Shades of Darkness: More of the Ghostly Best Stories

Shades of Darkness: More of the Ghostly Best StoriesThat Westall s books are generally confined to the YA category is such a disservice His work is incredibly artful, emotional, and enthralling I could almost describe his style as a literary equivalent of a comfort food, but one in which you think you re eating junk food but it ends up being pleasantly healthy. I found this book in the Library and it was a really good read some stories where far better than others. There s something a bit odd about a book which consists of collected short stories from other books of short stories by the same author, although in fairness one of these 11 stories has never previously been published, and another was published only in an anthology Still n all.And, of course, as it turns out, the assay of excellence in this collection is only marginally higher than that of the original collections But there are good stories here, among them my two favorite Westalls, The Haunting of Chas McGill which always makes think of Come and Go, from Peter Dickinson s The Lion Tamer s Daughter also a tale of a London child evacuated to the country in WWII reaching out to a different time , and The Call And than half the stories in this collection including the one never published elsewhere are ones I can read repeatedly with pleasure, which is a pretty high percentage for ghost story collections So, all in all, worth keeping on the shelves. This book is beyond amazing It really makes u think, and I would recommend it to anyone If u r in need of a good book, definitely consider this Teddy Another Fine Collection Of Short Stories By The Late British Author Westall S Tales Are Spooky And Eerie, Rather Than Downright Scary He Creates Likable Characters And Effectively Sets Them In Slightly Supernatural Situations The Haunting Of Chas McGill, For Example, Is A Gem Of A Tale, Perfectly Plotted During The London Blitz In , A Boy Discovers That A Deserting British Soldier Or Perhaps His Ghost Is Hiding Out In The Old School Into Which He Has Moved He Comes Up With A Way To Save The Soldier, But In A Delicious Twist, His Scheme Has A Surprising Effect On His Own Family Most Of The Stories Are Equally Satisfying Five Of Them Feature Adult Characters Exclusively They Are Excellent, But Seem Slightly Out Of Place, Especially Since Westall Created Such Memorable Children In Stories Like Fifty Fafty And The Red House Clock, The Thoughts And Feelings Of The Boys Who Narrate Are Fascinating When Supernatural Elements Subtly Appear Towards The End Of These Stories, They Have A Significant Impact Because Readers Are Already So Involved With The Lives Of The Characters Three Of The Eleven Stories Also Appear In The Call And Other Stories Viking, One Has Not Been Previously Published Some Are From Out Of Print Collections A Treat For Horror Fans As Well As For Those Who Appreciate Well Told Short Stories School Library Journal Contents Woman And Home St Austin Friars The Haunting Of Chas McGill In Camera Fifty Fafty The Cats The Boys Toilets The Red House Clock The Call The Cat, Spartan Blackham S Wimpey

Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the Goodreads database.Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.His first published book The Machine Gunners 1975 which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine gun from a crashed German aircraft He won the Carnegie Medal again i

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  • Hardcover
  • 312 pages
  • Shades of Darkness: More of the Ghostly Best Stories
  • Robert Westall
  • English
  • 07 May 2019
  • 9780374367589

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