Peter Straub is an acclaimed American author known for his mastery of psychological horror fiction. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1943, Straub rose to prominence in the 1970s as part of the influential "New Horror" movement. With an impressive literary career spanning over five decades, Straub penned numerous bestselling novels, including "Ghost Story" and "Koko," earning him several prestigious awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award. His chilling narratives delve deep into the darkest recesses of the human psyche, captivating readers with his evocative prose and terrifying storytelling. Straub's genre-defying works have solidified his place as one of the contemporary masters of horror, leaving an indelible mark on the literary world.