Kiss Kiss

Published in 1960


Originally published in 1960, Kiss Kiss brings together 11 of Roald's macabre adult tales.



In these dark, disturbing stories Roald Dahl explores the sinister side of human nature: the cunning, sly selfish part of each of us that leads into the territory of the unexpected and unsettling.

Originally published in 1960, Kiss Kiss brings together 11 of Roald's macabre adult tales. William and Mary was later adapted for Roald's American television series 'Way Out and several of the stories appeared in British television adaptations for the series Tales of the Unexpected in the 1980s. Also included here is The Champion of the World - the first time Roald wrote about the man who would go on to become Danny's dad in Danny the Champion of the World.

In 2011, three of the stories in this collection - William and Mary, The Landlady and Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat - were adapted for the theatre by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, along with two of Roald's other short stories to form the Twisted Tales production, which enjoyed a short run at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre.

The stories featured in Kiss Kiss are: 

  • The Landlady
  • William and Mary
  • The Way up to Heaven
  • Parson's Pleasure
  • Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat
  • Royal Jelly
  • Georgy Porgy
  • Genesis and Catastrophe
  • Edward the Conqueror
  • Pig
  • The Champion of the World

Find out more about the period of his life in which Roald Dahl wrote Kiss Kiss


They were tall and young and handsome, my dear, just exactly like you.

Billy Weaver's Landlady 1

The Landlady, from Roald Dahl's 'Kiss Kiss' collection


Royal Jelly

From the short story collection Kiss Kiss

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