No one tells a story like Peter Straub. He dazzles with the complexity of his plots and the eloquence of his prose. He startles you into laughter in the face of events so dark that you begin to question your own moral compass. Then he reduces you to jelly by spinning a tale so terrifying – and surprising – that you wind up sleeping with the lights on. Now, with Magic Terror, he has given us one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years.
The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, wonder and an unexpected humour. "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. "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. While the award-winning novella "Mr Clubb and Mr Cuff", a masterpiece of black comedy, is 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.
2. Isn’t It Romantic?
3. The Ghost Village
4. Bunny Is Good Bread
5. Porkpie Hat
6. Hunger, an Introduction
7. Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff