5 times Roald Dahl was shockingly NSFW

The genius behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had a darker side too…

5 times Roald Dahl was totally NSFW The Charlie and the Chocolate author had a darker side too... Image Creative Commons

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, and millions of readers around the world are celebrating the work of the legendary author.

The Twits, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.. the list of Dahl’s classic novels goes on and on, and no other author has ever inspired generations of children in the same way.

His vivid imagination and genius storytelling had a profound effect on millions of us, but while his children’s novels are some of the most celebrated of all time, the author had a darker side too…

Dahl wrote some (very) adult novels in his time, most of which you REALLY wouldn’t want to read to your kids, and there was plenty of weirdness in his work.

Check out the 5 times Roald Dahl was totally NSFW below:


1

My Uncle Oswald

First published in 1979, Dahl’s explicit adult novel tells the story of Oswald – “the greatest fornicator of all time” – who discovers the most powerful aphrodisiac in the world.

With the help of his glamorous assistant Yasmin Howcomely, Oswald goes about collecting ‘donations’ for a sperm bank of geniuses and monarchs, gathering sperm from Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and members of the royal family – yes, really.

It’s bonkers, but brilliant. Obviously, it’s totally inappropriate for his usual audience too.

2

His short story inspired a Quentin Tarantino movie

He wrote some of the most life-affirming stories ever, but Roald knew how to write a violent thriller too.

His 1948 short story Man from the South provided the inspiration behind Four Rooms, part of which was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Film fans will remember that the story focuses on an old man, who challenges a young boy to light his Zippo lighter ten times in a row for a chance to win his car. What’s the catch? If he fails, he gets his little finger cut off. The BFG it aint…

3

He created the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Dahl worked on two film screenplays – Bond movie You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

It was during his work on the latter that he injected a bit of Dahl weirdness and introduced the sinister Child Catcher, who didn’t feature in the original novel by Ian Fleming. Dahl’s change added a creepy edge to the film, and terrified generations of film fans forever.

4

Dahl frequently wrote for Playboy magazine

When he wasn’t writing novels, Dahl frequently wrote for Playboy magazine. In fact, he wrote an entire series of short stories called Switch Bitch for the magazine throughout the 60s.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was also the inspiration behind one of Hugh Hefner’s promotional campaigns, which saw ten readers win golden tickets to enter the Playboy mansion and meet the bunnies.

5

He kept his own bones in a shed at the bottom of the garden

Finally, and perhaps most strangely of all, Dahl kept his own bones in a shed. After undergoing several operations during his lifetime, the author stored his actual hip bone and shavings from his spine in the shed where he used to write his stories.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.