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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605980307
  • ASIN: B0091X3JH8
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,644,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India, but raised in England until he returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and local newspaper editor. In 1907 Kipling became the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. A poet and prolific short story writer, he is best known as the author of The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902), and Just So Stories (1902).


Stephen Jones is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and three International Horror Guild Awards, and is a sixteen-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award. He lives in London.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Oconnor on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
The problem with horror from this time frame is that most people are unable to use historical perspective. Yes, Kipling's horror, like much of MR James or even the Gothic greats like Mary Shelley or Matthew Lewis, is rather dated. Modern horror writers have made many of their greatest scenes become cliches in horror. So, modern readers think that this stuff is derivative and dated. In actuality, it's the modern stories that are derivative. I can only imagine the horror readers felt when they first read Kipling's stuff. Kipling was a great writer and his horror stories are very well done. If you are inundated with modern horror, you probably won't like this. If, however, you can somehow put yourself in the position of someone who is reading Kipling's horror when it was written, this stuff is great. I can't totally recommend it everyone, but if you are a fan of truly classic horror, this is your kind of book.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L. Columbus on September 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This review is to address the formatting issues with the Kindle edition of this book. So far I've read 6 of the tales in this collection and each one had annoying text conversion problems. That may seem inconsequential, but they do detract from the reading experience and pull you out of the story. There are numerous cases where the incorrect word is inserted and many instances where words run together without spaces. While I expect these things in free public domain ebooks, they are very disappointing to find in a commercial publication. I'm not sure how many of these tales are included in the Delphi Classics edition of Rudyard Kipling, but I wish I had purchased it instead. I own several of their other author collections and find them to be great values, plus they work to make them error free... Works of Rudyard Kipling (Illustrated)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2012
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Kipling is a must-read, writing about another place and time. This book of tales is up to his usual standards, and I'm enjoying it very much. It is recommended on two bases: one, the work of a great writer, and two, stories of the interaction of two very different cultures, the 19th century colonial English, against that of ancient India (in this book of tales).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Old Diver on September 21, 2012
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First of all, it is truly a pleasure to read something in the grammatically correct language; this seems to be missing, by and large, with today's written word, either fact or fiction. Secondly, the description of the tales may be a bit misleading, since Kipling's wit, humor, and poking fun at the British upper crust are refreshing, and make for enjoyable reading. The Tales do provide a look at colonial India around beginning of the 20th century, and are enlightening in this respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick R on December 29, 2012
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The stories I have read so far are good and on par for what
you would expect from a renowned story teller like Kipling.
I especially like "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes".
A man who stumbles into a helpless and hopeless situation
in the desert - a great tale; as Kipling does well expressing
the distress and futility of survival and the despair of
inescapable confinement. I also liked "The Phantom Rickshaw".
A Ghost tale that I consider more of a Psyhological tale as
the ghostly apparition appeared only to the main character.
The frequent appearances ruined his life emotionally and also
ruined his physical health. Makes you wonder if Kipling's
character is suffering from delusions of his subconscious guilt.
There are other good stories, but to me these two stood above
the rest. Although I have not read all the stories yet I have
developed a sense of the author's style and knowing that the
storiesare of a different time and of a place that is foreign to
most,I think Kipling has succeeded in communicating his stories
in a way that will withstand the tests of time.
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Rudyard Kipling is one of those timeless writers of the Victorian-Edwardian era that is still great 100 years later. This book of his Horror & Fantasy genre' stories is a great addition to any Kipling collection.
Please take into consideration that what we today call "Horror & Fantasy" wasn't the same back in Mr. Kipling's day. Instead of the gore-fest & the waving of spells by wizards & witches, it carries more on a more psychological line of thought. An example being
"The Phantom Rickshaw".The story centers around a man that recounts his encounters with, you guessed it, the phantom of an acquaintance he once knew & how it had thrown his whole life into disarray.
I won't go on a rant, but if you like well written & very visual settings, As Kipling does oh so well, I suggest when you see this book, purchase it! It's a light, very different & enjoyable read. :)
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This book is very thick and heavy...shipping was fast and arrived in great condition.
I enjoyed some of the stories but there were those that just dragged on an on so it's a mixed bag.
You get some good stories and some that aren't all that interesting.
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