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Tales of Terror from the Black Ship [Kindle Edition]

Chris Priestley , David Roberts
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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A follow up to Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, this is another creepy middle grade story collection with a chilling frame. This time, the stories are all tales of the sea: pirates and plagues and storms a plenty...

Editorial Reviews


'The note of tension and suspense throughout the stories is brilliantly maintained and their ability to deliver one unexpected twist after another will delight even the most prescient of readers' Books for Keeps 'Tales of Terror from the Black Ship is Chris Priestley's second collection of macabre tales and once again he demonstrates that he is the master of the form ... These grisly, gothic tales deserve to be read aloud and are perfect for Halloween' The Scotsman 'Priestley is adept at creating a suitably creepy atmosphere, and his lightness of touch as a writer keeps the pages turning long into the night' The List


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1348 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN0UL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for fear-loving kids April 12, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family read! April 15, 2013
By Maryana
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars great book January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
you get great suspence and thrills as the storys become part of a story. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these twisted little vignettes! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Tales of Terror. October 6, 2012
By Bigmc
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Seafaring tales of horror February 14, 2009
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Great imagination in coming up with new horror stories from the high seas. Monsters, ghosts, murder all covered well. Few are rehashes of previous themes. Gorey's illustrations are great. Would not recommend for young kids, or any who can't handle the one mention of 'since I left my mother's tit'. Heck, it's a sailor talking. I had fun reading it, and think my daughters will, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Utterly Great Gathering of Spooky Stories! March 2, 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 months ago by Jo Ann Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book full of little tales and pulling it together at the end.
Published 9 months ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 9 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars tales of terror from the black ship
I purchased this book after reading Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by same author. The only reason I deducted one star from this book is that whilst it was an excellent read it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JFINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre. Great for middle school and YA readers
I teach literacy and am always looking for more offbeat books for my students to read. Books they'll have fun with that will instill in them a love of reading. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite creepy bunch of tales to be savored and enjoyed many times.
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Criss
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Priestley has done it again! He has turned simple sailer tales and turned it into an unforgettable nightmare! Must read! Totally worth the price! Read his other books also!
Published on February 27, 2013 by Blake Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Middle School-Aged Kids
I enjoy reading kid books and I didn't want to put this one down. It's a nice story for most kids because it's not too scary.
Published on December 19, 2012 by April M
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