UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley

UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR

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Age Range: 11 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

The author’s attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Spinning stories to a young visitor from various topics of conversation or small objects in his cluttered study, melancholy old Uncle Montague describes what happens to an arrogant lad who climbs a malevolent elm, a case of demonic possession related to a carved wooden grotesque, a traveler’s frantic and fatal flight from his own battered corpse and like incidents or cautionary tales. All, along with a linking narrative, are related in the same somber, even tones and formal language—except perhaps for one sparkler featuring a blind old woman who turns a young hooligan into an apple tree and then picks up her pruning shears—none are likely to cause even minor disquiet. Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59990-118-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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