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Peter Straub

USA flag (1943 - 2022)

Born in Milwaukee, Peter Straub was the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. In the Night Room and Lost Boy, Lost Girl were winners of the Bram Stoker Award, as was his collection 5 Stories. Straub was the editor of numerous anthologies, including the two-volume The American Fantastic Tale from the Library of America.

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Literary Fiction
Blue Rose
   1. Koko (1988)
   2. Mystery (1990)
   3. The Throat (1993)
   Blue Rose (1995)
   The Juniper Tree (2010)
   Ishmael (poems) (1972)
   Open Air (poems) (1972)
   Houses without Doors (1990)
   Ghosts (1995)
   Magic Terror (1997)
   5 Stories (2008)
   Interior Darkness (2016)
Graphic Novels
Series contributed to
Anthology series
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Peter Straub
Short stories
Hunger: An Introduction
Blue Rose [short story] (1985)
The Juniper Tree [short story] (1988)Bram Stoker (nominee)
A Short Guide to the City (1990)
The Kingdom of Heaven (1991)
The Ghost Village (1992)World Fantasy
Fee (1994)World Fantasy (nominee)
In Transit (1995) (with Benjamin Straub)
Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff (1998)World Fantasy (nominee)
Bram Stoker
Pork Pie Hat [short story] (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
The Geezers (2000)

World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1981) : Shadowland
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1984) : Floating Dragon
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Talisman
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1989) : The Juniper Tree [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (1989) : Koko
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1991) : Houses without Doors
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1991) : Houses without Doors
World Fantasy Best Novella winner (1993) : The Ghost Village
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (1994) : The Throat
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1994) : The Throat
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1995) : Fee
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Hellfire Club
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1997) : The Hellfire Club
Bram Stoker Best Novellette winner (1999) : Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff
British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Pork Pie Hat [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1999) : Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2000) : Mr. X
Bram Stoker Best Collection winner (2001) : Magic Terror
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2001) : Magic Terror
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2002) : Black House
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2004) : In the Night Room
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2004) : Lost Boy Lost Girl

Peter Straub recommends
An Affair of Sorcerers (1979)
(Mongo, book 3)
George C Chesbro
"Beautifully plotted and assured...the work of a master."
To Wake the Dead (1980)
Ramsey Campbell
"The book Ramsey Campbell readers have been waiting for...affects the reader for days makes death itself look sweet because of the ghastly things that can happen this side of death."
Books of Blood Volume 1 (1981)
(Books of Blood, book 1)
Clive Barker
"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)
Tabitha King
"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."
The Uninvited (1982)
John Farris
"One of the giants of contemporary psychological horror. The evil in The Uninvited is utterly convincing."
The Night of the Ripper (1984)
Robert Bloch
"The sort of book that just grabs you and makes you read it."
Sympathy for the Devil (1987)
(Hanson, book 1)
Kent Anderson
"Kent Anderson has outwritten just about everybody who preceded him in trying to make fictional sense out of the war... a very brave book."
Billy (1990)
Whitley Strieber
"An amazingly gripping book... a knockout."
Boy's Life (1991)
Robert R McCammon
"Just gorgeous...I loved it."
X, Y (1993)
Michael Blumlein
"Michael Blumlein is a real genius...I don't think anybody is going to be able to imitate him."
California Gothic (1995)
Dennis Etchison
"One of horror's most exciting talents."
Lizard Wine (1995)
Elizabeth Engstrom
"Sleek, nasty, perfectly focused, smart as hell, absolutely convincing."
Impulse (1996)
Rick Hautala
"Rick Hautala's writing shines with dedication, hard-earned craft and devotion."
Strangewood (1999)
Christopher Golden
"A notable achievement ... wildly inventive."
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."
Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep (2000)
Alan Rodgers
"Mama Ghost really must be one of the best, and certainly one of the most disturbing, horror stories written during the last decade and a half."
Judas Eyes (2001)
(Eyes , book 3)
Barry Hoffman
"Leagues ahead of almost anything these days passing as horror or suspense fiction."
The Shooting Gallery (2002)
(Detective Yablonsky, book 2)
Joseph Trigoboff
"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."
My Father's Ghost (2002)
Suzy McKee Charnas
"A supremely unsentimental, beautifully observed, and forgiving memoir."
Nightmare House (2002)
(Harrow Academy, book 3)
Douglas Clegg
"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction."
Scream Queen (2003)
Edo van Belkom
"This novel knows where it is going and intends to get there with no wasted motion."
Mortal Love (2004)
Elizabeth Hand
"I think she has written the best book of her generation."
An Invisible Woman (2004)
Anne Strieber
"Anne Strieber is in the class of writers like Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown."
Josie and Jack (2005)
Kelly Braffet
"I couldn't stop reading this marvelous book."
Six Bad Things (2005)
(Hank Thompson, book 2)
Charlie Huston
"Six Bad Things rocks and rolls from the first page. This is one mean, cols, slit-eyed mother of a book."
Shriek (2006)
(Ambergris, book 2)
Jeff VanderMeer
"Playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly imaginative."
The Keeper (2006)
Sarah Langan
"[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career."
The Screaming Room (2007)
(John Driscoll, book 2)
Thomas O'Callaghan
"O'Callaghan has scorched his way into the first rank of writers."
No Further Messages (2007)
Brett Savory
"Savory deserves to make a great impression on both our highly mutable genre and the reading public."
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008)
Ellen Datlow
"Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America."
The Gargoyle (2008)
Andrew Davidson
"The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement."
Everdead (2008)
Rio Youers
"One of the most vital, most exciting young talents to come along in this decade."
The Dragon Factory (2010)
(Joe Ledger, book 2)
Jonathan Maberry
"Heated, violent and furious."
Internecine (2010)
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."
One Who Disappeared (2011)
(First Republic trilogy, book 3)
David Herter
Loss of Separation (2011)
Conrad Williams
"Williams possesses a fearless heart and an absolutely gorgeous soul."
Hide Me Among the Graves (2011)
Tim Powers
"Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear."
The Twenty-Year Death (2012)
Ariel S Winter
"The Twenty-Year Death is an absolute astonishment. Ariel S. Winter manages to channel three iconic crime writers and pull off a riveting story of a two-decade ruination in which it is the things not said that somehow have the loudest echoes."
Three Graves Full (2013)
Jamie Mason
"Mason's aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace."
Bird Box (2014)
(Bird Box , book 1)
Josh Malerman
"This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes – it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration."
In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015)
Ruth Ware
"I started IN A DARK, DARK WOOD on an airplane, kept dipping into it whenever I was left alone, devoured another big chunk on the flight home, and after that surrendered myself to it until the last revelation had bloomed, the final surprise had exploded, and the bittersweet conclusive turn had folded the final page. Ruth Ware has written an exciting, and in fact amazing book that never stops circling around behind the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes."
The Night Ocean (2017)
Paul La Farge
"A whole damned hustling heart-broken double-talking meaning-haunted world it is a privilege to enter."
Mormama (2017)
Kit Reed
"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."
Wicked Wonders (2017)
Ellen Klages
"This is a woman who knows that Clarity and simplicity can piece the heart."
The Prague Sonata (2017)
Bradford Morrow
"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."
Bedfellow (2018)
Jeremy C Shipp
"One of the most vital younger writers to have colonized horror literature in the past decade."
Looker (2019)
Laura Sims
"This intense, gripping first novel shoehorns us into a gathering disquiet and sense of dread, heightened at every turn by our sympathetic understanding of her relentlessly unraveling protagonist. The precise, observant writing slips through the skin without ever calling attention to itself."
Empress of Forever (2019)
Max Gladstone
"Empress of Forever [demonstrates] the strength, power, and originality at his command. A deep, cellular-level enchantment filled at every turn with curiosity and delight."
Dead Sky (2019)
(Sky, book 2)
Weston Ochse
"A wised-up, clued-in, completely trustworthy writer of high-action fiction."

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