AN author best known for his enthusiastically imaginative tales for children, Roald Dahl is surprisingly also a commended writer of stories for adults as well. Dahl’s literature is famous for being at times dark, even within his collection of stories for children, so it is no revelation that his adult works are even more sinister and shocking. For the first fifteen years of Dahl’s life, he focused on writing specifically for adults, winning the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, an impressive three times. Dahl’s alarming prose has been about for many years, however, this month, coinciding with the annual ‘Dahl Day’ on the 13th September, Penguin Publishing group decided to re-jacket and in three stages release the new editions of Dahl’s adult collection to the public to be appreciated by a new generation. The highly collectable contemporary designs are £8.99 each and a great opportunity to remind readers that there is much more to Dahl.
The first of the new retro books include, Kiss Kiss, featuring eleven disturbing short stories, which explore the sinister side of human nature, one being the story of Mary in ‘William and Mary’. The tale describes a wronged woman and her ultimate revenge on the recently deceased husband. Dahl depicts her desire for revenge against her controlling husband by flaunting previously forbidden indulgences, which consequently leaves the reader feeling uneasy.
The compiled stories within Someone Like You, depict strange and unexpected events that are extremely exhilarating, sending a shiver down the spine. ‘Galloping Foxley’ is considered one of Dahl’s more unusual short stories from his collections, telling the story of a man called Perkins, a man obsessed by routine.
Finally, Dahl’s My Uncle Oswold will be the last in the first stage of Dahl’s collection, introducing the reader to Dahl’s most shocking character, using memoirs to describe Oswold’s early career and erotic education.
More of the Roald Dahl’s collection will be published on the 27th of October and the 2nd of February 2012. Two of the tales ‘Royal Jelly’ (Kiss Kiss) and ‘Man from South’ (Someone Like You) are available to purchase as an eBook.
1st September 2011
Someone Like You
Over To You
My Uncle Oswald
27th October 2011
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
2nd February 2012
The Complete Roald Dahl Short Stories Volume 1
The Complete Roald Dahl Short Stories Volume 2
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
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