Anthology Review: The Child’s Story (Chilling Horror Short Stories)

Title: The Child’s Story (Chilling Horror Short Stories)

Author: Charles Dickens

Genre: Short Story, Classic

Pages:  3 (106-108)


The Child’s Story is not what I was expecting. In fact, I’m not quite sure why it was included in this anthology. I wouldn’t really consider it to be of the Horror genre and it wasn’t very chilling. It’s a wonderfully written piece about the natural progression of life. There’s no boogie man or ghost to cry “Boo!” There’s no blood or corpses. It’s simply a man’s journey through life told in about three pages.

Again, the story is wonderfully written and interesting to read. However, I’m confused as to why it’s in this collection and so I don’t know how to review it. The language is simple and poetic, easily drawing to mind images from the story. The pacing while fast fits with the whole theme of the story, so it’s not out of place. The story is easy enough to follow, and without realizing it at first Dickens allows you to get to know the traveler as the story progresses with little effort.



Overall, The Child’s Story is a wonderful short story that really surprised me. It’s not overly scary, unless the subtle passage of time frightens you. The writing is beautiful and simple, making this a perfect read for anyone wanting to read more classics or loves them already.

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