Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales, US Cover

Year Published: 1991
US Cover Artist: David Ray
UK Cover Artist: Terry Oakes
Page Count: 151
ISBN: ISBN 0399221034
ISBN-13: ISBN 9780399221033

Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales, UK Cover

Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales (also known as Seven Strange & Ghostly Tales) is a collection of seven short stories by Brian Jacques.

Other cover artists include Kevin Hawkes.


The Fate of Thomas P. Kanne

Thomas P. Kanne believes that none of the residents of Middlechester can ever link him to the 'Phantom Snake' (an anagram of his name) graffiti that has been turning up all over town. But when he decides to strike at the new Egyptian exhibit in the town museum, he underestimates the powers of the mysterious caretaker, Mr. Bausin.

Jamie and the Vampires

When a boy named Jamie takes a dare to sit outside a mysterious tomb in the local cemetary at midnight, he gets far more than he bargained for when he ends up meeting a vampire who has a nagging mother just like his own.

Allie Alma

Alma Budleigh, a girl working at her Neighborhood Volunteer Help Junior Branch, hates her name and prefers to call herself Allie. But Allie has a completely different personality than the seemingly kind and caring Alma. Allie is a thief who steals the heirlooms of the elderly women she assists, leading them to believe that they've simply misplaced their things. When she visits Mrs. Struben, a German lady, and sees a handmade egg that was given to her when she was a young girl, Allie decides she must have it...

The Lies of Henry Mawdsley


The Sad History of Gilly Bodkin

In the late 17th century, a peasant boy named Gilly Bodkin longs to taste the sweetmeats that he sees the four pampered Manfield sisters enjoy each time they pass by in their coach. One day, to his great delight, he sees a sugar stick being thrown out the coach window to him. As he jumps up to grab the candy, the horse gets spooked and kicks Gilly in the head, killing him. But later that night, Gilly comes back-- very confused-- as a ghost, and soon discovers that he is confined to the area in which he died. And so he decides to sit and wait for another chance to taste a sugar stick, even if it takes a couple of centuries.

R.S.B. Limited

Release details

  • 1991, UK, Hutchinson Children's Books, ISBN 0091763649, Pub. Date: June 1991, Hardcover
  • 1991, US, Philomel Books, ISBN 0399221034, Pub. Date: September 1991, Hardcover
  • 1992, UK, Heinemann Educational Secondary Division, ISBN 0435123874, Pub. Date: June 1992, Hardcover
  • 1992, UK, Red Fox, ISBN 0099879700, Pub. Date: July 1992, Paperback
  • 1999, US, Putnam Publishing Group, ISBN 0698118081, Pub. Date: August 1999, Paperback

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