Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
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Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (Tales of Terror #2)

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When Ethan and Cathy fall ill during a storm, their father must leave them to fetch the doctor. . .but they are not alone for long. A sailor comes begging for shelter. So, the children agree to let him sit out the throes of the storm as they listen to his grisly tales. But something about the man puts Ethan on edge, and he is anxious for the storm to blow over, their fathe

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I was drawn to this book by the wonderful Gorey-esque drawings on the cover and once I picked it up, I could not put it down. As the title clearly says, these are tales of terror from the black ship. The stories are told within the framework of a severe storm, an inn perched on the top of a sea cliff, and two ill children left alone who open the door to a stranger. That these children have a penchant for frightening stories is somehow not surprising, nor is the stranger's apparently endless supp...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book of macabre tales connected with the sea reminds me of the short stories of William Hope Hodgson. Priestley writes in a Victorian, gothic style, and the eerie black and white drawings by David Roberts, reminiscent of those of Edward Gorey, add to that atmosphere. Cathy and Ethan are sick at the seaside inn where they live, waiting during a fearsome storm for their father to return with the doctor. A knock on the door brings a young sailor seeking shelter from the wind and rain--Thackera...more
I loved this book, loved everything about this book, the writing was superb and perfectly balanced and the illustrations are fantastically and darkly Gothic. Consisting of eleven stories told through the hears of Ethan and Cathy and the voice of Thackeray as they wait out a vicious storm in The Old Inn that clings to the cliff top above the storm battered seas. This book is chillingly atmospheric as Thackeray weaves and winds his words into tales of terror, anticipation and dread on the high sea...more
Last week the Cornish coast was lashed by storms.

I was tucked up at home with a book, with waves outside crashing against the sea wall and being forced up over the promenade and the road. Our garden was soaked by the spray and the downstairs windows got a salt water rinse.

It’s a marvellous sight when you’re inside, secure in the knowledge that your home has withstood a multitude of storms over a hundred years and more.

And in the pages of my book two children looked out on a similar storm.

Ethan a...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
The Old Inn clings to a clifftop above a storm-lashed sea. Ethan and Cathy are ill and their father has gone to fetch a doctor. A visitor comes begging for shelter and the three of them sit out the storm with the visitor telling grisly and terrifying tales of the sea.

This is an odd book with an interesting twist at the end. It's well told and well written with the oddest illustrations to go with the stories. The stories are filled with tension and suspense and you just know that something isn't...more
George Darby
Intense, gripping, and flowing are the words i would use to describe this frightening book. At no point was i tired of reading it and had no trouble following the basic plot line which, in its case, worked. Each tale in each chapter began a new burst of imagination and wonder that hooked me to every character in every plot line. This is certainly a quick easy read but also goes into detail about the main characters, especially Thackeray, which gave me more characters feelings to think about. But...more
The horror stories were pretty good and scary by themselves, though as an adult reader, I wanted them to be longer with greater use of descriptions and details. The narrator, a young boy by the name of Ethan, was aggravating. He states the same emotions and reactions over and over and over and at every new chapter, there he is with the same restatement of the same emotions.

But as far as scary stories go, I found these to be appropriately scary!
This book is sooo cool! The stories are breathtaking! A book anyone should read, if you like to scare yourself a little bit ;D
But be warned: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK AT NIGHT OR IF YOU ARE ALONE AT HOME!!! OR IT WILL TOTALY FREAK YOU OUT!!! (only if you are easiliy frightended of course) xDDD
Ich hab jetzt endlich das Hörbuch ausgeliehen!
Sep 27, 2013 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 6-8 (*Mature)
Thirteen-year-old Ethan Matthews and his younger sister Cathy live at The Old Inn that the siblings love growing up in. The inn is an isolated and otherwise deserted cliff top home that's practically an island surrounded by the sea. In the past, the seafaring men who came to the inn, spellbound Ethan and Cathy with their tales of adventures and travels.

On the third night of a wild storm, they're struck down by a terrible illness and their father (their mother passed away years prior) goes to fet...more
Laura Graves
I saw this book on someone's blog at the beginning of the month. I don't think they were reviewing it, just listing good Halloween books. I decided to find some of them and read them for Halloween. I found this one in the library catalog and checked it out.

Though this is considered a children's book, I wouldn't read it to a child any younger than 8-years-old. Even then, I would edit some of the language. Aside from the occasional bad language, I thought it was great. It was exactly what I was ho...more
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Once again Chris Priestley presents us with a selection of ghostly tales covering a variety of sea-related monsters and frights linked together by an intriguing tale of two sick children waiting for their father to return with the doctor. I enjoyed the previous tale – Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror (reviewed here), but I definitely preferred these selection of tales. The ongoing theme of nautical terror was a strong link between stories – after all what is scarier than being trapped on a ship...more
This book is really a collection of horror stories with a framing story for the begining and end. The stories told don't have much too to do with the opening or the end. Although the last one is clue of what is going on. With no real central narrative it is hard to get pulled into reading the whole long dull book.

This is why I ended up skip reading the book and so I gave it no stars. I read the opening, the first two stories, the last one and the end. The language in this is book is much too hig...more
I will never look at snails the same way again. –Thank You Chris Priestly for adding another neurosis, and Thank You Carl V. for the book recommendation.

I am not one who boasts a fearlessness when opening a book of scary stories meant for children. I’ve learned my lesson, but I didn’t think Priestly’s Tales of Terror from the Black Ship was going to get me, especially after the mysterious Thackeray’s first tale. Sticking with the read I was eventually rewarded by becoming both grossed out and pr...more
Protože jsem četla první díl, Příšerné příběhy strýce Montague, neodolala jsem a půjčila si v knihovně i druhý. Samozřejmě jsem hrozně lekavý člověk, a jelikož jsem zapoměla jaký byl první díl, málem jsem u druhého zešílela strachy.
Během čtení knížky jsem se uklidňovala, že je to jenom příběh, vlastně příběhy. Ale Priestley to umí vystihnout tak hororově, že to nějak nefungovalo. Nahánělo mi to strach, jak jednotlivé příběhy, tak i to, co se dělo mezi nimi...a na konci mi při několika posledních...more
Kayleigh Marie
After reading ‘Uncle Montegue’s Tales of Terror’ by Chris Priestley,I was really excited to see ‘Tales of Terror from the Black Ship’ in my local library! I checked it out straightaway read it immediately!

‘Tales of Terror from the Black Ship’ follows sibling Cathy and Ethan. When the siblings fall ill during a terrible storm their father is forced to leave them and find a doctor. They live in an inn by the sea, and it is not long before a storm drenched sailor comes knocking at the door seeking...more
I'm generally not one for scary stories, but the cover drew me in. It has a vicious-looking monkey on the spine, and every time I was shelving in the teenage section I would notice it. (You might say it jumped out at me, ha ha. But figuratively, not literally, because that really would be creepy.)

The set-up was very traditional -- two children alone in a storm, stranger knocks at the door, they let him in and he repays them by telling them horror stories all night. But the actual stories felt fr...more
Ethan and Cathy weren't supposed to let anyone in on that stormy night, alas they do and the stranger waits out the storm by telling creepy stories of the seafaring kind.
Being the second part of a series of books by Chris Priestley for young readers, but absolutely enjoyable at every age, this book focuses solely on stories that take place out at sea or nothing further than a harbor. The narrative is both engrossing and intricately written, and once again it shows how much the author loves story...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Sono sincero, ho scelto di leggere questo libro per la copertina che mi aveva molto colpito con questa sua grafica grottesca e devo dire che la lettura del romanzo è stata una piacevole sorpresa

Questo è un romanza con una storia che contiene altre storie, infatti la storia principale è la scusa per narrare piccoli racconti a macabri a sfondo marinaro/piratesco

La narrazione è piacevole e veloce, ogni racconto con un colpo di scena finale e che sotto certi aspetti ricordano i fumetti Horror della...more
Ok how to describe this book - well i would say its gothic suspense (would not say horror that is too harsh and in the case of this book too blunt a label) for beginners, Yes the book is a YA title and is one of a number of such titles aimed at the younger reader to instil fear and suspense in them - i guess it does not take a genius to realise what has happened and where the underlying story is going (it is told a series of tales related by a weary traveller - yes we have come across these sort...more
If you're about to skip this book because it's meant for kids - don't. Its stories are quite simple, granted, but one could hardly call them naive and evade being laughed at.

At the same time, I wouldn't call any of them in any way scary - except, maybe, the one about the monkey and the one about the settlers' journey, but 'sligtly unnerving' and 'not quite predictable' would be the better terms.

But it's worth reading for the simple fact that Chris Priestley is an amazing storyteller in all the...more
This is the sequel to the wonderful 'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror' which I read last year. Being a bit of a scaredy cat, this book, which is really a childrens book (age range 9-12 approx), is about as scary as I go without needing to leave the light on at night.
It's a collection of short stories told to two children on a dark stormy night by a stranger who needs shelter from the raging storm outside.
As in the previous book, some tales are scarier than others .... 'The Scrimshaw Imp', 'Irezu...more
Polly Todd
As an introduction to the horror genre, I think this book really hits the target! Plenty of atmosphere and more than its fair share of guts and gore make this an unsettling, if predictable, read. The short stories are held together by the overarching narrative, although I did find those sections slightly repetative. The twist at the end may come as a surprise to less experienced readers, but overall the book has a faintly reassuring quality in the style of some of the more gruesome fairy tales.
This book, I'll admit, disappointed me when it came to the scariness of it. It is nowhere near as scary as the other two Tales of Terror books, the stories just failed to send a shiver running down my spine.

That said, the stories were good quality, and the connection between them all was very interesting. The draw for me with these books is not only the horror but the mystery too, and there was plenty of that.

**SPOILERS** (I guess)
I liked how Uncle M. made an appearance at the end, that was ve...more
Summary: Young Ethan and his sister Cathy pass a stormy night listening to scary tales from an eccentric mariner visiting the inn of their father. As the evening progresses, the children begin to suspect something more sinister about the visitor.

Things I Liked: The illustrations. The Mariner's stories, which were both creepy and entertaining. I appreciated Priestly's large and varied vocabulary as well as the obvious care and attention he pays to the re-writing process.

Things I didn't Like: The...more
hen Ethan and Cathy fall ill during a storm, their father must leave them to fetch the doctor. . .but they are not alone for long. A sailor comes begging for shelter. So, the children agree to let him sit out the throes of the storm as they listen to his grisly tales. But something about the man puts Ethan on edge, and he is anxious for the storm to blow over, their father to return and the long night to come to an end.

Storms whistling through the sails, evil pirates pacing the floorboards, and...more
Jan 19, 2009 Marjanne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marcee
This book reminded me of a few other similar books out there, and I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. Mostly it reminded me of "The Series of Unfortunate Events" series, but it seems pretty clear that this was not written specifically as a series. There's an underlying story which ties together a collection of short sea-based horror stories. These are definitely darker than the Lemony Snicket series, but would probably be considered older juvenile fiction or young adult fiction. I am definitel...more
Kayleigh Dolly D'Andilly
I love these books so much; each and every one of them has had such dark and imaginative little tales in them. As soon as I finish one I can’t wait to start the next.

My favourite story in this book by far was Mermaid, which is only in the editions with the bonus stories so make sure you get that one.

One of the great things about tales of terror is that there is a story wrapped around all the little stories, usually involving an adult telling scary tales to young children!

If you’re thinking a...more
Miss Bookiverse
Hat mir um einiges besser gefallen als der Vorgänger (Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror). Die Rahmenhandlung war nicht so klischeehaft (Onkel erzählt Gruselgeschichten) und die Kurzgeschichten selbst hatten viel bessere Enden.
Der Stil passt zum Buch, wirkt ein wenig altbacken und hat mich daher ab und zu gelangweilt. Die Ideen für die Geschichten sind aber alle ziemlich cool und die Zeichnungen von David Roberts sind wieder absolute Highlights.

Insgesamt Tendenz zu 4 Sternen, also 3.5 :)
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His father was in the army and so he moved around a lot as a child and lived in Wales. He was an avid reader of American comics as a child, and when he was eight or nine, and living in Gibraltar, he won a prize in a newspaper story-writing competition. He decided then “that my ambition was to write and illustrate my own book”.
He spent his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Manchester,...more
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