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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Roald Dahl
  • ISBN:
    0224021494
  • ISBN13:
    978-0224021494
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  • Publisher:
    Jonathan Cape Ltd; 1St Edition edition (October 6, 1983)
  • Pages:
    240 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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Originally published: London : Cape, 1983. Gift from Kansa City Library. Prepare yourself for some sinister tales and delicious horror in this superbly disquieting book.

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Start by marking Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories as Want to Read . Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl?

Start by marking Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. 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. Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983) is a collection of ghost stories chosen by Roald Dahl. Dahl read 749 supernatural tales from an array of writers at the British Museum before choosing 14 that he considered the best

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983) is a collection of ghost stories chosen by Roald Dahl. Dahl read 749 supernatural tales from an array of writers at the British Museum before choosing 14 that he considered the best. In the book Dahl writes; "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story". He initially did this while working to develop an American television programme that would feature dramatisations of these stories

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This is the best book of its kind in years. The Washington Post Book World. 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, . where he was asked to write about some of his adventures.

Despite Roald Dahl's name, the book is for adults or those who can appreciate a ghost story without the vulgarity .

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. 28 people found this helpful.

His Work Books Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories. He then went to the British Museum Library, and read a total of 749 tales before selecting 14 for this anthology. His criterion: Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts. Dahl read 749 supernatural tales from an array of writers at the British Museum before choosing 14 that he considered the best

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. He initially did this while working to develop an American television programme that would feature dramatisations of these stories.

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.

The idea is that Dahl read 450 ghost stories in preparation for creating screenplays for a season's worth of. .The forward, and publishers, tell you that this book prints the best 14 stories out of those 450 - as chosen by Dahl.

The idea is that Dahl read 450 ghost stories in preparation for creating screenplays for a season's worth of them for an anthology TV show. I think the dishonesty in that idea is that they were the best stories - - I think, rather, they were chosen by him as the best stories to create screenplays for and reformat for a visual medium. Few of these stories could be thought of as the best out of 450 classic ghost stories

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. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a prickly, colorful character who wrote maliciously funny short stories for adults ( The Best of Roald Dahl ) as well as better-known works for children ( James and the Giant Peach ). As he relates in the introduction, he started the research for this book by making a call to the celebrated ghost-story anthologist/writer, Lady Cynthia Asquith. He then went to the British Museum Library, and read a total of 749 tales before selecting 14 for this anthology. His criterion: Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts. Included here are not only acknowledged classics by Robert Aickman, Edith Wharton, J. S. Le Fanu, and F. Marion Crawford, but also tales by lesser-known writers such as L. P. Hartley, Rosemary Timperley, Jonas Lie, Mary Treadgold, and A. M. Burrage. The Washington Post writes, Dahl's taste, it will surprise no one, is impeccable.

Runehammer
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?

Dahl explains in his introduction that he had an idea for a television series back in 1958. He would use his writing prowess to write a screenplay for each episode based on an excellent ghost story. Dahl set out to find the best ghost stories for this project. He relates that by the end of a marathon reading session, he had read no fewer than 749 ghost stories. I’m pleased with his discernment.

However awesome the ghost story television series could have been, it flopped. What we’re left with is a remarkable collection of 14 ghost stories that one of my favorite storytellers read and loved. You may have heard of some of these authors, such as Sheridan Le Fanu. Others were new for me: Rosemary Timperley, Cynthia Asquith, and Mary Treadgold. My favorite out of the whole crop is Timperley’s “Harry.”

I feel that any fan of Roald Dahl’s short stories (the ones for grownups) will certainly admire this collection. Knowing that he recommended them tells me they’re going to be satisfying. As he remarks, “Good ghost stories are damnably difficult to write.” So let’s sit back and enjoy this spectacular little collection!
Kazimi
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.
Hiylchis
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 would suggest that lovers of ghost stories look to Joe Hill (The Heart-shaped box), Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House), Susan Hill (The Woman in Black), Yangsze Choo (The Ghost Bride) or Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger). Sheridan Le Fanu also wrote short ghost stories.

This volume has been discounted to $5.00 or so. I now understand why.
Arashigore
Read thru this book, which was requested by my grandson...Roald Dahl, best known as a children's author, was researching ghost stories for a possible TV series. He read HUNDREDS of stories, and distilled them down to just over 20. These are mostly old stories, and enjoyable, but a bit tame for these days. Which is a good thing, as a 7 year old will be getting this book for Christmas!
Falya
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!
Danskyleyn
I went straight to Edith Wharton's story, "Afterward", having been a lover of her writing for more than thirty years, and I was not disappointed: her ghost story, an inspired piece based on the idea that a house is haunted by a ghost one never knows one has seen until long afterward, gave me chills with its originality and execution. Despite its 1902 prose, its structure was as modern as any movie or television show today. I was amazed. And this is only the first selection I have read!
Narim
I read the description before purchasing this, as I always do, but somehow didn't realize this was a collection of Roald Dahl's favorite ghost stories, by OTHER AUTHORS. I'm going to be honest, we've only read the first story so far but it was entertaining. It kept us guessing and had my daughter (10) hiding her face in a pillow. We will be getting back into these stories soon, with the haunting season approaching, and I'll update my review then.
a little scary for my 8 year old but she will grow into them.