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#98: Lamb to the Slaughter - Roald Dahl

Lamb to the Slaughter is a short, sharp, chilling story from Roald Dahl, the master of the shocking tale.
In Lamb to the Slaughter, Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors, tells a twisted story about the darker side of human nature. Here, a wife serves up a dish that utterly baffles the police . . .
Lamb to the Slaughter is taken from the short story collection Someone Like You, which includes seventeen other devious and shocking stories, featuring the two men who make an unusual and chilling wager over the provenance of a bottle of wine; a curious machine that reveals the horrifying truth about plants; the man waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach; and others.

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 1995)
  • ISBN: 9780146000553


Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

Clever Story!
You start off thinking the wife is sweet as punch. In hindsight, which we know is 20-20, after what her husband does, I can empathize why she wasn't what I originally thought.
I wasn't expecting what happened and how she cleaned it all up.
Sick and twisted but in all the right ways!
For the record, the story was much better than the short film I saw.


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  1. Sounds like a fun read! I actually didn't know Roald Dahl wrote this kind of stuff, hahah.

  2. Oooh, this sounds really interesting! I didn't know about Roald Dahl's short stories. I'll have to watch that Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I absolutely love that and own it on DVD :)


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