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The Book of Ghost Stories [Read] ➲ The Book of Ghost Stories ➺ Roald Dahl – 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 clas Who better to investigate of Ghost PDF Æ 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 Book PDF or the classic ghost story For this superbly disuieting collection he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as EF Benson Rosemary Timperley and Edith WhartonIncludesWS LP HartleyHarry Rosemary TimperleyThe Book of Ghost PDF/EPUB ç Corner Shop Cynthia AsuithIn the Tube EF BensonChristmas Meeting Rosemary TimperleyElias and the Draug Jonas LiePlaymates AM BurrageRinging the Changes Robert AickmanThe Telephone Mary TreadgoldThe Ghost of a Hand J Sheridan Le FanuThe Sweeper AM BurrageAfterward Edith WhartonOn the Brighton Road Richard MiddletonThe Upper Berth F Marion Crawford.

  • Paperback
  • 235 pages
  • The Book of Ghost Stories
  • Roald Dahl
  • English
  • 05 July 2016
  • 9780374518684

About the Author: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a of Ghost PDF Æ British novelist short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent who rose to prominence in the 's with works for both children and adults and became The Book PDF or one of the world's bestselling authorsDahl'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 Book of Ghost PDF/EPUB ç Cake The story about his wartime adv.

10 thoughts on “The Book of Ghost Stories

  1. Beverly Beverly says:

    This is a great collection and one I reread all the time as I own it Some of the best ghost stories I've ever read are here If you don't want to be unduly alarmed and chagrined do not read Dahl's preface In it he details how he went about finding all these great stories which is interesting until he gets to the fun part in which he denigrates women writers He is surprised to find that women do ghosts well He also gives them a shout out for writing great children's books but seems to think that is about all they do well Ugh

  2. Julie Julie says:

    Every year on Halloween night I permit myself one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup It is a great indulgence for me an annual event and I savor the moment taking very small bites to prolong the experience This collection of ghost stories that I bought last year after the creepy season ended felt like a similar indulgence to me I was going to savor Roald Dahls' writing one story at a time one story for 14 nights of October leading up to Halloween night But as soon as I opened it up I experienced problem #1 these ghost stories were NOT written by Mr Dahl they were COLLECTED by him originally in 1958In his excellent Introduction Dahl explains that “good ghost stories are damnably difficult to write” and admits that he himself had never been able to accomplish a good one but after reading through 749 ghost stories written by other people he chose 24 of the best for a series he was promoting He then narrowed that down to 14 for this particular collectionThe first ghost story “WS” written in 1954 by LP Hartley who obviously likes initials was succinct successful at making the hairs creep up on the back of my neck and I was able to overlook the disappointment of missing out on Roald Dahl's actual writing but then Most of the remaining stories in the collection felt dull dated and fairly predictable The ghost in each story was creepy as most ghosts are but the other essentials like character development and setting among the living felt underdeveloped and shabby in mostOne story “The Corner Shop” published originally in 1951 was interesting in that it involves the redemption of a soul and a shift in a ghost's status and the prospect of it danced a little in the back of my mind For the most part yawn but fortunately no insomnia for meAs a side note for a woman who is currently obsessed with Shirley Jackson it was serendipitous for me to find this in Mr Dahl's 1983 Introduction Who can forget Shirley Jackson's marvellous story “The Lottery?” Admittedly it isn't a ghost story But it deals with the same sort of eerie and unfathomable events and does it in a manner I have never seen matched by any male short story writerHaving just reread Jackson's The Lottery last week I can tell you there isn't a short story out there that matches that one for brevity or the power to disturb your mind

  3. Fiona MacDonald Fiona MacDonald says:

    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 some of the authors I will be buying this as a present for people who enjoy being scared

  4. Kathryn McCary Kathryn McCary says:

    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 own selection doesn't even support his thesis of 13 writers only 4 are womenAll the same I'm keeping the book it does have Cynthia Asuith's The Corner Shop and AM Burrage's Playmates

  5. Gary Gary says:

    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 antiue 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 cabin 105 on the ship Kamschatka go mad and throw themselves overboard All of these happenings have only the explanation of the supernatural Strange encounters with phantoms ghosts ghouls and the undeadRoald Dahl puts together a charming anthology of eerie old fashioned ghost stories from various different authors with all the right touches where the twists in the tale all have a supernatural flavour These stories will chill your spine and stay in your mind long after you have read themMy personal favourites are Harry Playmates Ringing the Changes The Ghost of a Hand The Sweeper and On the Brighton Road

  6. Quirkyreader Quirkyreader says:

    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 AM Barrage F Marion Crawford And Rosemary Timperley Dahl did a wonderful job selecting these storiesIf you can find a copy and savour the scare

  7. merina rey merina rey says:

    Maybe I’m desensitized but wow this sucked 😱I would say no fault to Roald Dahl because he obviously didn’t write any of these but I mean he compiled them in a book and just wow I came so close to DNFing this It was torture I tortured myself Torture The only thing scary in regards to this book was the feeling like I wasn’t going to make it out alive I was for sure I would succumb to terriblebookitis

  8. Mells Mells says:

    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 creating so many unexpected peculiar endings had no taste which let's face it is a far realistic option There're 14 stories in this book oh come on couldn't you do 13? And print it in 36 bold so they would take up 666 pages? MWAHAHAHAHA but they only have in common a certain accessibility they're uite easy and fairly pleasant to read Also in most of these the ghosts are benevolent which is cool in a perfect ghost story ghosts are just sad remnants of the sad times not good people turned into homicidal maniacs after death But of these fourteen only two are worth mentioningElias and the Draug by Jonas Lie sucks and the coolness of the author's surname doesn't help much It's a very silly tale with characters that evoke zero sympathy and an absolutely demented plot I get it it's supposed to be read as a dark fairy tale made peculiar by its Norse theme but it doesn't even try to be a good story And that is downright offensive Ringing the Changes by Robert Aickman is everything a ghost story should be until about the middle of it The first half succeeds at being the noble kind of horror it dips you into the eerie atmosphere and continuously throws unsettling events and phrases in your direction but doesn't go overboard with it like everybody in David Lynch's movies so it stays believable yet very strange and creepy and makes you anticipate the ending thrice zealously But then it loses it's appeal by smacking you in the face with very literal things and ends in a very vague cryptic remark that makes you regret a lot of the life choices you've made including buying this book and that incident with a cactus and a pack of diapers neither of you will ever mention or ever forget The rest of the stories are pretty universally ok They're not really spooky and the big reveal in the end is usually 'and it was actually a ghost' Come on I'm reading a book of ghost stories I've kinda figured already But on the other hand they're at least pleasant not boring and most importantly fairly short So you know whatever Just don't believe anybody who says you should absolutely read this The chances are they're a ghost and will disappear in a few minutes and you'll be stuck with this book for hours Which is not really the worst fate as things go but hey you could've been reading Chris Priestley the whole time instead PS I liked how Penguin deemed necessary to include the ad of this book into this very book so you could think about buying this book all the while you're reading this book But the cover is pretty stylish so you didn't hear me complain

  9. Werner Werner says:

    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 uality 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 uality he expected; but some stories made the grade with him and here he collects 14 of the best of these Despite his avowed taste for the creepy and disturbing in his ghostly reading however not all these selections feature malevolent ghosts; the book also presents tales of redemption forgiveness and healing friendship from beyond the grave Not all of the stories here are technically ghost stories either; one story deals with a temporal slip rather than an actually deceased ghost and the supernatural nemesis who appears in Elias and the Draug by Jonas Lie pronounced Lee is a spirit being drawn from Norse folklore not the shade of a departed person And the one in L P Hartley's W S is an author's worst nightmare one of his imaginary villains somehow brought to actual life the progression from unease to menace here is gripping enough that the reader swallows the implausible premise All of the selections do feature imagination and good effective writing however and all of them make the supernatural seem real; this is one of the best collections of supernatural stories that I've encounteredThe dozen authors included here Timperley and Burrage are each represented twice are except for Lie all British or American mostly the former; and Le Fanu's The Ghost of a Hand which is definitely one of the world's original ghostly tales is the only story here written before 1900 Crawford's The Upper Berth is perhaps the most horrific selection but none of them disappoint it's hard to pick a single favorite

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    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 windowI have only had this experience twice but both times I adored how the atmosphere felt so distinguished refined and old fashioned even though I was probably wearing Converse sneakers and jeans Reading Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories is like that Roald Dahl sets you up to feel that way because he spends the introduction explaining how he once embarked on a mission to read every ghost story he could get his hands on which came to about 750 stories to assist with creating a ghost story TV series The series never worked out but Dahl wanted to pass on his favorite stories and so he created this anthologySo when you start reading the first story you're already thinking Wow these are the best dozen or so stories hand selected by Roald Dahl from a wide deep pool of stories And they are all indeed very good creepy suspenseful and wonderfully well written Reading them is like taking the world's spookiest and yet most relaxing hot bath Does that make sense? My favorite tales were The Corner Curio Shop The Upper Berth In The Tube and Ringing the Changes An excellent book to curl up with when you have a mug of tea a cat a uilt and if you can arrange it a thunderstorm outside

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