This book of macabre tales connected with the sea reminds me of the short stories of william hope hodgson priestley writes in a victorian gothic style and the eerie black and white drawings by david roberts reminiscent of those of edward gorey add to that atmosphere. A follow up to uncle montagues tales of terror this is another creepy middle grade story collection with a chilling frame this time the stories are all tales of the sea pirates and plagues and storms a plenty. Chris priestley is both a writer and an illustrator he has published several works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers he lives with his family in norfolk england david roberts is the illustrator of a house called awful end and the other books in the popular eddie dickens trilogy as well as the author illustrator of the picture book dirty bertie. At the old inn which clings precariously to a cliff top above a storm lashed ocean two sick children are left alone while their father fetches the doctor then a visitor comes begging for shelter and so begins a long night of storytelling in which young ethan and cathy who have an unnatural . A storm is raging and cathy and ethan are ill they are waiting for their father to return with a doctor and are under strict instructions not to open the door of their clifftop inn to strangers but when a mysterious sailor begs for shelter from the storm they cant refuse and soon become spellbound
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