By Peter Straub

On a Midwestern campus within the Sixties, a charismatic guru and his younger acolytes practice a mystery ritual in an area meadow.  What occurs is a mystery—all that is still is a gruesomely dismembered physique and the shattered souls of all who have been present.  40 years later, one guy seeks to benefit approximately that frightening evening, and to take action he’ll need to strength these concerned to check the unspeakable occasions that experience haunted them ever considering the fact that. Unfolding via their person tales, A darkish Matter is an electrical, chilling, and unpredictable novel that proves Peter Straub to be the grasp of recent horror.

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Here's the report, up to the moment. Our men have gone through that country down there, and I'd wager not a snake has been left undisturbed. We found no more bodies and absolutely no sign of any drugs hidden away. "We can't spare the men or the time to keep on going over old territory, so we're turning the physical search back over to your office. " He looked pale and washed out among the mahogany and ruddy-faced deputies and the single Hispanic highway patrolman. But his steel gray eyes were hard and cold, and Ranse felt them stab into him like twin needles.

I don't like it, Lone,” she said. “Coming on the heels of the news Possum brought me, it bodes no good. I'd better put on my dress before they come around the last bend. " She whipped into her bedroom and slipped a sleeveless cotton dress over her skimpy nightgown. Fumbling in a drawer, she pulled out a pair of panties that had not begun life as lace but were now decorated with tiny holes from long wear. "I'm not going to get out my best drawers for anybody I didn't invite to visit me,” she observed to the cat, who was now sitting on the windowsill, craning his neck as he tried to see the road.

Lena McCarver came to the window and peered into his eyes. “You're not in town now, boy. You're not in Washington or your office, wherever it is, with all the other fools who think they know the real world. This is MY real world, and I'm the boss here. " She straightened and pointed back down the road. " Then he found himself driving along the shadowy track, feeling as if the trees themselves were staring down at him with contempt. The hawks cry out to warn me ... He put his foot down and sped around the bends at reckless speed, kicking up a storm of dust behind his wheels.

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