Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth by Chris Priestley

From Amazon: A boy is put on a train by his stepmother to make his first journey on his own. But soon that journey turns out to be more of a challenge than anyone could have imagined as the train stalls at the mouth of a tunnel and a mysterious woman in white helps the boy while away the hours by telling him stories - stories with a difference.

Each story in Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth is short and sweet, and is of a suitably scary nature. Younger readers will love the creepy characters and settings, especially seeing as Halloween is looming just around the corner.

I particularly liked how Priestley linked his present characters with stories from the past. It was a clever way of connecting everything, and made the stories flow smoothly from one to the other. I enjoyed his writing style, and am definitely thinking of buying the other books in the Tales of Terror series.

My personal favourite stories from this anthology were The Glass House, The Island and The Little People. Killer plants, dinosaur-like creatures and evil fairies -- what more could I ask for?! Each tale was well crafted and thought out, and my only complaint is that some of them weren't longer. I could easily have read another twenty pages or so, though that would probably defeat the point of a short story.

If you're looking for a quick, gruesome read for younger teenagers, give the Tales of Terror books a go. They're highly entertaining, and will no doubt be the perfect alternative for readers not yet mature enough to tackle older horror fiction.


The Book on the Hill said...

Oooh, looks like something I would really enjoy ! The cover + the title + your review = I definitely want to to read this (although I am not a 'young teenager' anymore) !

Chicklish said...

We should have a review of this soon too! Great review - it looks like fun!

Hagelrat said...

I loved the first two tales of terror books, will have to check this one out.

Kate said...

I have a feeling I would like this book. I like short and scary stories. Great review =D

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm not usually a fan of anthologies but this sounds fun!

Becky said...

I don't really like short stories as a rule. I like to be able to get my teeth into a book. But these might make good tales to read aloud to the class. Another one for the library then!