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'A lovely writer, economic yet evocative He builds tension effortlessly, while David Roberts' scratchy illustrations suit the tone perfectly' DEATHRAY magazine

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'A lovely writer, economic yet evocative He builds tension effortlessly, while David Roberts' scratchy illustrations suit the tone perfectly' DEATHRAY magazine

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  • File Size: 1348 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN0UL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Theoden Humphrey VINE VOICE on April 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Monsters, blood, death, madness, doom, revenge, terror -- and pirates. What's not to like?

This book, though original, has a classic theme: it is a collection of macabre tales, connected by a frame story and a common motif, along the lines of Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man -- or, for the less literary, the Tales from the Crypt series or The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes. In most books like that, the frame story is little more than an excuse to put the stories together; but in this book, the frame is one of the most interesting parts.

The book begins with two young people, brother and sister, who live in an inn on a headland in Cornwall. The older sibling, the boy Ethan, is the narrator, and he recaps how he and his sister Cathy have gone from happy to miserable following the death of their mother and their father's descent into alcoholism. They are taken ill one evening, during a horrendous storm, and their father leaves the inn to find a doctor for them. Once he leaves there is a knock at the inn's door, and though the two children are alone -- the inn's custom has fallen off due to their father's inhospitable ways of late -- they cannot turn a man away into the storm raging outside, and they let him in.

He is Thackeray, a young-looking sailor who was knocked over the side of his ship by the weather (though there is more to Thackeray's story than at first appears), and somehow managed to make it to land and then to the lights of the inn. Cathy and Ethan give him a glass of rum and a place by the fire, and then, to pass the time until the storm eases, Thackeray tells them a story.

A gruesome story. A horrible story -- horrible in its content, that is, not in its composition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryana on April 15, 2013
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This is the first book of scary tales by Chris Priestley I've purchased and it was wonderful. We read it together with my 10 year-old daughter and it was a perfect balance of creepy and exciting, keeping us on the edge of our seats. The language is quite elegant and compels the child to look up new words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lizzy l. on January 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
you get great suspence and thrills as the storys become part of a story. creepy.as an 13ish year old i still get creeped out by this book even though most things, like slenderman, dont freak me out.i reccomend this book for people who want to be creeped out a little or people who are new to horror books. otherwise happy reading!!! wait... spooky freaky reading!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Baker on July 23, 2012
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I purchased this as a birthday gift for my son, ended up reading it myself first, and then buying Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror as well! It's full of great supernatural tales from the sea, really cool gothic illustrations and loads of suspense! A fantastic read for lovers of the macabre of all ages!
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An Utterly Great Gathering of Spooky Stories!

Chris Priestley reveals himself to be a masterful writer and storyteller in this book of creepy tales set on the high seas. I bought Tales of Terror From The Black Ship on a whim and I'm so glad I did because once I began reading I didn't put it down again until I'd reached the last page. These stories are all winners, and while the intended audience may be young adults, the plain fact is Mr. Priestley's book is as good as anything the horror genre has seen in many a year. Also a perfect touch are David Roberts' Edward Gorey-like pen and ink illustrations. This really is a darn good book!

Its contents are:

"The Storm" introduces the main characters, a pair of pre-adolescent siblings who reside in an inn above a daunting Cornish sea cliff, and tells of an unwelcome guest who arrives in the middle of a raging storm and begins to parcel out his collection of macabre tales, sometimes the children's delight, sometimes to their total horror.

"Piroska" is a deceptively placid little yarn about a young sailor aboard a ship chartered to carry a strange group of European immigrants from their backward homeland to begin new lives in America. The ending pounces out and serves to prepare you for the tone of the other fine stories that lie ahead.

"Pitch" details the results of a shipboard slaying witnessed only by the captain's cat, explores the effects of a guilty conscience and provides an unlikely figure who arrives when least expected to launch an accusation against a murderer

"Irezumi" takes the reader across the Pacific Ocean to a creepy tattoo parlor in far away Nagasaki, Japan, where things are most definitely not as they seem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly Blaine on March 3, 2013
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Chris Priestley is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I really love the twisted vignettes in this book. Setting the stories against a larger background story is really fun too. I'll definitely be reading more Chris Priestley in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bigmc on October 6, 2012
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Uncle Montagues Tales Of Terror was Great so I decided to give this one a try too. Unfortunately these stories are not as creative or interesting in comparison.
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I used to teach, and read for hours to my own daughter. This book, and its companion, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror are both wonderful additions to any creepy book lover's library. The individual chapters are short stories, but the entire book is a story too, and it has a surprise at the end. Well written: both young and old will enjoy it. I no longer teach, but these two volumes remain on my shelves as treasures to be savored over and over. Lovers or scary or creepy and the young at heart will thoroughly enjoy these books!
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