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Under Venus
Straub, Peter.
Personal Author:
First Stealth edition.
Publication Information:
Lancaster, PA : Stealth Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
292 pages ; 24 cm
Format :


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Home Location
Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Hamburg Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf

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Author Notes

Author Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1943. He earned degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. He taught English at his former high school for three years and worked for a time on his doctorate in Ireland. He began writing in 1969 and published two books of poetry in 1972. His novel Julia (1975) was an attempt to find a successful genre in which to work, after his first novel, Marriages (1973), did not sell well.

He found that he had a talent for writing horror thrillers in the Gothic tradition. His stories are complex and well paced, with authentic settings that add to the believability of the plot. He is particularly good at creating grotesque characters and gruesome situations; the eeriness of his work is captivating. He has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Straub set this 1985 nonhorror novel, his second, during the kaleidoscopic years of the late 1960s. Protagonist Elliot Denmark, a composer returning to his American roots after a four-year stay in Paris, finds himself torn between Midwestern tradition and his creative spirit. Though Straub has created a popular niche in the horror genre, fans might find this more straightforward story refreshing and rewarding. Stealth books are available only through the publisher online at (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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