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Book Title: Carnacki the Ghost Finder|
The author of the book: William Hope Hodgson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.62 MB
Edition: Wildside Press
Date of issue: August 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781587155710
Read full description of the books Carnacki the Ghost Finder:Not as good as his "House on the Borderlands," but enjoyable and worthwhile nonetheless. These stories improve in quality as the book progresses, beginning with the hackneyed gothic claptrap of "The Thing Invisible" and ending with stories of true cosmic terror.
Carnacki himself is an interesting transitional figure, an eccentric bachelor in the Holmesian mode, who--although relying on his intellect and expertise--yet seems, at bottom, lonely and filled with self-doubt in the wake of his uncanny experiences. A professional ghost hunter who possesses his own tools--revolver, camera, elaborate electrical devices--he relies on them desperately, only half-believing in their efficacy.
If the stories have a noticeable flaw, it is that Carnacki talks continually to his captive audience of dinner guests about the detailed workings of his technology and the precise gradations of color and texture produced by the alteration of the psychic atmosphere, repeating every few paragraphs the phrase "Do you understand?" Although I found this to be irritating at first, I came to realize that these narrative conventions are an expression of Carnacki's isolation and desperation. He is, after all, a 19th century style ghost hunter trying to survive and understand an increasingly chaotic 20th century world--a world whose strangeness is reflected in the best of these tales--which are very good indeed--such as "The Whistling Room" and "The Hog."
Read information about the authorWilliam Hope Hodgson was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achieved some renown as a bodybuilder.
Hodgson served with the British Army durng World War One. He died, at age 40, at Ypres, killed by German artillery fire.
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