The Buffalo Hunter
- Author: Peter Straub
- Page Count: 160
- Pub. Date: November 20, 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-236-1
- Status: Out of Print
"In the wake of a thirty-fifth birthday too well celebrated, Bob Bunting discovers a penchant for baby bottles... he also starts literally getting into a book's setting and predicaments, though characters and developments differ from what he remembers... Many more baby bottles figure into Straub's masterly novella whose trajectory is inevitable but not that predictable."
The Buffalo Hunter
by Peter Straub
About the Book:
The Buffalo Hunter chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old man who numbs his fear of women in some very unusual ways. This Peter Straub novella was inspired by an art opening that stuck with the author longer than expected, leading him to purchase an unusual number of baby bottles and discover the haunting story of Bobby Bunting in the process...
About the Inspiration:
"(The Buffalo Hunter) was inspired by a show — an art opening. Her work is often primal, and this show included several beds with baby bottles lashed to them. The next morning, as soon as I woke up, I wondered what that kind of thing would look like if it were made without any artistic impulse. And what kind of person would make it? That morning, I went out and bought a bunch of baby bottles. Bobby Bunting came into view very early on. I knew I wanted to write a novella, and I had so much fun that it turned out to be a little longer than I had expected it to be."
— Peter Straub
"In the wake of a thirty-fifth birthday too well celebrated, Bob Bunting discovers a penchant for baby bottles... he also starts literally getting into a book's setting and predicaments, though characters and developments differ from what he remembers. A real-life date, worried calls from his father about his mother's health, thorough cleaning and redecoration of his apartment, branching out from Luke Short and Raymond Chandler to Anna Karenina, and many more baby bottles figure into Straub's masterly novella—written 20-plus years ago but scarcely betraying its age—whose trajectory is inevitable but not that predictable."
— Booklist, Ray Olson
"Straub shines when dealing with odd, psychological issues, and this is a best bet for those who enjoy cerebral, quiet horror that manages to haunt long after the final page is read. A thoroughly satisfying story with a haunting conclusion."
— The Crow's Caw, Nick Cato
"As always, Straub leads the reader down a winding road with the smooth ease of a masterful storyteller. Bob Bunting is a classic middle aged character: a 35 year old man socially stunted, single, frustrated, adrift, and aimless. So when his fixation with baby bottles first begins, we automatically assume we know where this story is headed. And that's its beauty, because Straub excels at creating complex characters that evoke sympathy, and — like so many of his works — this story very quickly becomes like nothing we're expecting."
— Shroud Magazine, Kevin Lucia
Peter Straub is the author of eighteen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and three collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America's edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and their two-volume collection, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and four World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2006, he was given the HWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2010, the World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award. Both the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University gave him Distinguished Alumnus Awards.
Published in three states:
• Trade Hardcover Edition with full color dust jacket ($19.99)
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 450 signed and numbered copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($50)
• Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather and Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker ($200)