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Houses Without Doors (1990) [Collection]
by Peter Straub Rating: Weighted - 8.8 / Average - 9.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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A schoolboy hypnotizes his little brother and discovers a dark and deadly power... A reclusive misfit falls deeper and deeper under the spell of his favorite pulp fiction... An ambitious young professor on sabbatical must elude the violent and ghostly world of his own ancestors...

This spectacular collection of short fiction by Peter Straub exposes the terrors that hide beneath the surface of the ordinary world... behind the walls of houses without doors. In its pages, you’ll find both the strange and the familiar, including the seeds of Straub’s powerful Blue Rose trilogy.


  • She Saw a Young Man
  • Blue Rose
  • Interlude: In the Realm of Dreams
  • The Juniper Tree
  • Interlude: Going Home
  • A Short Guide to the City
  • Interlude: The Poetry Reading
  • The Buffalo Hunter
  • Interlude: Bar Talk
  • Something About a Death, Something About a Fire
  • Interlude: The Veteran
  • Mrs. God
  • Then One Day She Saw Him Again

Original title: Houses Without Doors
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorGeneral

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Edition #1: Houses Without Doors

Houses Without Doors (1990)
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Language: English

  • "Straub at his spellbinding best." Publishers Weekly
  • "You expect the horrifying in fiction of Peter Straub... and you get it." The New York Times
  • "What keeps the reader moving through this votrex is the sheer power and originality of Straub's imagination... Houses Without Doors is a big, generous collection, and it demonstrates that in hands like Straub's the horror genre is quite sufficiently supple, and versatile, to attack complex themes with vitality, sophistication and wit." Washington Post Book World
  • "Straub's first collection of short fiction reflects his elegent, hard-edeged approach to horror both psychological and occult... Glittering shards from one of the most artful of contemporary horror writers." Kirkus Reviews
  • "The prose is breathtaking... the atmosphere captivating... this a collection worthy of Peter Straub." San Jose Mercury News
  • "Straub's storytelling has a compelling momentum that keeps you reading." Milwaukee Journal
  • "Excellent... ostensibly a collection, Houses Without Doors is much more than that. Its characterizations of men carrying hidden secrets in our midst give the work a unifying coherence which, combined with the elegence of his prose, makes it his most notable work yet." Locus
  • "Straub's fiction resonates with insights on genre, craft and process." Publishers Weekly
  • "Straub is backi n deliciously dark form... relying more on psyochological terror than real physical monsters, his stories make us think while they thrill us, and make us work a little at what they mean while we wait for the next macabre twist of the tale." Boston Herald
  • "This is an author who can plop a seemingly conventional character down in the middle of a seemingly familiar setting and with in three pages all hell has broken loose." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Straub builds a menacing aura of mystery." People
  • "'The Juniper Tree' is a masterpiece of writing by an author who knows how to manipulate words and his readers... the novella "Mrs. God" reminds the reader of King's The Shining, only better... Houses Without Doors places Peter Straub in a literary neighborhood not often frequented by mass market writers." Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "Ravishing... Straub's new tales are thick with evil and doom." Columbus Dispatch
  • "A collection of wonderfully crafted short stories and novellas that combine Kafkaesque nightmares, deadpan humor... and the horror of child abuse." The Associated Press
  • "Vivid and harrowing sketches." Booklist
  • "Suppleness of prose... delicacy of plotting... psychological acuity... Straub has a fascinating vision of reality." N.Y. Times
  • "Peter Straub is perhaps our most literate teller of twisted tales." Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • "Masterful, compelling... the best of Straub's writing." Houston Chronicle
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ISBN: 0451170822

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