A Dark Matter #2020

A Dark Matter Peter Straub A Dark Matter The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon

  • Title: A Dark Matter
  • Author: Peter Straub
  • ISBN: 9780385516389
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Dark Matter Peter Straub The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.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 rituaThe incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.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 .
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    1. I like Peter Straub He s an ambitious writer who tries to do with his novels, stretch out, ignore the borders and go there , to the vast, unexplored land of the possibility of invention Clive Barker didn t name him a great classicist without a reason he s a pleasure to read His work is intriguing, memorable and intelligent the weird tale of Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale that makes Shadowland, the terror of Eva Galli and the Chowder society in Ghost Story and the Vietnam vets who venture out [...]

    2. I wanted to LOVE this book I really did When I read the back cover, I was hooked The premise sounded awesome a group of college friends in the 1960s who fall under the spell of a new age guru, and together they engage in a strange ritual which brings them into contact with otherworldly beings which shape the course of their lives thereafterAnd that ritual they conduct is undoubtedly the best part In fact, it is pretty downright awesome The creatures beings that each of them encounter they are al [...]

    3. I ve never encountered Peter Straub before and if it was not for the cautionary words of Maciek, who informed me that this was his most non scary output, i would probably not run out to seek his alternative works My motivation for purchasing this book was quite shallow there was a quote with the word terrifying followed by the name Stephen King Ah, i thought, there s a man who knows scary If it made Mr King crap his pants then that is high praise indeed All i can say is that maybe Steve was havi [...]

    4. Peter Straub s A Dark Matter takes the setup that Stephen King turned into a horror trope a group of friends face unspeakable horror as young uns then reconvene when they re old and damaged to finally defeat that unspeakable horror Only Straub smartly plays it without the rematch A Dark Matter isn t the coming of age take as described above, it s about age itself, and the events and people who shape us.Lee the narrator is a middle aged man, best selling novelist married to another Lee Lee Traux, [...]

    5. I get that not everyone will like this book But it is, in my opinion, one of the highest works of art that I ve read in a very long time.The end of the book, like something written by Gene Wolfe or, for that matter, David Wong , doesn t actually happen at the end of the book, but previously And so you may come to the last few pages andfeel as though you ve been cheated out of a proper ending.All I can say is that this book is not for you I plan to study and reread this It is magnificent view spo [...]

    6. What a let down I have loved every Peter Straub book I have read them all up until this one A Dark Matter simply goes nowhere The characters are uninteresting and even a bit annoying at times, and the constant rehashing of events through the eyes of different characters just gets boring in the long run There also never seems to be a real driving force or need to find out what really happened, and when we do, we are left with oh, I read all this for that Here is the main story line from Publisher [...]

    7. Years after performing a forbidden ritual during which a group of young people are brought in contact with unspeakable evil by a guru in 1966, the protagonist, Lee Harwell, reminisces about that night and its sequelae The incident is set among the swirl of the 1960 s college life in Madison, Wisconsin, and those heady days of Vietnam, predatory gurus, and post teen age angst infuse the narrative To perform this supernatural ritual, eight people go into a meadow, six come out alive One body is fo [...]

    8. I was into it until the last 50 pages or so The story of Eel was obviously intended to be the ultimate explanation of the characters occult experience together I found it to be, I hate to be mean spirited but I m going to be anyway overwritten claptrap I slogged through it After all, I was in the last 50 pages of a 400 page book But the time I was done, I no longer cared about the characters and was angry at the author I have read other things from Peter Straub and have always liked him This one [...]

    9. TERRIFYING, says Stephen King on the front cover of this paperback Put this one HIGH ON YOUR LIST Well, I can honestly say this book was neither terrifying, nor will it ever receive the distinct honors of getting anywhere near the top of any of my listsexcept maybe the top of the worst books I have ever read list.Clearly King was paid a lot of cash to write that blurb, and obviously he and Straub have some kind of weird bromance thing going on since they teamed up for the Talisman which was so o [...]

    10. This review originally appeared at RevolutionSF It was 1966 in Madison, Wisconsin A group of teens fascinated with a self proclaimed guru named Spencer Mallon agree to participate in a ritual with him By the time it s over, one of them has disappeared, one of them is insane, one is going slowly blind, one has been literally torn apart, and all have been altered Years later, the only member of their group of friends who wasn t there, now a successful writer, tracks down his old friends and gets t [...]

    11. Set largely in the 60 s in Madison, Wisconsin, this latest novel by Peter Straub is a wonderfully strange ride, part mystery story, and part supernatural horror tale A group of teenage friends become infatuated and taken in by the charismatic and older college guru, Spencer Mallon, who insists on performing a ritual ceremony off the campus grounds, in order to provide them all with such life changing enlightenment Instead, one of their group is brutally killed and another vanishes, seemingly, in [...]

    12. Peter Straub has written some of my favorite horror stories A Dark Matter is not one of them In fact, it s a miserable failure in virtually every way, from a narrator who s barely a part of his own story to a narrative structure so redundant and tedious I felt the words pinging unprocessed off my eyeballs to a central conflict that manages to be both incoherent and boring A few words about the story, because that s all it s worth narrator Lee Harwell is a writer who wants to find out what really [...]

    13. I read A Dark Matter in 2011, and it was magnificent In 2012, I revisited it from time to time, re reading favorite scenes These days, end of May start of June 2013, I re read it again from cover to cover It s still magnificent It is not only awesome, it is awe inspiring Let me rephrase that I think this is the best English speaking book written in the start of the 21 st century Pre WWII it was Fitzgerald, post WWII it was Kingsley Amis, post 2000 it s Peter Straub with his Dark Matter It s not [...]

    14. No one in the world is completely evil Even Hitler had a mother, and was once a child There Mr Straub I did it in eighteen words Why did it take you 500 pages, and a completely boring story to say the same thing

    15. It s been a while since I ve engrossed myself in some of my favorite horror writers, so I grabbed one of my unread Straub novels of of my TBR It s like running into your old friend from high school at a 30 year reunion This novel reminded me why he was one of my favorite authors for over 20 yearsWhen Stephen King quotes TerrifyingImpossible to put downPut this one high on your list , you know you are in for one hell of a ride When a traveling spiritualist con man involves four high school studen [...]

    16. A DARK MATTER is a very disappointing book Uninteresting characters and Straub fails miserably to suspend disbelief The story becomes absurd toward the end.

    17. Ugh What a complete waste of time this was Whatever mojo Straub had in crafting classics like Ghost Story and The Throat is utterly absent here.The story itself is somewhat engaging, but the characters are barely drawn, the dialog is wooden and often cringingly unrealistic, and the structure is just a mess Straub seems to be aiming for a sort of Roshomon type of tale, but all he really does is repeat the same hackneyed scenes from the viewpoints of different characters There s no individual inte [...]

    18. Lee Harwell is a writer with writer s block and a detective s need to uncover just what happened to his wife and her friends in a meadow in the 1960 s There was a guru, a ritual, and, at the end of the night, a dismembered body Harwell s wife, Lee Truax, has been obstinately silent about the events of that night Thus, the story is the unraveling of these mysterious events as Harwell contacts the other people who were in the meadow that fateful night.Many of the disappointed reviews I saw were fr [...]

    19. Six book critics venture into a new novel by a best selling horror writer The writer is said to have magical abilities to blend horror conventions with literary fiction to keep the pages turning He is even said to have touched Stephen King Four of the critics come away convinced that a transcendent supernatural event has occurred, which may have something to do with the nature of evil But two are horribly scarred by the event unbearably bored, convinced they have just read a rejected script from [...]

    20. Another treasure from Peter Straub Incredibly engrossing and characters that are hard not to love and be concerned for I think Straub s ability to draw you in and make you not want to put the book down and at the same time really throw you some curveballs is highlighted here he mixes the sort of pow bang style of Stephen King with the philosophical and intricate style of Lovecraft This book is even named well you go through day to day details and stories to get to the heart of a truly dark matt [...]

    21. One of those books I just kept reading in hopes it would finally it would get better Never did Thought it was a mess And a horrible reading experience Ranks pretty high among worst novels read cover to cover list.

    22. The storytelling in A Dark Matter is unique, and may not necessarily click with all readers The story itself rarely Happens during the moments the story is Told Similar to IT by Stephen King, A Dark Matter concerns events which happened in the history of a group of friends But where Stephen King s story would bounce back and forth in time between adult kids events, A Dark Matter is strictly recounted from the adults time pov This means there is much reminiscing, remembering, interviewing, etc Th [...]

    23. At the moment, I m researching gurus and the 1960 s for a writing project, so I picked up Peter Straub s novel, A Dark Matter, because it promised a depiction of a guru set in the 1960 s A horror story, the novel s plot is organized around a singular event which happens in the chaotic turbulence of the 1960 s when a self fashioned guru, Spencer Mallon, arrives in a college town in Wisconsin and convinces a group of teenagers and a couple of creepy frat boys to participate in an arcane ritual des [...]

    24. I have a hold on this title at my library looking forward to what promises to be a blast from the past See a cool review of A Dark Matter here washingtonpost wp dyn Refer to Peter Straub s A Dark Matter, p 244 Also Agrippa Cornelius Three Books Of Occult Philosophy.This was a little hard to get into, but intrigued me after the first few chapters I m glad I stuck it out.The plot revolves around an incident that happened in the 1960s, as told years later feels like the late 20th Century The incide [...]

    25. Wow Now before you go thinking that is a good wow, it s not a this was amazing Wow but a what the holy heck was he thinking type of Wow I have read a few books by Straub in the past I recall enjoying them enough to read by him, so I thought I d give this book a try.It s a mess Really, I don t know who he wrote this for himself, perhaps Overall this book has very little to offer the reader Why Well, despite the 400ish pages, very little happens Practically nothing For the most part it is a recol [...]

    26. This is a very ambitious book with rich characterization and a non linear plot, which hinges on a decades old mystery that s pieced together though a variety of conflicting viewpoints throughout the course of the story It s a well written tale with something to say about the human condition, good versus evil, and mankind s small role in this vast universe And while the subject matter regarding otherwordly gods and parallel universes can get really far fetched, it s handled in a hallucinatory man [...]

    27. In the summer of 1966 eight friends venture into a meadow to take part in a secret ritual At the end of this ritual only six emerge from the meadow Those who emerged were changed forever Lee Harwell was a friend to those who went that night, but declined to go along Fast forward many decades and Lee is a successful author with a case of writer s block An unusual unpublished manuscript found on ebay seems to be the answer to his problem but leads him down a path he never expected to travel He sta [...]

    28. I haven t read a lot of Peter Straub And it s been years since I read him last He is undoubtedly a master That acknowledged A Dark Matter is a horror story remembered The author uses different accounts to slowly reveal what happened in 1966 when a conman had a group of friends perform an occult ritual It s a powerful way to tell the story certainly one which lesser scribes would fail at And Straub is adept at scaring his readers But ultimately I found the book a lot of work for very little payo [...]

    29. Okay, so this seems like a reader s digest version of a Stephen King novel The protagonist is a writer Check His childhood crew was a bunch of abused boys and the one beautiful girl they all liked Check There was an unspeakable supernatural terror they all confronted in their childhood Check I really like his actual sentences, the prose style, but I m waiting for the plot to take off and do something new.Ugh nevermind that whole reader s digest comment 400 pages is way too long to tell a story t [...]

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