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Tales Of Terror From The Tunnel's Mouth (Tales of Terror #3)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  998 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
The third spine-chilling title in the brilliantly received series of ghost stories by Chris Priestley
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published October 5th 2009)
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Jan 09, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saved up my copy of Tales of Terror From The Tunnel’s Mouth for a long, time. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read the stories, but I didn’t want them to be over. And I knew that this was the final part, the third book, of a wonderful trilogy.

In the end though I couldn’t resist. And when I picked the book up I read and I read.

I read the story of Robert, a child in Edwardian England, travelling back to school on his own for the very first time.

At first Robert was alone in a compartment. But as
Sep 06, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third volume in Chris Priestley's Tales of terror (there are also two specials as well) and follows a similar style, where an event causes the main character to be inconvenienced so that to while away the time stories are told - and hence the tales of terror. In addition throughout the series of stories you slowly have unfold the back story of why that person is in that situation to start with and what is their fate (and so in a way becoming the "last" tale of terror in the book).
Carla Faleiro
É certo que é um livro juvenil e nada o meu género, mas tinha bastante curiosidade em lê-lo e não me desiludi.
São pequenas estórias contadas de forma estranha por uma figura bizarra, sendo que cada estória é uma lição. É um livro engraçado.
Aug 04, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-uni
Book Review: Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth by Chris Priestley

Robert Harper is about to take his first ever train ride by himself to his new school in London. Before he boards the train, his stepmother has a premonition that Robert is in danger. Although he enjoys supernatural books, Robert is a rational boy and does not believe in such things as visions. He ignores her warning and boards the train. Not long into his journey, Robert falls asleep, only to wake up and find that all the ot
Sofia Teixeira
Apr 01, 2014 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este foi um livro que me veio parar às mãos graças ao projecto Prémio Literário da Blogosfera. Estava nomeado, com mais dois finalistas, para livro do ano de 2013 do género fantástico e eu ainda não o tinha lido. Foi rápido e fácil aperceber-me do porquê da nomeação e do entusiasmo à volta do mesmo. Apesar de ser uma obra juvenil/jovem-adulto, é uma daquelas narrativas que conseguem fazer pensar e arrepiar gente grande. Camuflado com ilustrações e uma escrita simples, As Histórias de Terror da E ...more
Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell
Set in Victorian England, the story begins at the train station. Robert Harper is embarking on his first solo train ride. His step-mother has a terrible premonition about a kiss and a tunnel and begs him to not board. Happy to be leaving, he rudely dismisses her fears. He settles himself in a car with three other men and is lulled to sleep by the rocking. Finally he awakes to discover the car has a new passenger, a prim young woman dressed all in white. The train has stopped.
Jul 17, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mid-way through I wasn't liking the framing story at all, although I was liking the individual tales quite a bit. Nicely creepy little stories, and the illustrations are pleasantly reminiscent of Edward Gorey.

In the end, though, I came around. The framing story itself got creepier and creepier. Well done. I look forward to reading more.

Library copy.
May 19, 2013 Viktoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2013
the short horror stories are fun to read! And what it's great about this selection: there is a kind of binding story around it. So it's not just story after story, although every story works on its own.
May 24, 2015 MissStan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy!! Although these are short stories, they all tie together with the character of Robert. They are very strange little tales, and not for the squeamish. Some of them are pretty scary. I do like horror though and thoroughly enjoyed this. 4 stars, recommended. ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Twig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I`m absolutely in love with this series!! ...more
Sreejith Panicker
Oct 14, 2015 Sreejith Panicker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too boring.. skipped many pages just to know the "predictable" ending...
M. Jones
Oct 28, 2016 M. Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The framestory is a bit repetitive (more so than in Tales of Terror from the Black Ship) but with a better twist at the end, and the stories are also better in general than in Black Ship. Particularly good in my view: The Whispering Boy and Sister Veronica. Suitably scary.
Oct 12, 2016 Mila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as the other two tales of terror books, this was a collection of very entertaining and fascinating short stories, being told within a separate main plot. In the previous book, I had been a bit disappointed in the stories themselves, but this one was back to the types of stories I loved so much about the first one. However, I didn't find the main setting very convincing this time, having a rather obvious solition and lacking the kind of ongoing mystery about the storyteller ending with it's ...more
Silvia Martinez-Markus
Interesante novela escrita al modo del "Decamerón" de Boccaccio, o las "Mil y una noches", en las que una persona cuenta historias o cuentos durante un periodo determinado de tiempo, para evitar el aburrimiento, como la primera; o para evitar la muerte, como Sherezade.

El desasosiego de los cuentos va en aumento hacia el final, y deja especial mal sabor de boca uno sobre una monja católica, que puede herir la sensibilidad a niños y adultos con sentido religioso.
Feb 26, 2015 JK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third installment of Priestley's chilling trilogy, and it has to be the most terrifying yet. It's even more captivating, and even more closely weaved than its predecessors.

Priestley doesn't allow you any respite. You are never settled into the story, you aren't nicely carried along. You are reading in a perpetual state of unease, your shoulders are at your ears, and your disconcerted body throws goosebumps up all over your skin. These stories are so strange, so unnerving, that it's i
Aug 21, 2011 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth was another great book by Chris Priestly, however I prefer the stories that were told in the in the first two books in comparison to this one.
With this story I kind of new what was coming, or I at least guessed the twist half way through.
In this tale of terror a boy named Robert is going off to school and waiting for a train with his step mother. She falls asleep while they wait only to wake up and tell him she feels uneasy about him taking the first train
Alice Radwell
Oct 01, 2011 Alice Radwell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: if you're looking for something unique, you don't mind a little scare
This book is all kinds of eerie, and while I won't say it scared me, it did send frequent shivers down my spine. There's something a little off-setting about it's style, which disturbs the mind right from the get-go, before a premise is really even introduced. Clever. And that subtle, unnerving feeling continues through a sequence of discomforting short-stories told by a woman to a young-boy, when their train journey comes to an abrupt stop outside the entrance of a tunnel. Interestingly, interm ...more
May 13, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Before reading this version of Tales of Terror..., I’d already read and loved Chris Priestley’s earlier collection of short horror stories so was excited about jumping in with this volume. Fortunately, I wasn’t at all disappointed and this book definitely stands up well against Priestley’s previous books, perhaps even surpasses them.

Robert is on the train back to boarding school and, when the train pauses at the entry of a tunnel, a mysterious woman in white tells him stories to help pass the ti
Mar 17, 2013 PescePirata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieci novelle da brivido, narrate da una misteriosa Dama Bianca, "intrattengono" Robert durante una "sosta forzata", nel suo primo viaggio in treno da solo.
Piante bizzarre, fatine, suore devote, crepe nei muri sono solo alcuni dei protagonisti di questo racconti mozzafiato. Storie molto particolari, con un crescendo di tensione che molte volte si risolve con un finale aperto, lasciando spazio all'immaginazione.
Ci si può immedesimare facilmente, complice la narrazione in prima persona da parte di
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantastico

È la prima volta che Robert prende il treno da solo, è felice e molto emozionato. Finalmente ha l'occasione di allontanarsi dalla sua matrigna, che proprio non sopporta: ora la sua vita può ricominciare, in una nuova scuola. Alla stazione però, la matrigna ha una visione: vede un bacio, un tunnel, e un tremendo pericolo in agguato. Robert non se ne preoccupa affatto, sa che è una donna impressionabile e sciocca. Decide lo stesso di salire sul treno, come programmato, ma poco dopo l'inizio del vi

Jul 16, 2012 Silverwolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2011 Birgit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert is leaving on a train to London and finds himself in the company of a strange woman all dressed in white who entertains the boy with spooky stories.
Being the final part of a series of books by Chris Priestley for young readers, that are absolutely enjoyable at every age, this book features once again a wide array of scary stories. The narrative has lost none of its captivating power and once again it is intricately written, letting the the authors love for storytelling shine through. This
Nov 18, 2013 Sharlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at

It’s the third part of a trilogy, but it can easily be read on its own (I’ve read the first book, Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, but couldn’t find the second book, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship, at least not in the library’s e-book catalogue – have since requested the physical book from the library). Young Robert travels by train to school and encounters a woman in white who has a way with scary stories:

“It was a curious thing
Jun 30, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mrs. Nelson's
May 29, 2011 Mrs. Nelson's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book! It's the story of Robert, a boy who is traveling by train to school. On the train he encounters a strange woman all in white who strikes up a conversation with him. The train has stopped at the mouth of a tunnel and everyone else in their cabin is fast asleep. So the lady in white tells Robert stories to pass the time. But these are not ordinary stories - they are odd, sinister stories: about plants that feed off people, a nun who enjoys beating her girls a little t ...more
I have read this book many times over the years. And I keep loving it.

Every story begins with a prologue, a character (always a kid), special circumstances and a story teller (mostly a creepy character or someone who deals in creepiness).

Throughout the stories there are pauzes were the main character and the story teller talk, what they think of the story or other things.

I love it. This book in particular, it is very very creepy. Some stories are also quite scary (or gross), but they all delive
Sep 29, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In TALES OF TERROR FROM THE TUNNEL'S MOUTH there are about nine collections of short stories. Probably one of my favourite tales is the one of A New Governess, a story about a mean Governess who get's her just desserts and I love the contemporary issue of the Catholic church's abuse in this old-fashion Gothic tale of terror. But for you to understand what I'm talking about, you will need to pick up a copy of this book. Overall, I enjoyed all of the stories mentioned in the book and be sure to ch ...more
Sep 22, 2011 1luvbooks rated it really liked it
Ah, the horror story. I absolutely love a good spine-tingler, though sometimes it compromises my sleep. :( This wasn't horrifying, but it was a neat little ditty. I did appreciate that each story was scarier then the last, and I loved the flavour of this book. It harkened back to olden days England, Victorian era sort of magical and colourful and yet it was bleak and disturbing. I also loved the way the author teased you with hints to the mystery, always just keeping the answer out of reach. It ...more
This book was awesome! I originally picked it up at the library because I thought the cover illustrations looked cool and Edward Gorey-esque... and when I found out that this story contained a collection of short stories I was completely sold!

It's hard to pick a favorite story because the collection is so awesome, but the one that really stood out to me was the last: "A Crack in the Wall." It was so "The Yellow Wallpaper" meets Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls" meets Dr Who. Loved it!

May 31, 2016 MaggyGray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books-in-2016
Wenn man halt dazu "gezwungen" wird, ein Buch zu kaufen.

Habe ich als eins von zwei Büchern bei meinem zweiten Büchergilde-Quartalseinkauf mitgenommen und fast in einem Haps ausgelesen. Klar, es ist ein Kinder- bzw. Jugendbuch, deshalb sind die Schauergeschichten nicht ganz so brutal, aber genau das macht den Horror aus, den ich liebe. Es ist das Grauen zwischen den Zeilen, das Böse, das in der Ecke lauert und plötzlich aufspringt, und die Weiße Frau, die versucht, den doch recht kotzbrockigen Ju
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tales of Terror (5 books)
  • Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror (Tales of Terror, #1)
  • Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (Tales of Terror, #2)
  • The Teacher's Tales of Terror
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“But she was no guardian angel. She was not trying to help me at all. She had been trying to claim me as she had claimed the lives of my fellow passengers.
She was the thing that remained forever unseen in my visions of her tales. She lurked near the bodies of those whose whose lives were so cruelly taken. She was there always, waiting.”
“Just because something is told as a story and that story is part legend or myth, or feat of imagination, does not mean there is no truth in it.” 5 likes
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