Peter Straub, acclaimed horror author, dead at 79 – Boston 25 News
Acclaimed author Peter Straub, who first gained acclaim with ‘Ghost Story’ in 1979 and later collaborated with horror master Stephen King, has died aged 79, his daughter confirmed on Tuesday through Instagram.
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“Peter Francis Straub, the smartest, funniest person in every room he’s ever been in, from 3/2/43 to 9/4/22. How lucky we were. There aren’t enough of words in the world,” wrote Emma Straub.
Straub, whose roughly 35-year career spawned an eclectic mix of psychological thrillers and macabre fantasies, died after a long illness on Sunday, The Guardian reported.
His first horror novel, 1975’s ‘Julia’, was later adapted for the screen as ‘The Haunting of Julia’, and he retired from publication after the 2010 release of ‘A Dark Matter,” reported The Guardian, noting that his collaborations with King on 1984’s “The Talisman” and its 2001 sequel, “Black House,” entrenched the Milwaukee native among genre royalty, a mantle he despised.
Straub said in a 2002 interview with book reviewer Bob Minzesheimer that critics should judge writers on the quality of their work rather than focusing unduly on the subject, noting that he didn’t like “being locked into the category of genre writers. . . as if genre writing was automatically second-rate and could only become literary by transcending genre,” USA Today reported.
King, whose latest fantasy novel, “Fairy Tale,” was released on Tuesday, paid tribute to Straub and their longtime collaboration via social media.
“Working with him has been one of the great joys of my creative life,” King said. tweeted.
Meanwhile, British author Neil Gaiman celebrated and mourned his longtime friend in two posts.
“I will miss the books he would have yet written, but more than that, I will miss the conversations we will never have again,” Gaiman added in a separate tweet.
Born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee, Straub studied English at the University of Wisconsin and earned his master’s degree at Columbia University before teaching English at his former prep school for three years, according to The Guardian. .
He wrote his first novel, ‘Marriages’, in 1973, but turned to gothic fiction at the suggestion of his agent, producing ‘Floating Dragon’, ‘The Ghost Village’, ‘The Throat’ and ‘The Hellfire’. Club”, after achieving the success of “Julia” of 1975.
During his career, Straub won four World Fantasy Awards and 10 Bram Stoker Awards, the “debut achievement for literary horror”. He also won a Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, was named an International Horror Guild Living Legend in 2008, and received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, among myriad other accolades, The Guardian reported.
Straub married Susan Bitker in 1966 and is survived by their two children, Ben and Emma.
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