Sides by Peter Straub

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Over twenty years in the making, SIDES represents the first ever collection of non-fiction by bestselling author Peter Straub. Featuring introductions, essays, afterwords, and even a "frivolity" along with the collected works of Putney Tyson Ridge, Straub's "self-invented human speed bump and alter ego" this collection presents a rare glimpse into the author's tastes and personal musings on topics ranging from The Stepford Wives and Dracula to Lawrence Block and Stephen King.

Also included is "The Fantasy of Everyday Life", Straub's Guest-of-Honor speech at the 1998 International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, and "Mom", an essay that appeared in a book that combined short stories written by mother-son partnerships with essays written by male writers about their mothers. The "frivolity" here "Why Electricman Lives in New York" was written for an anthology celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of New York Is Book Country.

This long awaited collection closes with Putney Tyson Ridge's reviews and commentaries on every Peter Straub book published since the 1970s.

SIDES is a unique and exclusive Cemetery Dance book, with no other editions planned anywhere in the world!
 

About Peter Straub

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Author Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1943. He earned degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. He taught English at his former high school for three years and worked for a time on his doctorate in Ireland. He began writing in 1969 and published two books of poetry in 1972. His novel Julia (1975) was an attempt to find a successful genre in which to work, after his first novel, Marriages (1973), did not sell well. He found that he had a talent for writing horror thrillers in the Gothic tradition. His stories are complex and well paced, with authentic settings that add to the believability of the plot. He is particularly good at creating grotesque characters and gruesome situations; the eeriness of his work is captivating. He has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
 
Published June 30, 2007 by Cemetery Dance Publications. 310 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Bestselling horror master Straub's first collection of non-fiction, a mixed bag that will appeal mostly to die-hard fans, includes two decades' worth of introductions (e.g., to an edition of The Stepf

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Bestselling horror master Straub's first collection of non-fiction, a mixed bag that will appeal mostly to die-hard fans, includes two decades' worth of introductions (e.g., to an edition of The Stepford Wives) and a series of odd short essays by Straub's alter ego, fictional critic and academic ...

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