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Tales of Terror from the Black Ship Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First edition edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747589879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747589877
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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'Short, exciting horror-tinged stories, finely quirky drawings and a sure fire winner' -- School Librarian

`A fantastic page-turner, with a really scary ending' -- The Independent on Sunday

`A lovely writer, economic yet evocative ... He builds tension effortlessly, while David Roberts' scratchy illustrations suit the tone perfectly'
-- DEATHRAY magazine

`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

`Priestley's spooky, gory prose and his talent for the telling detail make this, despite its faults, a fine, eerie read, encompassing demon tattoos, flesh-eating snails and a bewitched whale's tooth, suitable for those children who love telling stories in the dark'
-- Literary Review

`Short, exciting horror-tinged stories, fine quirky drawings and a sure fire winner' -- The School Librarian

`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

`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

`The tales build to an inevitable and chilling - though curiously touching - conclusion which leaves the reader with a residual sense of disquiet ... Hauntingly illustrated by David Roberts. Highly recommended' -- 3SIXTY Magazine

`Very like Saki short stories, these tales should definitely not be read after lights out'
-- Undercover magazine

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`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'

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My son is very sporty but also loves books, especially scary ones. This one was one of the God ones. He said 4 but I say 5
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Chris Priestley has definitely done it again with this second collection of spine-tingling tales.

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.
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This is Chris Priestley's second book to feature 11 connected spine chilling tales of terror, the stories are all short and very easily accessible.

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!
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Another excellent collection of stories by Chris Priestley, with illustrations by David Roberts. I really enjoyed 'Tales of Terror from the Black Ship', a wonderful collection of stories from the sea with a twist at the end. A joy to read.
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A brilliant collection of short stories all based around the sea. Perfect for adults or children.
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Grandstand finish for a grand book. Great creepy book. Highly recomended
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By Petra Bryce VINE VOICE on 7 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Ethan and Cathy are two children living in an old inn, perched precariously on a cliff top. When they fall suddenly ill during a heavy storm, their father admonishes them to let nobody in, and rushes off to find a doctor. Suddenly there is a knock on the door, and Ethan taking pity on the young man standing outside, lets him in. To pass the time until their father returns, the stranger tells them some strange and terrifying sea-faring tales.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
My then 11 yo son and I read Uncle Montague's ToT mid-2009 so were really looking forward to reading this and found it a bit of a letdown really after our first experience of Uncle Montague. The stories were good enough, giving us a bit of a fright occasionally, but there wasn't the expectation of something horrible happening or about to happen to the characters in this book than we found with our first book of his. Will certainly be buying and reading more though, and is still worth 3-stars! Maybe we were just spoiled and read the best book first, only time will tell.
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