Interior Darkness: Book summary and reviews of Interior Darkness by Peter Straub

Interior Darkness

Selected Stories

by Peter Straub

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Celebrated author Peter Straub's mastery of the short form shines in this wide-ranging collection of his most chilling, intense, and compelling tales from the past twenty-five years.

Peter Straub has spent forty years at the forefront of modern literary horror. The stories assembled here represent his astonishing range and his ability to terrify, transport, and hold a reader hostage.

"Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff" is a darkly comic masterpiece in which a stern estate lawyer known as the Deacon hires a pair of "Private Detectives Extraordinaire" to investigate and seek revenge on his unfaithful wife. In "The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine," a man and his much younger lover explore their decadent and increasingly sinister fantasies on a luxurious yacht in the remotest stretch of the Amazon River. "Blue Rose" finds violence and power in the hands of the most innocent among us, leading to a conclusion that is fully surprising and devastating.

Each story cracks the foundation of our reality and opens our eyes, taking us further and further into the darkness that normally remains deeply, and safely, hidden. Interior Darkness is the gold standard of literary horror.

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"Starred Review. Straub has a proven knack for black humor, and he coaxes the nightmarish out of the mundane with startling ease. This is a powerful collection from an enduring favorite in literary chills." - Publishers Weekly

"A must-read for the author's fans and a perfect introduction for anyone new to Straub's brilliantly original and unsettling brand of fiction." - Booklist

"Dark, brooding fiction from a master of the form. And take our word for it: don't go up to the attic, even if it is just a junk room." - Kirkus

"Peter Straub's shorter fictions are like tiny novels you drown in: perfectly pitched, terrifyingly smart, big-hearted, dangerous, and even cruel." - Neil Gaiman, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

"What a thrill to read an audacious storyteller writing at the very top of his game." - Bill Clegg, author of Did You Ever Have A Family

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Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, most recently of A Dark Matter. Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room are winners of the Bram Stoker Award. He lives in New York City.

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