This morning I finished a book I have been working on for a couple of days. I wanted one of the adult books that Roald Dahl has written, and this was the only one they had in the local book store. I picked up Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories and brought it home to add to my to be read pile.
I was expecting a book of Dahl’s short stories, but instead I got a book of ghost stories by a variety of authors and edited/compiled by Dahl. The authors include: L.P. Hartley, Rosemary Timperley, Cynthia Asquith, E.F. Benson, Jonas Lie, A.M. Burrage, Robert Aickman, Mary Treadgold, Sheridan Le Fanu, Edith Wharton, Richard Middleton, and F. Marion Crawford. The stories are excellent, and I ended up really enjoying the book.
I have loved ghost stories since I was a child. My earliest memory of a book of ghost stories/scary stories was the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I believe I got that book through one of the school book fairs or book orders that came home monthly.
I remember the book orders well. Once a month my teacher would hand us a booklet with the books available and an order form that you could cut out on the back. I would take the materials home and go over the different books available before I did anything else. I would mark the books I wanted (and sometimes go ahead and fill out the order form to “help” my parents), and hand it to my mom. Sometimes she would tell me that I needed to narrow down my choices, but more often than not she would just let me order the books that I wanted. I loved ordering and reading books from these booklets. I actually wish I had something like that as an adult.
It is amazing the memories that different types of books can elicit. It does not have to be a book that you have read before. Sometimes a book just reminds you of another book or experience and causes you to remember times past and experiences of childhood. I love the power of books in my life.
Off to choose my next book and get ready for work. Until next time, Happy Reading!