Book: Julia by Peter Straub
  • There is surprisingly little violence or outright gore in the book, but it manages to be very scary anyway
  • I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror novels, especially older ones like The Haunting of Hell House and Roemary's Baby
  • I consider Julia one of the best books I've read in a long time
  • People who like a lot of action in the stories they read may not like this book because it moves slowly and is more atmospheric and dark than action-packed


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      Julia is a truly scary and disquieting novel by horror great Peter Straub. It was written in the 1970s but stands the test of time and is still very readable and enjoyable today. You can tell it was written in the past because of the way the characters are and the relationships between Julia and her husband, and men and women. But it was far better than a lot of contemporary horror novels.

      The main character is Julia, a woman who has just gotten out of a mental hospital after the tragic and violent death or her daughter. She has left her overbearing and


      verbally abusive husband Magnus. her only real friend is his sister Lily, who is determined to get the two back together again, even though Magnus is semi-abusive and his cheating has driven Julia away.

      Julia feels drawn to a certain house, which she impulsively buys. There is something strange about the house from the beginning. Lily hosts a psychic gathering at the house, and the “medium” leading it becomes hysterical and warns Julia to leave the house at once, saying both of them are in incredible danger. Several days later, the medium dies in an accident, and Julia becomes obsessed with the secret of

      why the house is so evil. What happened in it?

      Julia deals with an escalating haunting and discovers that a woman murdered her own daughter in the house she is living in many years before. The child was a monster who killed and terrorized other children. Meanwhile Magnus is stalking Julia and following her, becoming dangerously obsessed, and paranormal events in the house escalate.

      Julia is written to be a weak character, but she is still likable enough that we worry about what is going to happen to her. She is also a very unreliable narrator- she is slowly unraveling. We do not know how ...

      • Book: Julia by Peter Straub
      much of the haunting is real and how much is taking place only in Julia’s delusional mind.

      The book is very well-written and captivating. It slowly ratchets up the tension. There is surprisingly little violence or outright gore in the book, but it manages to be very scary anyway. It is more a type of quiet, unsettling horror rather than blood and guts like many horror novels today. Despite the lack of gory death, there are some passages in the novel that are very disturbing. So be warned. Even though its not a gore fest, it is not a novel for the faint of heart.

      The ending was unexpected and I’m not sure what I feel about it. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered but is still powerful.

      I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror novels, especially older ones like The Haunting of Hell House and Roemary’s Baby. I consider Julia one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. People who like a lot of action in the stories they read may not like this book because it moves slowly and is more atmospheric and dark than action-packed.

      I would give this book high marks as it was truly scary and captivating, and very well-written.

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