Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Roald Dahl

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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240 Pages



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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.


Praise for Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

"What we get from these ghost stories is a chill that makes us shiver and gives us gooseflesh. Each of these stories is masterfully written, impeccable in structure. There's never too much of a good, truly disquieting thing."—The San Francisco Chronicle

"The best book of its kind in years. . . . Dahl's taste, it will surprise no one, is impeccable. 'Good ghost stories,' he says in an introduction, 'are damnably difficult to write,' but no one can fault the stories here."—The Washington Post Book World

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

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  • Roald Dahl

  • The widely revered British author and anthologist Roald Dahl (1916-1990) published many books for children as well as for adults. Among his most celebrated works are James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Boy: Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, and Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes.

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