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Interior Darkness: Selected Stories by Peter Straub

By Peter Straub

An American icon popular for his bestselling novels, Peter Straub monitors his complete and wonderful variety during this crowning assortment. He has regularly subverted the limits of style for years, transcending horror and suspense to liberate the darkish, unsettling, and troubling dissonances that exist at the edges of our belief. Straub’s fiction cracks the root of truth and opens our eyes to an unblinking adventure of precise horror, instructed in his inimitable and luxurious variety with ability, wit, and impeccable craft.

With uncanny precision, Straub writes of the town and of the Midwest, of the wicked and of the righteous, of the operating type and of the wealthy—nothing and nobody is secure from the ever present darkness that he is familiar with so good. “Blue Rose” follows the cycles of violence and tool throughout the such a lot blameless between us, resulting in a end that's audacious and devastating. within the darkly satirical masterpiece “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff,” a stern property legal professional referred to as the Deacon hires a couple of “Private Detectives Extraordinaire” to enquire and search revenge on his untrue spouse. “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” follows a guy and his a lot more youthful lover as they discover their decadent and more and more sinister fantasies aboard a sumptuous yacht at the remotest stretch of the Amazon River.

Interior Darkness brings jointly 16 tales from twenty-five years of excellent excellence. it's a exciting, hugely pleasing, and terrifying testomony to the prodigious expertise of Peter Straub.

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Byron crushed his cigarette out in the big ceramic ashtray on the counter, the ghost of a smile wrinkling his red, rouged lips. ‖ ―Please, Byron. Just go home now,‖ and it shouldn‘t have been so easy for him to get to her like that; Spyder braced her hands flat against the floor, the smooth, cold floor, and tried to remember if maybe she had forgotten her meds that morning. ‖ ―No,‖ she said. ‖ ―Sure, Spyder. If that‘s what you want. ‖ She didn‘t answer, stared down into her puddle of creepy crawlies until she heard his footsteps, a dramatic sigh, and then his footsteps and the cowbell over the door jangled loudly after him.

Carlton Hicks on drums, and they‘d opened for marginally better bands on the local hardcore circuit, two or three shows a month and the rest of their time spent picking fights with rednecks and skinheads, fucking their girlfriends; counterfeit anarchists scrounging bedlam in the sunset days of Reagan‘s America. Daria had never asked Pablo to teach her to play, had never had any particular interests in music or anything else creative. Sometimes she‘d talked about college; she hadn‘t dropped out, and her SAT scores had been decent enough, but there was never any money, never would be, and although there were loans, the thought of owing Uncle Sam twenty or thirty thousand for an undergrad degree had finally soured her on the idea.

The paper is completely covered, crazy loops and swirls, figure eights and broad smears from crayons skinned and rubbed furiously sideways. Psychedelic, her mother would say if she were here, or abstract, she would say, or impressionistic. A rainbow gutted, turned inside out, and she looks at the back of her dad‘s head, his hair dirty, almost to his shoulders now. There‘s nothing on the radio but country music stations and preaching stations, and she doesn‘t know the words to any of these songs.

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