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Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800140
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Inventive, deadpan, sardonic and cruel, [Tales of Terror] From the Tunnel's Mouth is a creepy autumnal treat' --James Lovegrove, Financial Times

`A spine chilling collection of short stories each of which will horrify but also delight readers with its creepy characters and unexpected occurrences . . . the black-and-white illustrations match perfectly and bring to life the gothic creepiness at the heart of each' --Julia Eccleshare, www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

`The stories are spine-chilling thrillers . . . a wonderfully nightmarish journey of the imagination - old-fashioned storytelling at its best'
--Daily Mail

`A witty pastiche of short sensation fiction from the Victorian era, it's genuinely, thrillingly horrible. And I mean that in a good way'
--Independent

`Subversive and chilling . . . The mounting sense of danger is built up with great subtlety'
--School Librarian

`The third in this excellent series of spooky yarns. The first was great, the second was even better but this latest outdoes them both in terms of sheer horrific thrills and slickness of storytelling. Priestley is at the top of his game here and he is master of the chilling scare' --The Edinburgh Geekzine

`This is horror in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and as such is thrilling and engrossing . . . His class of chills transcends market type. You must read his books!'
--The Edinburgh Geekzine

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Do you dare to read the Tales of Terror? A stunning and commercial new paperback package for this chilling collection of short stories

Illustrated by David Roberts

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Robert Harper is going back to school. He’s quite happy about that, as he has a distant relationship with his father, and doesn’t really care for his stepmother, however much she seems to love him. He is put on the train (this book is set I felt in the late nineteenth century, although that is never confirmed) and begins his journey, being joined in the carriage by people he thinks of as the Major, the bishop, the farmer, the surgeon and lastly the Woman in White. When the train journey is interrupted and the others in the carriage are lost in sleep, the Woman in White keeps Robert in conversation, and tells him a number of horrifying tales.

This book goes wonderfully well with the volumes Tales of Terror from the Black Ship, and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror. As with these other volumes, there is an overarching storyline that weaves through the book, the tales being told in the interim becoming more horrifying and more scary as each one unfolds. It’s not until you get to the end that the ultimate horror of the whole story hits you. These are great books; I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these Tales volumes, and I have enjoyed others of the author’s books as well. Definitely recommended, and they would be a great read for a younger reader (though not too young, as the tales would be a bit scary for a youngster) or to have read to them.
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Each story in Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth is short and sweet, and is of a suitably scary nature. Younger readers will love the creepy characters and settings, especially seeing as Halloween is looming just around the corner.

I particularly liked how Priestley linked his present characters with stories from the past. It was a clever way of connecting everything, and made the stories flow smoothly from one to the other. I enjoyed his writing style, and am definitely thinking of buying the other books in the Tales of Terror series.

My personal favourite stories from this anthology were The Glass House, The Island and The Little People. Killer plants, dinosaur-like creatures and evil fairies -- what more could I ask for?! Each tale was well crafted and thought out, and my only complaint is that some of them weren't longer. I could easily have read another twenty pages or so, though that would probably defeat the point of a short story.

If you're looking for a quick, gruesome read for younger teenagers, give the Tales of Terror books a go. They're highly entertaining, and will no doubt be the perfect alternative for readers not yet mature enough to tackle older horror fiction.
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Aimee, Emily and Lauren:

We all love the tales of terror books; they are brilliant fun to read. We highly recommend these books to young teenagers and older readers. With its spooky, yet humorous characters and settings it's a great book to share with your friends and family. Our favourite stories from the book are the little people, Gerald and the tunnels mouth. We all found it very entertaining and would love to see more books like this.

Bipin

A fantastic book with spine chilling thriller stories. Like the rest of the books in the series, this book has fantastic horror stories like the crack in the wall. In which there is a crack in the wall and it doesn't fill up whatever the people do, but has a secret even dangerous.
Hope you like the book.

Christina & Emily

We have recently read tales of terror from the tunnels mouth in class and we think that... We liked tales of terror from the tunnels mouth because in some ways it was gory and in some ways it was scary. Our favourites were Gerald and the Glasshouse,
because the Puppet Master was very scary and would cut off a persons hair and make a puppet just like them.

Kai and Camilo

We have read this book in class it's a great book but you have to read it at night to find it scary our favourite and scariest ones are the island, Gerald, the glass house,
Sister veronica, the croatch stone and the whispering boy. We will give it a 7.5 out of 10 it has some lovely blood and gore but it could do with a bit more and a marvellous ending and is suitable for children raging from 5 to 14 years old.

Laura

I have recently read tales of terror from the tunnels mouth and I loved it.
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A good collection of spooky tales wrapped in an interesting and suspenseful narrative. Perhaps not as good as Uncle Montagues Tales but still an excellent
read from Chris Priestly who never disappoints me.
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Chris Priestley has once again shown his imaginative brillience in this book, i thoroughly enjoyed reading it and i for one dont believe it is just for children, i am 16 and thought it was just for me. I dont like Adult books anyway! I could not put the book down and i read it in two nights. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a quick read that boosts the imagination and likes anything set in the Victorian era.
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These are tales that are best enjoyed by a crackling fire on a stormy night.
Try to get the first editions illustrated by David Roberts...sinister and alluring.
An essential read for lovers of quirky Victoriana.

Chris Priestley - we want some more!
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