Peter Straub’s Blue Rose trilogy (Koko, Mystery, and The Throat) is one of the landmark accomplishments of modern popular fiction. Ranging from the Caribbean to Vietnam to the American Midwest and spanning decades of tumultuous history, these books are both unforgettable narratives and indelible portraits of people in extremis, struggling to survive in a world marked by grief, loss, pain, trauma, and homicidal madness. The four stories gathered here are offshoots of that larger fictional universe. Each one stands entirely on its own. Together, they shine a revelatory light on the mysteries and hidden corners of the novels that inspired them.
“Blue Rose” recounts a defining moment in the childhood of Koko’s Harry Beevers, the moment when the ten-year-old Harry discovers his capacity for violence and brutality. “The Juniper Tree” describes, with almost unbearable clarity, a lonely young boy’s encounter with adult betrayal, and with the darker aspects of human sexuality. “The Ghost Village” takes us to the phantasmagoric landscape of Vietnam, where the barriers between the living and the dead begin to dissolve, to mesmerizing effect. “Bunny is Good Bread” is arguably Straub’s single most harrowing story. With relentless attention to detail, it anatomizes the creation of a human monster through abuse, cruelty, and neglect.
These disturbing, beautifully written stories have a moral weight and emotional resonance that only the finest fiction achieves. They are the clear product of a master storyteller at the very top of his game. No one who reads them is likely to forget them, or come away unchanged.
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About the Author
Peter Straub is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He is most famous for his books in the horror/suspense genre, and was honored as a grand master at the 1998 World Horror Convention. He has won the World Fantasy Award for Koko, and the Bram Stoker Award for his novels Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, among others, as well as for his collection of short stories, 5 Stories (2007). His horror classic Ghost Story was recently reissued.
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
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