by Peter Straub
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Book Club Edition
There's just one thing wrong with living in Hampstead . . . and by the time you find out what it is, it'll be too late.
The time is the present; the place is an affluent commuter town -- manicured, woodsy, a bit bohemian -- where every refrigerator is stocked with Perrier, every closet with expensive jogging shoes. There is only one thing wrong with living there: Hampstead is about to be visited by a siege of unspeakable horror.
In a stunning tour de force, Peter Straub harnesses his unique literary skills to a story that soars and stretches to new reaches of the human experience.
The four principal characters are led through escalating tensions and terrors to a world thoroughly penetrated by mystery -- a world that can be horribly experienced but never really understood.
Richard Allbee, Patsy McCloud, Graham Williams, and young Tabby Smithfield discover the malignancy growing in their town, and must escape it before they become its victims. Their efforts and the convulsions of the town they must try to save mesh into a Gothic extravaganza, a tale that accelerates toward a climax of bruising and masterly power.
With every book Peter Straub has grown in ambition, daring, and audacity, but has kept constant faith with the reader who wishes above all to be entertained as well as dazzled -- which is why he has become one of the most popular and successful young novelists in America.
Uniting the strength and fascination of Ghost Story with the feverish, subtle and visionary qualities of Shadowland, Floating Dragon transcends the literary provinces of horror and fantasy from which it takes flight: it creates a new fictional genre all by itself, and Peter Straub has made himself its sole proprietor and undisputed master.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover shows scuffing and a bit of discoloration and edge wear. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Binding is starting to split throughout the book.
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