The 1960s was a time of social unrest in America, and youths all around the country were seeking to expand their minds and find something to believe in that challenged the status quo. This sentiment also gave rise to several guru-like leaders, some of whom were true mentors and others of whom were more in line with Charles Manson. In his latest novel, A DARK MATTER, horror master Peter Straub has introduced just such a character in the personification of Spencer Mallon. Mallon is not a Manson figure and does not have evil intentions, but he is easily seduced by dark fantasy and often quotes from THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD.
Mallon is such a charismatic figure that a group of high sch