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The Teacher's Tales of Terror Kindle Edition
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This short collection begins with an account of a mysterious supply teacher entertaining (and scaring) his class by telling them spooky stories for World Book Day. This story acts as a framing device for three others, as well as having a clever twist and providing the book's chilling final line.
Priestley is well versed in horror conventions and these are knowing tales in the tradition of Poe and M. R. James, best read by a roaring fire whilst the wind whips up a storm outside. Although written for children I thoroughly enjoyed them, and as a horror-loving child I would have adored them.
Readers familiar with Priestley will know what to expect: not very nice Victorian children becoming involved in sinister, ghostly, and sometimes horrific events. New readers who enjoy this taster have a treat in store as Priestley has published three other collections of tales: Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror,Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth, and Tales of Terror from the Black Ship. These come with the added bonus of David Roberts's beautiful Goreyesque illustrations.
Although aimed at children these well crafted ghost stories have enough interest and chills to please an adult audience. Many of the protagonists in the stories are children, but this is to be expected. Nevertheless, the tales have suitably gothic settings: dark snowy streets, country houses at midnight and the narrow streets of Whitby. The author clearly understands how a classic ghost story works. For the price it's a must have.
I'll have no trouble sleeping with the lights off tonight!
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