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Peter Straub


USA (1943 - )

Born in Milwaukee, Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has won the British Fantasy Award, two Bram Stoker awards and two World Fantasy awards.
 
Anthology series
The New Wave Fabulists
 
Anthologies edited
Peter Straub's GhostsPoe's Children: The New HorrorAmerican Fantastic Tales
 
Non fiction
The WaveDancer BenefitSides
 
Anthologies containing stories by Peter Straub
Cutting EdgePrime EvilThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual CollectionBest New Horror 2
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic FictionShadows of FearThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual CollectionBest New Horror 4
The Giant Book of TerrorThe Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's SurvivorsGreat Writers and Kids Write Spooky StoriesDark Terrors
Borderlands 4Dark Terrors 2American Gothic TalesThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Twelfth Annual Collection
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume TenDark Terrors 5The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Eleven
 
Short stories
Hunger: An Introduction
Blue Rose [short story] (1985)
The Juniper Tree [short story] (1988)Bram Stoker (nominee)
A Short Guide to the City (1990)
The Kingdom of Heaven (1991)
The Ghost Village (1992)World Fantasy
Fee (1994)World Fantasy (nominee)
In Transit (1995) (with Benjamin Straub)
Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff (1998)World Fantasy (nominee)
Bram Stoker
Pork Pie Hat [short story] (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
The Geezers (2000)


Awards
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1981) : Shadowland
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1984) : Floating Dragon
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Talisman
Bram Stoker nominee (1989) : The Juniper Tree [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (1989) : Koko
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1991) : Houses without Doors
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1991) : Houses without Doors
World Fantasy winner (1993) : The Ghost Village
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (1994) : The Throat
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1994) : The Throat
World Fantasy nominee (1995) : Fee
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Hellfire Club
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1997) : The Hellfire Club
Bram Stoker winner (1999) : Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff
British Fantasy Society Best Short story nominee (1999) : Pork Pie Hat [short story]
World Fantasy nominee (1999) : Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2000) : Mr. X
Bram Stoker Best Collection winner (2001) : Magic Terror
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2001) : Magic Terror
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2002) : Black House
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2004) : In the Night Room
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2004) : Lost Boy Lost Girl


Books about Peter Straub
Hauntings: The Official Peter Straub Bibliography
 
Peter Straub recommends
An Affair of Sorcerers
An Affair of Sorcerers (1979)
(Mongo, book 3)
George C Chesbro
"Beautifully plotted and assured...the work of a master."
To Wake the Dead
To Wake the Dead (1980)
Ramsey Campbell
"The book Ramsey Campbell readers have been waiting for...affects the reader for days afterward...it makes death itself look sweet because of the ghastly things that can happen this side of death."
Books of Blood Volume 1
Books of Blood Volume 1 (1981)
Clive Barker
"Clive Barker has been an amazing writer from his first appearance, with the great gifts of invention and commitment to his own vision stamped on every page."
Small World
Small World (1981)
Tabitha King
"So clever it could cut your skin. Tabitha King knows how to create suspense. She has a unique and self-possessed view of things and a talent for the grotesque."
The Nestling
The Nestling (1982)
Charles L Grant
"It's entertaining, suspenseful, but it's a lot of other things too...and while it's nasty enough to give us a kick in the shins, it is oddly tender towards the world."
The Uninvited
The Uninvited (1982)
John Farris
"One of the giants of contemporary psychological horror. The evil in The Uninvited is utterly convincing."
Incarnate
Incarnate (1983)
Ramsey Campbell
"An important, scary, involving novel...I had to fight with myself every time circumstances forced me to put it down."
The Night of the Ripper
The Night of the Ripper (1984)
Robert Bloch
"The sort of book that just grabs you and makes you read it."
The Hungry Moon
The Hungry Moon (1986)
Ramsey Campbell
"Horrors in his fiction are never merely invented, they are felt and experienced, and affect the reader for days afterwards."
Books of Blood Volume 3
Books of Blood Volume 3 (1986)
Clive Barker
"Barker has been an amazing writer from his first appearance, with a great gift of invention and commitment that stands on every page."
Sympathy for the Devil
Sympathy for the Devil (1987)
Kent Anderson
"Kent Anderson has outwritten just about everybody who preceded him in trying to make fictional sense out of the war... a very brave book."
Weaveworld
Weaveworld (1987)
Clive Barker
"Weaveworld will be a guide for everyone who travels there in the future. I think it'll probably be imitated for the next decade or so, as lesser talents try to crack its code and tame its insights."
Billy
Billy (1990)
Whitley Strieber
"An amazingly gripping book... a knockout."
Boy's Life
Boy's Life (1991)
Robert R McCammon
"Just gorgeous...I loved it."
X, Y
X, Y (1993)
Michael Blumlein
"Michael Blumlein is a real genius...I don't think anybody is going to be able to imitate him."
California Gothic
California Gothic (1995)
Dennis Etchison
"One of horror's most exciting talents."
Lizard Wine
Lizard Wine (1995)
Elizabeth Engstrom
"Sleek, nasty, perfectly focused, smart as hell, absolutely convincing."
Impulse
Impulse (1996)
Rick Hautala
"Rick Hautala's writing shines with dedication, hard-earned craft and devotion."
Strangewood
Strangewood (1999)
Christopher Golden
"A notable achievement ... wildly inventive."
The Hook
The Hook (2000)
Donald E Westlake
"THE HOOK begins with an agreement signed in blood and smoothly, unobtrusively, gracefully, relentlessly moves toward absolute devastation. This is Donald E. Westlake at the top of his form, writing with the power and confidence of a master and keeping the reader dazzled and agape all the way to the last sentence."
Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep
Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep (2000)
Alan Rodgers
"Mama Ghost really must be one of the best, and certainly one of the most disturbing, horror stories written during the last decade and a half."
Judas Eyes
Judas Eyes (2001)
(Eyes , book 3)
Barry Hoffman
"Leagues ahead of almost anything these days passing as horror or suspense fiction."
Brain Trust
Brain Trust (2001)
(Body of Evidence, book 8)
Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
"Rick Hautala's writing shines with dedication, hard earned craft, and devotion."
The Darkest Part of the Woods
The Darkest Part of the Woods (2002)
Ramsey Campbell
"In some ways Ramsey Campbell is the best of us all."
The Shooting Gallery
The Shooting Gallery (2002)
(Detective Yablonsky, book 2)
Joseph Trigoboff
"Joseph Trigoboff knows what he's talking about. In THE SHOOTING GALLERY, he guides us, like a clear-eyed combination of Jimmy Breslin and William Burroughs, though the ripely urban landscape where crooked judges, wised-up journalists, hypocritical politicians and weary cops define the reality the rest of us, whether we know it or not, have to live with. Trigoboff's ear is pitch perfect, and his heart is where it should be."
My Father's Ghost
My Father's Ghost (2002)
Suzy McKee Charnas
"A supremely unsentimental, beautifully observed, and forgiving memoir. "
Nightmare House
Nightmare House (2002)
(Harrow Academy, book 3)
Douglas Clegg
"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction."
Scream Queen
Scream Queen (2003)
Edo van Belkom
"This novel knows where it is going and intends to get there with no wasted motion."
The Boys Are Back in Town
The Boys Are Back in Town (2004)
Christopher Golden
"Christopher Golden is one of the most hard-working, smartest, and most talented writers of his generation, and his books are so good and so involving that they really ought to sell in huge numbers. Everything he writes glows with imagination."
Mortal Love
Mortal Love (2004)
Elizabeth Hand
"I think she has written the best book of her generation."
An Invisible Woman
An Invisible Woman (2004)
Anne Strieber
"Anne Strieber is in the class of writers like Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown."
Josie and Jack
Josie and Jack (2005)
Kelly Braffet
"I couldn't stop reading this marvelous book."
Six Bad Things
Six Bad Things (2005)
(Hank Thompson, book 2)
Charlie Huston
"Six Bad Things rocks and rolls from the first page. This is one mean, cols, slit-eyed mother of a book."
Shriek: An Afterword
Shriek: An Afterword (2006)
(Ambergris, book 2)
Jeff VanderMeer
"Playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly imaginative."
The Keeper
The Keeper (2006)
Sarah Langan
"[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career."
The Screaming Room
The Screaming Room (2007)
(John Driscoll, book 2)
Thomas O'Callaghan
"O'Callaghan has scorched his way into the first rank of writers."
No Further Messages
No Further Messages (2007)
Brett Alexander Savory
"Savory deserves to make a great impression on both our highly mutable genre and the reading public."
The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle (2008)
Andrew Davidson
"The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement."
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008)
Ellen Datlow
"Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America."
Everdead
Everdead (2008)
Rio Youers
"One of the most vital, most exciting young talents to come along in this decade."
The Dragon Factory
The Dragon Factory (2010)
(Joe Ledger, book 2)
Jonathan Maberry
"Heated, violent and furious."
Internecine
Internecine (2010)
David J Schow
"Smart, scathing, and verbally inventive to an astonishing degree, David J. Schow is one of the most interesting writers of his generation."
One Who Disappeared
One Who Disappeared (2011)
(First Republic trilogy, book 3)
David Herter
"Fantastic."
Loss of Separation
Loss of Separation (2011)
Conrad Williams
"Williams possesses a fearless heart and an absolutely gorgeous soul."
The Soul Collector
The Soul Collector (2011)
Tracy L Carbone
"The Soul Collector is an involving and suspenseful story filled with charm, warmth, and derring-do and its heroine, Abby McNabb, is going to win over lots and lots of new readers. Tracey Carbone is off to a wonderful start."
Hide Me Among the Graves
Hide Me Among the Graves (2012)
Tim Powers
"Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear."
Three Graves Full
Three Graves Full (2013)
Jamie Mason
"Mason's aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace."



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