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by Peter Straub

eBook Ghost Story epub
  • ISBN: 0671685635
  • Author: Peter Straub
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 1989)
  • ePUB size: 1140 kb
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Ghost Story is a horror novel by American writer Peter Straub. It was published on January 1, 1979 by Coward, McCann and Geoghegan.

Ghost Story is a horror novel by American writer Peter Straub. The book was adapted into a film by the same name in 1981, minus the novel's fifth protagonist character, Lewis Benedikt. The novel was a watershed in Straub's career. Though his earlier books had achieved a limited amount of critical and commercial success, Ghost Story became a national bestseller and cemented the author's reputation.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In life, not every sin goes unpunished. GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn.

PROLOGUE Driving South

PROLOGUE Driving South. PART ONE After Jafferty's Party. I The Chowder Society: The October Stories II Jaffrey's Party. a vast and self-conscious story, a sort of seamless repetitious epic in which women married truckers and no-good gamblers but stood by them until they got a divorce and the men sat in bars plotting seductions and how to get back home, and they came together hot as two-dollar pistols and parted in disgust and worried about the babies. Sometimes the car wouldn't start, sometimes the TV was busted; sometimes the bars closed down and threw you out onto the street, your pockets turned inside out.

New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub’s classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past. But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. What was the worst thing you’ve ever done? In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories-some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident.

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A collection of short stories from the acclaimed master of horror.

Contributors include Peter Straub, Burton Hatlan (King's former English professor), Fritz Leiber, Best New Horror 11 (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror,. A collection of short stories from the acclaimed master of horror. Peter Straub leads us into the outer reaches of the psyche in these seven tales of living, dying and the terror that lies in between. If You Could See Me Now. by Peter Straub.

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.
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Der Bat
Ghost Story, along with Shadow-Land, are my two favorite horror novels.

Ghost story is especially chilling, not just in the main narrative that progresses, but in the secondary narratives that support the unfolding mythology. Evil spirits and monstrous changelings lurk between the pages, and make for a thrilling read.

They adapted this novel into a movie... but the film is a terrible interpretation, altering the dynamic between the characters and the creature- mutating it into a kind of supernatural revenge story. Ghost Story is far superior to that cinematic rubbish, and the antagonists far more menacing. If you love the feeling of something watching you in the dark, the shiver up and down your spine, and the sense of heavy foreboding, Ghost Story will probably suit your fancy.
I first read this novel over 30 years ago when I was in high school as well as saw the movie that came in the early 80s. I recently watched the movie again and decided to read the book again as well (since the movie was so heavily chopped up and modified, as most movie adaptions are). Though the novel is a bit dated (we have gone through quite the technological revolution since it was written in the late 70s), it still scared me like it did 30 years ago when I first read it. The novel is indeed a good old fashioned ghost story (though evil supernatural entity is probably more accurate). Our main characters, mostly older men in their golden years, along with the son of one of the men, having to battle an almost ancient evil (maybe not ancient, but definitely old) that they previously had encountered in various manifestations through the years. This includes the one that is highlighted in the movie (much of the other manifestations were left out of the movie), an attractive and eccentric young woman they fell in love with in their youth, but accidentally "killed" in a fit of passion, and then covered up. The "woman" also has an evil sidekick. The reader is drawn in to the "ghost stories" that the men, calling themselves the Chowder Society, weave over glasses of scotch and bourbon. It's a chilling story that is highly recommended.
There are things, my friend, that have lived before man, and which will continue to live...forever.
But with passing eons, comes boredom, which would most likely explain the motivations of the "monster" in this novel. "Oh we love entertainment" says one of the undead. But beware those who dare interfere with that entertainment.
This may be Straub's masterpiece, and certainly ranks up there among the most horrifying reads of all time. And I've read quite a few.
This story is about a group of young men who become enamored of a monster, but like all monsters this one can't help but show her true face in the end. Sometimes out of rage, sometimes for "entertainment". The end result is the same. But if you think death is the end for those hapless victims, guess again.
Straub builds up slowly in his storytelling, and this being a large novel requires a small modicum of patience. But you won't have to wait long. Before lonf you realize that there is something not right coming for the "chowder society", and any of their remaining bloodline, for that matter.
As the story progresses, we see that immortal monsters are not just enamored with themselves (they are, after all, "splendid") but that they have no problem waiting decades to get their revenge. "You can be hurt!" says Sears James. Oh yes, but killed? For that you'll have to read on.
What makes Straub's "Ghost Story" better than most Stephen King novels is that he rarely overuses imagery for effect like his counterpart. His monsters are usually in human form, but you know that beneath that thin vaneer of humanity, they are more horrible than you can imagine. Although you will try--believe me. We never do find out the true origin of the monster of many names, but get hints that she has always occupied our nightmares: A Manitou, a werewolf, a zombie, a vampire, or a ghost?
And that odd girlfriend you had back in college? She always was strange, but little did you know...much more.
Take my advice and buy this novel and read it late at night in a dark room. You will not be disappointed.
This is an oldie, a book I had read a long time ago. I enjoyed rereading it and found that I had forgotten much of it and had a better understanding of the plot. This is a well crafted novel with multiple stories woven into a single thread. It is written in the style of an old world gothic, with drama, tension and a growing sense of dread and doom. The characters are varied and although dated, still relevant and real. The supernatural is presented in a believable, frightening way and the ending is not obvious.
I am not a ghost story or paranormal fan but after reading the reviews on this book, I thought I would give it a try and I am glad I did. This is considered a "classic" written I think in the 70s and a fairly long book but it was intriguing. It captured my attention from the very first page. It is a story that involves a lot of people in this little town and their history and how the "ghosts" of your past never leave until they are "dealt with" and are forced too. I don't want to give anything away. Love the book. The writing was excellent. I highly recommend this read.
Straub is a polished writer who doesn't cheat with jump scares or gore. Without a lot of noisy effects, he builds a sense of mystery and dread as the reader gradually finds out "the worst thing that ever happened." The setting, a small town in the middle of a dreary winter, is perfect for the story. Best advice is to read this book during the winter. Scariest book I've ever read.
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