on September 13, 1999
This book scared me like nothing I've ever read, and I actually studied ghost stories in college. If you are after pure horror, this may be the best book you'll ever read. However, it was not, in my opinion, the best, most intelligent or most disturbing book by Straub (both KOKO and THE THROAT were better, in my opinion, and SHADOWLAND was close). The ending was also somewhat confusing, but the main plot (and there are several plots) is an absolute classic that ranks above anything J.S. Lefanu or Stephen King ever wrote. The movie based on the main plot and is somewhat silly, but worth seeing if, and only after, you've read the book.