Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Edited by Roald Dahl

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!

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