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Ghost Story [Kindle Edition]

Peter Straub
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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It began shortly after the party at which one of their members, Edward Wanderley, had died � or was killed. The Chowder Society, who for years had met in customary evening dress with the object of telling each other tales of every kind, now found themselves drawn towards the supernatural. It was some sort of solace for Edward�s loss. They began to tell ghost stories, extraordinary ghost stories . . . ghost stories that did not always stop when the teller finished speaking . . . Then came the dreams, shared simultaneously by the Chowder Society members, forecasting horrors the four ageing men can scarcely bring themselves to discuss. And now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past � and get away with murder.


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One of the great classics of modern horror!

About the Author

Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels including The Talisman (with Stephen King), Koko, The Hellfire Club and Mr. X. His latest novel is Black House, the much-anticipated sequel to The Talisman, also written with Stephen King. He has won the British Fantasy Award, three Bram Stoker Awards and two World Fantasy Swards. He lives in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJ1ZP0K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Story (1981) 6 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ghost Story (1981) by Peter Straub is, I believe, one of the best horror novels written during the twentieth century. I have a vague list of my top twentieth-century genre novels in the back of my mind; these include Robert Bloch, Psycho (1959), Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), Jack Finney, The Body Snatchers (1955), Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs (1988), Robert Heinlein, The Puppet Masters (1951), Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959), Stephen King, It (1986), John D MacDonald, The Executioners aka Cape Fear (1962), Richard Matheson, I Am Legend (1954) ... and of course, Ghost Story.

The novel begins with two characters: Donald Wanderley and a teenage girl, who he may or may not have kidnapped. It then switches to the Chowder Society, and one year previous. Milburn, Upstate New York, winter: four elderly men meet up to tell ghost stories (they have been doing this for fifty years). There used to be five of them, but one passed away the year before with a look of horror on his face. The remaining four have since suffered nightmares relating to an inadvertent act carried out during their past. They now decide they can bury a dark past relating to their youth and possibly an act of murder.

Stephen King said of Ghost Story that it is ''the best of the supernatural novels to be published in [...] the 1970s.'' This ode to Henry James's Turn of the Screw offers strong characters, a solid plot, plenty of twists and turns, and a chill around each turn of the page. It surely marks the watershed era of Straub, his other defining offerings being Julia (1975) and If You Could See Me Now (1977). This is a weighty novel in terms of word count; and yet, reading it does not seem a chore. Rather, the text is fluid and before you know it the last page is finished and you hunger for more. That, above all else, is the mark of a good writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and influential - King owes a debt 22 Sept. 2011
By Maoster
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This is one of the best supernatural stories I have ever read. Really have no idea why some reviewers can't finish it or find it boring, I had to literally stop myself reading it or would have carried on all night. The finely drawn atmosphere of dread and menace increases throughout the book and is allied to superb characterisation and an intricate, page turning plot. I am a huge fan of Stephen King and have read all his books, and especially like IT, the Stand and the Talisman (which Straub co-wrote). I can now clearly see where some of his influences come from and it is this book - small town America under attack, the ever present threat from the past and non human beings whose malevolence is almost beyond comprehension.

IF YOU LIKE STEPHEN KING YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's the worst thing you've ever done? 9 April 2012
By Acton
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'Ghost Story' is a must-read for fans of fiction. It ranks as one of Straub's best, alongside Shadowland and Koko. The story of the 'Chowder Society' and the gradual unraveling of their dark mystery is tense, taut, and terrifying. This book zings like a high voltage wire. An unforgettable classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tops on my Straub List 1 Dec. 2002
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This is the best book I've read in the contemporary Horror genre. I've been buying Straub's later books in hopes that he can repeat the performance he carried off in this one and have been dissapointed with the results (Shadowland was a fun read, however).
Actually, in terms of sheer good writing, I would have to rank one of his earliest novels, Julia, as the most comparable. This book really got under my skin and even pervaded my unconscious while I was reading it. I found myself dreaming in Straub's cadences. This is a tour-de-force horror story, and yes, does rival James' The Turn of the Screw in terms of aritistry. Hopefully, sometime Straub will turn out another one of this calibre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best ghost story. 22 Dec. 2014
By Carole
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I love this book. I read it for the first time years ago and enjoyed it then. Purchased it for my kindle and just read it. I think its one of the most frightening stories I have ever read, not sure why, but there are moments when you were full of dread. Was scared to turn off the light when I stopped at my dads. Will wait a few years and read again. Loved the film too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised 21 Jan. 2014
By Alsirat
Format:Paperback
I am surprised that any reviews are less than enthusiastic about this book. I first read it Christmas 1984. I have re-read it every second Christmas since, and now know great chunks of it by heart. It is still a terrifying book, probably the best book I have ever read. I have read all the other books by Peter Straub, but for me no others come close.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange book 20 Jan. 2008
By froggy
Format:Paperback
OK. I bought this book a few years ago and started to read it........and quit. I just found it too dense and a really hard to get into read. A few weeks ago, I moved home and placing books on the bookshelves, I came across it again and decided to have another go. This time I was not disappointed. I found the book intriguing and quite a page turner. In fact I was quite hooked. I can appreciate this book not being everybody's cup of tea though....... but it is worth giving it a try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 22 Jun. 2014
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a bit long winded but good all the same would read another book from this author at another time
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