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.
"A glorious character study and an achingly well-written chronicle of lives marked by a brush with the unknowable. One of horror's most accomplished and intelligent voices, consistently lyrical and poetic." -- Jes Bickham SFX "Straub writes understated, literary horror, all the more terrifying in this novel for what he keeps from the reader and for his brilliant psychological portraits of innocents caught up in events beyond their control and understanding. Gripping." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "This is a story about stories, their importance in our lives and the competing forces of love and evil driving every narrative. And the matter here has more to do with awe and terror, in a religious sense, than the cheap thrills of genre horror. Straub wears his literary influences openly and has nothing to fear by comparison with such greats as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Machen." THE TIMES
About Peter Straub
Peter Straub was born and educated in Wisconsin, and lived in Dublin and London before settling in New York. Author of a string of bestselling novels, he is the recipient of several BRAM STOKER AWARDS and the two-times winner of the INTERNATIONAL HORROR GUILD AWARD.
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub
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