I haven't read the new Peter Straub novel A Dark Matter, but Herald film critic Rene Rodriguez - who reads more horror than pretty much anyone I know - reviews it. Here's what he has to say:
"Peter Straub is almost always characterized as a writer of horror novels, primarily on the strength of two of his most popular books, the extraordinary Ghost Story and the exceedingly scary Floating Dragon. But faithful Straub readers know the horror label is reductive. Straub's canon cannot be categorized: The intricately plotted ``Blue Rose Trilogy'' of Koko, Mystery and The Throat, which experimented with meta-fiction and hugely unreliable narrators; the Lovecraft-flavored Mr. X; the dark fantasy of Shadowland and Straub's collaborations with Stephen King (The Talisman, Black House), and the supernatural mysteries of Lost Boy, Lost Girl and its sequel In the Night Room.
Their common link is really Straub's sublime use of language -- his love for the sheer act of writing. Accordingly, many of the protagonists of Straub's books are authors by profession, and such is the case with the principal character in A Dark Matter, Straub's 18th novel: Lee Harwell, a writer struggling with his current book and reluctantly pondering his agent's suggestion to try his hand at nonfiction."
Click here to read the rest of the review. Can't wait to read this one...