“Le storie di spettri devono essere spettrali. Devono far rabbrividire il lettore e turbare i bambini".
"E' un fatto singolare" osserva Roald Dahl, "ma nelle grandi storie di fantasmi il fantasma non c'è. O, se non altro, non si vede. Si vede però il risultato delle sue azioni. Ogni tanto potete avvertire un fruscio alle vostre spalle, o intravedere tracce fugaci della sua presenza...”
E infatti elusivi e imprevedibili appaiono i fantasmi tratteggiati dagli autori in questi quattordici racconti scelti e qui riuniti da Dahl con mano maestra.
- ISBN: 8869188760
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 272
This is a great collection and one I reread all the time as I own it. Some of the best ghost stories I've ever read are here. If you don't want to be unduly alarmed and chagrined, do not read Dahl's preface. In it he details how he went about finding all these great stories, which is interesting unt Leggi tutto
Every year on Halloween night, I permit myself one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It is a great indulgence for me, an annual event, and I savor the moment, taking very small bites to prolong the experience. This collection of ghost stories, that I bought last year after the creepy season ended, felt lik Leggi tutto
I was seriously impressed by this collection of ghost stories. I would estimate that 10 out of 14 were genuinely frightening and it took me a while to focus on the present day after being taken into the past. Also the calibre of these stories was exceptional (as Dahl states in his introduction) 'The Leggi tutto
Funny, although ten out of the 14 stories in this book are ones I like, at least to some degree, I'd really rather read them in some other collection. I think it may be Dahl's rambling, discursive and inconclusive introduction. He rides an utterly irrelevant hobby horse (children's writers don't get Leggi tutto
A novelist receives strange and disturbing post cards from an unknown fan ; lonely children speak to and about what their parents or guardians dismiss as imaginary friends until contrary evidence materializes ; an impoverished writer visits an antique shop finding different surroundings and tenants
This book has been sitting on my TBR since 2011. Yes, I have finally gotten around to it. It was full of creepers by plenty of forgotten authors such as A.M. Barrage, F. Marion Crawford, And Rosemary Timperley. Dahl did a wonderful job selecting these stories. If you can, find a copy and savour the s Leggi tutto
Maybe I’m desensitized... but wow this sucked 😱 I would say no fault to Roald Dahl because he obviously didn’t write any of these but I mean he compiled them in a book and just wow. I came so close to DNFing this. It was torture. I tortured myself. Torture. The only thing scary in regards to this boo Leggi tutto
This is a really depressing book. In his weirdly sexist preface, an author I greatly respect says that he has read through 749 ghost stories to select these 14 as the very pinnacle of the genre. And, let's ruin all the intrigue from the start, they kinda suck. So either these 14 really are the best
To elaborate on the background given in the description above, Dahl's extensive reading of ghost stories in the late 1950s and early 60s was originally undertaken to select quality specimens for adaptation in a projected TV series (which was never made). He was previously unread in this type of lite Leggi tutto
Have you ever had tea at a fancy hotel? The waiter serves you these beautiful little scones, miniature sandwiches, tiny, tiny biscuits, and chocolate-covered strawberries on a gorgeous tiered tray, with pots of lemon curd and strawberry jam and pats of butter on the side, and a hot pot of tea. If yo Leggi tutto
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