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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories by Roald Dahl
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Jan 14, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: ghost-stories, short-stories, 2-star
Read in February, 2009

After the introduction (where Dahl is shocked - shocked - to find that women write better ghost stories than men, and spends another page ruminating why would this be? when women fail at every other form of art (painting, sculpting, music) - after that charming introduction, the stories begin. (The title is misleading: Dahl is not the author.)

It's a mixed bag. Some are coldly shocking ("Elias and the Draug", "Ringing the Changes"), some predictable ("Playmates"). Some are brilliant and cruel ("Afterward", "The Telephone").

The star rating seems a bit unfair in regards to anthologies.
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