Few if any have ever crafted such a fine novel- while Poe's short stories offered a similar punch none have mastered the horror novel like Peter Straub has done with "Ghost Story". While admitedly the story begins very slowly it is elequoently written through-out and is unmatched it terms of shear terror. Shirley Jackson may have written with as much beauty and King may have tales that are simliar in fright,however neither combine both as has Peter Straub in "Ghost Story"
Alas, the film didn't do it justice. This book will suck you in, just trying to make sense of they creepy, incredible sequence of events. Pay close attention to those two sentences at the very beginning, on their own page -- they are the key...
GHOST STORY was the first Straub novel I read, and I still think it's the best. I was getting tired of King's newer stuff and Barker's blood and gore. A friend suggested this novel to me, and it was well worth reading. As I mentioned in another review, I LOVE a movie or novel that confuses me and keeps me interested. It doesn't happen often. Usually, with King or Barker, I have it pretty well figured out within the first 100 pages. For this … more
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Ghost Story is a horror novel by Peter Straub that was published in 1979 by Coward, McCann and Geoghegan. It was adapted into a film in 1981.
The novel was a watershed in Straub's career. Though his earlier books had achieved a limited amount of critical and commercial success, Ghost Story became a national bestseller and cemented the author's reputation.
Stephen King, in his non-fiction review of the horror medium, Danse Macabre, lists Ghost Story as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century and provides a lengthy review within its "Horror Fiction" section.