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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-04-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 47 user ratings
ISBN:0374518688
LANGUAGE:English

"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!" said.

"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!
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"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!" said.

"The tales in this book are very well constructed, well versed and scary but not in the typical way. Kept me very entertained, I savored each and every story. I could have finished it very quickly but drew out the read by reading one story each evening. Would like to have seen these become a television series like Roald Dahl intended." said.

"♪♫ ☆♥10 Stars ☆♪♪ ♥HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ☆♪♪♥ Seeing IS Believing! ♥♪♫ ☆" said.

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