Fear by Roald Dahl

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Fear by Roald Dahl

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Category: Short Stories
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Luke Marlowe
Reviewed by Luke Marlowe
Summary: A collection of pleasantly spine-chilling tales collated by Dahl, Fear is a beautifully curated collection of wonderful tales, ideal for a winter's night.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 320 Date: August 2017
Publisher: Penguin
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1405933216

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Do you enjoy being scared? Featuring fourteen classic spine-chilling stories chosen by Roald Dahl, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on will have you shivering with fear as you turn the pages.

I've reviewed a few of these collections previously - released to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, and to reaffirm his reputation as one of our most beloved writers. Charming Baker has provided another stunning and fitting image for the cover, but the contents are rather different - those were collections consisting of stories written by Dahl - but Fear takes a different approach - an introduction by Dahl followed by fourteen stories picked by Dahl himself. Thankfully, Dahl was almost a skilled a curator as he was an author - and these stories are a perfectly-picked pot to keep you hiding under the covers at night.

I'm a big fan of Edith Wharton, so I was delighted to see Afterward here - a woman recalling the events leading up to the dissapearance of her husband. Clever and hugely original, it's one I always enjoy reading. The Corner Shop by Cynthia Asquith manages to be both spine chilling and heart warming, as does Playmates by Burrage, and In The Tube by E.F. Benson asks intriguing questions in a very round about manner.

From the incredibly moving Christmas Meeting by Rosemary Timperley through to the mysterious and gothic The Ghost of a Hand by Le Fanu, Dahl collected a series of stories that are rather pleasantly scary - nothing to make you afraid to sleep, but wonderfully well written tales that'll give you the occasional fright. It's rather a shame I read this during the height of summer - it's one I'll be tucking away for reading in front of the fire with a big glass of wine.

Many thanks to the publishers for the copy - for further reading I'd recommend Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly - another beautiful collection that entertains as much as it unsettles.

After Fear, you might be ready for War.

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