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Great homage to the classic ghost story
on 29 July 2017
I've had this kicking around on my kindle for a couple of years but had never got round to reading it until now. I'm glad it didn't become one of those books I never got around to because it's a fantastic tribute to ghost stories in general and a good novel in it's own right. Peter Straub obviously set out to pay his respects to the genre and there are nods to Hawthorne and James amongst others and he manages to include most of the ingredients for a classic scary story. I won't go too much into the plot but there's a main overarching plot that also incorporates a few other shorter tales as Straub has some fun and meanders around. It feels like a long book and it's not a fast paced read but the tension builds well and a sense of menace increases the further into the book you get. Personally I find the horror genre really hit and miss - there's a lot of dross out there but this isn't one of them. Instead, it's a proper "huddle round a roaring fire and tell tales of spooky things" type of book. Would definitely recommend this and will seek out other novels by Peter Straub.