Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Background

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Background

Although British author is best-known for his novels, he wrote countless short stories. But Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (originally published in 1983) feature none of Dahl's short stories. Instead, Dahl collected 14 of what he considered to be the best short stories that discussed ghosts (after reading 749 short stories). He chose the stories so that they "should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts."

One of the stories which Dahl chose was "Afterward" by Edith Wharton, which tells the story of a ghost that comes after someone who engaged in a shady business transaction in which they acted dishonorably.

Although not widely read, Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories received mostly positive reviews. A prominent book reviewer called "Reading with Jade" wrote in her review that, "Whilst I enjoyed all the short stories within Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, the above five are the most memorable and well written in my opinion. I'm glad to have purchased this collection of ghost stories, and see myself dipping in and out of it in the future. If you're looking for some spooky reads this Halloween, then I'd recommend checking this title out."

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