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Publisher's Summary

With Magic Terror Peter Straub, best selling author of Ghost Story and The Talisman (with Stephen King), has written one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts. "Bunny is Good Bread" takes you into the mind of a small boy trapped in grotesque circumstances to portray the creation of a serial killer in a manner that compels pity, sorrow, comprehension, and grief - as well as judgment. "Hunger and Introduction," narrated by the ghost of a pompous, self-pitying murderer, evokes a profoundly beautiful vision of earthly life, one appreciated far more by the dead than the living. The Award-winning novella "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff," a masterpiece of black comedy, draws upon Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" to create a revenge tale in which torture is a moral art and the revenger undergoes a transforming, albeit painful, education.
In the words of Mrs. Asch, the visionary narrator of "Ashputtle," "The Main feature of adventure is that it goes forward into unknown country." Straub's devotees will be entranced by what their fearless guide has in store for them. Those as yet uninitiated are in for a harrowing literary journey. Enjoy the ride.
©2000 Peter Straub (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks A Division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"When Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him." (Stephen King)"This selection is less about magic or gothic terror than about pinching the reader's psychological nerve..." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Amazon Customer on 04-09-07

Had to re-listen twice

I am not sure if I was just missing something or if I really did not get it. I did not read the other reviews before I purchased this book and I really wish I had. I had to play it twice to make sure, but the stories did not make since to me and it flowed from one to the next without any closure. I was still on Ms. Ash and next thing I knew I was in Paris with someone else waiting for a connection. Like the other reader stated, don't waste a credit.

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By Toivo J Luick on 05-31-10

I call this pretty good

There are some pretty excellent stories here. Maybe they aren't everybody's cup of tea, but they are good. Porkpie Hat I call brilliant.

Don't buy this expecting 12 page O Henry ironic twisters. These aren't those kind of stories. These stories are longer and darker. They don't necessarily end neatly resolved. More than once I got to the end thinking, "what just happened here?" I savored each story for quite a while after finishing.

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By anthonyunionjackson on 05-06-09

A crazy book of Top Terror Tales

...if you like short stories in the Horror genre - this will be a very interesting one for you and a very, very different format! It took me a while to work out what was going on! A lot of very sophisticated tales are contained within - and more than a few of them will make you cringe and look over your shoulder!!!

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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