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Awards

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son- fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill-vanishes. His uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his mothers suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge. No mere empty building, the house whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror story, and Tim Underhill comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain.

Review:

"lost boy lost girl may be the best book of [Peter Straub's] career." Stephen King

Review:

"[A] wonderful webwork of a book....It's funny, and heartwarming, and genuinely scary." Neil Gaiman

Review:

"[F]reshens shopworn horror elements...with an inventive structure...masterfully fleshed-out characters, and real emotional content. As a result, lost boy lost girl proves much more than just a ghost story: Straub puts the natural back in supernatural. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"This is the great novel of the supernatural Straub has always had it in him to write, one as beautiful, moving, and spiritually rich as the best stories in his dazzling collections Houses Without Doors (1990) and Magic Terror (2000)." Ray Olson, Booklist

Review:

"[A] brilliant variation on the haunted house tale....With great compassion and in prose as supple as mink, Straub has created an exciting, fearful, wondrous tale about people who matter, in one of his finest books to date." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"There are no false notes, no tired cinematic tricks; Straub entices, then unnerves us....This is a horror story, yes, but one to be shelved with those written by Straub's peers: the likes of Borges, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James." Douglas E. Winter, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Mr. Straub's latest is an unusually taut, dynamic, spooky display of horror expertise, and its story is deftly told. If Mr. Straub does not quite deliver 'prose as supple as mink,' as Publishers Weekly recently lauded it, he does not overwrite either." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"The veteran horror writer's circuitous 16th outing....Strikingly imagined indeed, but the zigzag structure blurs the momentum and effect of what might have been one of Straub's best." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ghost Story tingled our spines and raised goose pimples....lost boy lost girl numbs us to boredom. This is a horror story masquerading as something else — or something else masquerading as a horror story. I'm just not exactly sure what." Jon Land, Providence Journal

Review:

"It's taut and surprisingly moving, a treat even for those who don't believe in ghosts." Linnea Lannon, Detroit Free Press

Review:

"Peter Straub has written a real thinking-person's thriller, a nuanced, layered reworking of the haunted-house story, genuinely creepy in spots, but coolly modulated from time to time with wry reminders that it's all only make-believe." Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Rather than scream-in-the-night scary, lost boy lost girl is pit-of-the-stomach disturbing....lost boy lost girl is literate without being stuffy — a hard-hitting, quick read, but one to ponder." Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Like much of his recent output, lost boy lost girl is Straub operating at the height of his storytelling powers — and it's his spookiest, most unnerving solo effort since Ghost Story." Dorman T. Shindler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"lost boy lost girl is just as compelling as a sorrowful look at people wrestling with pasts they'd rather forget, or an exploration of the insatiable curiosity of adolescents, as it is a tale of twisted, unfeeling evil." Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Review:

"[S]trange and lovely." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The terrifying New York Times bestseller from the coauthor of Black House is now available in mass market.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Black House and Mr. X springs a groundbreaking story of the persistence of evil, told with tantalizing ambiguity and structural audacity.

Synopsis:

The terrifying "New York Times" bestseller from the coauthor of "Black House" is now available in mass market. "Straub's masterful tale of ultrahorror is all that "and" a bag of chips."--"Entertainment Weekly."

About the Author

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Peter Straub is the author of sixteen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He has won the British Fantasy Award, two Bram Stoker awards, and two World Fantasy awards. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449149911
Author:
Straub, Peter
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
horror;fiction;mystery;ghosts;suspense;supernatural;haunted house;thriller;murder;crime;suicide;serial killer
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
September 28, 2004
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.86x4.22x1.01 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449149911 Reviews:
"Review" by , "lost boy lost girl may be the best book of [Peter Straub's] career."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderful webwork of a book....It's funny, and heartwarming, and genuinely scary."
"Review" by , "[F]reshens shopworn horror elements...with an inventive structure...masterfully fleshed-out characters, and real emotional content. As a result, lost boy lost girl proves much more than just a ghost story: Straub puts the natural back in supernatural. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "This is the great novel of the supernatural Straub has always had it in him to write, one as beautiful, moving, and spiritually rich as the best stories in his dazzling collections Houses Without Doors (1990) and Magic Terror (2000)."
"Review" by , "[A] brilliant variation on the haunted house tale....With great compassion and in prose as supple as mink, Straub has created an exciting, fearful, wondrous tale about people who matter, in one of his finest books to date."
"Review" by , "There are no false notes, no tired cinematic tricks; Straub entices, then unnerves us....This is a horror story, yes, but one to be shelved with those written by Straub's peers: the likes of Borges, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James."
"Review" by , "Mr. Straub's latest is an unusually taut, dynamic, spooky display of horror expertise, and its story is deftly told. If Mr. Straub does not quite deliver 'prose as supple as mink,' as Publishers Weekly recently lauded it, he does not overwrite either."
"Review" by , "The veteran horror writer's circuitous 16th outing....Strikingly imagined indeed, but the zigzag structure blurs the momentum and effect of what might have been one of Straub's best."
"Review" by , "Ghost Story tingled our spines and raised goose pimples....lost boy lost girl numbs us to boredom. This is a horror story masquerading as something else — or something else masquerading as a horror story. I'm just not exactly sure what."
"Review" by , "It's taut and surprisingly moving, a treat even for those who don't believe in ghosts."
"Review" by , "Peter Straub has written a real thinking-person's thriller, a nuanced, layered reworking of the haunted-house story, genuinely creepy in spots, but coolly modulated from time to time with wry reminders that it's all only make-believe."
"Review" by , "Rather than scream-in-the-night scary, lost boy lost girl is pit-of-the-stomach disturbing....lost boy lost girl is literate without being stuffy — a hard-hitting, quick read, but one to ponder."
"Review" by , "Like much of his recent output, lost boy lost girl is Straub operating at the height of his storytelling powers — and it's his spookiest, most unnerving solo effort since Ghost Story."
"Review" by , "lost boy lost girl is just as compelling as a sorrowful look at people wrestling with pasts they'd rather forget, or an exploration of the insatiable curiosity of adolescents, as it is a tale of twisted, unfeeling evil."
"Review" by , "[S]trange and lovely."
"Synopsis" by , The terrifying New York Times bestseller from the coauthor of Black House is now available in mass market.
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Black House and Mr. X springs a groundbreaking story of the persistence of evil, told with tantalizing ambiguity and structural audacity.
"Synopsis" by , The terrifying "New York Times" bestseller from the coauthor of "Black House" is now available in mass market. "Straub's masterful tale of ultrahorror is all that "and" a bag of chips."--"Entertainment Weekly."
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