A Special Place by Peter Straub
The Heart of a Dark Matter

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From the bestselling author of Ghost Story, Shadowland, and The Talisman, a novella-length rumination on the nature of evil.

A Special Place, Peter Straub’s first published novella, will come to stand as one of the author’s most deeply unsettling works of fiction. A rumination on the nature of evil, the story centers on a boy, Keith Hayward, who is drawn by his nature to an irresistible fascination with death and the taking of life. His father’s brother, the good-looking, suave Uncle Till—the infamous ladykiller, who has led a shadowy career as a local celebrity—recognizes his nephew’s innermost nature and gleefully tutors him in art of doing ill without getting caught.

Even a cold-blooded sociopath must learn some lessons in survival, in seems, and Uncle Till is only happy to provide a tutorial, in the latest imaginative and disturbing work from one of America's most celebrated horror writers.
 

About Peter Straub

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Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels. His two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, were international bestsellers. In 2006, he was given the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter and his wife live in New York City.      
 
Published July 20, 2010 by Pegasus. 136 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, news reports about the reappearance of a serial murderer (“the Ladykiller”) enable Keith to recognize “the meshing of two separate calendars, his uncle’s and the murderer’s.” Keith confides his suspicions to Uncle Till, draws Miller deeper into his web, and, at Christmas, presents his ...

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Creepy to the core, this novella shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub's acclaimed A Dark Matter (2010). Young Keith Hayward idolizes his charming, charismatic Uncle Till. When Keith's mo

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When Keith's mother asks Till to talk to Keith after the boy is found dismembering a dead cat, Till recognizes a kindred spirit and begins to instruct Keith on smart, secret ways to pursue his evil endeavors.

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Rather, it’s the way Tobe Hooper put the film together that enabled viewers to think the film was a bloodbath.

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Rather, it’s the way Tobe Hooper put the film together that enabled viewers to think the film was a bloodbath.

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On the cover, scaremeister extraordinaire Stephen King writes, “When Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him.” With his very first sentence, Mr. Straub explains both his title and subtitle: ” ‘You’re going to need a special place only you know about,’ Uncle ...

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