Book Discussion - Dark Matter by Peter Straub

It's Halloween and time to get a scare on!


From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In this tour de force from bestseller Straub (In the Night Room), four high school friends in 1966 Madison, Wis.—Hootie Bly, Dilly Olson, Jason Boatman, and Lee Truax—fall under the spell of charismatic wandering guru Spencer Mallon. During an occult ceremony in which Mallon attempts to break through to a higher reality, something goes horribly awry leaving one participant dead. Decades later, Lee's writer husband interviews the quartet to find out what happened. In Roshomon-like fashion, each relates a slightly different account of the trauma they experienced. Straub masterfully shows how the disappointments, downturns, and failed promise of the four friends' lives may have stemmed from this youthful experience, and suggests, by extension, that the malignant evil they helped unleash into the world has tainted all hope ever since. Brilliant in its orchestration and provocative in its speculations, this novel ranks as one of the finest tales of modern horror. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. This month's title is widely available at bookstores and at YOUR Enoch Pratt Free Library!

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  • Brian D.

    Hi All!

    Tomorrow we will be voting on January and possibly February choices and dicussing our new meeting place for 2013!

    October 24, 2012

  • Lisa K.

    I'm half way through and I feel as if Lee (the writer, the Twin) is being setup. No one would talk to him for 30 Years(?) then all of the sudden they are all willing to tell him their story without any arm twisting.

    October 18, 2012

    • Brian D.

      I got issues with Lee, but tha will have to wait for Thursday. I also have issues with Howard's character and the way that chapter is listed.

      October 20, 2012

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