Peter Francis Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 2nd 1943. He is an author and poet, best known for his work in the genre of horror. He was the eldest of three sons, his mother was a nurse and his father was a salesman. Straub began his writing career by publishing two small books of poetry and by writing two novels in the 1970’s. These novels were called Marriages and Under Venus. These two novels were not very successful, but in spite of that Straub continued writing. A lot of Stephen King fans will recognise the name Peter Straub because of his collaboration with him on the novels The Talisman and Black House.
Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Peter Straub:
Fans will be excited to hear that there are rumours of Straub and King doing a third Talisman book.
Straub’s parents had higher ambitions for their son other than becoming a writer. Straub’s father wanted him to become a professional athlete.
Straub is a great fan of Jazz, Opera and other kinds of classical music.
His wife’s name is Susan.
When Straub was seven years old his was temporarily paralysed after being hit by a car. He was in a wheelchair for a little and had to re-learn how to walk. He early on became aware of his own mortality.
In 1981 his novel Ghost Story was loosely adapted into a film. One of the main actors in this film was Fred Astaire.
To name just some of Straub’s favourite authors: Stephen King, Raymond Chandler, Muriel Spark, Donald Harington and John Crowley.
Straub has had his novels translated into more than twenty languages.
Something wise that Straub once said: “I wish I’d known at the beginning that all I really had to do is trust myself. Everything would work out as if by magic once I actually leaned back into my imagination and just let it work, and not question it and not fret about it.”
If you are a horror fiction fan and need something new to read, pick up a book by Peter Straub. Well worth the read!
Novels to read:
If You Could See Me Now
The Hellfire Club
Lost Boy, Lost Girl
In the Night Room
A Dark Matter
Peter Straub and Stephen King:
My Life in Pictures
Lesson Park and Belsize Square: Poems 1970 – 1975