Roald Dahl's Book Of Ghost Stories, Paperback book

Roald Dahl's Book Of Ghost Stories[Paperback]

by Roald Dahl

3.20 out of 5 (5 ratings)

Penguin Books Ltd 
Publication Date:
02 February 2012 
Short Stories 


Fourteen terrifying ghost stories chosen by the master of the macabre, Roald Dahl. 'Spookiness is the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts...' Who better to choose the ultimate in spine-chillers than Roald Dahl, whose own sinister stories have teased and twisted the imagination of millions? Here are fourteen of his favourite ghost stories, including Sheridan Le Fanu's The Ghost of a Hand, Edith Wharton's Afterward, Cynthia Asquith's The Corner Shop and Mary Treadgold's The Telephone. Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.

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  • Deftly proves that the best stories are the old ones. roald dahl didn't write any of these, but he picked them as his favorites. They are actually spooky, not scary. And they are written with a great deal of care. Very readable and extraordinarily good.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Short Stories (with my rating of 1 to 5 ★’s) W.S. by L.P. HartleyWriters of fiction must have some talent for creativity, but what happens when an author is too talented and inventive. ★★★★ Harry by Rosemary TimperleyImaginary friends are common playmates for lonely children. Harry is a little bit different and a lot more rare – at least I hope so. ★★★★ The Corner Shop by Cynthia AsquithIn any town you are bound to come across at least one of those musty old antique shops. Have you ever wondered though, what else you may find besides bric-a-brac and hidden treasures. ★★★★★ In The Tube by E.F. BensonContemplations on time, space, responsibility and remorse take place between two friends sitting before a roaring fire. But there is an over-powering chill in their bones. ★★ Christmas Meeting by Rosemary TimperleyA lonely, older lady spending a solitary Christmas with nothing but memories for company, receives an unexpected visitor to share some tea. ★★ Elias and the Draug by Jonas LieSeamen have always found boats and oceans to be a welcoming home away from home, but for Elias, a dedicated sailor, the sea and what really lives there will become his worst nightmare. ★ Playmates by A.M. BurrageEverton, an well-off older bachelor, takes on the care of an orphaned child. More as a social experiment to examine the development of children, than out of any feeling of compassion. But he quickly learns to care for his ward and her unusual playmates. ★★★★★ Ringing The Changes by Robert AickmanA couple go on holiday to a seaside hotel, but they arrive to the sound of non-stop ringing of bells. And although they can smell the fresh sea air, it is nowhere to be found. ★★ The Telephone by Mary TreadgoldBeing a second wife can be a difficult experience, but being the second wife to a widower presents a whole different set of problems. ★★★ The Ghost of a Hand by J. Sheridan Le FanuTile House is haunted by a ghostly hand, connected to a phantom that for some reason goes to elaborate measures to ensure he exposes nothing but his hand. ★★ The Sweeper by A.M. BurrageMiss Ludgate is a very well-to-do lady in her eighties, who is a bit of a penny pincher. But when it comes to beggars and vagrants she is all too charitable. What is the reason for her strange behaviour and why does the changing of the leaves in Autumn cause her such upset. ★★★★ Afterward by Edith WhartonFor the married couple who move into a haunted house, there is some disappointment that their ghost is said to only becomes apparent afterward. ★★ On The Brighton Road by Richard MiddletonA homeless traveller meets up with another, younger, but more seasoned nomad who after falling ill assures the man that he will meet him again. But the traveller does not expect to see him again on Brighton Road. ★★ The Upper Berth by Marion CrawfordWhen travelling it is sometimes a fact that you may have to share a cabin with a stranger, but the man in the upper berth of room 105 is just a bit stranger than most. ★★

    3.00 out of 5


  • a couple of really good ones in here!

    3.00 out of 5


  • I read this book with my 9 year old son. His favorite story was "Harry" which he said was "very creepy" . A good mix of spooky stories for young and old!

    3.00 out of 5


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