A Special Place
The Heart of a Dark Matter
From the bestselling author of Ghost Story, Shadowland, and The Talisman, a novella-length rumination on the nature of evil.
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.
Praise For A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter…
Frightening. Straub can write superb horror.
Straub is a master at creating an otherworldly type of fiction. It has earned him a fierce following.
Straub can write circles around most of the authors topping bestseller lists these days.
When Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him.
— Stephen King
Peter Straub is a national treasure.
— Lawrence Block
Pegasus Books, 9781605981024, 144pp.
Publication Date: July 20, 2010