"The Landlady" is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was first published in "The New Yorker" magazine in 1959 and has since appeared in many anthologies of Dahl's stories, the first of which was "Kiss, Kiss." Billy Weaver, a young man visiting the city of Bath for the first time, is looking for accommodation. He is inexplicably drawn to a house where the landlady seems to be expecting him. The house and landlady seem welcoming and friendly, and he looks forward to staying there. Signing the guest book, two names disturb him. Where has he heard them before? Why aren't there any other guests? Pre-reading The Characters There are two principal characters in the story 'The Landlady' - the landlady herself, and Billy Weaver, a young man arriving in an unfamiliar city and looking for accommodation. Billy is 17 years old, optimistic and innocent. The landlady is middle aged with a friendly and welcoming manner; but does she have a sinister motive?