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A. F. (Chico) Kidd , Rick Kennett
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William Hope Hodgson's CARNACKI THE GHOST FINDER was published in 1913, and contained six stories describing the adventures of the plucky occult detective Thomas Carnacki. Each story followed the same formula: Carnacki, having successfully concluded an investigation into the Ab-natural, would meet with four friends at his home near the Thames Embankment and regale them with the hair-raising details before dismissing them good-naturedly into the night.

Like the detective stories of Sherlock Holmes, the Carnacki tales contain several references to other, never-described cases. These references — never elaborated upon by Hodgson — intrigued writers A. F. (Chico) Kidd and Rick Kennett, who, in Great Britain and Australia respectively, decided to try to fill in some of the details. They proceeded independently until Rick, attempting to write a Carnacki tale titled 'The Steeple Monster', realised that he needed the asistance of someone versed in bells and bell towers. Chico was invited to collaborate on the tale; and she agreed, adding that she had written a few Carnacki pastiches of her own. . . .

Their first four stories were published by the Ghost Story Society in 1992, in a booklet entitled No 472 CHEYNE WALK. Since then both authors have continued to explore the mysterious world of Carnacki, and the result is the present volume, which adds a further eight tales to the four originally published in 1992. These tales take Carnacki as far afield as Australia, and provide details of his early life, and the experiences which set him in pursuit of the other-worldly. There is even an opportunity, in 'Arkright's Tale', for one of Carnacki's regular dinner companions to demonstrate how much he has learned from his friend; and introduce us to a very special guest, who himself knows a thing or two about the supernatural.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press; 1 edition (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E4H9CI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Scratch The Itch 30 Jan. 2015
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On the one hand, as others have said, the most heartbreaking thing about the Carnacki stories is the death of the author (William Hope Hodgson) before he really got going... But, as much as I would like to say otherwise, this book only partly scratches the Carnacki itch.

Some of the stories (Only four of which are directly based on the "Lost Cases", those mentioned by Carnacki in passing, but never expounded upon) are good. They provided solid, enjoyable reads. But others, while mostly written fairly well themselves, are less focused, and take portions of what little we know about Carnacki's world in a rather silly direction.

Yes, yes, we know that at least one story says that orange, purple, and red are bad, and that blue is *generally* good for occult purposes (The Hog). Yes, yes, we know that some hauntings happen just because something was constructed using *exactly* the wrong materials and methods (The Haunted Jarvee). But at least two of the stories in this book (The Silent Garden and The Keeper of the Milner Light) take these concepts in what I feel are rather silly directions.

Do I feel this isn't worth a read? No. It's definitely worth a read if you like supernatural detective stories, and, as mentioned, some of the stories definitely come close to scratching that itch for more Carnacki. But be aware, you may see Carnacki in a somewhat different light to the authors of these stories, and you won't come away entirely satisifed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnacki Lives! 5 Dec. 2012
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The worst thing about William Hope Hodgson's "Carnacki" stories is that there are simply far too few of them. Thankfully, the authors of this excellent collection have gone some way to addressing this by expanding the canon of Carnacki's live and adventures in a way that could easily have flowed from the pen of Hodgson himself. The tales are engrossing, well-written and superbly in keeping with the period. As with the original tales, the authors hint at a greater mythology behind the manifestations that our intrepid investigator faces, allowing the reader to try to piece together the bigger picture. Fans of Lovecraft will enjoy these too, as there are hints of that writer's bleak philosophy underlying these tales of mystery and supernatural horror. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, if you like that sort of thing. 14 Jan. 2014
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This was the first of the "post-mortem" revivals of W. Hope Hodgson's occult detective, "Carnacki". If you enjoy tales of psychic detectives, and I do, add this to your library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Carnacki Rides Again 21 Sept. 2012
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I missed getting this book when it first came out, but thank goodness for kindle editions! This is Carnacki at his best, proving that you cannot always eliminate the impossible! Stories well thought out and well written. Could have used one hoax haunting like the original casebook, but that's only an opinion, not a complaint!

So why only three stars: The Kindle edition has bad editing mistakes, often ending the story only to start it anew, taking up space and adding no extra value, just confusion. If the makers of the Kindle Edition would take the time to proof this edition again and allow free download to those of us who have the faulty file, it would be nice.

Quoth the Raven...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Return to Cheyne Walk 13 April 2013
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Any fan of the original Carnacki stories will enjoy these further nightmarish adventures. Retaining the same format as the original tales, Kidd has breathed new life into a series that, once you start reading them, seemed woefully short. Highly recommended for new or old Carnacki fans.
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