The Gremlins



  1. ^ Dahl claimed that the gremlins were exclusively a Royal Air Force icon and that he was the original author and creator, but the elf-like figures had a very convoluted origin that predated his original writings.[2]
  2. ^ Dahl was given permission by the Air Ministry to work in Hollywood and an arrangement had been made that all proceeds from the film would be split between the RAF Benevolent Fund and Dahl.[3]
  3. ^ The book had an autobiographical connection as Dahl had flown as a Hurricane fighter pilot in the RAF, and was temporarily on leave from operational flying after serious injuries sustained in a crash landing in Libya. He later returned to flying.
  4. ^ Both paperback and hardcover versions were printed in 1943.
  5. ^ In 1950, Collins Publishing (New York) published a limited reprint of The Gremlins.


  1. ^ Conant 2008, pp. 42–43.
  2. ^ a b c Conant 2008, p. 173.
  3. ^ Conant 2008, p. 43.
  4. ^ a b Donald, Graeme. Sticklers, Sideburns & Bikinis: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84603-300-1.
  5. ^ Sturrock 2010, p. 188.
  6. ^ Conant 2008, pp. 43–46.
  7. ^ Howard, Kristine. "The Sequels." Retrieved: 1 October 2010.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Seamus. "Guardian Gremlins: Air Force uses Dahl book to celebrate 60th Birthday." Air Force Times, 9 July 2007. Retrieved: 11 October 2010.
  9. ^ Joyner, Bo. ""Reservist helps bring the Gremlins back to life." Citizen Airman, October 2007. Retrieved: 3 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Gremlins book prices." Retrieved: 11 October 2010.
  11. ^ Dahl 2006, pp. v–viii.


  • Conant, Jennet. The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7432-9458-4.
  • Dahl, Flight Lieutenant Roald. The Gremlins: The Lost Walt Disney Production. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2006 (reprint and updated copy of 1943 original publication). ISBN 978-1-59307-496-8.
  • De La Rue, Keith. "Gremlins.", updated 23 August 2004. Retrieved: 11 October 2010.
  • "Gremlins." Fantastic Fiction, a British online book site/biography source. Retrieved: 11 October 2010.
  • Sturrock, Donald. Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4165-5082-2.

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