Shadowland (Straub novel)

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Shadowland is a novel by Peter Straub, first published in 1980 by Coward, McCann and Geohegen. It is a horror novel that has strong elements of fantasy. It was the first book Straub wrote following his highly successful Ghost Story.

Plot summary[edit]

The story concerns two young boys, Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale, who spend a summer with Del's uncle Coleman, who is one of the foremost magicians in the world. As time passes, however, Tom begins to suspect that what Coleman is teaching is not a series of harmless tricks, but is in fact real sorcery.


Parts of the novel involves a thinly disguised version of Milwaukee Country Day School, which Straub attended.[1]


  1. ^ Bleiler, Richard. "Peter Straub" in Supernatural Fiction Writers: Guy Gavriel Kay to Roger Zelazny Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003