Peter Straub Death and Obituary, American Author and Poet Peter Francis Straub has Died, Cause of Death
A lot of writers and readers of good, literate horror and dark fantasy are going to be properly sad and grieving today. Peter Straub‘s work was often an inspiration to me. One to study. I don’t have a clue how he pulled off some of the strangest effects in his best stories.
Peter Francis Straub (1943, died September 6, 2022) was an American author and poet. He has written many horror and supernatural novels, including “Julia and the Ghost Story” and “The Amulet,” which he co-authored with Stephen King. Straub has won literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Society Award.
Straub was born Gordon Anthony Straub and Elvina (Nilsestuen) Straub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of seven, Straub was hit by a car and was seriously injured. He was hospitalized for several months and was temporarily wheelchair-bound until he learned to walk again. Straub said the accident made him realize his death prematurely.
Straub was a voracious reader from an early age, but his literary interests did not satisfy his parents. His father wanted him to grow up to be a professional athlete, while his mother wanted him to be a Lutheran pastor. He was awarded a scholarship to attend rural day school in Milwaukee, where he began writing.
Straub holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. He received a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1965 and a master’s degree from Columbia University a year later. He briefly taught English at Country Days in Milwaukee before moving to Dublin, Ireland in 1969 to pursue a PhD and professional writing.