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

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,296 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by Bloomsbury (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
Another great collection of scary stories, this one has a nautical theme. Fantastic read for a Halloween read-aloud or listen to the audio version read by Bill Wallis. This series keeps getting better and better, I’m looking forward to reading the third book . 4.5 stars
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
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!
3.5 stars.

This book has the same structure as Priestley's earlier Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror. After an introductory chapter setting the stage and introducing the main characters, each chapter consists of a gruesome tale and a preamble to the next tale. In this case the setting is an inn standing on a promontory precariously connected to the rest of Cornwall. The characters are the children of the innkeeper, who has left them to fetch a doctor while a terrible storm is raging, and a mysteri
Linda Inês
Aug 25, 2014 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!
Schaurig schön mit einem absolut unerwarteten Ende. Das Buch strotzt nur so vor Phantasie und hat mich völlig in den Bann gezogen. Leicht und schnell zu lesen.
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
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
Mar 07, 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
Aug 23, 2016 Hilâl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
İlk kitabı gerçekten beğenmiştim, karakterin adının Edgar olması ( :D ), genel olarak hikayeleri ve çocukların da doğuştan kötü olması gibi hoş ayrıntıları vardı. Bu da iyi bir kitaptı, denizcilik-korsan hikayeleri severim, ama tekrara çok sık düştü maalesef... Birkaç tane sivrilen hikaye de vardı ama. Özellikle son kısım ve Oyma Şeytanı güzeldi. Hatta birkaç iyi detay eklense Oyma Şeytanı'ndan iyi bir roman bile çıkabilirdi...

Gotik-korku sever olarak her şekilde okurdum ben gerçi, nitekim okudu
Jul 24, 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 :(
Jamie Arthur
Jul 09, 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
Sep 23, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ghosts, anthology
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
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
Nov 14, 2013 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
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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 :)
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!
Nov 25, 2012 Ficie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A collection of very entertaining, and often unpredictable, scary tales set in the world of pirates and mariners.
I didn't give it 5 stars only because the final tale - which frames all the others - was unfortunately not as original and surprising as the rest, reminding me instead of (view spoiler).
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
Quite creepy if predictable. I liked the first book and probably liked this one more. Some of the stories were quite eerie and clever and others I have heard before but the author puts a new spin in many of them with the seafaring theme. I particularly enjoyed the snail story! Not a challenging book but light, entertaining and a bit disturbing.
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
Ich hab jetzt endlich das Hörbuch ausgeliehen!
Oct 09, 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.
Mar 29, 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 04, 2017 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
although the tales inside this novel are definitely gruesome the fact is, even while reading late at night in half light it is difficult to even imagine being scared of them. A good read for someone looking for gory fun, but not for someone with hopes of being scared.
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
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
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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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