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A Touch of Chill: Stories of Horror, Suspense and Fantasy The Homely And The Exotic Mix In Fifteen Unique Tales The Macabre And Witty Stories Are A Melange Of Horror Guaranteed To Send Chills Up The Spine Of Any Sleepless Reader.The Cat Flap And The Apple Pie He Time To LaughLodgersListeningSailors LegendsA Game Of Black And WhiteElephant S EarThe Sewanee GlideShe Was Afraid Of UpstairsThe Birthday PartyMouseworkA Long Way To SwimWho Goes Down This Dark Road Power Cut


10 thoughts on “A Touch of Chill: Stories of Horror, Suspense and Fantasy

  1. says:

    Kinda weird I don t get most of the stories it seems as if they re mysteries missing the last page And it s marketed to a juvenile audience, but, I m sorry, if I m having trouble, how would kids get out of it And most of the characters are adults.The writing is atmosph...


  2. says:

    I almost stopped reading this collection, but I m glad I didn t The first story in A Touch of Chill didn t impress me, so I decided to read the last two in the book They didn t impress me much either At that point, I put the book aside Later, I discovered Time to Laugh , one of the stories from this collection, in an anthology I was reading Lo and behold, I quite liked that creepy, atmospheric tale So, I decided to give the collection another shot As it turned out, although I found about half the stories not especially interesting, there were...


  3. says:

    Joan Aiken is one of my favourite authors, best known among children as the writer of the alternative history series The Wolves Chronicles She is also a writer for adults, and the same sense of imagination, wit and mystery found in her earlier books are found in this collected anthology of creepy and twisted short stories Although the title claims that these are stories of horror, suspense and fantasy, this is a little misleading It s not that these stories aren t any of these things, it s just that Aiken does not write typical short stories in this genre these tales are seldom wrapped up in a neat little bow, and often Aiken is interested in crafting an unsettling atmosphere than answering questions that her stories raise As such, many of the stories do not seem part...


  4. says:

    Charming and, well, chilling, this book contains my favorite horror story of all time, He A must read for horror fans of any age.


  5. says:

    These spooky little tales leave you guessing.


  6. says:

    My previous acquaintance with the work of this author was with her children s novels set in an alternate version of British history This collection of short stories published in 1979 is described as stories of horror, suspense and fantasy but rather than outright horror, the effect is of creepiness Quite a few are inconclusive and fizzle out at the end with no definitive notion of what happened The one which makes the closest approach to horror is the first in the collection, The Lodgers , about some decidedly nasty characters who move in when a mother is overworked and harried by both her boss at work and the simultaneous infectious illnesses of her two children Rather ahead of its time in its foregrounding of a single parent.Some stories are predictable such as The Sewanne Glide , where the interest is in the execution and characterisation, or Jugged Hare where a woman with a violent husband tempts fate by having an affair Some are downright odd, for example, Listening , seemingly a disconnected series of events where the teacher protagonist has to sit in on a...


  7. says:

    A Touch of ChillJoan Aiken is a an author that I ve always associated with some classic children s stories So when I found a collection of her stories in my local library I thought it would be an good introduction to her work aimed at adults.As a commuter I do look out for short story collections to read on my journey home during the dark season and this was one that didn t disappoint There was a slightly Aickman quality to some of the stories that slightly enigmatic quality that makes you go back and re read it to find out if you ve missed something The stand out ones were for me Mrs Considine in which a young girl, Julia, has prophetic dreams which seem to tell the future When introduced to her new teacher, Mrs Considine, she isn t frightened of her dog as she had seen him in a dream the previous night and knew that she could trust him But the dreams become disturbing when she dreams of Mrs Considine s gardener, Mr Wickenden, being carried heavenwards by angels The next day he has died and then she dreams of her teacher entering dark gat...


  8. says:

    It s been a few years since I read this book of short, somewhat creepy, stories, but I just remember that most of them were very entertaining with really interesting characters The one I remember most was the story titled He and even to this da...


  9. says:

    Most of these stories aren t scary as much as they are creepy There were a couple I didn t fully understand, but there were none I disliked A few were sad than anything else, but overall I liked this collection of stories.


  10. says:

    Apparently I m one of the few who didn t like this book, the first story was stupid It took forever for anything to happen and the end the boy turned into a tree There is maybe 3 good stories The majority of them wore boring.