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  • Title: Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
  • Author: Roald Dahl L.P. Hartley Robert Aickman Cynthia Asquith E.F. Benson A.M. Burrage Francis Marion Crawford J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • ISBN: 9780374518684
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback

  • Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith WhartonIWho better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith WhartonIncludes W.S L.P Hartley Harry Rosemary Timperley The Corner Shop Cynthia Asquith In the Tube E.F Benson Christmas Meeting Rosemary Timperley Elias and the Draug Jonas Lie Playmates A.M Burrage Ringing the Changes Robert Aickman The Telephone Mary Treadgold The Ghost of a Hand J Sheridan Le Fanu The Sweeper A.M Burrage Afterward Edith Wharton On the Brighton Road Richard Middleton The Upper Berth F Marion Crawford
    Roald Dahl L.P. Hartley Robert Aickman Cynthia Asquith E.F. Benson A.M. Burrage Francis Marion Crawford J. Sheridan Le Fanu
    Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940 s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world s bestselling authors.Dahl s first published work, inspired by a meeting with C S Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for 900, and propelled him into a career as a writer Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.His first children s book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943 Dahl went on to create some of the best loved children s stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper s, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world wide acclaim Dahl wrote than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You in 1959, for the story The Landlady and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on Skin.


    Commentaires:

    Kathryn McCary
    Funny, although ten out of the 14 stories in this book are ones I like, at least to some degree, I'd really rather read them in some other collection. I think it may be Dahl's rambling, discursive and inconclusive introduction. He rides an utterly irrelevant hobby horse (children's writers don't get no respect) and indulges in a peculiar--and not well supported--comparison of the merit of men and women both as writers in general (men are better) and as ghost story writers (women are better). His [...]

    Fiona MacDonald
    I was seriously impressed by this collection of ghost stories. I would estimate that 10 out of 14 were genuinely frightening and it took me a while to focus on the present day after being taken into the past. Also the calibre of these stories was exceptional (as Dahl states in his introduction) 'The Telephone', 'The Upper Berth' and 'The Ghost of a Hand' were particular favourites that really scared me. The wonderful introduction by Roald Dahl really accenuates each story and the history behind [...]

    Gary
    A novelist receives strange and disturbing post cards from an unknown fan ; lonely children speak to and about what their parents or guardians dismiss as imaginary friends until contrary evidence materializes ; an impoverished writer visits an antique shop finding different surroundings and tenants at night to those during the daytime ; a strange hand haunts a mansion and it's inhabitants ; strange telephone calls from the dead ; a mystery figure sweeps up leaves at night ; all who sleep on cabi [...]

    Quirkyreader
    This book has been sitting on my TBR since 2011. Yes, I have finally gotten around to it. It was full of creepers by plenty of forgotten authors such as A.M. Barrage, F. Marion Crawford, And Rosemary Timperley. Dahl did a wonderful job selecting these stories.If you can, find a copy and savour the scare.

    Lisa
    Have you ever had tea at a fancy hotel? The waiter serves you these beautiful little scones, miniature sandwiches, tiny, tiny biscuits, and chocolate-covered strawberries on a gorgeous tiered tray, with pots of lemon curd and strawberry jam and pats of butter on the side, and a hot pot of tea. If you're lucky, there's a cellist in the corner of the room and a beautiful garden outside the window.I have only had this experience twice, but both times I adored how the atmosphere felt so distinguishe [...]

    Erika
    3 stelle e mezzo.

    Werner
    To elaborate on the background given in the description above, Dahl's extensive reading of ghost stories in the late 1950s and early 60s was originally undertaken to select quality specimens for adaptation in a projected TV series (which was never made). He was previously unread in this type of literature, and found that most of it failed to deliver the genuinely scary quality he expected; but some stories made the grade with him, and here he collects 14 of the best of these. Despite his avowed [...]

    Michelle
    A disappointing read. I grabbed the book at a book trade thinking it had been written by Dahl, which it hadn't. Rather, it was a compilation of 20-some "horror" stories which he considered the best of the best. Unfortunately, in this case I'm inclined to respectfully disagree with Mr. Dahl. Only a small handful of the short stories were of any interest, and not one left me with the disturbed or off feeling a really good spooky story brings. Most were happily and fully resolved without any need t [...]

    Mells
    This is a really depressing book. In his weirdly sexist preface, an author I greatly respect says that he has read through 749 ghost stories to select these 14 as the very pinnacle of the genre. And, let's ruin all the intrigue from the start, they kinda suck. So either these 14 really are the best stories the genre has to offer, which is at least as depressing as your girlfriend breaking up with you on your anniversary to date Roald Dahl's son, or one really good writer, who succeeded in creati [...]

    Karen Williams
    Edith Wharton writes a damn good ghost story.

    Melora
    A fine collection of ghost stories, and I enjoyed the chance to sample several authors I've heard of but never read before. As usual, some were just okay, some were good, and a couple were quite good. The first story, "W.S" by L.P Hartley, "The Corner Shop," by Cynthia Asquith, and "Playmates" and "The Sweeper," by A.M. Burrage were my favorites. Dahl's introduction, in which he explains how he came to collect these stories and shares his ideas on the artistic abilities of women (they can't comp [...]

    Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    I am deeply sorry to give this book a mere 2 stars, yet the thought of giving this book more than that is a huge no-no on my part. I read every story in here twice and didn't find any of them scary or vaguely interesting.When I picked up this book I was expecting these to be short horror stories written by Ronald Dahl, but none of these are! They're simply stories he found scary and compiled into a book before slapping his name on the cover. I am actually a fan of the traditional ghost story, a [...]

    Lisa Ard
    Is it terrible to say the best part of this book is the introduction? But then, I am a Roald Dahl fan. And, the stories within this compilation are not by Dahl. Rather they are the best of some 700+ ghost stories Roald Dahl read. There are several that are magnificent and a few that.well, could be shorter. For the reader looking for a selection of short stories to frighten and entertain, this is a good volume to pick up.

    Sabrina
    A creepy collection of old-fashioned stories that favours creaky old English houses and the as-told-to style common in the late 19th century.

    Melissa
    This was an interesting little collection, given to me by my grandad. I have some fond, vivid memories of visiting my grandparents as a kid, and sneaking off to read from the upstairs closet - Roald Dahl, Stephen King, stuff that scared me stiff in the best sort of way, while my grandad turned a blind eye approvingly. So, I had fairly high expectations when he gave me Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, and I think the compendium largely met them. It's hard to be sure, because more than a decade [...]

    Tracey
    What a huge disappointment for me :(. I was so eager to get stuck in and read a series of ghost stories that would either have me scared sherbetless, or at least have me thinking what the fudge. Maybe it's because I have been brought up with the masters of ghost stories such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz that I was really left wanting. The shortest story in the whole book was the one I enjoyed the most - really sad. I plodded through the stories and the flowery language and at stages had to re [...]

    Dave
    Good collection of shivery stories. The two I don't like are the two that fall outside of the others' time period (roughly 1885 - 1959), and really wouldn't be missed. (The one from the 1960s in particular, since it features an attitude I've seen in other books from that time, best characterized as, "Women, huh? What ARE they thinking?"). These are otherwise ghost stories written to spook and chill but not horrify--except for the last, which is the only well-known classic: "The Upper Berth," one [...]

    Sheryl Sato
    Some familiar stories here and all meet the Dahl's criteria of being spooky and creepy, with an element that's just not quite right. A great collection of stories I'm happy to have on my shelf next to other Dahl favourites. So happy my youngest spotted this at the thrift store, a real find!

    Lauren
    Wonderfully spooky collection of old ghost stories, and bonus -- they're actually written well!

    Alicea
    Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories was a must-have for me for 2 reasons: 1. Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors and I want to read everything he's ever written and 2. I love ghost stories. I have to admit that going into this one I was very much under the impression that this was going to be a book filled with stories written by Dahl himself. I clearly hadn't read the synopsis or book jacket because that is not what this book is about. This is a collection of some of Dahl's favorite ghost s [...]

    Carolyn
    A really fun read. Not tooooo spooky--these are ghost stories, not necessarily "scary" stories, so some have less of a punch than others. Fun to read each night in October!

    Jacki
    All these stories were riveting - some of them genuinely frightening and some of them just pleasantly ghostly. I flew through this book and enjoyed every selection. Totally a great Halloween read!!

    Katie Smith
    I really should stop reading creepy stuff at night. I liked this collection of stories though.

    Whitney
    I found the introduction to be interesting. Dahl talked about how he chose the storied that went into this anthology. He said he first narrowed it down to 24, then to the number that is in there now--about a baker's dozen or so. He talked about what, in his opinion, distinguished a good story from a bad one. He also said that he had to give the authors props, as he tried to write a ghost story once, but failed. At the same time, the result was "The Landlady," which is easily one of the creepiest [...]

    Gyu
    I haven't had much interest in these kind of horror books that makes your 'spine tickle', but I thought this book was fairly good, and I liked that this book wasn't just about one story, but 14 stories that were written by different authors.I especially liked chapters 1,2 5 and 7. They all had(sort of)different themes, but they somehow 'touched me' into liking them. I really liked the character 'Harry' in chapter 2, because he was somehow rememberable than most of the other characters, and I did [...]

    Angie
    I am sad to give such a low rating to a Roald Dahl book, it seriously pains me people! I love Roald Dahl and I love me a good ghost story so I thought this would be a great mix. Alas, it's almost a disaster. I should have read something about the book before I cracked it open. When I figured out he didn't actually write the stories I was bummed but thought that if he hand selected these out of 749 that he read, there had to be something good. As he explains he was trying to find stories for a sh [...]

    Naomi
    Found in a used book-shop, and was disappointed when I got it home and realized that Roald Dahl was the editor, and didn't in fact write any of the stories. But then, I only picked it up because I was so surprised that he *did* write ghost stories. Anyway.The book has a few really good stories, but a few were not all that chilling or scary. One actually gave me goosebumps. All were very vivid, and have that special twist. None of them were gruesome or terrifying, which is good for me; they were [...]

    skein
    After the introduction (where Dahl is shocked - shocked - to find that women write better ghost stories than men, and spends another page ruminating why would this be? when women fail at every other form of art (painting, sculpting, music) - after that charming introduction, the stories begin. (The title is misleading: Dahl is not the author.)It's a mixed bag. Some are coldly shocking ("Elias and the Draug", "Ringing the Changes"), some predictable ("Playmates"). Some are brilliant and cruel ("A [...]

    Kristy
    Weird and rambley old man introduction aside, this is a great collection of creepy short stories -- mostly from the 1950s, but with some intriguing earlier stories as well. My personal favorite was the one written by one of the only authors in the collection that I knew beforehand, "Afterward" by Edith Wharton. "The Telephone" by Mary Treadgold and "The Sweeper" by A.M. Burrage were also pretty great. It would be perfect to follow up reading these stories with a late-night viewing of Crimson Pea [...]

    Alison Lafferty
    Some of these were excellent, but some of them were dry and long-winded. Then again, these are older English ghost stories so they're not all going to be fast-paced and gory. In fact, not one of them was really graphic in any way, but all of them were creepy and many were wonderfully psychological. Lost steam near the end, but I really enjoyed the Rosemary Timperley stories (might try to find some of her novels) and Afterward by Edith Wharton. The last one, The Upper Berth, is excellent and also [...]

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