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Ghost Story (1979)

de Peter Straub

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"In life, not every sin goes unpunished." GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" "(The Washington Post Book World)" that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.… (mais)
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Thirty-six years ago, when this book was published, I was sixteen. I have the dimmest memory of reading it, but a distinct memory of finishing it and thinking something along the lines of, well, it didn't suck, anyway.

Thirty-six years later, having just finished it for the second time, I know understand my reaction as a teen. I want to like this book more than I actually do. It's plodding, not a lot happens until the final third of the book. It's a slow build, very slow, and I'm not convinced the payoff is worth the journey. Yes, along the way, the reader is subjected to excellent writing--Straub knows how to construct the sentences, no question--but the atmosphere that should envelope the story only seems to drift in at the edges. It never felt pervasive to me.

I also found there were a lot of parallels between this and King's [b:Salem's Lot|11590|Salem's Lot|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327891565s/11590.jpg|3048937]. The opening with a man and a haunted child on the run. The small town cut off from the rest of the world. The stranger that moves in and changes everything. Hell, there's even a scene where a teenager is being called upon by his friend from his bedroom...when the beckoning friend should be dead. No wonder King liked it...he provided a few of the key scenes. (But that's okay, King would return the favour by borrowing from Straub's next novel, [b:Shadowland|19580|Shadowland|Peter Straub|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388238757s/19580.jpg|926255] for his own [b:It|830502|It|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1334416842s/830502.jpg|150259])

Overall, it was a well-written, too literary, too-slowly paced, too-much-going-on, too-long, not-scary novel of four haunted men and the ghosts that haunt them. It wasn't fantastic, but, well, it didn't suck, anyway. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I decided to finally read this after seeing it on almost every best of list I came across. Had to be an amazing read right? Nope. Started off very well with a man travelling around with a little girl who just seemed to be resigned to whatever was going to happen to her even though there was a marked air of something sinister beneath the surface. Then we cut to a little group of men who seem to get together regularly to tell stories, but again there's clearly something more to it. I'll never(probably) know what that something is because one by one they proceed to tell the most tedious stories you can imagine. I'm afraid I just don't have the inclination if I had the patience to wade through this kind of tedium any more. There are just too many books I want to read to waste time like that.

It's a shame that the author allowed the narrative to slow to a crawl after the first chapter because it really started very well. And it still amazed me that this is nearly always high on any horror best of list. I truly can't see why that would be the case even given the great start and a pretty good sinister, creepy undertone to the story. Just took too long to begin for my liking, and what I mean by that is, I feel the story really should have moved along a good bit further by the point I gave in, after all, I was heading for the 20% mark.

Disappointing, writing itself drew me in, but simply took too long to go anywhere and I just wasn't invested enough in the story by the time I decided to quit to attempt to continue in the hope it gets better. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
This one is what I would call a very slow burner. It’s long, and for a while it’s dry, and then it slowly picks up the pace until all of a sudden, wham! Scary good times! It tends to meander in a most circuitous way – although all threads are tied together by the end. The paragraphs are long and dense, and I didn’t like any of the characters - but – I must say that when I finally got to the good parts, they were enjoyable. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
One of my favorites from this genre.

I loved the way that Straub wove themes from classic horror tales (homage to "Turn of the Screw", etc) into the fabric of the story.

An excellent treatment of the cross-cultural legend of the "shape shifter" archetype in horror.

Interesting too, Straub's use of the weather as part of the horror in this novel. People who live in northern climates understand the power of snow and cold to isolate people from each other and turn normal, every-day life into a struggle to survive. The older I get, the more convinced I become that bad things just don't happen when the hours of daylight are long and the outside temperatures are just 10 degrees lower than our own bodies. For that reason, whenever I re-read this book, I try to do so during the summer months. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
Scary! I almost had to put this one in the freezer. ( )
  jenfried2001 | Dec 29, 2020 |
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"In life, not every sin goes unpunished." GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" "(The Washington Post Book World)" that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

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