Peter Straub
Shadowland Cover

Shadowland - Peter Straub


This is two stories within a story, and with short stories (and back stories) sprinkled through those. It also has appearances by Bugs Bunny and the Brothers Grimm. Which is to say that it might be a good season of episodes for a horror show on TV, but is way too convoluted for a book.

I abandoned this more than halfway, after the first two sections. Other reviews I have read since underscore that this is the right choice - the plot becomes more convoluted and never resolves. I would be interested to read why Nightmare Magazine put it on their "top 100" list.