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Some genuinely creepy moments here -especially a couple of stories from the experts who knew how effective a slow build up can be. One of the things I liked best about this collection is that it features locations normally neglected in the genre - on board a ship for example - and interesting personalities, fully developed. A cold guardian and a damaged young girl are both transformed by a lengthy haunting. A loving but blinkered wife is brought to a new understanding of her husband's personality by an unexpected visitation.
And if you've seen American Werewolf in London, you'll know that dread and laughter are a dream ticket. In one story in particular, the description of the tremendous resentment demonstrated by a maid subjected to reasonable questioning by her mistress had me laughing, despite the sinister events which occasioned the interrogation.
Although most of the stories are set during the genre's golden age (the Victorian and Edwardian eras) the collection contains examples of what is still everyday contemporary horror too - as, for example, when a loved one walks through a door into the great silence, a mystery with no resolution. These authors know that leaving a certain amount up to the reader's own imagination - refusing to explain everything - is an effective way of magnifying dread. A picture on the side of a milk carton can represent the greatest horror of all, when you think about it.
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Well done, Roald Dahl for putting together this collection. A treat to find a well written and narrated set of stories with a hint of the supernatural. Not something you come across often.
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