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While Occult Detectives and Paranormal Investigators, from basic Holmesian types to the more cowboy-like Dresdenesque ones, keep treading the grounds, reducing it to a slush, the century old gent treating his friends with food, sherry, and his ‘tales’, has truly caught our imagination.
It’s in that tradition that this collection of Carnacki’s supposedly ‘lost’ cases has come forth, containing stories penned by some of the finest practitioners of such craft. Let me share my feelings about those stories, herein.
1. “The Meeting” by John Linwood Grant: A sharp, smart piece that sets up the collection nicely, but ends too soon.
2. “The Darkness” by A.F. Kidd: One of the finest pastiches dealing with Carnacki, this story is also a terrific example of Jamesian horror, a vein richly mined by the author in her campanological tales as well.
3. “The Silent Garden” by Jason C. Eckhardt: A taut, suspenseful story that I enjoyed immensely.
4. “The Shadow Suns” by John Howard: Rather mellowed, gentle, and soft, this story belonged to a different bracket altogether, but was enjoyable nevertheless.
5. “The Steeple Monster Case” by Charles R. Rutledge: A brilliant, action-packed, terrifying story, that literally left me gasping for more!
6. “The Moving Fur Case” by Paul R. McNamee: Welsh backdrop, a primitive hunting theme, and typical claustrophobic confines of a lodge combined with animalistic horror reminiscent of ‘The Hog’ in this story, to make it sharply effective.
7. “The Delphic Bee” by Josh Reynolds: Although not an adventure of the Royal Occultist per se, Carnacki had an adventure here that smelt very-very strongly of death & honey. Enjoyed it.
8. “A Hideous Communion” by James Gracey: Pain, sorrow, loneliness, horror, and an abomination from beyond combine to make this story truly frightening.
9. “The Dark Trade” by John Linwood Grant: Atmospheric, grim, dark, and moving. This story shows how human misery & pain constitute the backbone of our fear, rather than relying on ab-natural manifestations.
10. “The Grunting Man” by William Meikle: With the right combination of dry humour and dark horror, this story stood out as an exception even amongst several outstanding tales in this book.
11. “The Dark Light” by Robert M. Price: A bad joke played on hapless readers. I would steer away from works of this author.
12. “The Yellow Finger Experiments” by James Bojaciuk: Too experimental for my taste. Didn’t like the story, the characters, the structure, or Carnacki as drawn by the author in this case.
13. “The Grey Dog” by John Linwood Grant: After two brilliant forays into the world of Carnacki so far, why the author decided to close everything on such a damp & maudlin note, would remain quite a mystery for me.
Therefore, even after taking the last three squeaks into count, this book produces quite a sweet & eerie tune overall, that all admirers of Carnacki might appreciate.
The main character is basically a 'supernatural detective,' and deals with cases involving the supernatural instead of more mundane cases. If you as a reader are intolerant of somewhat antiquated prose, or are looking for action and violence, this may not be for you. If you enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and/or Victorian-era occult stories that depend more on atmosphere and ambiance than on graphic violence, I would definitely recommend this book.