by Peter Straub


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by Peter Straub

Over twenty years in the making, SIDES represents the first ever collection
of non-fiction by bestselling author Peter Straub. Featuring introductions,
essays, afterwords, and even a "frivolity" along with the collected works of
Putney Tyson Ridge, Straub's "self-invented human speed bump and alter
ego" this collection presents a rare glimpse into the author's tastes and
personal musings on topics ranging from The Stepford Wives and Dracula to
Lawrence Block and Stephen King.

Also included is "The Fantasy of Everyday Life", Straub's Guest-of-Honor
speech at the 1998 International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts,
and "Mom", an essay that appeared in a book that combined short stories
written by mother-son partnerships with essays written by male writers about
their mothers. The "frivolity" here "Why Electricman Lives in New York" was
written for an anthology celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of New
York Is Book Country.

This long awaited collection closes with Putney Tyson Ridge's reviews and
commentaries on every Peter Straub book published since the 1970s.

SIDES is a unique and exclusive Cemetery Dance book, with no other editions
planned anywhere in the world!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587671654
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter Straub is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He is most famous for his books in the horror/suspense genre, and was honored as a grand master at the 1998 World Horror Convention. He has won the World Fantasy Award for Koko, and the Bram Stoker Award for his novels Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, among others, as well as for his collection of short stories, 5 Stories (2007). His horror classic Ghost Story was recently reissued.


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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Sides 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sides is a collection of Peter Straub's nonfiction - introductions and speeches mostly, along with the collected works of Putney Tyson Ridge, his alter-ego and number one critic. The collection itself can drag in portions. As introductions go, they're best read with the work in question and rarely on their own. Of course, there are exceptions and his entries on Dracula and The Stepford Wives in particular are very good. A stand-alone entry simply entitled, Mom is sentimental, but lovely.The highlight comes from the writings of Putney Tyson Ridge. Straub uses his alter ego (who is rather egotistical in his life as the multiple Atwood-Award Winning Popular Culture Studies Chairman of Popham College) to tear through all of his written fiction. Demonstrating that we are always our own worst critics, Ridge tears through each of Straub's novels leaving pithy compliments like Peter's effort to do the undoable contains at least a poignant tone which readers several passages of this muddled but oddly effective tome very nearly...what shall I say? Moving? No, but "affecting" will do well enough. for Koko. In this, I think everyone in a creative pursuit needs a Ridge moment - a brief essay in which you shred the work in the worst review imaginable and then file it away so you can release it to a world which will be far more forgiving.A great book for fans.