A Dark Matter

Hardcover | June 4, 2012

byPeter Straub

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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.

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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 ...

PETER STRAUB is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Two of his most recent, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, are winners of the Bram Stoker Award. He lives in New York City.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.38 × 6.42 × 1.5 inPublished:June 4, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038551638X

ISBN - 13:9780385516389

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from How is Peter Straub a master of horror? I keep reading Peter Straub's books even though i have never read a good one beside the Talisman with SK. I read horror but and want to like his books but am continually disappointed. How did this book win a Bram Stoker award and countless other horror awards and nominations. Authors that i love, love this book but honestly it is like all his other books (Not really horrible but not good either.)
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Another good read and not disappointed!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible What an amazing,thought provoking ride...thank you peter
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Liked it. Just.
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lost 86 Pages in and so lost... I have no idea what is going on.
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NOT JUST A HORROR STORY In the summer of 1966 eight friends venture into a meadow to take part in a secret ritual. At the end of this ritual only six emerge from the meadow. Those who emerged were changed forever. Lee Harwell was a friend to those who went that night, but declined to go along. Fast forward many decades and Lee is a successful author with a case of writer’s block. An unusual unpublished manuscript found on ebay seems to be the answer to his problem but leads him down a path he never expected to travel. He starts to question what actually happened in that meadow. The story unfolds as Lee questions each of those present that night. The group he interviews is an unusual cast of characters each with their own story. This collection of stories makes up the book, with Lee joining them together with his own thoughts and perceptions. Lee speaks to the reader as if he knows the reader is there … a bit of an unusual writing method but for this story it definitely works. It’s a book that rather than being simply a horror story it is a story of past experiences and a little bit about righting a wrong.
Date published: 2010-05-10