Friday, August 3, 2012

Book It - A Special Place

This week’s featured book:

A Special Place
Author: Peter Straub


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, it 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.

My Comments:

I enjoy a horror novel now and then, but this one goes far beyond that. This is one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read; it’s as dark as a tale can get. It takes you to the most evil, most fear-provoking corners of a sociopath’s mind and to the cruelest chambers of his/her heart (or lack of). I think what terrified me the most is the fact that people like this really have existed and continue to do so. Think carefully about reading this book; it can leave you psychologically troubled long after you’re done with it. There is no happy ending to this one like I’d hoped there be. I learned that the hard way, and I’m warning you ahead of time, so you don’t have the same experience.

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