Title: Houses Without Doors
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1990
Publication Date: 1990
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition...
Hardback, Near Fine in a Near Fine DJ, signed by author on title page, 1st edition; slight trace of fading to top edges of green endpapers, minor wear to mylar protected DJ and DJ edges, a nice copy with no names or markings, 8vo., 358 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 14290
Synopsis: These psychic and horror fictions--seven of them short-shorts--reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. In "Blue Rose," sadistic Harry Beevers, 10, hypnotizes and destroys his younger brother; the tale leaps ahead to the ironic verdict in Harry's court-martial for wreaking atrocities in Vietnam. In the outstanding "The Juniper Tree," a novelist relives a harrowing, seductive summer when, at age seven, he was sexually molested in a movie house by drifter Stan, a seedy Alan Ladd lookalike. "The Buffalo Hunter" fastidiously chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old who numbs his fear of women by sucking his coffee and cognac from baby bottles. In the ambitious gothic thriller/academic spoof "Mrs. God," a fatuous professor is lured to a creepy English mansion crammed with grisly secrets to research the papers of his poet ancestress; dead babies provide a subtheme. Wry and riveting, "A Short Guide to the City" fuses and parodies two genres: the self-congratulatory tourist blurb with a news alert on the "viaduct killer."
Product Description: With over 10 million copies of his novels in print, Straub now records two haunting stories. "The Blue Rose" looks at a young boy's fascination with hypnosis. "A Short Guide to the City" tells of a strangely suffering Midwestern city.
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