Ghost Story by Peter Straub

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Four men who inadvertently caused the death of a young woman in the 1920s must pay their dues in their old age.

About Peter Straub

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Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. His two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, were international bestsellers. Two of Peter’s most recent novels, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, were winners of the Bram Stoker award. In 2006, he was given the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter and his wife live in New York City.
Published January 1, 1979 by Jonathan Cape. 512 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Erotica, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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One of their members died a year ago, his face contorted with sheer terror, and since then the four remaining members have been sharing the same horrible nightmare in which they see each other already dead.

Apr 01 1979 | Read Full Review of Ghost Story


Call me old fashioned, but I love me a good spooky story on a cold autumn night.

Nov 12 2008 | Read Full Review of Ghost Story

Las Vegas Review Journal

What most frightened him was that he couldn’t be sure if he were dreaming or not: if he could be certain that this was only a dream, then he had only to suffer through it, to wait until whatever it was down there got up to the top of the stairs and burst into the room — the scare would wake him up.

Dec 31 2008 | Read Full Review of Ghost Story

Horror News Net

Interestingly enough, Honeybone did once play a squat hunchback, but it was as a tall posh skeleton.

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Authors like Peter Straub can take an essentially familiar spook story and make it work as a novel because of the solitary hold on the reader and ample time to embroider the details.

Dec 31 1980 | Read Full Review of Ghost Story

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Sam Wiseman 10 Feb 2015

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