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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Paperback – October 1, 1984
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- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1984)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 235 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374518688
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374518684
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Grade level : 7 - 6
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dahl explains in his introduction that he had an idea for a television series back in 1958. He would use his writing prowess to write a screenplay for each episode based on an excellent ghost story. Dahl set out to find the best ghost stories for this project. He relates that by the end of a marathon reading session, he had read no fewer than 749 ghost stories. I’m pleased with his discernment.
However awesome the ghost story television series could have been, it flopped. What we’re left with is a remarkable collection of 14 ghost stories that one of my favorite storytellers read and loved. You may have heard of some of these authors, such as Sheridan Le Fanu. Others were new for me: Rosemary Timperley, Cynthia Asquith, and Mary Treadgold. My favorite out of the whole crop is Timperley’s “Harry.”
I feel that any fan of Roald Dahl’s short stories (the ones for grownups) will certainly admire this collection. Knowing that he recommended them tells me they’re going to be satisfying. As he remarks, “Good ghost stories are damnably difficult to write.” So let’s sit back and enjoy this spectacular little collection!
By David Lee on June 21, 2018
I would suggest that lovers of ghost stories look to Joe Hill (The Heart-shaped box), Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House), Susan Hill (The Woman in Black), Yangsze Choo (The Ghost Bride) or Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger). Sheridan Le Fanu also wrote short ghost stories.
This volume has been discounted to $5.00 or so. I now understand why.
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However, I loved the stories and the simple intro by Roald and would not hesitate to recommend to others.
Ps. Don’t read too close to bed time.
I read the book over the course of a weekend, it’s a quick and non taxing read.
Dahl does explain his choices but really there is nothing to commend this book ( especially at the price!)