By Peter Straub
On a Midwestern campus within the Nineteen Sixties, a charismatic guru and his younger acolytes practice a mystery ritual in a neighborhood meadow. What occurs is a mystery—all that continues to be 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 ascertain the unspeakable occasions that experience haunted them ever for the reason 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 contemporary horror.
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My father was not a provincial, though most of his forebears had been. He was little inclined to life in the country, and made no effort to take an interest in the estate he had inherited, beyond spending my great-grandfather’s money on various investments in Boston and New York. Nor did my mother share any of my own interest in rural Massachusetts. ” My mother had asked scornfully: “What heritage? ” to which my father made no reply, resting his case in his icy inference that there were certain good reasons why the property could not be sold, as if it were entailed beyond any process of law.
Thar’s no need a yew a-settin’ here listenin’ ta me jaw yew. I’ll get ye another lamp, an’ yew kin lie down on the couch inside the next room. ” “I’m not taking your bed, Mr. ” “I set up late nights,” he said. But any protest I might have made would have been futile. He was already up and about, lighting another kerosene lamp, and in a few moments he was conducting me into the adjoining room and showing me the couch. On the way in, I picked up the Seventh Book of Moses, impelled by curiosity inspired by decades of hearing talk of the potent wonders between its covers; though he eyed me strangely, my host made no objection, and returned to his wicker rocking chair in the next room again, leaving me to my own devices.
For a long time there was no sound but the voice of the rain falling upon the roof of the porch and into the water gathered in the yard just beyond. ” Then a quavering voice rose from inside. ” I explained that I was a salesman seeking shelter. The light began to move inside, as a lamp was picked up from where it stood. The window grew dim, and from under the door a line of yellow grew stronger. There was the sound of bolts and chains being withdrawn, and then the door was opened, and my host stood there, holding a lamp high; he was a wizened old man with a scraggly beard half covering his scrawny neck.