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Peter Straub

Peter StraubPeter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse. The salesman wanted himto become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.

Straub's desire to learn to read at an early age led him to memorize his comic books and recite them over and over again until he could recognize the words. He also paid regular visits to the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives and spies and soon earned the reputation as a storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards.

His novel Lost Boy, Lost Girl won the 2003 Bram Stoker Award and the 2003 International Horror Guild Award. His other novels include The Talisman and Black House (with Stephen King), Ghost Story, Floating Dragon, In The Night Room, Mr X, and many others. His novels have been translated into more than 20 languages and won numerous awards. His first Cemetery Dance book, Sides, features hard to find and rare non-fiction pieces Straub has penned over the years.

He continues to enjoy the crucial friendships of Ann Lauterbach, Thom Tessier, and several others, mainly writers and jazz musicians. At some point he became conscious of the central issues of his life, which recognition made it impossible to cast them into the patterns, however imaginative, of horror literature, as least as conventionally regarded. Horror itself, on the other hand, has not abandoned him, nor can it ever, a matter for which he feels the deepest gratitude. He is a member of HWA, MWA, PEN and the Adams Round Table, and though he is without “hobbies,” remains intensely interested in jazz, as well as opera and other forms of classical music.

He lives in New York City with his wife Susan, director of the Read to Me program.