A Dark Matter

A Dark Matter

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 127 x 149.86 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739322419
  • 9780739322413
  • 2,091,656

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Praise for A DARK MATTER "Peter Straub's new novel is a terrifying story of innocents-high school students in the turbulent sixties-who stumble into horrors far beyond their understanding. "A Dark Matter" is populated with vivid, sympathetic characters, and driven by terrors both human and supernatural. It's the kind of book that's impossible to put down once it has been picked up. It kept me reading far into the night. Straub builds otherworldly terror without ever losing touch with his attractive cast of youngsters, who age beautifully. Put this one high on your list." -Stephen King "Part "Rashomon," part "The Turn of the Screw." Peter Straub may well be the most important voice in suspense fiction today." -- Lincoln Child "American master Peter Straub takes the sweep of our freaky history over the past forty years, subjects it to all the elegant gifts of madness and arts of haunting of which he is the wicked king, and finds himself in possession of a masterpiece." -- Michael Chabon, author of "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" and "Manhood for Amateurs " "[A] tour de force from bestseller Straub...Brilliant in its orchestration and provocative in its speculations, this novel ranks as one of the finest tales of modern horror." -- "Starred" PW "[A]s dazzling a literary performance as anything Straub has ever written." -Booklist "I've been reading Peter Straub since I was a teenager, and his work is hardwired into my brain. "A Dark Matter "contains echoes of all that has been great about Straub's previous work and builds upon it. This Rashomon-like tale is as spooky and frightening as anything he has written, but it's also an intense and moving celebration of love. Out of the darkness comes, ultimately, a surprising and haunting sense of joy." -Dan Chaon, author of "Await Your Reply ""Increasingly, Peter Straub brilliantly defies and blurs literary genres. A DARK MATTER is a page-turning thriller of evershow more

About Peter Straub

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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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3,105 ratings
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4 23% (700)
3 33% (1,011)
2 24% (752)
1 11% (342)
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