Peter Straub is the author of more than 17 novels, several poetry and short story collections, seven novellas, and a collection of nonfiction essays. Although he is most famous for his work in the horror genre, he has also received acclaim for his poems, literary novels, and thrillers. As one of the century’s most honored horror writers, he has received a number of literary awards, including the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.
Straub’s first novel, Marriages, was published in 1973, but it was his fifth, Ghost Story, that made him a household name. The book was a national bestseller, and Stephen King called it one of the best horror novels of the latter half of the 20th century. Later, Straub and King collaborated on two fantasy novels: The Talisman and its sequel, Black House. Straub also edited H. P. Lovecraft: Tales. His most recent thriller, A Dark Matter, was released in February, 2010.