A Dark Matter by Peter Straub

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By Peter Straub

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 important sexual favors of his younger acolytes. After he invitations his such a lot fervent fans to wait a mystery ritual in an area meadow, the single 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 buddies through writing a e-book approximately this terrible evening, and it’s via this strategy that they start to ascertain the unspeakable occasions that experience certain them in methods they can not fathom, yet that experience haunted each one of them via their lives. As all the outdated buddies attempts to come back to grips with the darkness of the prior, they locate themselves face-to-face with the evil brought on such a lot of years past. Unfolding throughout the person tales of the fated group’s contributors, A darkish subject is an electrical, chilling, and unpredictable novel that might fulfill Peter Straub's many ardent enthusiasts, and win him legions extra.

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I wished him well. After six months, I thought, eight months, he must have left the hospital and picked up his life again. He probably moved back in with his parents. On their retirement, he would take over Badger Foods, maybe liven it up a little. Or get out of Madison, marry a girl who looked a lot like him, work in an office, and raise two or three blond, cherubic children. People like Hootie Bly were supposed to have uneventful, essentially unexamined, but deeply appreciated, truly lived-in lives.

After things had calmed down a bit and the mystery of Hootie’s location had finally been clarified, Eel tried on at least two occasions to visit him at the Lamont Hospital, where it turned out he had been all along. The first time she spoke to someone there, whoever it was (apparently, descending to such details was a waste of time) forbade her to come out: Mr. Bly’s condition was too grave, too precarious. A month later, she tried again. This time, the gatekeeper invited her to visit the hospital, and it was Hootie Bly who turned her down.

The Eel, with whom I had spent nearly every school and weekend night for a year and a half, continued to sit next to me in class, but otherwise acted as though she had embarked on some luxury cruise that I had declined, inexplicably, to share with her. At night, she barely gave me five minutes on the telephone. I had missed, all but literally, the boat, and the Eel was so entranced with the details of her voyage she had little time left over for me.

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