ShadowlandThis Tale Of Supernatural Horror From The Author Of Koko , The Talisman And Mr X Concerns Two Boys At A New England Boarding School Del Introduces Tom To His World Of Magic Tricks But At Shadowland Del S Uncle S Lakeside Estate Their Hobby Suddenly Takes On Much Sinister Tones

Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to 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.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy

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  • Paperback
  • Shadowland
  • Peter Straub
  • English
  • 07 July 2017
  • 9780006163282

10 thoughts on “Shadowland

  1. says:

    This book I read when I was a teenager It is a fantastic book by a literary great.Finished reading it again recently while I was away I enjoyed it again Five stars.

  2. says:

    Peter Straub came to prominence in 1979 with Ghost Story, an old fashioned spooky ghost tale which I wasn t really a fan of though I appreciate it A year later, in 1980, he published Shadowland, a coming of age novel which can be classified as dark fantasy with horror elements This time, I say, he penned a winner Shadowland is concerned with the friendship of two boys Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale which began at the private all male school they both attended As both try to fight the horrors all young boys have to suffer at one stage of their lives or another, Del introduces Tom to his world of magic tricks When they both decide to spend the summer at Del s Uncle s house in New England, Tom discovers that things can be much sinister than they seem At Shadowland, their lives will be changed forever and after that summer nothing will be the same Shadowland is a beautiful novel unlike most fantasy or horror works Straub is a master prose stylist who crafts to perfection he wrote the novel longhand in multiple journals, and then retyped it on a typewriter who can imagine a writer doing that nowadays and the result is an intricately detailed work, structurally complex and above all, stylish Opening with a prologue which reads like a feverish dream which makes us see the strangest things, the novel expertly morphs into a coming of age school story, and only after that unleashes its full power Straub introduces characters, plots and subplots within those, but nothing is without purpose in this story he draws heavily on various folk tales and even includes some of his own making thereby seducing the reader who is surprised with each revelation and the horror is only starting From the afterword That same year, I had been moved by John Fowles novel, The Magus, which suggested a way to unite the powerful strangeness resulting from the oral tradition with conventional narrative satisfactions No one familiar with The Magus who reads Shadowland can fail to notice Fowles influence on me, which was profound and pervasive but this influence was above all liberating, not enslaving Fowles demonstrated how the seductive uncertainty implicit in theatrical illusion and, even importantly, the emotional effects of this uncertainty, could find expression in a narrative that itself moved through successive layers of surprise, doubt, suspicion, and uncertainty.Reading Shadowland is much like witnessing a spectacle of illusion and the uncertainity it evokes The aura that something is terribly wrong never leaves, and if an enchantment was cast, it is a dark and haunting one One of the things that are immediately noticeable is Straub s shift in approach to horror Ghost Story was largely constrained by the Victorian history of the genre, where the horror needed to be subtle and only hinted at Though Shadowland is a subtle and suggestive work, it escapes this convenction and Straub plays with the subtle and blalant terror wth marvelous results Shadowland is a masterful, unacknowledged work by a writer who has remained in the shadows far, far too long Peter Straub possesses an imagination without boundaries along with the gift of marvelous storytelling and the ability of bringing things to life with the most amazing imagery and constructing atmosphere that is gothic, unsettling, elusive and hallucinatory all at once Intriguing and complex, Shadowland will please every reader who enjoys well crafed fiction that demands full attention and forces to think about what it presents A truly magical tale.

  3. says:

    This book is severely weird I have a lot of thoughts Review coming soon.

  4. says:

    Revisited ReviewI really enjoy this kind of horror Shadowland has an elaborate build up, and the reader invests quite a bit in the story before things start going awry This means that you actually do care about what happens next There s also a very real world feel to the events, however bizarre things eventually turn out You almost, almost feel that this could actually happen That being said, I wasn t using the term bizarre loosely just now This is one sinister story, and if the body count isn t exactly apocalyptic, the psychological toll this novel takes is quite extraordinary Straub has a way of infusing even the mundane with a sense of sinister purpose Every single sentence drips menace.Something of note is the structure of the novel, which is split into two very distinct sequences The first half of the novel depicts events that play out at a certain school, where we are introduced to key members of the cast The second half of the book deals with two of the pupils and their time at Shadowland, which is, at first glance, the estate of an uncle of one of the boys I can hardly say too much , since that would be giving away some of the plot Of course, the events depicted in the first half of the novel have a bearing on the events that are depicted in the second half of the novel, so there is some excellent foreshadowing This is not a quick read, and at times I found the book a bit complicated, not to mention mind numbingly weird It s good stuff, though, even when it s taking its time.Being a Straub novel, when things start going wrong they go very wrong This is not a gorefest, however What it is, is creepy as heck, and very suspenseful with some genuine shocks thrown in for good measure Excellent characterisation, some philosophical meanderings and lots of allegory and metaphor relating to religion and the occult add spice to what is already a good story Despite the somewhat deceptive pacing it is an engaging and chilling read If you like Straub s novels or atmospheric old school horror in general, you might want to check this out Just stay away from any mind altering substances while reading it the experience might ruin you.

  5. says:

    I could only make it through half this book before I just had to quit Another Straub novel that did not work for me.

  6. says:

    It s been a long time since I ve read anything by Peter Straub I loved his earlier novel Julia and its accompanying 1970 s film adaptation starring Mia Farrow, but often I have trouble finding his books for sale, and I get distracted into buying something else I m glad I decided to buy a copy of Shadowland While it s definitely not a book for everyone and it can be a very strange piece of fiction, it s a really incredible story Initially it was recommended to me by a friend because they compared it to another book I read recently and loved, The Satanic Mill While there are similarities between the two, Straub s Shadowland is definitely rooted in horror Shadowland works on a simple premise Two friends from boarding school are taken on as apprentices by one of their uncles, retired stage magician Coleman Collins While it might be expected that Collins would just know a bunch of silly card tricks and Houdini type stuff, this old magician is actually very powerful and very sinister, as well Much of Shadowland focuses less on this aspect and on what our two main characters endure while at their boarding school environment Straub does a great job at capturing the struggle for power and esteem that magic promises, especially for two boys in an environment where bullying is rampant The romanticized allure of magic is also a really captivating subject, and the unfolding darker truth is presented in an unforgettable and engaging way here I wasn t expecting the ending at all, and it was definitely one of the most memorable in any horror novel I ve ever read.

  7. says:

    I really a fish walks by eating a taco want to like this tiiiiin rooof book but rusted I just get sidetracked once there was a mouse and a squirrel, but that was a long time ago just kept getting distracted a taco walks by eating a fish by the trippy dream sequences the sound of a thousand mute voices saying nothing and random interjections did I have a point and I m pretty sure am I me that in the end nothing nothing really yes nothing, remember the moral of the fish taco happened.

  8. says:

    Some of the surreal moments, as well as the occasional switches in narratives, made this book a little hard to follow at times, but there IS a reason I gave this book five stars it was terrific It s not the all out horror fest that the cover of the 1980 s paperback promised, but there were some truly gruesome scenes towards the climax, as well as a general tone of mounting tension throughout.Tom Flanagan is a very memorably three dimensional young protagonist, and all the conflicts of childhood innocence and naivete being challenged by oncoming adulthood and in this case, some unusual challenges make him all the believable.The twisting narratives, like multiple concentric circles overlapping each other at times are also highly engrossing, and never boring not even the miniature stories which have everything to do with the plot, and cannot be skipped The only thing that I fear may turn a lot of readers off is the slow buildup of the first 140 pages or so, describing the boys in school I cannot begin to tell you how important it all is to the story later on it s not just filler Shadowland was an enchanting read, and all the welcome for its subject matter in the wake of the Harry Potter phenomenon Seriously read it, and enjoy it thoroughly.

  9. says:

    Not sure what happened here, although I suspect it was the case of success bloat Straub s first ventures into supernatural If You Could See Me Now and Julia were lean, mean thriller thrilling machines Shadowland must be where he veered off into the prolixity of later years I had such high expectations for this book based not only on how much I liked the Straub s aforementioned works, but also on the love I have for the subject Magic, how can you go wrong with magic It s innately fun And yetShadowland has the genre stereotypical coming of age trip back in time structure, although it is framed in a present day for the day narrative, which might have been unnecessary and at the very least proves quite distracting on several occasions throughout the book It s sort of an epic story in sheer ambition and size, it has a lot going on, too much going on really, and Straub seems willing and eager to explore every tangential plot line that comes up, as if paid by word As a result, it often feels like reading a somewhat disjointed and overwhelming sum of lovely individual parts Not to imply it doesn t have a cohesive coherent plot, it does It has to do with two teenage boys who spend a veryinteresting summer at a palatial, literally magical estate of an uncle, who just happens to be looking for an apprentice There are plenty of fantasy elements, there are plenty of horror elements It is undeniably well written It should have wowed And yetShadowland is mostly good, occasionally very good, but often than not if felt like a chore to read, not quite plodding, but something of a slog It overwhelmed with its grandiosity And yet, admittedly, this is very much an acquired taste and seems like the sort of thing that would be positively adored by the right reader.

  10. says:

    During the extremely unsatisfying experience of reading Lev Grossman s The Magicians , I kept thinking of how much better Straub s treatment of similar themes was, so literally the minute I finished The Magicians I went to my bookshelf and picked out this book to re read With it s nods to everything from Grimm s Fairy Tales to Hans Christian Andersen to John Fowles The Magus, this is both a literate homage to the art of storytelling and a gripping story in its own right The tale of two boarding school best friends, one of whom is destined to be the greatest magician in the world, and the malevolent wizard who seeks to keep the mantle for himself, this is a mournful story filled with melancholy, violence and tragedy The journey from innocence through temptation to self awareness provides the backbone for these characters, and the layered narratives and realities are skillfully wrought A perfectly crafted gem.

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