Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story, Dahl writes It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E F Benson, J Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton....
|Title||:||Book of Ghost Stories|
|Publisher||:||Jonathan Cape Ltd 1St Edition edition October 6, 1983|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||595 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Book of Ghost Stories Reviews
Like others who should have read the item description more closely, I purchased this collection thinking it was a book of ghost stories that Roald Dahl had actually written himself. That was my fault. In my defense, however, I wonder why it couldn’t have been entitled “Ghost Stories collected by Roald Dahl”… Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?
I wish I had realized that these stories were collected by Roald Dahl and not written by him. The quality overall is not that great. There are two very good stories ("Harry" by Rosemary Timperley and "In the Tube" by E.F. Benson) but otherwise the stories are a bit routine for lovers of the genre. The stories are all quite old, although the volume was first published in 1983. This means that some of them are written in a somewhat pompous and puffed up style. Roald Dahl's introduction reads as somewhat sexist by today's standards and it is hard to understand why he takes up so much print space to air his unflattering views about female writers.
I'm only half way through this collection, gathered by Roald Dahl and four out of 5 of the stories have been really exceptional. It is exciting to have horror stories that to not include blood and gore, just frightful surprises!
Despite Roald Dahl's name, the book is for adults or those who can appreciate a ghost story without the vulgarity or gore of contemporary work.
My 4th graders love all things spooky and have really enjoyed this book!
I wanted a good ghost book. I am easy person to freak out when it comes to thinking about ghost. I grew up on a farm with it's own spook tales. So yeah.- this is a good read so far. I will read these much earlier in my day though. Definitely more for an older teen or adult reader.
a little scary for my 8 year old but she will grow into them.
I won't speak for the contents of the book; I don't want to spoil any of the treats you're in for. I will say that they are imaginative and original. Which is a tough quality to find in a collection of ghost stories. So you're going to enjoy what you read. But will it scare you? I don't know. It depends on your terror threshold. The book came in brand new condition and is everything you'll expect as far as the physical presentation of the book. But the contents within are great and I myself enjoy it immensely.