- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (7 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408802759
- ISBN-13: 978-1408802755
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales of Terror from the Black Ship Paperback – 7 Mar 2011
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'The note of tension and suspense throughout the stories is brilliantly maintained and their ability to deliver one unexpected twist after another will delight even the most prescient of readers' (Books for Keeps)
'Tales of Terror from the Black Ship is Chris Priestley's second collection of macabre tales and once again he demonstrates that he is the master of the form . . . These grisly, gothic tales deserve to be read aloud and are perfect for Halloween' (The Scotsman)
'Priestley is adept at creating a suitably creepy atmosphere, and his lightness of touch as a writer keeps the pages turning long into the night' (The List)
`Tales of Terror from the Black Ship is Chris Priestley's second collection of macabre tales and once again he demonstrates that he is the master of the form ... These grisly, gothic tales deserve to be read aloud and are perfect for Halloween' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This time we are introduced to Ethan and Cathy, two young children who live with their father in the Old Inn, a spooky pub precariously perched on a cliff top. During a violent storm, Ethan and Cathy are struck down by a mysterious illness, requiring their father to leave them alone in the dead of night to go in search of the local doctor. Following his departure, Jonah Thackeray arrives on the doorstep of the Old Inn, asking for shelter from the storm and offering many a creepy story in return.
This book will have you hooked from start to finish, with many twists and turns to have you shrieking in anticipation and surprise. With each chapter a complete short story in its own rights, it is perfect for bed-time stories, although you will be eagerly reading ahead to learn more about the underlying story concerning Ethan and Cathy. I found myself getting goose pimples from the eerie atmosphere so wonderfully created by Priestly and strengthened by the terrific illustrations of David Roberts. I assure you, you will not be disappointed with this book.
The Old Inn clings to a cliff top above a storm lashed ocean and Ethan & Cathy are sick, their father has gone to fetch a doctor, leaving them all alone but with the promise not to let any one in until he gets back.
When a visitor comes begging for shelter from the wild storm, Cathy takes pity on him. The children have an unnatural appetite for stories of the macabre and the visitor is persuaded the tell a series of blood-curdling stories full of horror and heart-stopping revelations.
What made the first book 'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror,' so successful is repeated here. The stories are beautifully illustrated by David Roberts and for me it just made this book such a treasure to hold and read.
All the stories are linked together and the last story gives you an unexpected twist.
It's not hard to see that the stories are influenced by Edgar Allen Poe, M R James and even Tim Burton.
Really gripping stories, full of nightmare and macabre horrors. For fans of Poe, James and Tim Burton, this is a must read!
This is a collection of self-contained short stories within the larger narration concerning the children and the mysterious stranger. The atmosphere of disquiet and occasionally genuine terror conjured up by Chris Priestley is wonderful, creating a very enjoyable feeling of unease and foreboding, and his joy of storytelling is obvious. As Cathy puts it in response to one of the mysterious visitor's tales, "But I do so love to be frightened!" I have to marvel at the author's dark mind, being able to produce such spine-chilling tales, an ability he also demonstrates with his novella The Dead of Winter. The stories are enhanced by David Roberts' bleak and sinister illustrations. I'm just annoyed that the editor or publisher didn't notice that one of the illustrations at the very beginning of the book in effect gives away the twist at the end; I could still enjoy the skill of the narration but the "heart-stopping revelation" came as no surprise. I also couldn't help noticing that the illustrator pre-empts the conclusion to another of the tales, so that what was supposed to be a moment of shock had already been anticipated.Read more ›
Ethan and Cathy live in the Old Inn, clinging to a clifftop; their mother dead, their father not dealing with the grief and his life. One night, when they are sick, their father goes for the doctor. A strange visitor calls at the Inn, and as the night is stormy, the children let him in. Thackeray is a sailor and tells the children horrifying tales throughout the night. These tales are part of the story, but also stories within the story. For Thackeray and children are about to find the final horrors.
This is great stuff - spine-chilling, horrifying, brilliantly paced and well thought-out stories, all wrapped up in a beautifully illustrated book. Highly recommended.
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My teenager loved this book. Great price. Great stocking filler. I even purchased a few of the other books the author wrote.Published 15 days ago by Melknows
Excellently nasty tales. The main story thread is superbly taut, leaving you hanging until the heartbreaking end, which, if it doesn't elicit some sort of reaction from you, then... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian Artillery
Bought as a Christmas present for my partner's 11 year old, this was an author that we hadn't tried before. She is loving the books. Definitely a good buy.Published 12 months ago by Allie_Davidge
The Tales of Terror from The Black Ship is penned by author, Chris Priestly. The illustrations are drawn by Dave Roberts in a strangely beautiful, Victorian Gothic pen and ink... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lucy
one off the best books I have ever read. 5*
very well written. I love this author
This was the first Chris Priestly book I've read so I had no idea what to expect, and was pretty much going on an interesting concept. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by Mike N
Very good read,didn't realise it was a children's book from the very cool looking cover,but once I got going I enjoyed the very clever stories,and the twist to the main... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by nyg