Peter Francis Straub ( born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States) is an American writer who became famous for his horror novels. As Stephen King, with whom he wrote two novels, he is one of the most important representatives of modern fantasy.
Born in Milwaukee, Peter Straub grew up with two younger brothers in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. His father was a salesman, and his mother worked as a nurse. His mother would have liked it if a doctor or a priest would have become of him, while his father was a career would have liked him as a professional athlete. Even in preschool, however, Straub was particularly interested in reading. He spent hours in public libraries, where he read stories about pirates, soldiers, detectives, criminals, and other colorful characters.
A drastic childhood experience as a first-grader was a serious car accident, in addition to a near-death experience numerous broken bones, various surgeries and a year earned him school break. In addition, he had to rely on a wheelchair for a long time and developed some behavioral peculiarities, for example, a heavy stuttering, which he held until early adulthood.
After an English Literature degree from the University of Wisconsin -Madison and Columbia University, he worked briefly as an English teacher before he moved to Dublin, there to work on a doctorate. Here and in London, where he lived from 1972 to 1979, he began writing professionally. He celebrated his first major success in 1979 with the novel Ghost Story ( witching hour ). Straubt lives in Manhattan. His daughter Emma Straub is also a successful writer.
- The Talisman. ("The Talisman" ). Hoffmann & Campe, 1986, ISBN 3-453-02523-7 ( with Stephen King).
- Julia. An eerie novel. ( "Julia" ). 7th edition Heyne, München 1991, ISBN 3-453-02328-5.
- Koko. Novel. ( " Koko "). 5th edition Heyne, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-453-00373- X.
- Mystery. Novel. ( "Mystery" ). Heyne, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-453-06105-5.
- The strange woman. Novel. ( " Marriages "). Heyne, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-453-00292- X.
- If you only knew. Psychological thriller. ( "If You Could See Me Now" ). Dtv 4th edition, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-423-12052-5.
- Journey into Night. Novel. ( " The Hellfire Club" ). Heyne, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-453-13649-7.
- Life in the shadows. ( "Mr. X"). Heyne, München 2001, ISBN 3-453-17754-1 ( alternate title "Mr. X").
- The breath of the dragon. Novel. ("Floating Dragon "). Heyne, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-453-87351-3.
- Shadow-land. Novel. ( " Shadowland" ). Heyne, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-453-87958-9.
- The Black House. ( "Talisman II - Black House "). Heyne, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-453-87370- X ( with Stephen King).
- The mysterious girl. Novel. ( "Under Venus "). 8th ed Heyne, München 2005, ISBN 3-453-09967-2.
- Witching hour. Novel. ( "Ghost Story "). Heyne, München 2005, ISBN 3-453-56501-0.
- The throat. ( " The Throat "). Heyne, München 2005, ISBN 3-453-56503-7.
- Magic Terror. Novel. ( "Magic terror "). Pavilion -Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-453-77089-8.
- House of the window blind. Novel. ( " Lost Boy Lost Girl "). Heyne, München 2008, ISBN 978-3-453-43306-9.
- Shadow cast. Novel. ( " In the Night Room"). Heyne, München 2008, ISBN 978-3-453-72181-4.
- Occult. Novel. ("A dark matter "). Heyne, München 2012, ISBN 978-3-453-43590-2.
- Ishmael. Turet, London 1972, ISBN 0-85469-037-9 ( Turet booklets / 2, 14 ).
- Leeson Park and Belsize Square. Poems. Underwood Books, San Francisco, Calif. 1984, ISBN 0-934438-91-9.
- Open Air Irish University Press, Shannon 1972, ISBN 0-7165-2176-8.
- 5 Stories. Borderlands Press, Baltimore, Md. 2008, ISBN 978-1-880325-03-2.
- House without doors. Short stories. ( " House Without Doors" ). Heyne, Munich 1994, ISBN 3-453-07551- X.
- Magic Terror. Stories. ( "Magic Terror "). Heyne, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-453-17408-9.
- Wild Animals. Three novels. Putnam, New York, 1984, ISBN 0-399-13013-6 ( content: "Under Venus", "If you Could See Me Now " and " Julia ").