Book of the Week: Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

In honor of Friday the 13th, here is a little taste of the macabre. Roald Dahl, one of my favorite authors, in preparation for a television series, did in-depth research on ghost stories. In the introduction for this book he wrote, “After a tremendous amount of scuttling around…I managed to collect just about every ghost story that had ever been written.”

After reading the first 50 stories, Dahl was shocked to find that most were “so bad it was difficult to finish.” But eventually, he happened upon several great ones, so great, in fact, that this collection was the result. Fourteen of his favorite ghost stories by such authors as E. F. Benson, Rosemary Timperley and Edith Wharton.

Superbly creepy. Happy Friday the 13th!

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