Ghost Story

Ghost Story

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by Peter Straub
     
 

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In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder.

Peter Straub's classic

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Overview


In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder.

Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time — and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

Editorial Reviews

Peter S. Prescott
Gave me bad dreams the first night out...the best thing of its kind since Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. -- Newsweek
Christopher Lehmann-haupt
I jumped six inches...when someone came up behind the chair when I was reading it and announced that dinner was ready. -- The New York Times
From the Publisher
“The terror just mounts and mounts.”—Stephen King
 
“The scariest book I’ve ever read...It crawls under your skin and into your dreams.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Not since Edgar Allan Poe has an author taken such liberties with his readers’ nerves...A masterwork of horror.”—Cosmopolitan
 
“One of the most frightening novels you will ever read.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“The best thing of its kind since Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”—Newsweek
 
“Superb horror.”—The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671685638
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
92,373
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft: Tales and the Library of America’s two-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, three International Horror Guild Awards, and ten World Fantasy Awards. In 1997, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2005, he was given the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. At the World Fantasy Convention in 2010, he was given the WFC’s Life Achievement Award.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York City
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1943
Place of Birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1966
Website:
http://www.peterstraub.net

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Ghost Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 22-year-old novel still stands as Peter Straub's best work, despite a few backgound details and cultural riffs that tie it to the seventies. It offers a complex, intelligent integration of deceit, murder, intrigue, and terror tactics, all with a supernatural twist. Straub, along with his contemporary and buddy Stephen King, mass-marketed the concept of organized, celled assaults from beyond the grave on the collective inhabitants of smug, self-righteous, blue-blooded establishments like the book's Milburn, NY. In this case, the ghost leader is Gregory Bate, a predator and pedophile murdered by his younger siblings during WW1 who reappears during the ensuing decades with a cadre of the victimized dead to strike terror and exact gruesome vengeance from the town he despises. Milburn is thematically represented by the Chowder Club, a group of old men, respected citizens all, who share some connection with Bate and his familiars, primarily from a terrible event 50 years past. Bate uses the town---its people, its sins, its weaknesses, and its hypocrisy---as weapons to terrorize, maim, destroy, debauch, and defile the living and the dead. As Straub points out in a reference to the legend of the Manitou, the demon's vanity requires that he identify himself to the victim to heighten the pleasure of terror and annihilation. Bate lopes through the town like a wolf in the fold, striking both carefully and indiscriminately, by himself and with his helpers. Straub shows the scholar's ability to link both myth and morality, and the conflict at the center of the book must ulimately unfold as Order v. Chaos. Straub's supernatural terrorists enjoy the unimaginable powers of darkness and are implacable in their fury, but through occasional moments of pathos, we never forget they once were human and might have a legitimate score to settle. Straub's narrative and tone sometimes crowd the rail, but GHOST STORY is one of the best modern tales of the supernatural, and may be the best of its particular type.
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
There are few ghost stories that rank among the highest, those that you never forget and those, when asked for a recommendation, that you will always think of. This is one of those books. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure where this book was going; now I cannot put it down. Plus,it is a lot of book for the price. It is scary in an unconventional manner - I read The Hauntin by Shirley Jackson first - so I was somewhat prepared. Stay with this, it gets better and better over 500 pages. I would read Peter Straub again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
8 years ago I read this book,and I still can't forget it.I could never remember who wrote the book,(not because he was not important)but I did remember the story.It scared me to the point that I could not sleep.I thought it would be like any other horror story I had read....I quickly found out,that was not the case.No book ever has measured up since.It pulls you right in and doesn't let go,even after you are done reading the book.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I'm so glad I reread this story. It's just as capable of giving chills as when I first read it.
GLOCKfan More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. This story gave me the chills while reading some sections. The story was a little slow in the beginning, but towards the end I couldn't put the book down.
Cynthia_77 More than 1 year ago
Ghost Story is one of those books that will leave you saying, "Now that was some good writing!". The story builds slowly from the beginning to the middle, then things get a crazy for the main characters, plus the whole town in the story. The story was not overly complex, but it was well thought out and told amazingly. This was the first Peter Straub book that I've read, and because I enjoyed Ghost Story so much, I will be reading more by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the title of this book when it first came out, and thought it was pretty unoriginal. I only bought it because it said "scary enough to jolt the most jaded ghost story addict" which I pretty much was those 30ish years ago. The title is deliciously understated, because this is still one of the most original story lines that is genuinely terrifying from every angle. The character that says, "We are what scares you," sums it up nicely. It is well developed to the point of feeling like you really understand the Chowder Society members at a personal level, then...all you-know-what cuts loose and never stops with the unexpected ways of frightening the characters and the reader. I have bought at least a dozen copies of this book to share with people, and...all these years later, it is still my all time favorite.
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Jjasont More than 1 year ago
This book made me a Peter Straub Fan. Although I was disapointed in his writing style and the ending. I was never the less compeled to read this book. The Charachters are supeberb. Especally The main female villan. This book is super scary. If you live alone, DO NOT read this book at night. I am serious.
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bkrdr63 More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and absolutely loved it! It's just a really terrific horror story/mystery without all of the gore found in alot of this particular genre of books today.I love all the deep dark buried secrets and the delicious way they are revealed! And the movie(came out around 1982) with Fred Astaire,Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and several other old times actors who are now gone is terrific and very true to the book.A MUST READ for anyone who loves a good creepy story!
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nodnarb225 More than 1 year ago
The kind of book you don't dare read with the lights off. Fantastic!!
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RainyDayReadingGirl More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books of its genre...ever. Period. Beautifully written, this book evokes chilling imagery. Just read it again after many years - even better now that I'm older and can understand nuance even more. Not for those who want movie-inspired scariness. Just a really great read.
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