One of the great classics of modern horror, set in a small New York town and filled with creeping dread.
'The terror just mounts and mounts' Stephen King
It began shortly after the party at which one of their members, Edward Wanderley, had died - or was killed. The Chowder Society, who for years had met in customary evening dress with the object of telling each other tales of every kind, now found themselves drawn towards the supernatural. It was some sort of solace for Edward's loss. They began to tell ghost stories, extraordinary ghost stories ... ghost stories that did not always stop when the teller finished speaking ... Then came the dreams, shared simultaneously by the Chowder Society members, forecasting horrors the four ageing men can scarcely bring themselves to discuss. And now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder.
Readers can't stop turning Ghost Story's pages:
'A real haunting good read, the story drives you crazy in places' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'Intelligent and ambitious . . . one of the best horror novels of the 20th century . . . the terror, sometimes expected, often unexpected, is measured out in precise and exact quantities' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'This beautifully written story of evil in a small town has a lot in common with Stephen King's IT . . . The stories of these men, the stories about the relatives of these men, and the stories about the town itself, wind around and through each other' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'Probably the scariest book I ever read' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'Loved this book! The setting, the characters, the atmosphere, the small town... some really creepy scenes. All of it just worked for me' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'This is actually one of the "scariest" books I've read so far as atmosphere and actual emotional scare goes' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'Fantastic book if you like to be scared. Straub is a master of this genre' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'This is a book that combines the chill of the New York winter with the arthritic helplessness of old man nightmares . . . If you want to read some of the best writing that horror has to offer, read Ghost Story' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
First rate storyteller
I first read this as a paperback novel 20 years ago, re reading it now it had a new dimension for me and has lost none of it's relevance. From the opening you are drawn into the tale and form relationships with the characters, essential to keep you going. Straub is a first rate story teller, if you enjoy the story as much as the joy of reading a very well written book, read this.