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Houses without doors

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Material Type:Book
Collection:Adult Fiction Books
Call Number:FICTION Straub
Title:Houses without doors
Remainder of title:
Personal name:Straub, Peter.
Statement of responsibility:Peter Straub.
Coordinated Info:Year: 1990 / ISBN: 0525249249 / 358 pages
Value: $19.95 / Hardback
Reference and Record Number: 118
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Additional Bibliographic Information:
Subject:Short stories
Classification number:PS3569.T6914
Item number:H68 1990
Edition number:20
Classification number:813/.54
Dates associated with a name:1943-
Place of publication:New York :
Name of publisher:Dutton,
Date of publication:1990
Extent:358 pages
Dimensions:vii, 24 cm.
Summary or note:7 short stories and 6 not-so-short stories.

Publishers Weekly says "This collection of 13 psychic and horror fictions--seven of them short-shorts--reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. In "Blue Rose," sadistic Harry Beevers, 10, hypnotizes and destroys his younger brother; the tale leaps ahead to the ironic verdict in Harry's court-martial for wreaking atrocities in Vietnam. In the outstanding "The Juniper Tree," a novelist relives a harrowing, seductive summer when, at age seven, he was sexually molested in a movie house by drifter Stan, a seedy Alan Ladd lookalike. "The Buffalo Hunter" fastidiously chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old who numbs his fear of women by sucking his coffee and cognac from baby bottles. In the ambitious gothic thriller/academic spoof "Mrs. God," a fatuous professor is lured to a creepy English mansion crammed with grisly secrets to research the papers of his poet ancestress; dead babies provide a subtheme. Wry and riveting, "A Short Guide to the City" fuses and parodies two genres: the self-congratulatory tourist blurb with a news alert on the "viaduct killer." In addition to having popular allure, Straub's fictions are playfully postmodern, resonating with insights on genre, craft and process. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo."

More praise:

A spectacular collection of short fiction which includes the seeds of Straub's powerful Blue Rose trilogy.

"You expect the horrifying in the fiction of Peter Straub...and you get it." (New York Times)

"Straub at his spellbinding best." (Publishers Weekly)
Purchase price:19.95 / Hardback

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