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A Dark Matter (Paperback)

Author:  Peter Straub
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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 0375728384
ISBN-13: 9780375728389
Sku: 206857051
Publish Date: 2/9/2010
Pages:  574
Age Range:  NA
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Years after a 1960s religious guru's clandestine activities with his most fervent acolytes results in a grisly murder, a man struggles to make sense of what happened to his wife and friends by writing a book for which he asks former followers to relive their experiences. (Suspense). Simultaneous.The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.

The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body?and the shattered souls of all who were present.

Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and to his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and it?s through this process that they begin to examine the unspeakable events that have bound them in ways they cannot fathom, but that have haunted every one of them through their lives. As each of the old friends tries to come to grips with the darkness of the past, they find themselves face-to-face with the evil triggered so many years earlier. Unfolding through the individual stories of the fated group?s members, A Dark Matter is an electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel that will satisfy Peter Straub's many ardent fans, and win him legions more.

From the Hardcover edition.
Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Peter Straub concocts a twisted and deliciously murky tale that reconstructs the events of a terrible night during the 1960s that left one dead and seven others forever changed and haunted. Years later the survivors are forced to face that night's events: one, Lee Harwell, is writing a book about the terrible event in an attempt to finally figure out what really happened. All had been seduced by the charismatic Spencer Mallon, a professor who might remind readers of Timothy Leary, and had willing joined him in the fatal ritual. But now, the memories are hazy due to the passage of time as well as psychological coping. Despite their efforts at suppression, however, the evil that ultimately lead to the death of a college student that night lingers on in each of them.
Author Bio
Peter Straub
The events of Peter Straub's childhood--including teaching himself to read in kindergarten, being involved in a car accident in first grade that left him in a wheelchair for a time, and developing a stutter that lasted until his 20s--conspired to give him something of a dislike for school. So after graduating with an M.A. from Columbia University in 1966, he did what anyone in a similar situation would have done: He became an English teacher at the very school he attended in Milwaukee. In 1969 he moved with his wife to Dublin, Ireland, to study for a Ph.D. There he began to write poetry, publishing two collections prior to his first novel, MARRIAGES, in 1973. Now living in London, Straub's work began to take a turn toward horror with JULIA and IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW--both about malevolent ghosts. But Straub didn't really hit the big time until 1979's GHOST STORY--about a group of elderly men whose regular ghost story-telling sessions become the target of a ghostly revenge--became a huge bestseller. The film version, made in 1981, featured among its extraordinary cast Fred Astaire (who was 82) and Melvyn Douglas (who was 80) in their last roles, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (at 72) in his penultimate role, and John Houseman (who was 79). After the success of GHOST STORY, Straub wrote SHADOW LAND and FLOATING DRAGON, before his 1984 collaboration with Stephen King, THE TALISMAN. After this, Straub began to slowly move away from the fantastic, all the while remaining a bestselling author. KOKO, the first book in a trilogy, was about a group of Vietnam vets hunting a killer. Like MYSTERY and THE THROAT--the other books in the trilogy--it focused more on mystery and detective themes, retaining only the barest of horror elements. With 1996's HELLFIRE CLUB, Straub finally jettisoned horror altogether, focusing on the complex relationship between an escaped psychopathic killer and his hostage. Averaging one book every three years or so, Straub is not the most prolific of authors, but, perhaps because of this, he is one of the most critically well-regarded best-selling genre writers.


"[T]his book is rich with well-realized characters and incidents, and as dazzling a literary performance as anything Straub has ever written....Quite a performance." - Ray Olson 10/01/2009

"[A] tour de force....Brilliant in its orchestration and provocative in its speculation, this novel ranks as one of the finest tales of modern horror." (starred review) 12/21/2009

"Straub's writing has rarely been better or more precise....A DARK MATTER is a work of phantasmagorical horror. But the novel's quieter, more casual passages are the real reasons to savor Straub's engrossing book...." - Rene Rodriguez 02/14/2010

"The incantatory and deceptive powers of storytelling have always been central to Peter Straub's novels....[A]nd his odd and excellent new volume, A DARK MATTER, furthers such narrative invention." - Nick Antosca 02/01/2010-03/01/2010

"Peter Straub's A DARK MATTER is constructed like a set of nesting dolls. Yet, each layer opens to reveal a doll in fact larger than the one that contained it, unfolding new details about an occult ritual that distorts the lives of the four high school students who participated in it -- and the one who did not, the story's narrator Lee Harwell." - Dale Bailey 01/10/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Large Print Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0574
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Large Print Publishing
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