The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub

The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub

by John C. Tibbetts

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Horror novelist Peter Straub creates highly personalized fiction with an allusiveness and ambiguity that deny the genre's explicit nature. For him, the Gothic style is to be created and recreated in a changing world--Faustian pacts, buried secrets, haunted places, ghosts, vampires and succubi take on strange new shapes and effects. Stephen King describes Straub's style as "a synthesis of horror and beauty." Drawing on interviews with Straub and featuring an exclusive interview with King, this study explores the work of the author who has been called "a writer of rare wit and intelligence in a field beset with cynical potboilers" (Douglas E. Winter, Washington Post, October 14, 1984).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476627335
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. Tibbetts is a professor at the University of Kansas. His many books on the arts include film, music and literature. He has been twice a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword: Locating Peter Straub (by Gary K. Wolfe) 1
Introduction: “The Juniper Tree” 5
One. “The Magic Taxi”: The Short Stories 19
Two. “A Dark Necessity”: Straub’s American Gothic 26
Three. “King of the Cats”: The Fairy Tales 50
Four. “Protean Impostures”: Straub and the Doppelgänger 71
Five. “Datchery’s Children”: Stories of Crime and Detection 95
Six. “The Third Voice”: Straub and Stephen King 146
Seven. “Invisible Ink”: On Writers and Writing 168
Appendix: “A Magellan of the Interior”: An Interview with Straub 195
Chapter Notes 207
Bibliography 237
Index 243

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