Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

by Roald Dahl


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374518684
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/01/1984
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 102,294
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated in English boarding schools from the age of nine until twenty. During World War II, he was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in North Africa and Greece. When his active duty was completed, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he was asked to write about some of his adventures. A Piece of Cake, his first published work, was an account of a fighter plane crashing in Libya. His first piece of fiction was called The Gremlins, a story about little creatures who make trouble for the Royal Air Force by drilling holes in the planes and wreaking general havoc.

Fifteen years later, Roald Dahl found himself telling bedtime stories to his children over and over again, and those were the basis for James and the Giant Peach, his first published children's novel. After that came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be followed by many others, including The BFG, The Witches, and Matilda.

More can be learned about Roald Dahl in his autobiographical Boy: Tales of Childhood and Going Solo, as well as in the chapter called "Lucky Break" in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of seventy-four. Although the world lost one of its most beloved authors, what he has left behind is a rich library of wonderful tales for children of today and tomorrow to discover and enjoy.

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Introduction Roald Dahl

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 (Ex-Private X)

Afterward Edith Wharton

On the Brighton Road Richard Middleton

The Upper Berth F. Marion Crawford

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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
frightful_elk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a couple of really good ones in here!
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my 9 year old son. His favorite story was "Harry" which he said was "very creepy" . A good mix of spooky stories for young and old!
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike "Skin", this is not stories BY Dahl, so much as stories selected by Dahl. In the introduction, he discusses how he labroiously searched for the best ghost stories... but most of them are rather bland and innocuous. Much better is the compilation Open at Your Own Risk (which does not have anything to do with Dahl.)
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deftly proves that the best stories are the old ones. roald dahl didn't write any of these, but he picked them as his favorites. They are actually spooky, not scary. And they are written with a great deal of care. Very readable and extraordinarily good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever I feel the need to read a good ghost story, I come back to this fine collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although not generally a fan of ghost stories, this collection of highly literate and disquieting short stories had my undivided attention for three nights. If a book can be consistently elegant, occasionally moving and always creepy all at the same time- this is happily it. For those who love the depth of the classics, Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories will ring home in their own collective and wintery chime. P.S. Leave the light on.
RE-Lady More than 1 year ago
Considering how much I enjoyed his other books, I was disappointed with this one. It was boring and didn't keep me interested at all. I didn't find it scary. This one definitely didn't live up to it's reputation.