Peter Straub: Interior Darkness

I recently finished the first short story in the newest Straub book, Interior Darkness; and if you like Peter Straub, you are going to love this book! If you, like me, find it more horrifying to contemplate what people are willing to do to each other, then this collection of shorts is going to be incredibly satisfying! Here’s a good, albeit short, interview with Peter Straub conducted by the Miami Herald that will give you a bit of insight into the compilation of this book.

If you like horror, and you are a fan of the psychological terror of human behavior, order this book!

Summary: An American icon renowned for his bestselling novels, Peter Straub displays his full and stunning range in this crowning collection. He has consistently subverted the boundaries of genre for years, transcending horror and suspense to unlock the dark, unsettling, and troubling dissonances that exist on the edges of our perception. Straub’s fiction cracks the foundation of reality and opens our eyes to an unblinking experience of true horror, told in his inimitable and lush style with skill, wit, and impeccable craft.

With uncanny precision, Straub writes of the city and of the Midwest, of the depraved and of the righteous, of the working class and of the wealthy—nothing and no one is safe from the ever-present darkness that he understands so well. “Blue Rose” follows the cycles of violence and power through the most innocent among us, leading to a conclusion that is audacious and devastating. In the darkly satirical masterpiece, “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff,” a stern estate lawyer known as the Deacon hire a pair of “Private Detectives Extraordinaire” to investigate and seek revenge on his unfaithful wife. “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” follows a man and his much younger lover as they explore their decadent and increasingly sinister fantasies aboard a luxurious yacht on the remotest stretch of the Amazon River.

Interior Darkness brings together sixteen stories from twenty-five years of dazzling excellence. It is a thrilling, highly entertaining, and terrifying testament to the prodigious talent of Peter Straub.

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