Cover of: Magic terror | Peter Straub

Magic terror

seven tales

1st ed.

Published by Random House in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

No one tells a story like Peter Straub. He dazzles with the complexity of his plots. He delights with the sophistication and eloquence of his prose. He startles you into laughter in the face of events so dark you begin to question your own moral compass. Then he reduces you to jelly by spinning a tale so terrifying-and surprising-you wind up sleeping with the lights on. With Magic Terror, the bestselling author of Ghost Story and The Talisman (with Stephen King) has given us one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heart-break, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts. "Bunny Is Good Bread" takes us into the mind of a small boy trapped in grotesque circumstances to portray the creation of a serial killer in a manner that compels pity, sorrow, comprehension, and grief-as well as judgment. "Hunger, an Introduction," narrated by the ghost of a pompous, self-pitying murderer, evokes a profoundly beautiful vision of earthly life, one appreciated far more by the dead than the living. The award-winning novella "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff," a masterpiece of black comedy, draws upon Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" to create a revenge tale in which torture is a moral art and the revenger undergoes a transforming, albeit painful, education. In the words of Mrs. Asch, the visionary narrator of "Ashputtle," "The main feature of adventure is that it goes forward into unknown country." Straub's devotees will be entranced by what their fearless guide has in store for them. Those as yet uninitiated are in for a harrowing literary journey. Enjoy the ride.

Table of Contents

Ashputtle
Isn't it romantic?
The ghost village
Bunny is good bread
Porkpie hat
Hunter, an introduction
Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3569.T6914 M34 2000

The Physical Object

Pagination
335 p. ;
Number of pages
335

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL49740M
Internet Archive
magicterrorseven00stra
ISBN 10
0375503935
LC Control Number
99053216
Library Thing
128108
Goodreads
941319
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