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

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,167 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
A follow up to "Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror," this is another creepy middle grade story collection with a chilling frame. This time, the stories are all tales of the sea: pirates and plagues and storms a plenty...
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (first published August 19th 2008)
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Apr 20, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Continuo a chiedermi se un libro del genere possa essere letto dai bambini, certe cose le ho trovate esageratamente macabre e splatter.. *Disagio*
Poi penso a quanto "L'autobus del brivido" mi abbia causato incubi da bambina e capisco che sono sempre stata rincoglionita, da questo punto di vista.. :D

Il finale è GENIALE. Adorato!
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
Linda Inês
Oct 29, 2015 Linda Inês rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Adorei este livro e não sei bem explicar porquê. Apenas adorei. Recomendo muito!
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
Jul 26, 2015 Chiara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stelline in realtà.
Non mi aspettavo molto da questo libro (che ammetto, ho comprato per la copertina e le pagine nere XD), mentre in realtà è ben scritto scorrevole. Le varie storie che compongono il romanzo sono TUTTE interessanti, alcune veramente macabre. Il finale è assolutamente geniale e un po' malinconico.
Spero di riuscire a rintracciare il volume precedente, ma per il momento sembra sparito dalla circolazione :(
May 20, 2011 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie Arthur
Jul 14, 2015 Jamie Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Korsanlar , boğularak can verme , deniz yaratıkları beni her zaman korkutmuştur. Priestley'nin bu kitabı da korkularıma tuz biber oldu. Kara Gemi hikayesi beni gerçekten korkuttu , diğer hikayeler de fena değildi.
Serinin ilk kitabında yer alan Urfa'daki Cinler hikayesi hala listemde bir numara ama :D
Kayleigh Offley
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
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
Oct 30, 2015 Tabby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, e-book

Why this book?

Another story for Halloween

What I thought

I didn't like this one as much as I liked Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror. But the stories were still somewhat enjoyable. I skimmed over a couple that couldn't hold my interest though. With that said the ending was shocking I got to admit that. Overall an ok read
Nesa Sivagnanam
Jan 09, 2011 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
George Darby
Jan 07, 2014 George Darby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2015 Nihan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bi yerden sonra kitap kendini tekrar etmeye, hikayeler etkileyiciliğini kaybetmeye başlıyordu. Ama sonunu sevdim, okurken de hiç sıkılmadım. Fena degildi. *-*
Natalia Rossi
Jul 21, 2015 Natalia Rossi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 19, 2016 Juli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan and Cathy live in an old Inn at the top of a cliff overlooking the sea. They live with their father, who in grief over the loss of his wife, often drinks too much and easily flies into rages at the children. One night, when the children are ill, their father leaves to fetch a doctor. As he leaves, he tells them not to leave the house or allow anyone to enter while he is gone. As children have a habit of doing, they don't obey.

While waiting for their father to return, the children amuse the
Feb 26, 2015 JK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Priestley's Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, I was thirsty for another scare, and borrowed Tales of Terror from the Black Ship from a friend. As stated in my previous Priestley review, I am very easily scared, and Black Ship was no exception. Having finished the last chapter only a short time ago, I'm still finding myself peering over my shoulder as I type. What a collection of stories this is! Each one told by a strangely dressed sea-faring gentlemen who knocks the door of two il ...more
Luciana Darce
Dec 09, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encomendei esse livro quando ainda estava na metade de Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, e, sério, isso já devia falar sobre como gostei da série, do autor e do estilo das histórias – especialmente a se considerar o quanto NÃO sou fã de coisas assustadoras, tais como caramujos carnívoros, gatos que apontam assassinos, e garotinhos sádicos salvos de naufrágios misteriosos.

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship segue mais ou menos o esquema do livro anterior: Ethan e Cathy ficam terrivelmente doentes
Lucy Thorneycroft
Oct 24, 2014 Lucy Thorneycroft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tales of Terror from The Black Ship is penned by author, Chris Priestly. The illustrations are drawn by Dave Roberts in a strangely beautiful, Victorian Gothic pen and ink style. The darkly woven tale follows the lives of two children, Ethan and Cathy, brought up in a pub high up on a sheer cliff. It holds reminiscent of "Edgar Allan Poe's" writing in its disturbingly descriptive depths with mention to his books. Their story starts as a happy one filled with gruesome, twisted tales told by c ...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!
May 10, 2016 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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At first I thought Tales of Terror from the Black Ship would be a more direct sequel to Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, but the framing story is different (though there is a tenuous link to Uncle Montague). The frame story here features a brother and sister who listen to a pirate's ghost stories while they wait for a bad storm to be over. Unlike the first book in the series which featured stories mostly set in the English countryside, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship features ghostly sea ya ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Ninosha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2012 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
“I cannot tell you what to believe,’ said Thackeray, sitting back in his chair. ‘I can only tell you what occurred.”

Kali ini Chris Priestley membingkai cerita pendek dengan kisah dua orang bersaudara yang tinggal di sebuah penginapan pada tepi tebing. Suatu hari mereka jatuh sakit dan ayah mereka harus pergi untuk mencari dokter. Lalu datanglah seorang pelaut yang bertamu dan membawa berbagai kisah seru (atau seram?). Bingkai cerita yang mudah ditebak walau masih menyisakan sedikit misteri menge
Oct 18, 2015 Twig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it asmuch as the first one. I really love stories about the seas. The end was a great twist.
Ich hab jetzt endlich das Hörbuch ausgeliehen!
Camille Tredgett
The only reason I gave this 4 stars is simply because I'm a bit too old for these books now! when I was 11/12 I got Chris Priestley's other horror book 'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror' out from my school library and it has forever remained my favorite book from my childhood! 5 years later and I finally got round to reading this one. I only wish I had read it earlier as it didn't have quite the same chilling effect on me as it would've done a few years ago. Still love the structure of the book, ...more
Kim Lauwers
Nov 15, 2014 Kim Lauwers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the Tales of Terror stories by Chris Priestley. They are so cute and fun and they just fill you with this feel of nostalgia.

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship is similar to Uncle Montague's Tales of terror there is a frame story (with a fun twist at the end) and the short horror stories are all more or less linked to this main story. Before reading I was worried that a book with such a restricted setting and theme (ships, pirates, etc.) would not be able to compare with its predeces
Sep 27, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  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
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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,
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