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A Face in the Dark and Other Hauntings: Collected Stories of the Supernatural

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  589 ratings  ·  44 reviews
In Ruskin Bond’s stories, ghosts, jinns, witches—and the occasional monster—are as real as the people he writes about. This collection brings together all of his tales of the paranormal, opening with the unforgettable, ‘A Face in the Dark’ and ending with the shockingly macabre, ‘Night of the Millennium’. Featuring thrilling situations and strange beings, a Face in the Dar ...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published September 15th 2004 by Viking Books
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a kid I loved horror and I remember my brother and I hunting for ghost stories in every book, movie and TV shows. I belong to a hill station(a rainy one) myself and spook-fest is a major part of growing up there.The weather, the atmosphere, the ambiance always perfect to brew blood-curdling stories; true or untrue? The answer to that only lies deep within the wind which carried it all around the town.

Everyone loves horror stories once in a while and anybody who doesn't agree with me is most d
Horror genre is not really my cup of tea. But Ruskin Bond stories are not horror they are like experiences. They make you feel you are spending a weekend on a hill station and then late night next to the bonfire everyone starts telling you about the stories they have heard from strangers with haunting experiences. None of these experiences are dangerous, life threatening or altering – they are just different. All his stories are good hearted, honest and believable. They make you warm like the bo ...more
Manish Mahajan
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, india
Loved it. In fact this book is a great influence in me attempting to follow the large footsteps of Ruskin Bond. In my soon to be published book of ghost stories, one of the story is inspired by an excerpt from this book's foreword.

In this collection by Ruskin Bond, there are two things which stand out for me
1) the simple english. I recall the story A Face in the Dark was in our CBSE class 6 or 7 english syllabus. Its indeed masterful to write otherwise complex topics like supernatural in the sim
Sumit Singla
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Ruskin Bond really knows how to create an atmosphere. And of course, all the stories in this book are intended to create an eerie one.

Some of them fail. Spectacularly. There are others, which don't horrify you. In fact, you might even read them, shrug your shoulders, and say, "Ghost stories, seriously?"

BIG mistake! For when it's a dark, rainy night and the power's out due to a storm, you just might hear a faint sound of footsteps and tinkling anklets. Well, in that case, don't sleep!

3.5 to 4 stars. Would've been half a star less if not for 'The Daffodil Case' featuring Sherlock Holmes.

This book is a collection of ghost stories which are intriguing, sometimes funny & spooky rather than downright scary. Like most short story collections, some fail to live up to the mark as the others. And some parts of the stories often seem to get repetitive, besides a few phrases. But Ruskin Bond being the great writer he is, he never fails to engage your attention & you keep on rea
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
—Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I Scene V

Ruskin Bond says, while a good ghost story may not turn us into a believer in the supernatural, it can make us ponder upon the mysteries of human existence, and raise the possibility of another layer of life outside our material selves—something of the soul-force, the aura of a person that lingers on after the body is no more. Most of his stories are set in the hill-statio
Vikash Bhandari
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosphy.

-Shakespeare, Hamlet

Well no doubt He is Bond, The Indian Bond.
Mr. Bond always have a way with words,I have been reading his stories since childhood and each time i did nothing except getting more and more immersed in the fictional world of his tales. The best thing about his stories is that, being a Hill folk(Garhwali), i have been leaving in Dehradun for the past few years so it is easy to relate to eac
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having spent a good portion of my teen years in a sleepy little hilly town , I connect with Bond's idea of eerie , probably a little more than most would. It just exists. No starts, no gasps, no shocks. It simply exists. And you have no choice but to fall in love with it. Beautifully so.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A face in the dark and other haunting ( paperback)
Ruskin Bond
পরকাশক- পেঙগুইন
মুদরিত মূলয-২২৫টাকা (বছর পাঁচেক আগের দাম)

রাসকিনের ভূতেরা বড় ভাল। আচড়ায় না। কামড়ায় না। ঘাড়টি মটকায় না। তাঁরা মি: আযসলের মতোই ভদর, নমর। তাঁদের মুলোর মতো দাঁত, কুলোর মতো কান নেই। কেউ কেউ আবার রূপসী। ভূল করে মানবী ভেবে আপনি তার পরেমেও পড়তে পারেন। তারপর, বসনত বাতাসের মতোই আপনার মনে ভালোবাসার রং ধরিয়ে হুস করে একদিন সে উবে যাবে। যাওয়ার আগে, কানে ফিসফিসিয়ে বলবে ভালোবাসার কথা-" It isn't time that's passing by, my friend. It is y
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नीतिका यादव
❇Ruskin Bond Once Famously Remarked , ' I am a storyteller from a personal viewpoint. When I run out of people I invent ghosts. I don't believe in ghosts. Never saw one. '
❇Ruskin Ghost does not believe in ghosts, but he surely sees them all the -
In the Woods, In a bar, In a crowd outside a cinema. The same can by seen in this novel where one cannot find a jinn, ghosts or witches but monsters are real as people. .
❇The book opens up with the in
Aman Kumar
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A compendium of 28 spooky tales straight out of Ruskin Bond's wondrous imagination, the book is anything but a spine-chilling saga of ghostly encounters. Bond makes sure that the ghosts, spirits, jinns, prets or anything else for that matter isn't viewed as unearthly object but a part of the living and diverse environment we dwell in.
Ashraf Malik
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
the book has a good collection of short stories which are not really spooky,but the way he's described the atmosphere,the ambience is remarkable.some stories do stand out for the dread created by forces of nature.
the author has saved the best stories for the beginning and the end namely "A FACE IN THE DARK and NIGHT OF THE MILLENIUM".
Max Baruah
same stories being repeated.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book to kill time

Nice collection of fictional horror stories. Stories are more of thriller rather horror. Good book to spend time or to narrate to the kids.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Largely traditional ghost stories, drawing on the British ghost story genre and Indian folklore, they range from the sort of yarns my old Anglo-Indian geography teacher and scout master used to tell us to a couple of surprisingly nasty tales of supernatural come-uppance meted out to representatives of a brash, new India that I'm about as wary of as Bond seems to be. Some humorous tales, some heartbreaking ones and a few fairly average pieces in between, but every story has at least one vivid ima ...more
Shoma Patnaik
Most of the stories in this collection are meant for children, but that cannot really justify the predictable and somewhat unimaginative writing.

I read this mostly for the quaint depictions of northern India and the Anglo-Indian vestiges of the hill stations. The first story A Face in the Dark is reminiscent of the Japanese Nopperabou and I grew up hearing a variation of the story myself. Of the twenty eight stories, I liked The Haunted Bungalow and Ghosts of the Savoy best, but like many other
Mar 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
this is a collection of ghost stories by a british-indian author born and raised in northern india. ruskin bond is extremely prolific.

i found this collection to be filled with trite, predictable, and unconvincing stories. i bought, read and kept it because most of the stories take place in the town of mussoorie. the tibetan nunnery i studied at in india, samten tse, is also in mussoorie. so it was pretty neat to read about the area by one of its most appreciative residents.
Ashita Arora
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
True to Ruskin Bond's style of writing, none of these stories are scary in the literal sense. They'd make you think of ghosts as a part of your life ..there and doing their thing. some of these are actually even funny.
Having said that, each story is beautifully written with each scenario being so descriptive .
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruskin Bond is a new favourite! He really does have a way of telling stories. (My best friend Minila presented me with a copy of this book for my birthday, this year... And I can't wait to buy more books written by him.)

P.S. Some stories overlap with A Season of Ghosts but that's okay, at least I thought it was!
Prashant Badiger
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
funny, hilarious, romantic, spooky and creepy, a face in the dark and other hauntings is a scary collection of ghost stories that are worth reading. enjoyed the trip to this ghost town. My full review on this book

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Sahil Massey
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Typical Ruskin Bond's style of writing. It's really amazing how he describe little things in a way that it almost makes the reader feel it.
Being a collection of short story, some of the stories are not up to the mark, but some are really spooky.

You wouldn't regret picking up this book.
Abhishek Kumar
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought this to be signed by Mr. Bond himself during my trip to Mussoorie. We suddenly came upon a simple book shop where sir came every Saturday evening for signing books. It was a very happy coincidence! The book is obviously as nice as Ruskin Bond's other story books.
Hemangi Patgiri
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best collection of haunted short stories by Ruskin Bond. Thoroughly enjoyed reading every story be it the creepy ones or the funny ones like 'The family Ghost' or 'Ganpat's story'. Its a must read for those who loves reading thrills & dark stories
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a childhood read so my rating is based on how much I cherished it them. I'll be picking this up again soon because I can't find my tattered copy. It must have gotten lost in the move. But this is one of my favourite ghostly reads as a child.
Varun Rajwade
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant writing as usual, Ruskin Bond really is the master of creating and bringing to life a setting. Some of the stories are ok, but others are very nice. Having said that, its horror for all ages, and not very very scary!!
Deepa Manju
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Nice stories....loved reading it
Malik Abdul
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist.

He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have establi