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By Peter Straub

ISBN-10: 0385530137

ISBN-13: 9780385530132

The incomparable grasp of horror and suspense returns with a robust, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the style in unique and unforeseen ways.

The charismatic and crafty Spenser Mallon is a campus guru within the Nineteen Sixties, attracting the devotion and significant sexual favors of his younger acolytes. After he invitations his so much fervent fans to wait a mystery ritual in an area meadow, the one factor that continues to be is a gruesomely dismembered body—and the shattered souls of all who have been present.

Years later, one guy makes an attempt to appreciate what occurred to his spouse and to his pals through writing a ebook approximately this terrible evening, and it’s via this procedure that they start to ascertain the unspeakable occasions that experience certain them in methods they can't fathom, yet that experience haunted each one of them via their lives. As all of the outdated associates attempts to come back to grips with the darkness of the earlier, they locate themselves face-to-face with the evil brought on such a lot of years previous. Unfolding during the person tales of the fated group’s participants, A darkish subject is an electrical, chilling, and unpredictable novel that would fulfill Peter Straub's many ardent fanatics, and win him legions extra.

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Unfortunately, because of his size and the way he looked, people who were not as good-hearted—bullies, jerks—sometimes went after him. They enjoyed picking on him, teasing him in a way that went beyond teasing, sometimes actually shoving him around, and at times we who were his best friends felt we had to step in to protect him. Hootie could speak up for himself, though. The Eel told me that when a truly ugly and unpleasant fraternity boy insulted him in a grungy State Street coffee shop named the Tick-Tock Diner but called the Aluminum Room, Hootie gave the asshole a murky look and baffled him with a quote from The Scarlet Letter: “Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest round about us?

Never mind the total lameness of the title, which I intended to change as soon as I came up with a better one. Atop my oversized desk, a folder bulging with notes, outlines, and ideas for chapters sat beside my iMac, and a much smaller folder beside it held the ten awkward pages I had managed so far to excrete. Once I started poking it, the novel that had seemed so promising when still a shimmer of possibility had turned into a slow-moving, snarling animal. The male protagonist seemed to be a bit slow-moving, too.

I’m sure this was genuine: I don’t believe Meredith cooked up a phony chart after encountering my friends in the Aluminum Room. Although to me such recognitions cannot but sound delusional, I believe that Meredith Bright understood that Eel and Hootie satisfied her crucial astrological requirements the minute she spotted them staring up at her from the bottom end of the counter. I think of how innocent they must have looked, how tremendously innocent they actually were, and how appealingly innocent they must have seemed to Mallon, who devoured innocence wholesale.

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