2008: 132.  Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

“The first postcard came from Forfar.”

~ First line of “W.S.”

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, Roald Dahl ed.


So, it wasn’t until I started reading this that I realized that this was  book of ghost stories edited by Dahl, not written by Dahl (which is why it was on the “D” shelf, and why I grabbed it for my commuting book). Which caught me a little off guard, but it turns out that he is a darn fine compiler of ghost stories*, and has made a collection that gave me sufficient chills that I don’t really mind.  I’d only read one of the stories before, Edith Wharton’s “Afterward,”  and enjoyed all the rest.  The ones that really stood out were Rosemary Timperley’s “Harry” about the ghost brother of a little adopted girl, and A.M. Burrage’s “The Sweeper” about an evil tramp that eventually gets his revenge, but they were all quite atmospheric and spooky and would make a nice addition to any late fall reading.  Quite fun.

*Also, perhaps a little bit of a sexist pig about women authors, based on his intro, but maybe just of his time - it is very condescendingly cheerful about how women write the best children’s books and ghost stories (implication, and not much else).  

Date/Place Completed: 9/3/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Commuting Book

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017