"The Landlady" is a short horror story by Creator/RoaldDahl. It starts out with Billy, a young British man, looking for a place to stay. He finds the [[AC:BED AND BREAKFAST INN]] and a quaint old woman inside, who welcomes him to stay, just like the ''other'' young men she's been fond of.

The story was adapted for a 1961 episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''.

!!!Tropes used in "The Landlady":

* AffablyEvil
* AmbiguousEnding: What it might seem to those not very attentive to details or simply unfamiliar to [[spoiler:BitterAlmonds]] trope. If you belong to neither of these, however, the ending is unambiguously [[DownerEnding Downer]].
* BitterAlmonds: [[spoiler: Billy thought to himself that his tea tastes like bitter almonds, which was cyanide that the landlady used to poison him so she could stuff him.]]
* TheCollector: The old woman herself freely admits to stuffing her old pets that have passed on. She collects ''other'' things too...
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The hotel appears nice, but really isn't.
* CreepyHousekeeper
* DirtyOldWoman: She's really got a thing for young, handsome men.
* FridgeHorror: If you don't know about [[spoiler: the BitterAlmonds trope]] before reading the story and later learn about it, the landlady's [[spoiler: offering of tea]] will become much, '''much''' more horrifying.
* GenreShift: Until the very end, it appears to just be a little SliceOfLife story.
* HellHotel: What it actually turns out to be, although it appears pleasant.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: It's what the eponymous landlady does to her dead pets[[spoiler:, as well as the guests she murders.]]
* MundaneHorror: A nice small hotel with a friendly host, where nearly every small detail implies something creepy. It has only two guests who are still there though they checked in more than a year ago, and are "known for one and the same thing" ([[spoiler:having gone missing]]); the host gives her guests tea which tastes like BitterAlmonds. Guess the implications?
* NiceGuy: Billy
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Although you can eventually realize what the landlady's problem is, you can't understand the true horror of the story unless you're familiar with the [[spoiler: BitterAlmonds]] trope.
%%* WaxMuseumMorgue