The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

by Peter Straub

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"Surprising twists [and a] wildly inventive plot."
The New York Times

They are dying, one by one. Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim . . . .

"Combines the intellectual-puzzle mystery with a powerful vein of psycho-thriller suspense."
The Washington Post

Then Davey tells Nora a surreal story about the Hellfire Club, where years before he met an obsessed fan of Chancel House's most successful book, Night Journey—a book that has a strange history of its own. . . .

"One of the most chilling villains to come along since Hannibal Lecter."
San Francisco Chronicle

Suddenly terror engulfs Nora: She must defend herself against fantastic accusations even as a madman lies in wait. And when he springs, she will embark on a night journey that will put her victimhood to rest forever, dead or alive. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345415004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 423,569
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Peter Straub is the author of thirteen novels, and his books have been translated into twenty-one foreign languages. He is the recipient of the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and two World Fantasy awards. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he resided in Ireland and England for a decade, and now lives in New York City.


New York City

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1943

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1966

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The Hellfire Club 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
The Hellfire Club is about a man name Davey Chancel,and his multi-generational family that owns a publishing business. Which is Chancel House, it is being kept afloat by its ownership of the copyright of author Hugo Driver's Night Journey. Night Journey is one of those books that people obsess over,and name their selves after the characters of the book. The history of this book is a major plot point and is so well-described, and well written. But on the other hand,this book was not of Peter Straub's best book to me. It had a lot of detail, which I like. But the biggest draw back to me of the whole book. Was how lengthy it was, and how when you got to chapter 70. You were kinda just warn out of the whole plot. I enjoy the originality,characters, and plot. So I give it 4 and 1/2 stars!!!!
hermit_9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have now tried a couple of times to read this book. I have not succeeded in getting past the first chapter either time.
obscuresoul13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really immersed myself in this book. Once I began getting into the story, I couldn't put it down. The villain in the story is truly a monstrous type of character. The main character Nora has many difficult, often bizzare, experiences. I really admired Nora's strengths in the different scenarios. I enjoyed the plot twists & anticipating the next move. What I most enjoyed is the whole story's surreal feel. It was truly an amazing mind trip.
bibifoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Peter Straub, starting from when I was a teen. Even though I'm not much for serial killers and such, The Hellfire Club kept me hooked and has one of the more frightening characters I've encountered.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only made it part way through this, which is very unusual for me. Not one of my favorites from him.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Complaint: title. There was virtually nothing about said club in the book--it's a very minor part of the story. And that was sad to me, cause I love stories about those kinds of clubs. Instead, it was a story about a book. A surreal story about a book. A book that has a huge cult following, but that also seems to mirror the lives of certain people involved with it, namely Davey Chancel, grandson of the publisher of the book, and his wife Nora. Through a series of bizarre events, including the grisly murder of women in town to a kidnapping by a serial killer, Nora is able to piece together the events that led to the writing of the book and what the book actually means. Dirk Dart, the serial killer, and Jeffrey, Davey's parents' chauffeur, seem parodies of the character type, which I'm assuming Straub intended. It was good, but not what I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, just when all is well a table will turn. You most likely will be reading this again, to keep it fresh.
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OC-Tap4Fun More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what I was getting into but I do enjoy thrillers and this one was a mystery embedded in a thriller. It grabbed my attention quickly with the characters. If you dont like perverse bad characters, don't read it; Dick Dart is definitely perverse but also a very funny character.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
On one level the book is about dishonesty among publishers, authors, editors and lawyers. It is also about strong-willed fathers whose destructive acts affect succeeding generations. There are many different strands to the book, even one dealing with ultra-secret societies at Yale. Peter Straub is able to weave these pieces together with extraordinary skill and the result is a story which is riveting.
Bookmaggot More than 1 year ago
I am a Stephen King fan, and took his "recommendation" very seriously. I have also read all John Saul's works; I'm always entertained and intrigued. Peter Straub has (so-far) proved a disappointment, in his Hellfire Club. I am on page 136; that accomplishment has been a challenge! I am not engaged in the plot and I cannot identify with the inciped characters. I am hoping it picks up the pace. I have been told it will be rich in detail and complex in execution. So far I am very disappointed. I will be adding further comments, if redemption of the author is warrented!