Ghost Story - Peter Straub

Ghost Story

By Peter Straub

  • Release Date: 1979-04-05
  • Genre: Horror
4 Score: 4 (From 333 Ratings)


#1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub’s classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past...
What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.
But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever...


  • So sexist

    By kkatie_eliza
    This is the most sexist book I have ever read.
  • Ghost Story

    By 19541956
    What an incredible and intricate book! The characters are so well developed, the plot carries you along; sometimes slowly, sometimes at breakneck speed. You have to read this!
  • Great Book

    By yoyomarkwater
    Excellent story, beautiful detail, and an exhilarating plot.
  • Pure garbage

    By MrKingBeef
    This was the ramblings of a drunk lunatic. Don’t waste your time, just go talk to an insane person for a couple hours instead.
  • Effective writing

    By Nickplay
    Well written book that does a great job with creepy imagery. I wish the ending was a little different but I appreciated the journey. The characters were well written and aside from some of their actions not always making sense. Off to watch the 1981 movie based on the book. Wish me luck !
  • I was utterly captivated

    By khhkihder
    It has been so long since I lost myself in a book.
  • Ghost Story Without Ghosts

    By Boer Wart
    I’m not sure I’ve ever had a horror story scare me less. Most of the way through, I had no clue what the monsters were supposed to be. The eventual explanation didn’t move me at all. Maybe this book is evidence that, like rock and roll, horror fiction is out of gas.
  • Ghost Story

    By D Rohlinger
    A great book with twists you never see coming. It’s so exciting that if possible you could devour it in one sitting. I had to take breaks because it’s so very intense my brain needed rest or it would have overloaded. I worried about the characters when away from the read and to me that is the only sign of a great book. I’m sorry I came to the end because I would like it to go on and on. I’ll think of this story often and fondly as one of my favorite books of the thousands of books I have read in my lifetime.
  • One of my Favorites

    By TGarcia2582
    When I started this book it reminded me so much of and old movie I had seen. The more I read I was like I know what’s going to happen next. I almost gave up on this book then I googled it to confirm the movie was based on this book. I am so glad I did not give up on this book. As with any book to movie situation the book was so much better, and filled in some plot hole the movie had. This book and pretty much everything I’ve read by Peter Straub is worth reading. I haven’t found a book by him yet that I didn’t love. Once I start reading his books I can’t put them down.
  • Ghost Story

    By GuitarDann
    Is, and has since I first read it, been, among the best stories I’ve read. Amazing characters & development of those characters. When the movie came out Fred Astaire, John Houseman, & Douglas Fairbanks seemed perfect choices for part of the Chowder Society, but the screenplay was not the novel, the movie was not the book, and Hollywood wasted paper & celluloid. With the new series formats & special effects, both visual and audio, & the right writing team who love this story as much as readers do; well, it would be great to see that effort.