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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.


"An outstanding idiosyncratic selection of creepiness from a writer who ought to know, plus a characteristically provocative preface." The Times Literary Supplement (London)


Fourteen of Roald Dahl's favorite tales.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the beloved author of such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and Matilda, among other works.

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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Kristen M, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by Kristen M)
These aren't stories written by Roald Dahl but the top fourteen short stories that he thought were the spookiest ever written. Now, most people would read a few dozen well-known stories and choose a few for their anthology but Roald Dahl says that he read seven-hundred and forty-nine stories to find these good ones -- and they are fantastic! All of the stories in the book are creepy and they are each so different from the other that it's a very interesting read. I strongly recommend this if you are looking for some good ghost stories.
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Dahl, Roald
Farrar Straus Giroux
Dahl, Roald
Dahl, Roald
New York :
Children's fiction
Horror & Ghost Stories
Ghost stories, English
Ghost stories, American
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s-Scary Stories
Short stories
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1st Noonday ed.
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
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Publication Date:
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from 7
8.23 x 5.56 x 0.63 in
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