The Process (Is a Process All Its Own)

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Subterranean Press, Jul 31, 2017 - Fiction - 89 pages
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-In The Process (is a Process All Its Own)-, Peter Straub brings back Tillman Hayward, a latter day Jack the Ripper familiar to readers of -The Skylark- and -A Special Place.- Tilly, known for good reasons as The Ladykiller, stands at the dark heart of this astonishing novella. Tilly is a classic serial killer, and we watch him go about his -work- in the American Midwest of the 1950s. His story is one of madness and bloodlust artfully concealed beneath a thin, civilized veneer. In keeping with his nickname, he leaves a trail of mutilated female corpses behind him wherever he goes. Straub tells Tilly's story in a clear, unflinching voice that is at once enthralling and disturbing. At the same time, Straub sets that story against the larger story of a world filled with enigmatic occurrences and impossible encounters. It is a world in which the dead reappear, in which language carries its own peculiar properties, and -a hateful and discordant music- surrounds everything. It is a world which only Peter Straub could have evoked with such clarity and power. Moving from the American Heartland to the stately homes of England, and from the arid worldview of Tilly to the fevered sensibility of Henry James, this nexus of connected stories is one of the strangest, most unsettling creations of a long, distinguished career. -The Process (is a Process All Its Own)- is the clear product of a modern master. Expect it to haunt you for a very long time to come.

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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.

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