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Royal Jelly: A Short Story from Roald Dahl's 'Kiss Kiss'

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A brilliant gem of a short story from Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail.In Royal Jelly, Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors, tells a sinister story about the darker side of human nature. Here a husband and wife, unable to get their new baby to feed, hit upon a novel and disturbing solution . . .Royal Jelly is taken from the short story collection ...more
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Published 2011 by Penguin
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Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading this story, it reminded me that I had seen this story on tv many years back. I really enjoyed it and I liked how the writer tried to make you think about the end and how he makes you fantasize about the end. I give this a 5.
Bhawna Widhani
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is my favorite. Actually one of my favorites. I simply love the author and I can't digest the fact that he has CRAWLED all over me in this story. I couldn't give a hoot to where I was sitting while reading this because I was just taken aback with the creepy INFORMATION in the story and Dear God, I would never on Earth test this on my child EVER ! Eww :p ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Roald Dahl was one of my favorite authors as an elementary and middle school student - The Witches, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Twits - so this short horror story was a thrill to pick up after so many years.
The premise: Albert and Mabel Taylor are newborn parents and are frightened that their child will not eat. At six weeks old, she is losing more weight than she had when she was born. However, Albert reads up on his beekeeping magazines and discovers he may have the answer to
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
as someone who's massively afraid of bugs, this story terrified me.
the last paragraphs are so creepy, and they made my skin crawl from how deeply disturbed i was.

the way dahl turned us into Mrs. Taylor, with concern over the baby followed by happiness that she is now eating, then worry about the so called Royal Jelly, and finally the shock and horror at the reality of what the husband has become: all of these made the perfect horror short story.

i'm glad i jumped to dahl's work after my first ex
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Funny story that I read in preparation of an escape room which was based on this.
I love how Dahl incorporated "normal" English language to elaborate his bee-related story.
Short story, so a quick read. But a bit of a strange story in which you can see the "reveal" at the end a mile coming.
Benjamin Stahl
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this in one of Hitchcock's compilations. I honestly can't remember much about this one. Giving it the benefit of the doubt and giving it three stars. Seems fair enough. At the end of the day, it's just another rating towards my account. ...more
Simon Gianoutsos
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's okay for a super short story. It's very light, drags on a bit and simplistic. ...more
Petra Hermans
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hhmmm. I have never read a story, as it seems all the way very funny!
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

read as part of the collection kiss kiss.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written but a bit repetitive which isn't needed in a 'short' story ...more
May 06, 2020 added it
What the hell even was this story.
Tracey Pearce
Wow Roald Dahl did have some imigination, I remember this being a tales of unexpected episode which my friend kirsty loved.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I just learned bees are capitalists.
Frankie Morris
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A short story about the darker side of human nature.
Really makes you think.
Mile Millseron
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It bit long for a short story and the ending is very predictable. But, overall, a fun read.
B ✧
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
3.5 stars.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creepy
The fly in the form of a baby. This story creeped me out on so many levels. Great read.
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قصة ثقيلة الظل غالبا هي أسوأ ما قرات لدال حتى الآن.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, scifi
i'm not sure which genre this story goes under, given the twist at the end, so i'm going to go with science fiction for now. biological mutations count as science fiction, right?

this is the first short story by dahl i've read since THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR & OTHER STORIES, which i read a long, long time ago. i really enjoyed this one. it has dahl's light, almost jovial voice, plus the classic creepy/twisted undertones. cheers!
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: december-2016
Mr. Taylor had some dark issues. There comes a point in time where everyone has to question their overall life to see whether or not they are making the most of their life. Our main character never did such a thing; and it shows. This story shows how detrimental a persons obsession with things can become.
Courtney Schafer
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another tricky ending.
Joseph Puciloski
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because it involves Bees
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adv

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