Roald Dahl s Book of Ghost Stories

Bundle with fourteen ghost stories by various authors.

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9780241955710

Category: Ghost stories, English

Page: 336

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Fourteen terrifying ghost stories chosen by the master of the macabre, Roald Dahl. 'Spookiness is the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts . . .' Who better to choose the ultimate in spine-chillers than Roald Dahl, whose own sinister stories have teased and twisted the imagination of millions? Here are fourteen of his favourite ghost stories, including Sheridan Le Fanu's The Ghost of a Hand, Edith Wharton's Afterward, Cynthia Asquith's The Corner Shop and Mary Treadgold's The Telephone. Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.





The Children s Ghost Story in America

However, Roald Dahl, likely one of the most well-known and beloved children's
authors of the twentieth century, has not missed this connection and explores it
rather directly in his introduction to Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, where he
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Author: Sean Ferrier-Watson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476664943

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Ghost stories have played a prominent role in childhood. Circulated around playgrounds and whispered in slumber parties, their history in American literature is little known and seldom discussed by scholars. This book explores the fascinating origins and development of these tales, focusing on the social and historical factors that shaped them and gave birth to the genre. Ghost stories have existed for centuries but have been published specifically for children for only about 200 years. Early on, supernatural ghost stories were rare—authors and publishers, fearing they might adversely affect young minds, presented stories in which the ghost was always revealed as a fraud. These tales dominated children’s publishing in the 19th century but the 20th century saw a change in perspective and the supernatural ghost story flourished.

Roald Dahl

8 Jeremy Treglown, Roald Dahl: A Biography (London: Faber and Faber 1994), p
. 16. ... 10 Catherine Butler, 'Introduction', in Roald Dahl (New Casebooks), ed. ...
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (London: Jonathan Cape, 1983), p. 18.

Author: Damian Walford Davies

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1783169419

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Published to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s (Welsh) birth, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected breaks new ground by revealing the place of Wales in the imagination of the writer known as ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. Exploring the complex conditioning presence of Wales in his life and work, the essays in this collection dramatically defamiliarise Dahl and in the process render him uncanny. Importantly, Dahl is encountered whole – his books for children and his fiction for adults are read as mutually invigorating bodies of work, both of which evidence the ways in which Wales, and the author’s Anglo-Welsh orientation, demand articulation throughout the career. Recognising the impossibility of constructing a monolithic ‘Welsh’ Dahl, the contributors explore the compound and nuanced ways in which Wales signifies across the oeuvre. Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected takes Dahl studies into new territory in terms of both subject and method, showing the new horizons that open up when Dahl is read through a Welsh lens. Locating Dahl in illuminating new textual networks, resourcefully offering fresh angles of entry into classic Dahl texts, rehabilitating neglected Dahl texts, and analysing the layered genesis of (seemingly) familiar works by excavating the manuscripts, this innovative volume brings Dahl ‘home’ in order to render him invigoratingly unhomely. The result is not a parochialisation of Dahl, but rather a new internationalisation.


Fear

. . Do you enjoy being scared? Featuring fourteen classic spine-chilling stories chosen by Roald Dahl, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on will have you shivering with fear as you turn the pages.

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405933224

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 347

PERFECT for fans of Roald Dahl. Think you know Dahl? Think again. Discover a collection of deliciously dark ghost stories for adults, picked by Dahl himself . . . Do you enjoy being scared? Featuring fourteen classic spine-chilling stories chosen by Roald Dahl, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on will have you shivering with fear as you turn the pages. They include such timeless and haunting stories as Sheridan Le Fanu's The Ghost of a Hand, Edith Wharton's Afterward, Cynthia Asquith's The Corner Shop and Mary Treadgold's The Telephone. Featuring extraordinary cover art by Charming Baker, whose paintings echo the dark and twisted world of Dahl's short stories. Roald Dahl reveals even more about the darker side of human nature in seven other centenary editions featuring his own stories: Lust, Madness, Cruelty, Deception, Trickery, Innocence and War.

The Supernatural Index

Peter Haining , London : Robert Hale , 1971 Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories ,
Roald Dahl , London : Jonathan Cape , 1983 Spine - Chillers , ed . Roger Elwood
& Howard Goldsmith , Garden City : Doubleday , Young Ghosts , ed .

Author: Michael Ashley

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313240300

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 933

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Indexes story collections by editor, book title, author, and story title

A Natural History of Ghosts

This is the first comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining as every good natural history should, the behaviour of the subject in its preferred environment: the stories we tell ...

Author: Roger Clarke

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141958146

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 384

A natural history of the supernatural from Roger Clarke, lifelong investigator into England's creepiest real-life ghost stories 'Is there anybody out there?' No matter how rationally we order our lives, few of us are completely immune to the suggestion of the uncanny and the fear of the dark. The subject of whether ghosts exist has fascinated some of the finest minds in history and it remains a subject of overwhelming interest today. This is the first comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining as every good natural history should, the behaviour of the subject in its preferred environment: the stories we tell each other. What explains sightings of ghosts? Why do they fascinate us? What exactly did the haunted see? What did they believe? And what proof is there? Taking us through the key hauntings that have obsessed the world from the poltergeist of Cock Lane through the true events that inspired The Turn of the Screw and the dark events of Borley Rectory right up to the present day, Roger Clarke unfolds a story of class conflict, charlatans and true believers. His surprising castlist ranges from Samuel Johnson to John Wesley, and from Harry Houdini to Adolf Hitler. Inspired by a childhood spent in two haunted houses, Roger Clarke has spent much of his life trying to see a ghost. Written as grippingly as the best ghost fiction, A Natural History of Ghosts takes us on an unforgettable hunt through the most haunted places of the last five hundred years and our longing to believe.

The Horn Book Magazine

By GREGORY MAGUIRE The purpose of this department is to highlight current
adult books of interest to high - school readers . CIP MICHAEL CRICHTON ...
Roald Dahl , Compiler Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories 235 pp . Farrar 1983
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Ghosts

"Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James' The Turn of the Screw] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within... [An] ...

Author: Roger Clarke

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250076090

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 368

View: 375

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice "Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James' The Turn of the Screw] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within... [an] erudite and richly entertaining book." --New York Times Book Review "Is there anybody out there?" No matter how rationally we order our lives, few of us are completely immune to the suggestion of the uncanny and the fear of the dark. What explains sightings of ghosts? Why do they fascinate us? What exactly do those who have been haunted see? What did they believe? And what proof is there? Taking us through the key hauntings that have obsessed the world, from the true events that inspired Henry James's classic The Turn of the Screw right up to the present day, Roger Clarke unfolds a story of class conflict, charlatans, and true believers. The cast list includes royalty and prime ministers, Samuel Johnson, John Wesley, Harry Houdini, and Adolf Hitler. The chapters cover everything from religious beliefs to modern developments in neuroscience, the medicine of ghosts, and the technology of ghosthunting. There are haunted WWI submarines, houses so blighted by phantoms they are demolished, a seventeenth-century Ghost Hunter General, and the emergence of the Victorian flash mob, where hundreds would stand outside rumored sites all night waiting to catch sight of a dead face at a window. Written as grippingly as the best ghost fiction, A Natural History of Ghosts takes us on an unforgettable hunt through the most haunted places of the last five hundred years and our longing to believe.

Cassette Books

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories RC 46737 edited by Roald Dahl read by Jim
Zeiger 2 cassettes Dahl has selected fourteen tales for their " spookiness , "
intended to give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts . " He includes “ W.S. ”
by ...

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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Category: Talking books

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Roald Dahl s Tales of the Unexpected

Twenty-four eerie, macabre, and sometimes hilarious short stories offer a varied sampler of the art of the surprise ending

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780679729891

Category: Fiction

Page: 471

View: 290

Twenty-four eerie, macabre, and sometimes hilarious short stories offer a varied sampler of the art of the surprise ending

St James Guide to Horror Ghost Gothic Writers

Novel. Sometime. Never. : A. Fable. for. Supermen . New. York. ,. Scribner. ,.
1948 . Short Stories Over to You : Ten Stories of ... A Roald Dahl Selection : Nine
Short Stories , edited and introduced ... Editor , Roald Dahl ' s Book of Ghost
Stories .

Author: St James Press

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 746

View: 329

Provides background information and a critical evaluation of authors of horror, ghost and gothic fiction, and lists each author's works in these fields and in other genres.


Haunted Kansas

Taylor, Chris. "Ghostly Doings About in Atchison." Atchison Globe. October 21 ,
1995. Epilogue Dahl, Roald. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. New York: The
Noonday Press, 1983. Kendrick, Walter. The Thrill of Fear. New York: Grove
Press ...

Author: Lisa Hefner Heitz

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 215

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Collects oral histories, eye-witness accounts, and local legends about ghosts, poltergeists, spook lights, and other restless spirits.

British Writers

1986 ) ; The Best of Roald Dahl ( New York , 1978 ; London , 1983 ) ; Roald Dahl
' s Tales of the Unexpected ( New York ... Roald Dahl ' s Book of Ghost Stories (
London and New York , 1983 ) , Dahl edited this book ; The Witches ( London ...

Author: George Stade

Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference

ISBN: 9780684804965

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 668

View: 431

Covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the fourteenth century to the present day. Includes in-depth critical and biographical analysis.