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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.Read more ›
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!
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"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderfully dark tale. I love the mini stories but my only complaint was it kinda detracts from the overall plot of the story making the whole seems disjointed at times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
I used to love getting the chills reading scary stories as a kid. These give a satisfying chill read as an adult.Published 7 months ago by A. Brasseur
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 morePublished on January 8, 2014 by JFINN
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 morePublished on October 28, 2013 by M. Criss
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