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Strange Tales

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Rudyard Kipling, celebrated author of The Jungle Book, the Just So Stories and other entertaining fictions, was also a master of the short story in which he was able to combine the strange and unnerving in order to draw the reader into the world of his own dark imaginings. This collection presents the best of these strange tales in which ghosts, monsters and inexplicable h ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2006 by Wordsworth Editions
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Bill  Kerwin

It was once fashionable to disparage Kipling as a bumptious jingoist, but I believe that era has now passed. Still, it seems he does not often get full credit for the nuance and complexity of his narratives--particularly the short stories, where nuance and complexity are not easy to achieve. His stories about the British in India show rational, methodical people trying to dominate a world that barely conceals depths of spirituality and terror they cannot even begin to understand, and then ironic
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Palmyrah
May 10, 2014 Palmyrah rated it liked it
Note to self: stop reading ghost stories. Once you've lost your belief in the supernatural, they stop working.

This collection of Kipling supernatural shorts isn't bad as such things go, and of course there's always his magnificent writing to enjoy, quite independent of its content. The stories vary in quality from the Boys' Own Paper juvenilia of 'The Mark of the Beast' and the tedious nonsense of 'The Phantom Rickshaw' (whose theme strongly suggests that Kipling must once have had the experienc
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Benjamin Stahl
Oct 27, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, ghosts
I never would have guessed that the man who famously wrote ‘The Jungle Book’ could have had such a macabre imagination. ‘Strange Tales,’ however, is nothing if not a strong testimony that Rudyard Kipling was indeed a very creepy – and very talented – writer of weird fiction.
And while he isn’t quite up there with Bierce - or Poe, I guess - there are some stories in this anthology that work exceedingly well at getting right under your skin.
They are terrifically written, and with the exception of
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Hannah
Sep 17, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
When I was ten or eleven, I remember reading a story called "The Mark of the Beast." I never forgot the experience, so you can imagine the shiver of recognition I got on discovering it to be the very first strange tale in here. And it isn't the strangest. For irony (and clouded tigers) my other favourite was "The Tomb of His Ancestor."
David Tendo
Aug 08, 2011 David Tendo rated it really liked it
Starts off interesting enough, but the stories gradually feel convoluted and non-sensical, as though he ran out of ideas and he's only putting down any old words and sentences to fill the gaps.
Dustine Rene
Feb 11, 2016 Dustine Rene rated it it was ok
I didn't find the stories in the collection strange. My favorite, however, would be "The Tomb of His Ancestors". I also liked "They" and for some reasons, I enjoyed "The Bisara of Pooree"
Carol
Jan 29, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
Just as the title says... very strange tales. Some even ghostly and eerie.
They were quite interesting, but the style is not really my taste, so it took me a while to finish them.
Stig
An enjoyable collection of ghost stories and other supernatural tales from a master storyteller. Really, we should all read more Kipling.

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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as
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