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A Special Place

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A Special Place

The Heart of a Dark Matter

By Peter Straub

Pegasus Books, Paperback, 9781605981024, 136pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2010

Description
A Special Place, Peter Straub's first published novella, will come to stand as one of the author's most deeply unsettling works of fiction. A rumination on the nature of evil, the story centers on a boy, Keith Hayward, who is drawn by his nature to an irresistible fascination with death and the taking of life. His father's brother, the good-looking, suave Uncle Till the infamous ladykiller, who has led a shadowy career as a local celebrity recognizes his nephew's innermost nature and gleefully tutors him in art of doing ill without getting caught. Even a cold-blooded sociopath must learn some lessons in survival, in seems, and Uncle Till is only happy to provide a tutorial, in the latest imaginative and disturbing work from one of America's most celebrated horror writers.