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.
Hometown:New York City
Date of Birth:March 2, 1943
Place of Birth:Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:B.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1966
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. The plot is very intricate and the author's writing really holds you. I think this is probably one of Straub's best works. Anyone who hasn't read this one is really missing out.
I thought this would be horror but it turned out to be more mainstream. I loved it anyway. The characters were great, very complex and so were their relationships. If you like Straub, you'll appreciate this book. I recommend it to anyone who loves his work.
I really enjoyed this book. I read it under the assumption that it would be a horror novel, but it wasn't at all. It's very much literary fiction. It's the story of a musician/composer in the 1960's who comes home to Chicago for the holidays. There is a 'land battle' going on in his hometown & he is uncomfortably stuck in the middle (his in-laws are actively involved in opposing sides). Throughout the novel, dark secrets are revealed about the composer's families & he discovers a bit about himself in the process. The novel seems gothic; there is a darkness to it, but nothing outright horrific. It's a battle between past and present, so there is a great use of time symbolism. A parallel to the play 'Hamlet' can also be drawn on certain levels. Although no deaths are avenged in this one, it has a great deal to do with familial responsibility and indecisiveness, ie. With whom should one's loyalties lie?
I loved UNDER VENUS. It's one of those stories that makes you stop and think. It's Straub at his best. If you're a Straub fan then you have to read this one.