'Boris Karloff Presents Tales of the Frightened' was a recording for Mercury Records and for those who would like to take a listen click on this link, "Karloff." That's just some of the stories that Karloff reads.
The book though is quite satisfying to read for those who are Karloff fans and looking for a quick read. It's only 124 pages and it's filled with 26 stories. The stories are short but they do pack a punch. The stories range from ghosts, vampires, demons, and other weird things that are out there. They are quite strange stories and one of the strangest is the haunted baseball players.
This quick read is great for anyone who is entertaining a Halloween party or who is looking for an armchair thriller to read. One needs a fireplace and one needs to be sitting in a large chair in a huge library with the wind howling outside. It's that kind of reading and while the stories are short they aren't lacking. Obviously some are better than others but mostly it's a very concise anthology.
According the book, the text was written by Michael Avallone. The book reminds me of old folktales and urban legends. Some have that feel where this happened to a friend of a friend and it doesn't help that it's written like this: the title then the words story of so and so. It's not a book that should be overlooked as childish either, it's fun for any ghoulish person.
So this book is a treasure to have for horror fans and that's why it's getting a 5 star rating. It's a fun little read that's terrifying and some are even a little humorous in a dark way. Lucky for me, I found this at a thrift shop and as a Karloff fan I'll never part with it. So read the book and listen to some of the stories, it's a real treat!