Tales of Terror From the Black Ship
Author: Chris Priestley
Middle Grade Horror Stories
While waiting for their father to return, the children amuse themselves by telling scary stories. A storm rages outside, giving great atmosphere to their macabre tales. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door. A sailor stands on the stoop, asking for shelter until the storm breaks. He regales them with several terrifying tales of the sea.
This is the second book in the 4-part Tales of Terror series by Chris Priestley. I love how Priestley weaves these creepy seafaring stories in and around the tale of two ill children left alone in an old inn during a bad storm. The stories are all related to the sea, but they are all completely different. Pirates, ghost ships, cursed artifacts, sea monsters, storms....just a lovely collection of scary stories. The book is written for middle grade children, so the stories are spooky but age appropriate. Even adults can enjoy this creepy voyage! I really enjoyed the book! The stories (and a creepy twist at the end) are well written and fun to read. :)
The book covers & stories are illustrated by wonderfully creepy black and white drawings by David Roberts.
This is a great follow-up to the first book in the series: Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror.
My rating: 9/10
Mild horror, age appropriate for Middle Grade childen