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on 8 October 2012
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 at night to those during the daytime ; a strange hand haunts a mansion and it's inhabitants ; strange telephone calls from the dead ; a mystery figure sweeps up leaves at night ; all who sleep on cabin 105 on the ship Kamschatka go mad and throw themselves overboard. All of these happenings have only the explanation of the supernatural: Strange encounters with phantoms, ghosts , ghouls and the undead.

Roald Dahl puts together a charming anthology of eerie old-fashioned ghost stories from various different authors, with all the right touches, where the twists in the tale all have a supernatural flavour. These stories will chill your spine and stay in your mind long after you have read them.

My personal favourites are Harry, Playmates, Ringing the Changes, The Ghost of a Hand, The Sweeper and On the Brighton Road.
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on 12 January 2006
I read this when I was a teenager travelling through Africa. I had to cover the front image because alongside the stories it scared me to much. Yet these stories drew you in, scarier than any film I've seen yet far more intriging aswell. It's incomparible to any book I've read since. It's in a genre of it's own. Each is an individual master piece, they're beautiful, elequent and twist and turn in the most unexpected ways.
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on 11 February 2014
good read enjoyable and easy to get back into if you've left it for a few days but roald dahl always a good story teller
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on 7 February 2009
From the front cover its easy to belive that the contents of the book may contain ghost stories written by RD. Instead its gost stories selected by RD. They are good stories, but still feel that we have been duped.
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on 26 October 2006
reading some of these ghost stories. This is a wonderful wonderful collection of true ghost stories. Highly recommend it to everyone a bit older, say, 12 years and up!! Loved the one called Playmates. Cheers!
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on 27 September 2012
The stories in this book are all well written and fun to read but for present day they are not particularly spooky.
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on 26 February 2016
This is a great anthology, that has the rare quality for ghost anthologies: most of the stories are actually scary. With a classic intro by Dahl himself, this is a perfect way to spend an evening alone, with only these stories, a warm fire, and of course your imagination.
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on 19 November 2015
Fabulous. With only a couple of exceptions, these stories are brilliant examples of the genre.
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on 4 January 2015
Good value for money. Well-acceptable, and suitable for the occasional present. Many thanks.
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on 5 January 2016
Really great collection of stories, definitely worth a read.
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