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Starred Review. In this tour de force from bestseller Straub (In the Night Room), four high school friends in 1966 Madison, Wis.—Hootie Bly, Dilly Olson, Jason Boatman, and Lee Truax—fall under the spell of charismatic wandering guru Spencer Mallon. During an occult ceremony in which Mallon attempts to break through to a higher reality, something goes horribly awry leaving one participant dead. Decades later, Lee's writer husband interviews the quartet to find out what happened. In Roshomon-like fashion, each relates a slightly different account of the trauma they experienced. Straub masterfully shows how the disappointments, downturns, and failed promise of the four friends' lives may have stemmed from this youthful experience, and suggests, by extension, that the malignant evil they helped unleash into the world has tainted all hope ever since. Brilliant in its orchestration and provocative in its speculations, this novel ranks as one of the finest tales of modern horror. (Feb.)
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Six book critics venture into a new novel by a best-selling horror writer. The writer is said to have magical abilities to blend horror conventions with literary fiction to keep the pages turning. He is even said to have touched Stephen King! Four of the critics come away convinced that a transcendent supernatural event has occurred, which may have something to do with the nature of evil. But two are horribly scarred by the event--unbearably bored, convinced they have just read a rejected script from Lost. Whose version of events is true? We may never know. All critics agree on is that the only possible way to describe such a plot structure is to reference Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon--so readers may just have to investigate for themselves. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I've read thousands of books in my lifetime, and this has to be high in the list of the most boring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea
So disappointing. I kept waiting for something to happen. I won't be reading anything from this author anytime soon. The end.Published 2 months ago by Kimberly J. Wright
This book is so intense that when I came to the ending, I knew that its contents would stay with me a long time.Published 2 months ago by Dr. Jones
Scary? No. Interesting? Mildly for the first third of the book, and then the boredom set in.
The characters were supposed to be interesting but they weren't. Read more
I'm pretty sure this was my first Peter Straub book, though various others have been recommended to me by friends over the years. Maybe this wasn't the best one to start with? Read morePublished 5 months ago by ¤ Candi ¤
Take the premisse of this story:
>>40 years ago campus guru Spencer Mallon invited his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow. Read more