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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Ron McLarty, Beth MacDonald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417351
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Welcome to another kind of terror as Peter Straub leads us into the outer reaches of the psyche. Here the master of the macabre is at his absolute best in seven exquisite tales of living, dying, and the terror that lies in between…

Ashputtle Isn’t It Romantic?
“Chilling.”
New York Times
“Skillfully constructed.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Ghost Village Bunny Is Good Bread
Winner of a World Fantasy Award
“Terrifying.”
Washington Post Book World
“Very, very scary.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

Porkpie Hat Hunger, An Introduction
“Dark twists and brilliantly subversive.”
–Locus

Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff
Winner of a Bram Stoker Award
“[A] tour-de-force…[that] will haunt readers long after they’ve closed the covers.”
Denver Post

“Peter Straub is an excellent writer…He makes us feel the terror.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2000 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fishface | 12/26/2013

    " Most of these stories fell so flat for me that I was sorry I'd bothered to read them, let alone pay for the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 12/17/2013

    " Superior, literate horror from one of the great writers in any field. It starts with one of the weaker stories, but the perseverant reader will be rewarded. There's a full review at Suite101 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.A. | 10/3/2013

    " These stories read like Straub played around with themes from his novels. Fair enough, but not good enough to match his usual strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 9/25/2013

    " A combination of 7 short stories, some more magic, some more terror. I got reeled in on the first story Ashputtle and would have liked to have continued with more of that story. Bunny Is Good Bread, horrific, very well written. Mr.Clubb and Mr.Cuff (stating the obvious in such a fun way) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 9/23/2013

    " Eh. Not scary. Not scary at all. Contrived bullshit mostly.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Christian-branson | 8/14/2013

    " Don't waste your time!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 6/19/2013

    " At times this book had great moments, and sordid terrible terror. Hit and miss, i guess... First short story collection written by PS, not sure he's great at it, the longer stories work best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/25/2012

    " Do you like the weird, the bizarre, the terrifying? Then you'll love this short story collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/10/2012

    " Porkpie is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. This is Peter Straub at his best, when he sounds like a close cousin of Stephen King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/21/2012

    " I actually liked the last story the best, so this collection ended on a high note for me. As for some of the others, hit and miss. I liked PORKPIE HAT too...some pretty gruesome storytelling and I liked his surprise twists. You knew there was something coming but not what it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bdr | 5/3/2012

    " There is a story in here... "Bunny Is Good Bread"...read that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 3/4/2012

    " An amazing collection of short stories. As someone who reads in bed at night, I didn't know whether to put it down so I wouldn't have nightmares, or keep reading so the bad dreams would have endings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Rosenblat | 2/18/2012

    " Five stars just for the inclusion of "Porkpie Hat" - a geat, terrifying example of the use of a past secret in storytelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 8/30/2011

    " I'm not sure what this was. I couldn't even finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica RiffeKincaid | 2/14/2011

    " these 7 tales of the lives of those living n dying "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/22/2010

    " these 7 tales of the lives of those living n dying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/26/2010

    " An amazing collection of short stories. As someone who reads in bed at night, I didn't know whether to put it down so I wouldn't have nightmares, or keep reading so the bad dreams would have endings! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/25/2010

    " A combination of 7 short stories, some more magic, some more terror. I got reeled in on the first story Ashputtle and would have liked to have continued with more of that story. Bunny Is Good Bread, horrific, very well written. Mr.Clubb and Mr.Cuff (stating the obvious in such a fun way) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/9/2009

    " Porkpie is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. This is Peter Straub at his best, when he sounds like a close cousin of Stephen King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/27/2008

    " I actually liked the last story the best, so this collection ended on a high note for me. As for some of the others, hit and miss. I liked PORKPIE HAT too...some pretty gruesome storytelling and I liked his surprise twists. You knew there was something coming but not what it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/20/2007

    " Do you like the weird, the bizarre, the terrifying? Then you'll love this short story collection. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.