10 Famous Authors Who Made Unlikely Genre Jumps

Roald Dahl

Here’s something even more unlikely than Ian Fleming writing a children’s book: who could imagine that the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox could also be the author of scabrous tales for adult eyes only? But he was: In addition to classic crime stories like “Lamb to the Slaughter” (in which a woman beats her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb, then cooks the murder weapon and serves it to the policemen who come round to question her), children’s author Roald Dahl also wrote the macabre stories collected in Kiss Kiss and the salacious ones in Switch Bitch, not to mention the novel My Uncle Oswald, about “the greatest fornicator of all time.”