Peter Straub, famous author of dark fantasy films, psychological thrillers, and literary horrors, He died on Sunday After a long illness. He was 79 years old.
Straub authored numerous novels, short stories, and novels during his life, from his first horror novel Julia in 1975—later cast as The Haunting of Julia—to the 2010 novel A Dark Matter and The Talisman, which he co-wrote with Stephen King.
king chirp His condolences on Tuesday, calling Straub a “good friend” and “amazingly talented colleague and collaborator”.
“Working with him has been one of the greatest joys of my creative life,” he wrote. The two co-wrote Black House, a sequel to The Talisman, which was published in 2001.
English author Neil Gaiman wrote in tweet. “Always cute, funny, quick-tempered, cool. He once performed a Crow pose in yoga, in Milwaukee WI’s men’s room, because he was so brave and proud of yoga. I’ll miss you Peter.”
“I will miss the books he would have written, but even more so I will miss the conversations we won’t have now,” Gaiman added in a second tweet.
Born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Straub studied English at the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree from Columbia before teaching English at his former prep school for three years. He began but did not finish his PhD at University College Dublin, and published two poetry books in 1972, “Ismail” and “The Open Air”, and his first novel, “Marriages” in 1973.
He turned to Gothic fiction at the suggestion of his agent, first with Julia and then with his feature book, The Ghost Story in 1979. Other works include The Floating Dragon, Ghost Village, The Throat, and The Hell Club.
During his career, Straub has been nominated for a dozen World Fantasy Awards and won four, as well as 14 Bram Stoker Awards, the number one achievement for literary horror, winning 10 times. He received the Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006, was named a Living Legend of the International Horror Guild in 2008 and was awarded the World Fantasy Award in 2010, among many other awards.
Straub married Susan Baker in 1966, and they are survived by their two children, Ben and Emma, one of the best-selling Walkers.