Best Bestselling Author New York 2005 - PETER STRAUB
Throw a stick in Park Slope and you'll hit a chick-lit author. Spit in Manhattan and you'll splatter an agent, or at least a latte-fetching intern. Though New York is the publishing capital of the country, it's tricky to find a local writer who (a) hits the bestseller lists and (b) is really good. But horror writer PETER STRAUB rocks the mass-market paperback racks in Wal-Marts across America, counts as his inspiration Henry James, and does it all from the Upper West Side. His recent books Lost Boy Lost Girl and In The Night Room involve supernatural menace, narratological slippage, shout-outs to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and his classic character, Manhattan novelist Tim Underhill.