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Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

Carnacki, the Ghost Finder [Kindle Edition]

William Hope Hodgson
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406905747
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084C1CF8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birthplace of modern horror 3 Mar 2004
By Anthony Lynas VINE VOICE
I own a twenty year old paperback copy of Carnacki the Ghostfinder, bought for me as a Christmas present by one of my Uncles when I was but a child. I'm now in my thirties and I've returned to this book regularly ever since, no matter which way my literary leanings have taken me.
You see, despite the relatively simple writing style, and the occasional tweeness, all of the stories in this collection have something in common - they are believable and genuinely tense and scary.
Carnacki is a psychic sleuth - Edwardian Britain's answer to Jonathan Creek - sent to investigate ghostly goings on that may, or may not, be caused by unexplained phenomena. What sets Carnacki apart from many similar creations is that he isn't presented as a "know-all" and is often as scared of the situation he is in as the reader is meant to be . What sets the stories apart from similar creations is William Hope Hodgson's refusal to let them become supernatural freak-fests; the terrifying events are described in down-to-earth terms and their impact on the characters in the stories is more important than the explanations given to them.
There are three absolute gems in here - The Hog, The Horse of the Invisible and, in particular, The Whistling Room, which is both chilling and utterly believable.
William Hope Hodgson's stories heavily influenced HP Lovecraft (widely regarded as the father of modern horror) and it's easy to see themes Hodgson created being built on in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Later horror and occult authors, including Tremayne and Wheatley, have acknowledged Hodgson's impact on their writing. Hodgson was out of print in the UK from 1913 to 1973; American publishers kept his writing alive during this period. That Carnacki is still being read now, nearly a century after the stories were written, should be evidence enough of their strength, and I would recommend them to everybody. Especially the writers of Jonathon Creek, who seem to need a nudge in the right direction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Aug 2003
I have owned a copy of this book for over 15 years and have read it dozen's of times, and each time is like the first. Every story makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and when you turn out the light when you go to bed you'll swear that you are not alone. I have read horror stories by many authors but this book is still a firm favourite, I look over my bookcases trying to decide on what to read and this one just jumps of the shelf. You never tire of reading about Carnacki's experiences. I can't rate this book highly enough, get yourself a copy, NOW!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spooky Writer 1 Jun 2008
I first read these stories as a teenager and was very impressed by them
Especially by THE WHISTLING ROOM,which is also a kind of legendary tragedy,
If I recall,of the presumptuous jester...An amazing tale and I am amazed
That no filmmaker has seen fit to film any of his work,given so much of the
Corny crass dross that floods out of the Hollywood horror mills with the
general exception of Steven King-based stuff...Hope Hodgson also wrote the
Great novel THE NIGHTLAND which would be wonderful filmed as would several
Stories in this collection where the 'Fictional Activist' is presented as
Openminded rather than as a partisan materialist or Spiritualist...Read his
Other work,too.The Night LandThe Ghost Pirates
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version 21 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always loved the Carnacki stories and was pretty happy to find this for Kindle. The format is pretty good although it only includes the six first stories, but not The Hog, The Haunted Jarvee or The Find, which is a real pity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A professional ghost hunter 4 Jan 2003
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
I think this is a very good book.It contains ghost stories related to friends by a professional ghost hunter.He uses modern (early 1900's)equipment,like an electric pentangle he has invented.Some of the tales are very scary indeed,like The Gateway of the Monster and The Whistling Room,and sometimes it's a bit like Scooby-Doo and the ghosts are fake,but I'm not telling which ones.
I found it really entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Rewarding 21 Jun 2014
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Written in an often convoluted and idiosyncratic style, which does take some getting used to, the actual ghostly tales themselves are very rewarding both in their ideas and in the images they conjure up.
I remember reading in a battered paperback copy of The House On The Borderland that Hodgson was actually not a very good write but he always managed to have several ideas that stuck in the memory and that certainly holds true here.
There are a few typos and repeated sentences but considering the book is free and brings Hodgson's works out of the shadows, more then makes up for any shortcomings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look 15 Feb 2014
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These are all quite enjoyable even if the reasons given for the haunting is sometimes beyond ludicrous. The source of the evil smell being easily the daftest. What? How? Why??? But then if you are unwilling to make a major suspension of disbelief then you shouldn't really be reading ghost stories should you. A real influence on ghost stories ever since. You will find them a good way to pass the time;
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnacki 4 Feb 2014
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Not long winded but very enjoyable short stories, easy to read and go back to when interrupted. Suitable for busy mums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Period Horror
Classic period horror, probably unfairly overlooked by Poe, Stoker, Whatley, Lovecraft fans. Worth a read though as Hodgson, through these short stories, manages to create a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Busby
2.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned
Rather long winded and quite boring, I gave up before the end of the book. I guess you can't please everyone.
Published 10 months ago by CK Writer
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I gave this 3 stars as I found the language a bit difficult to comprehend but it was quite fun to read.
Published 14 months ago by carol ann noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Read with the lights on....
A small collection, well written and with some excellent descriptions of fear and the creeping tension, physical and mental, of the ghost finder's vigil. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mim
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Haven't had time to read this, yet. I was looking for another title and saw this. Downloaded this to my Kindle very easily. Look forward to reading it soon.
Published 16 months ago by evelync
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned Ghost Stories
A series of short ghost/investigation stories. Slightly dated in its style but enjoyable none the less. TAPs would be proud!!
Published 17 months ago by Ann Sloane
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh (in small doses)
Well, I can't grumble at £0.00 on Kindle, but lured by the 5-star reviews I downloaded this and the best I can say is that I've wandered into a genre that is not my cup of... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Little Eddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but no Hog...
An excellent e-edition of a hard to find classic. It's free which is great. There was only one typo that I spotted. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Mr. James E. O'Grady
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