Straub, Peter, 1943-....

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Birth 1943-03-02
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Peter Francis Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, Wisconson) is an author noted for his novels and short stories in the horror genre for which he has won the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award. He received a B.A. in English from University of Wisconson-Madison in 1965 and an M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1967.While working on a Ph.D. (ultimately abandoned) in Dublin, Ireland, Straub completed his first novel, Marriages, published in 1973. ...

From the description of Peter Straub Papers 1962-2008. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 683215439

Peter Francis Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, Wisconson) is an author noted for his novels and short stories in the horror genre for which he has won the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award. He received a B.A. in English from University of Wisconson-Madison in 1965 and an M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1967.

While working on a Ph.D. (ultimately abandoned) in Dublin, Ireland, Straub completed his first novel, Marriages, published in 1973. Having moved to London, Straub's work began to shift toward the horror genre, after his agent suggested he write a gothic novel. The novels Julia and If You Could See Me Now followed in 1975 and 1977. But it was the following novel, Ghost Story (1979), that jumpstarted his career as one of the foremost authors in the genre. In 1981, Ghost Story was adapted for a film starring Fred Astaire.

Straub's success in the horror genre led to the beginning of a collaborative relationship with Stephen King. Together, they have written two novels, The Talisman and Black House .

Peter Straub and his wife, Susan Straub née Bitker, married in 1966. Susan is the creator and director of Read to Me, a program that promotes and supports young mothers reading to their babies. They have two children, Ben and Emma.

Novels Marriages (1973) Julia (1975) If You Could See Me Now (1977) Ghost Story (1979) Shadowland (1980) Floating Dragon (1983) The Talisman (with Stephen King) (1984) Wild Animals (collects the novels Julia, If You Could See Me Now, and Under Venus ) (1984) Under Venus (1985) Koko (1989) Mystery (1990) The Throat (1993) The Hellfire Club (1995) Mr. X (1999) Black House (with Stephen King) (2001) Lost Boy, Lost Girl (2003) In The Night Room (2004) A Dark Matter (2010) The Skylark (2010)

Poetry My Life in Pictures (1971) Ishmael (1972) Open Air (1972) Leeson Park and Belsize Square: Poems 1970-1975 (1983)

Novellas The General's Wife (1982) Mrs. God (1990) Pork Pie Hat (2010)

Collections Houses Without Doors (1990) Magic Terror (2000) A Little Blue Book of Rose Stories (2004) 5 Stories (2007)

Books and Periodicals Edited by Peter Straub Peter Straub's Ghosts (1995) Conjunctions 39: The New Wave Fabulists (2002) H.P. Lovecraft: Tales (2005) American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps (2009) American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s until now (2009)

Awards 2007 Bram Stoker Award: Superior Achievement in a collection, for 5 Stories 2003 Bram Stoker Award: Best Novel, for Lost Boy, Lost Girl 2003 International Horror Guild Award: Best Novel, for Lost Boy, Lost Girl 2000 Bram Stoker Award: Fiction Collection, for The Hellfire Club 1999 Bram Stoker Award: Best Novel, for Mr. X 1998 International Horror Guild Award: Best Long Form, for “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff” 1998 Bram Stoker Award: Long Fiction, for “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff” 1994 British Fantasy Award: Best Novel, for Floating Dragon 1993 World Fantasy Award: Best Novella, for “The Ghost Village” 1993 Bram Stoker Award: Best Novel, for The Throat 1989 World Fantasy Award: Best Novel, for Koko

Sources: "About the Author." From http://www.peterstraub.net/bio/bio_home.html. "Awards and Honors." From http://www.peterstraub.net/awards/awards_home.html. "A Must Read: Peter '65 and Susan '66 Straub." From http://www.uwalumni.com/daa2009straub.aspx.

From the guide to the Peter Straub Papers, 1962-2008, (© 2010 Fales Library and Special Collections)

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