Roald Dahl was a British author renowned for his imaginative and captivating children’s books. Born in Wales in 1916 to Norwegian parents, Dahl possessed a remarkable talent for storytelling that continues to enchant readers of all ages.

Dahl’s writing career took off with his first publication, The Gremlins, a tale inspired by his experiences as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II. However, it was his subsequent works that propelled him to literary stardom. Titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG have become timeless classics. Most of Dahl’s works are held in high regard for their whimsical characters, dark humor, and extraordinary adventures.

His unique storytelling style reflects his own mischievous, often rebellious personality. He created protagonists who were clever, resourceful, and unafraid to challenge people in authority.

Aside from his entertaining narratives, Dahl seamlessly tackled important themes such as bravery and resilience.

Dahl also wrote screenplays and adult fiction, some of which were adapted into successful films. His advocacy for children’s literacy led him to establish the Roald Dahl Foundation.

Roald Dahl’s legacy endures, as his books continue to enthrall generations of readers worldwide. He breathed his last in 1990.


The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl is a compilation of Dahl’s most captivating and often darkly humorous tales. Spanning various genres, these stories showcase the author’s exceptional storytelling prowess and imaginative flair.

The omnibus volume contains stories from Kiss Kiss, Over to You, Switch Bitch, Someone Like You, and Tales of The Unexpected.

The collection begins with The Landlady, which delves into the unsettling encounters of a young man staying at a peculiar bed and breakfast. Man from the South is a suspenseful tale involving a high-stakes bet and a disturbing wager. As the stories progress, readers encounter eccentric characters and unexpected twists such as in the The Umbrella Man. Meanwhile, The Hitchhiker follows a businessman as he finds himself embroiled in a series of eerie events on a deserted road.

These short stories by Roald Dahl explore the dark side of human nature, revealing the depths of cruelty and craftiness. Yet, they are laced with his trademark wit and whimsy.

The collection concludes with The Surgeon, a quirky story of karmic justice.


The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl is a remarkable anthology that showcases the depth and diversity of Dahl’s storytelling abilities. Through this collection, Dahl masterfully combines elements of suspense, dark humor, and psychological insight to create a captivating reading experience.

Excerpt from The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl

Arguably the best thing about The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl is how the author has crafted compelling narratives within a limited space. Each story is concise yet impactful, mesmerizing the readers from start to finish. Dahl also deserves a lot of credit for his exploration of the darker side of human psyche. This is a recurring theme throughout the book. His characters are often morally ambiguous as they freely engage in deceit, manipulation, and revenge.

Dahl’s distinctive sense of humor permeates many of his stories, providing a delightful counterbalance to the darker themes covered in the book. He skillfully injects irony, satire, and wit into his tales, creating moments of unexpected levity that serve as a refreshing contrast to the stories’ tension and suspense.

From the mischievous The Great Automatic Grammatizator to the heart-warming The Sound Machine, Dahl’s versatility as a writer shines through the pages.


Some of the stories in The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl have a bizarre and fairly unsettling ending. This might discomfort many a reader.


There was a lilt in her walk, a little whiff of perfume attending her, and she looked like a queen in a beautiful black mink coat that the Colonel had given to Mrs Bixby.

 ‘Yes,’ my mother said. ‘Of course. But I’ll bet he prays like mad for rainy days.’


Ameya Score:

Ameya would wholeheartedly recommend The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl to its readers. The book is a superb compilation of some of Dahl’s finest short stories. Covering a range of stories spanning genres, the book caters to readers of all tastes.

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