By Peter Straub
On a Midwestern campus within the Nineteen Sixties, a charismatic guru and his younger acolytes practice a mystery ritual in an area meadow. What occurs is a mystery—all that continues to be is a gruesomely dismembered physique and the shattered souls of all who have been present. 40 years later, one guy seeks to profit approximately that scary evening, and to take action he’ll need to strength these concerned to envision the unspeakable occasions that experience haunted them ever seeing that. Unfolding via their person tales, A darkish Matter is an electrical, chilling, and unpredictable novel that proves Peter Straub to be the grasp of recent horror.
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It’s about making sure your bad shit doesn’t hurt innocent people. ’ I said to the ned. I was kneeling on his back. His hoodie was riding up and you could see part of a large koi carp tat on his ribs, outlined and long healed but never coloured in. ’ I was still trying to get the letter out of my pocket. ’ I finally got it out and shoved it in his face. ’ ‘I dunno! ’ I probably was, to be fair. I’m no goliath but I do like a pie. And I can handle myself. I got off him. None of this was turning out like I’d hoped.
I said the words she wanted to hear, then slipped the photo in my pocket, adding: ‘Where the fuck is she? ’ Carla blinked. I think some of my spit had gone in her face. She didn’t like that and I thought she was going to send it right back, but she just wiped it off. The jewel in her ring glinted blue at me. ‘She’s gone because of you,’ she said, nice and slow, still looking like spitting but not. ‘You need to face that, Leon. ’ I said, getting up. Frank grabbed something behind the bar and held it where I couldn’t see it.
See what I mean about responsibilities? You can understand how you start seeing the girls as your family after a while, and punters as threats to your own flesh and blood. And when they hurt your family - really hurt her - there’s only one kind of response. I’ll be telling you more about that. Mind you, some women have ways of getting around a berserker. Some women can talk a person round just by looking at them in a certain way. Male or female, they’re all butter to her hot knife. I’m talking about Carla.
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub