking about. In THE SHOOTING GALLERY, he guides us, like a clear-eyed combination of Jimmy Breslin and William Burroughs, though the ripely urban landscape where crooked judges, wised-up journalists, hypocritical politicians and weary cops define the reality the rest of us, whether we know it or not, have to live with. Trigoboff's ear is pitch perfect, and his heart is where it should be."
Six Bad Things (2005)
(Hank Thompson, book 2)
"Six Bad Things rocks and rolls from the first page. This is one mean, cols, slit-eyed mother of a book."
The Keeper (2006)
"[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career."
David J Schow
"Smart, scathing, and verbally inventive to an astonishing degree, David J. Schow is one of the most interesting writers of his generation."
"It's a bright, dazzling world that might have been plotted by a consortium of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and Don DeLillo."
The Soul Collector (2011)
Tracy L Carbone
"The Soul Collector is an involving and suspenseful story filled with charm, warmth, and derring-do and its heroine, Abby McNabb, is going to win over lots and lots of new readers. Tracey Carbone is off to a wonderful start."
"Mormama deep Florida Noir often reads like a blissful combo of Joyce Carol Oates at her most sizzling and James M. Cain at his most doom-haunted. After this novel effortlessly drags you in, it keeps jabbing forks into you to make sure it has your full attention. Unflaggingly smart, inventive, and weirdly, brusquely funny."
The Prague Sonata (2017)
"Bradford Morrow has written his masterpiece. The Prague Sonata is a rich, joyous, complex journey into the city of Prague, the claims made upon us by music, and several dark, dark corners of human experience. In the right hands, as here, the novel can throw open its windows, rear up on its back legs, and tear off down the street, singing at the top of its lungs."
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"Filled with terror, wit and unexpected grace notes, it’s a remarkable achievement that reflects the arc of a lengthy and celebrated career.”
—The Washington Post
"These stories take a while to work on you. Reflection and rereading is sometimes necessary. But nobody said art is always easy and readers who invest in this collection will feel more rewarded than not.”
“Peter Straub's shorter fictions are like tiny novels you drown in: perfectly pitched, terrifyingly smart, big-hearted, dangerous, and even cruel….If you care about the short story, you should read this book, and watch a master at work.”
—NEIL GAIMAN, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
"Straub has a proven knack for black humor, and he coaxes the nightmarish out of the mundane with startling ease. This is a powerful collection from an enduring favorite in literary chills.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"These stories show [Straub] ranging far and high into the uplands of literary fiction without ever leaving behind the dark impulses and fears that make his work so powerful.”
—John Crowley, author of Little, Big and the Aegypt Cycle