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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Curran leaped to his feet. “You can’t send me away like this! You don’t speak for all of them aboard. You can’t treat a Terran emissary this way-” Bedzyk had him by the jumper, and had propelled him toward the closed companionway door before the Attaché knew quite what was happening. He hit the door and rebounded. As he stumbled back toward Bedzyk, the great-chested mutant snatched the briefcase from beside the control chair and slammed it into Curran’s stomach. “Here! Here’s your offer and your lousy demands, and get off this ship!
He tried to break in, “Are you insane, Swope? Putty, that’s all you are! Putty when you see a fake hope that you’ll get off this ship! Can’t you see they just want to use us! ” Samswope’s face grew livid and he screamed, “Shut up! Just shut up and let Curran talk! We don’t want to die on this ship. You may like it, you little tin god, but we hate it here! ” Bedzyk again burst in, trying vainly to speak over the hubbub from the corridor. “Can’t you see he’s lying? ” Bedzyk faltered into silence and watched the scene before him.
Without a mouth that was impossible. At the ceremony in the saloon, Samswope acted as minister, for the Discards had made him their leader, in the same, silent way they had made Bedzyk the leader before him. Spirits ran high, and the constant knowledge that as soon as Earth had the Sickness under control, they would be going home. Then one “afternoon” the ship came. Not the little tugs, as they had supposed, but a cargo ship nearly as big as their own home. Samswope rushed to synch in the locks, and when the red lights merged on the board, he locked the two together firmly, and scrambled back through the throng to be the first to greet the men who would deliver them.
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub