Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (Tales of Terror #2)
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...more
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.
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
But as far as scary stories go, I found these to be appropriately scary!
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
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
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
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 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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Storms whistling through the sails, evil pirates pacing the floorboards, and...more
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
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 :)
He spent his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Manchester,...more