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Mr. X

Peter Straub

BRAM STOKER AWARD WINNER - The acclaimed thriller of supernatural horror from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Story, Koko, and The Talisman.

"Ghastly, hide-your-eyes horror; when Peter Straub turns on all jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him."--Stephen King


Every year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan has a paralyzing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious figure in black whom he calls Mr. X.

Now, with his birthday fast approaching, Ned has been drawn back to his hometown of Edgerton, Illinois, by a premonition that his mother is dying. On her deathbed, she imparts to him the name of his long-absent father and warns him that he is in grave danger. Despite her foreboding, he embarks on a search through Edgerton's past for the truth behind his own identity and that of his entirely fantastic family.

But when Ned becomes the lead suspect in three violent deaths, he begins to realize that he is not the only one who has come home. . . .

Book Details

  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: Feb 4th, 2025
  • Pages: NA
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.81lb
  • EAN: 9780593973295
  • Categories: Horror - GeneralThrillers - SupernaturalPsychological

About the Author

Peter Straub (1943-2022) was the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Shadowland, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America's edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Tales and the Library of America's two-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2006, he was given the HWA's Life Achievement Award. At the World Fantasy Convention in 2010, he was given the WFC's Life Achievement Award.

Praise for this book

"Mr. X marks Straub's triumphant return to the tale of the paranormal and the supernatural....There are several scenes of utter, ghastly, hide-your-eyes horror; when Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him. The plot is challenging, the characters are intriguing in their complexity, and the language is a delight."
--Stephen King

"Peter Straub is a national treasure."
--Lawrence Block