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Book of Ghost Stories Hardcover – October 6, 1983
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***Introduction by Roald Dahl......11
***W.S by L.P. Hartley......21
***Harry by Rosemary Timperley......33
***The Corner Shop by Cynthia Asquith......47
***In the Tube by E.F. Benson......63
***Christmas Meeting by Rosemary Timperley......78
***Elias and the Draug by Jonas Lie......81
***Playmates by A.M. Burrage......90
***Ringing the Changes by Robert Aickman......115
***The Telephone by Mary Treadgold......146
***The Ghost of a Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu......154
***The Sweeper by A.M. Burrage (Ex-Private X)......162
***Afterward by Edith Wharton......179
***On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton......210
***The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford......214
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A great collection of very interesting ghost stories to be read and then re-read again and again!
It seems to me a better recommended reading age would be something like 13 yrs and above.
Originally, I thought that this was a book of stories all written by Roald Dahl himself... that was the impression I got from the title.
Anyway, I recommend this to you!
This line is from the late Roald Dahl's delightful introduction to a collection of ghost stories he selected in the late 1950's for a proposed t.v. series that was never picked up by a network. Not a single one of these stories was written by Roald Dahl, although he tells us in the introduction that he tried valiantly. His conclusion is that not just everyone is capable of writing for this genre and he apparently is one of those who is not.
The stories are beautifully written, every one, and present a nicely balanced variety of chills, from the eerie, oh-so-British, "Harry" by Rosemary Timperley to the primitive and gripping "Elias and the Draug" by Norwegian, Jonas Lie.
Be prepared, however, for these stories to be a bit subtle for a generation raised on the likes of Stephen King. They are the faint scritch-scratching of a ghostly hand on the chamber door -- as opposed to a bloodied corpse body-slamming through the door and clutching the reader by the throat.
I bought this book to read to my children, based on how much we adore Roald Dahl's children's books. This was not necessarily the best choice, not because the stories are too graphic or violent, but because the writing style in many of them is slightly wordy and archaic; rather slow going for an antsy eight and nine year old. Several did, however, pass our family "spooky test," which is whether or not one needs to take a flashlight to bed with one.
It should be noted that all of these stories were written quite a while ago. This means that the language is more complex and even maybe seems a little stilted to modern ears, but on the other hand, this is very high-caliber writing, and the language is a joy. (Many readers will have their vocabulary stretched just a little) I found the writing style to be an inspiration for my own writing. This is a very good collection!
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So far my teenage daughter loves it and hasn't put it down yet.Published 1 month ago by Parent/Gamer
♪♫ ☆♥10 Stars ☆♪♪ ♥HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ☆♪♪♥ Seeing IS Believing! ♥♪♫ ☆Published 6 months ago by T. White
The tales in this book are very well constructed, well versed and scary but not in the typical way. Kept me very entertained, I savored each and every story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Isabel