Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
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AuthorRoald Dahl (or)
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreSupernatural fiction
PublisherJonathan Cape
Publication date
Media typePaperback

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983) is a collection of ghost stories chosen by Roald Dahl.[1]

Dahl read 749 supernatural tales from an array of writers at the British Museum before choosing 14 that he considered the best.[2] In the book Dahl writes; "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story".[3] He initially did this while working to develop an American television programme that would feature dramatisations of these stories. He wrote a pilot based on E. F. Benson's "The Hanging of Alfred Wadham", that was then filmed, but when producers saw the film they were concerned that it would offend American Catholics, due to the story being about the stipulations of confession. As a result the show was cancelled, and years later Dahl decided to use his research to make a book.



  1. ^ Michael Ashley, William Contento The supernatural index: a listing of fantasy, supernatural, occult, weird, and horror anthologies Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995
  2. ^ "Macmillan: Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories". Macmillan. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  3. ^ Lisa Hefner Heitz Haunted Kansas: ghost stories and other eerie tales p.178. University Press of Kansas, 1997