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When Ethan and Cathy fall ill during a storm, their father must leave them to fetch the doctor. . .but they are not alone for long. A sailor comes begging for shelter. So, the children agree to let him sit out the throes of the storm as they listen to his grisly tales. But something about the man puts Ethan on edge, and he is anxious for the storm to blow over, their father to return and the long night to come to an end.

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When Ethan and Cathy fall ill during a storm, their father must leave them to fetch the doctor. . .but they are not alone for long. A sailor comes begging for shelter. So, the children agree to let him sit out the throes of the storm as they listen to his grisly tales. But something about the man puts Ethan on edge, and he is anxious for the storm to blow over, their father to return and the long night to come to an end.

Storms whistling through the sails, evil pirates pacing the floorboards, and of course, a haunted ship of ghostly beings… All this and more is waiting to give you goose bumps in an atmospheric and thrilling collection of spooky seafaring tales.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Fans of Priestley's "Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror" will swallow whole his second novel. In this narrative frame story, set in 19th century England, siblings Ethan and Cathy are home alone at their family's inn during a terrible storm. A sailor knocks on their door seeking shelter and they reluctantly agree to let him in. He is Thackery, a young sailor who shares their passion for gruesome stories. Thackery then tells a series of creepy tales that center around the ever mysterious ocean and include subjects such as vampires, pirates, ghostly hauntings, and murder. As the short stories unfold they become increasingly haunting and, due to Priestley's strong narrative voice, readers will feel transported to the terrible black ship. The black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout the text add a layer of eerie mystery to the spooky story. The novel includes a scene with somewhat descriptive bloodshed making it best suited for reluctant readers who enjoy scary campfire stories and are looking for a supernatural Halloween-type read. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408802755
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011

Meet the Author

CHRIS PRIESTLEY is both a writer and an illustrator. He has published several works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror with illustrations by David Roberts. He lives with his family in Norfolk, England. www.talesofterror.co.uk

DAVID ROBERTS is the illustrator of A House Called Awful End and the other books in the popular Eddie Dickens Trilogy as well as the author-illustrator of the picture book Dirty Bertie. Mr. Roberts was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration. He lives in London, England.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Very fun read! Highly recommend!

    Great simple and creepy kids stories. Reminiscent of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" from the 80's (when I was a kid) and kinda like the Goosebumps RL Stein series. Great fun to read aloud to your kids (mine are 10 & 14 and after the initial reluctance in sitting quietly and listening to the old man they actually enjoyed them and begged me to continue after a hearing couple of them!) My next purchase will be the Black Tunnel stories, same author.

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