Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

Published in 1983

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Fourteen terrifying ghost stories chosen by the master of the macabre, Roald Dahl.

Background

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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..."

So says Roald Dahl in the introduction to this collection, originally published in 1983. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories brings together 14 of his favourite spine-chillers, carefully chosen after a lot of research - Roald read 749 stories altogether before choosing his final selection.

The 14 stories collected in this anthology are:

  • Introduction by Roald Dahl
  • W.S. by L. P. Hartley
  • Harry by Rosemary Timperley
  • The Corner Shop by Cynthia Asquith
  • In the Tube by E. F. Benson
  • Christmas Meeting by Rosemary Timperley
  • Elias and the Draug by Jonas Lie
  • Playmates by A. M. Burrage
  • Ringing the Changes by Robert Aickman
  • The Telephone by Mary Treadgold
  • The Ghost of a Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Sweeper by A. M. Burrage (Ex–Private X)
  • Afterward by Edith Wharton
  • On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton
  • The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford.

Find out more about Roald Dahl in Donald Sturrock's biography

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