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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425188221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425188224
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Frightening enough to jolt even the most jaded ghost story addict. Straub can write superb horror.’
Washington Post

‘Intriguing and appealing… poised and accomplished.’
Sunday Times

‘Truly fantastic… a work of literary magic.’
Miami Herald

‘Creepy from page one… a grand slam… I loved it.’
STEPHEN KING

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"Frightening enough to jolt even the most jaded ghost story addict. Straub can write superb horror."
WASHINGTON POST

In a private school in New England, a friendship is forged between two boys that will change their lives for ever. As Del Nightingale and Tom Flanagan battle to survive the oppressive regime of bullying and terror overseen by the sadistic headmaster, Del introduces Tom to his world of magic tricks.

But when they escape to spend the summer holiday together at Shadowland – the lakeside estate of Del's uncle – their hobby suddenly takes on much more sinister tones. After a summer exploring the mysteries and terrors of Shadowland nothing will be the same.

"Straub is a master of creating fear out of everyday life."
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"Intriguing and appealing, poised and accomplished."
SUNDAY TIMES

"Truly fantastic… a work of literary magic."
MIAMI HERALD

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
I was looking for an additional horror author to supplement my King collection and Straub seemed a good place to start following his collaboration with King in the 'Talisman'. Initially this book appeared to be a difficult read due to the short punchy style of Straub's writing and the clever way he bamboozal's (is that how you spell it?) the reader by getting the characters to ask constant questions that just never get answered until right at the end. But when you get into it it is just superb - haunted mansions, woods , secret tunnels, magic, wizards, horror , fables , fantasy - he includes the lot, including an ending that doesn't disappoint. If you like horror/fantasy stories that will test your brain aswell as entertain then you will love this. Straub certainly writes in a style that elevates him from some of the juvenile writing of other horror authors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rose on 17 Oct. 2010
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Peter Straub's Shadowland is a rolling ride into undefinded horror that leaves the reader quaking. Prep schools are a nightmare in themselves (for the attendees)Arizona prep schools are something else. Despite the stigma associated with the schools, many fast friendships can be formed among the students. Del and Tom form such a friendship, sharing a childlike curiosity in magic, learning to execute those ever difficult card tricks, dodging a headmaster from hell, and trying to understand why the entire school is suffering from nightmares.

Shadowland is an estate owned by Del's alcholic and slightly mad uncle, a retired magician. Shadowland is a world in itself, as the name implies, for nothing is what it seems. Others live at Shadowland, ones that the boys are not aware of, but suspect. Del's uncle spins tales of wonder, frightening and magical, and everything appears to be tied into Shadowland and it's surrounding areas.

Shadowland is frightening, terrifying, and a nail biting bit of fiction that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Ranking right up there with the kings of horror, Straub has produced another masterpeice!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Acton on 28 April 2010
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One of the best books I have ever read. Was 12 when I first read it, I remember getting it from the local library. The story seared itself into my mind and I find myself returning to it every 10 years or so. Straub is always excellent but with Shadowland he has set a standard that has only been matched by Ghost Story, Koko and The Throat.
Shadowland is the story of a boyhood friendship tested by tragedy, jealousy, and a desire to impress and gain the love of a dubious uncle who appears to be a master magician hellbent on setting the boys against each other. There is true magic at play in Shadowland, but is it white or black? And what is the cost of wielding that magic? The boys will find out as they spend an endless summer with their uncle. Their journey from the school to Shadowland, their adventures there, and the consequences of their rite of passage will haunt you long after you close the book. Straub weaves stories within stories and once again proves that he is a master craftsman.

This book is a must read for fans of great fiction. If you like Clive Barker or Stephen King (or Richard Matheson, or Shirley Jackson) then you will love Shadowland. In fact, try to read Barker's 'The Thief of Always' if you like Shadowland (and vice versa). Shadowland still casts a long shadow.
This edition of the book also has a lovely cover.
ACTON
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dante Gideon on 20 Jun. 2001
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This is quite simply one of the best books I have read. The story is the classic young innocent against evil older power; the main character initially learns from the evil elder, and is forced to confront him in the end. All of the character's stories are explored both in the present and the past through brilliant use of storytelling and description, it is a true classic. Gripping, and powerful. Even the incidental characters are rounded and interesting - it is quite simply flawless.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 1999
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Peter Straub weaves a mind-blowing web of horror and emotion in this unsettling tale of darkest magic. As with his subsequent novel, The Talisman co-written with Stephen King, Straub demonstrates his unnervingly clear vision of magic at its most real, devastating and climactic potency. Quite simply, this is a book that can be re-read just to absorb Peter Straub's mastery of story telling.
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