By Peter Straub
On a Midwestern campus within the Nineteen Sixties, a charismatic guru and his younger acolytes practice a mystery ritual in a neighborhood meadow. What occurs is a mystery—all that continues to be is a gruesomely dismembered physique and the shattered souls of all who have been present. 40 years later, one guy seeks to profit approximately that frightening evening, and to take action he’ll need to strength these concerned to envision the unspeakable occasions that experience haunted them ever considering that. Unfolding via their person tales, A darkish Matter is an electrical, chilling, and unpredictable novel that proves Peter Straub to be the grasp of contemporary horror.
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Momentarily he imagined the air full of electric particles; if he breathed, his lungs would be electrocuted. Then he was up and ran stumbling into the darkened living room and stood by the fireplace, clutching the daubed stream rock with both hands. He turned round and round. Then he put his hands in his pockets and walked quite casually to the corner of the room and pressed his shoulders against the walls, pressed his face hard into the corner. He kept quivering, but he felt that now it was all right to breathe.
His mind was empty. He let his shoulders rise and drop. Helpless. Coke Rymer spoke, his voice at once belligerent and whining. I don't see why you want to put up with him. What do you want with some crazy old drunk anyhow? Hush, she said. Me and Mr. Leland's still got lots of things to do together. Don't we, Mr. Leland? He nodded numbly. Even if you can't fuck no more. He nodded again. She rose easily and came toward him and he sank back in himself, though his body didn't move. Her silvery eyes held the whole range of his knowledge; she placed her hand casually on his penis, withdrew it without haste.
It seemed to me that I would like to struggle to come alive again, to make myself alive somehow, but I didn't know how. Even if I knew how I wouldn't have dared, I didn't have courage, I didn't have the strength to find courage. God spoke through the sky to me, and then I was dead, but I came back to life. I had to be killed first, you see, truly killed. The trouble was, you know, not that I didn't have courage to come to life, but that I didn't have courage to be truly dead. I had to accept that I was dead before anything good could happen like that for me.
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub