Carnacki the Ghost-Finder

Carnacki the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson s Carnacki is an extremely unusual detective Where other sleuths specialize in tracking down ordinary villains Carnacki s talent is for combat with the unearthly evil forces of

  • Title: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder
  • Author: William Hope Hodgson
  • ISBN: 9780586040003
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Hope Hodgson s Carnacki is an extremely unusual detective Where other sleuths specialize in tracking down ordinary villains, Carnacki s talent is for combat with the unearthly, evil forces of the Outside Join him on nine chilling supernatural hunts into the icy realms of other worldy terror The Thing Invisible The Gateway of the Monster The House Among theWilliam Hope Hodgson s Carnacki is an extremely unusual detective Where other sleuths specialize in tracking down ordinary villains, Carnacki s talent is for combat with the unearthly, evil forces of the Outside Join him on nine chilling supernatural hunts into the icy realms of other worldy terror The Thing Invisible The Gateway of the Monster The House Among the Laurels The Whistling Room The Searcher of the End House The Horse of the Invisible The Haunted Jarvee The Find The Hog The work of William Hope Hodgson is of vast power in its suggestion of lurking worlds and beings behind the ordinary surface of life the Carnacki episodes are of undeniable power, and afford glimpses of the peculiar genius characteristic of the author H.P Lovecraft

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    • William Hope Hodgson

      William 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.



    131 thoughts on “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 e [...]


    • Voto totale: 3,5Il Portale del Mostro: 4 stelleUna casa isolata. Una Stanza Grigia in cui un'intera famiglia è morta strangolata.Una porta chiusa che sbatte nel cuore della notte.La mano assassina di un fantasma.L'antologia inizia col botto con una gran bella storiella di orrore gotico.Da brividi!La Casa tra i Lauri: 3 stelleUn castello infestato nell'Irlanda dell'Ovest.Porte che si spalancano da sole.Un soffitto che gronda sangue nella notte.Ottimo l'incipit ed il twist finale, ma l'autore all [...]


    • William Hope Hodgson's stories were apparently published during the boom of detective fiction that followed the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, and Hodgson more or less follows Doyle's formula: each Carnacki story involves Carnacki going to investigate some unusual occurrence and using detective work to figure out what's going on. The difference is that Carnacki uses occult techniques as well as "scientific" instruments such as the "Electric Pentacle," and some of his cases actually turn out to b [...]


    • Starting off strong, I was struck by the effectiveness of Hodgson's writing. He tells a good ghost story, if not as subtle and gradual a build up as M.R. James, they are more tense and frightening, the supernatural forces (indeed, when they were supernatural) more malignant.But after a while the foibles of his writing began to grate a little. For instance the tendency of Carnacki to constantly ask his listeners/reader "Do you follow?", "Can you possibly understand what I am trying to convey?", e [...]


    • British author William Hope Hodgson's "Carnacki the Ghost-Finder" first saw the light of day in 1913. Consisting of six short stories, drawn from the pages of "The Idler" and "The New Magazine," the collection was ultimately expanded to include nine stories, these last three being discovered after Hodgson's early death, at age 40, in April 1918. In this fascinating group of tales, we meet Thomas Carnacki, a sort of occult investigator in Edwardian London. Just as Carnacki seems to be patterned o [...]


    • Another paranormal investigator in the tradition of Van Helsing, Dr. Hesselius, and John Silence, I was curious to see what Hodgson would do with the idea, especially after reading his House on the Borderland and finding it to be refreshingly uncanny. Unfortunately, the Carnacki stories are so flat and formulaic that they add very little to the subgenre.Every case follows the same pattern: a group of men gather at Carnacki's house and sit around for a bit before he suddenly launches into his sto [...]


    • The old masters of horror writing have always excelled in creating the atmosphere which slowly creeps upon the reader. If as a reader, I were to imagine being trapped in a haunted house this is how such an author would have written it (in lay-prose perhaps) : When I woke up in a cold sweat past two in the morning, I wasn't really sure what awakened me. The rain was still falling heavily outside and it drowned out all sounds. Well, not all of them for that was when I realized what awakened me was [...]


    • Mettiamo subito in chiaro le cose, Carnacki mi piace, si inizia sempre con una bella cenetta fra amici e poi ci si accomoda in tutta tranquillità ad ascoltare un racconto avvincente (a quanto pare è quando si fa buio e arriva l’ora di andarsene che la tranquillità viene meno :P). L’unico vero difetto che ho riscontrato è il non essere discorsivo: tra il rituale di Saaamaaa, il manoscritto di Sigsand, cerchi, pentacoli, marchingegni elettrici e quant’altro con cui si arrabatta… punti [...]


    • I wandered into this and a few more of its ilk via recs from the afterword of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, which is among other things a pastiche of the period. That had an amusing bit featuring a club, the members of which are all assorted heroes of this then-popular genre. The edition of Carnacki I read was one of the, I believe, Project Gutenberg versions distributed for free on , and was well formatted and proofread.It's done in a tales-told form, with the eponymous Carnacki yarning [...]


    • W.H. Hodgson es conocido sobre todo por ser el mejor escritor de relatos de terror ambientados en el mar que ha habido. Pero en su obra también hay sitio para otro tipo de cuentos de terror. Dentro del género de lo fantástico y lo sobrenatural, existe un apartado bastante curioso, el dedicado a los investigadores de lo oculto. A todos nos vienen a la cabeza los nombres de Mulder y Scully, pero este curioso subgénero empezó mucho antes, con el Doctor Hesselius creado por el gran Sheridan Le [...]


    • Thoroughly enjoyable series of Sherlock Holmes-meets-H.P. Lovecraft stories, written in the last years before WW1. An entirely disposable narrator re-relates the after-dinner stories of the eponymous Carnacki, an Edwardian flâneur who goes on holiday with his mother and has invented, in ingenious cod-occult detail, such essential ghost-hunting kit as the Electric Pentacle.It is distinguished by three things. First is Carnacki’s insistence on relating the precise physiological symptoms of his [...]


    • When darkness fell and I encountered the frightening Casebook of Carnacki hinted at in certain passages of the Sigsand manuscript, a dreadful and intense feeling of acute boredom overcame me. It was like gazing into the abyss of repetition but a gaze effected with my "psychical" and not my "physical" eyes. Do you understand me at all? I made the seventh sign of the Saaamaaa ritual and could only hope that my electric pentacle would keep the yawning at bay, that my defences would hold - not like [...]


    • 'Complaints continue to reach us from all parts of the country to the effect that Mr. W. HOPE HODGSON's "Carnacki" stories are producing a widespread epidemic of Nervous Prostration! So far from being able to reassure or calm our nervous readers, we are compelled to warn them that "The Whistling Room", which we publish this month, is worse than ever. Our advertising manager had to go to bed for two days after reading the advance sheets; a proof reader has sent in his resignation; and, worst of a [...]


    • Although he had his predecessors, Sherlock Holmes’ appearance in the 1880’s set the pattern for the scientific investigation of crime. It did not take long for an occult element to be added to the genre. Algernon Blackwood anthologized his John Silence stories in 1908. In 1913, William Hope Hodgson collected his tales of Carnacki, the Ghost Finder.Hodgson relates his stories in fine Edwardian style. An unnamed narrator is part of a group of gentlemen who assemble when summoned to the London [...]


    • I enjoyed this a lot, and at the end have the kind of feeling I would have had if I'd got to the end of 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' and discovered there were no more stories.True, some of the stories are hokey (particularly those where the hauntings are man-made, very Scooby Doo) and the character of Carnacki doesn't have much character at all.However good horror runs through these stories, and the descriptions of the supernatural incidents are as spinetingling as any out there.Recommend [...]


    • Read this because Eugene Thacker uses some of it to good effect in In the Dust of This Planet.I recommend several of the longer Carnacki reviews, which hit all the important points.Odd to come at this after reading Lovecraft (or, for that matter, Ligotti). Unlike Lovecraft's heroes, Carnacki seems to have no special affinity for the otherworldly. He's a scientist, not a man of culture, and doesn't feel himself to be an outsider. There's nothing gothic or romantic about him, nor about the Hodgso [...]


    • You're privileged again. 2 reviews of this one.Review one: If you own a Kindle and read horror then you must get thisend of. IT IS FREE!!!!!!!Review two: Thomas Carnacki is an Edwardian ghost hunter. Each time he goes on an adventure, when he returns he calls his 4 close friends Dodgson, Arkright, Jessop and Taylor to his house for dinner and a story. Carnacki is a very forthright chap. He is very set in his ways and can come across as curt in many instances but his friends keep coming back for [...]


    • Good collection of Carnacki stories, not William Hope Hodgson most compelling work but good enough written to enjoy the stories and the main character.



    • It's important to remember these tales of Thomas Carnaki, the "Ghost Finder," were written prior to the Great War, a conflict which WH Hodgson did not outlive,dying in 1918 at Ypres. In that light, the narrative style, that of an after-dinner story told to a group of friends is very much in keeping with the era, the same form affected by Wells for "The Time Machine" and Conrad for "The Heart of Darkness." Actually, Carnaki's friends serve as naught but props for the telling of the story, for the [...]



    • A disappointing collection overall. The main problem is that most of the stories are longwinded and boring. Hodgson clearly has a remarkable visual imagination but his pedestrian writing (at least in this collection) fails to convey his scenes with any vividness or excitement. Then there is the "fish or fowl" problem: some of Carnacki's cases are supernatural through and through; others appear to be supernatural at first but turn out to result entirely from human agency; while still others end u [...]


    • Loved this book, probably about 4th or 5th time I have read it. The Kindle version does not have 'The Hog' or 'The Haunted Jarvee' and 'The Find' but they are available separately.My favourite stories are 'The Horse of the Invisible','Gateway of the Monster' and 'The Thing Invisible'.I have read some criticisms of the style or nature of the writing, but I think you have to read books like this while bearing in mind that they are approximately one hundred years old.Incidentally 'The Horse of the [...]



    • Hodgson’s Carnacki stories, despite featuring numerous affectations that add nothing, are kept intriguing by the question of whether the phenomena that Carnacki is experiencing are actually supernatural or whether they have a natural explanation (or if they’re a bit of both). This replaces the tension lost through Hodgson’s use of a frame narrative. These aren’t nearly as good as the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, which Hodgson was obviously influenced by (especially evident in the story [...]


    • It's been sitting on my virtual shelf too long, and October is a good month to read about ghosts. Carnacki is surprisingly modern, with all his paraphernalia such as electric pentacles and photo-apparatus, but he still manages to tremble as a maid in the dark.


    • The gateway of the monster: 3*The house among the laurels: 2*The whistling room: 4*The horse of the invisible: 4*The searcher of the end house: 2*The thing invisible: 3*The hog: 4.5*The haunted Jarvee: 5*The find: 1*Wonderful use of language, above all.


    • Free from Gutenberg. The stories are not bad. The pattern has Carnaki encounter a problem, solve it, then brag to his friends about how brilliant he was in doing so. The situations are interesting but Carnaki himself comes across as a blowhard and I don't think I'd enjoy an evening in his company.I also admit I kept getting distracted because every time I thought about the name "Carnaki" my mind kept hearing Ed McMahon saying, "I hold in my hand the envelopes"


    • General Impressions: I enjoyed this very much. Some stories were inevitably better than others, but overall slightly more than the sum of it's parts. Good use of atmosphere to build tension and nicely grounded in Edwardian occultism. Comparisons with Lovecraft are probably unfair on both, but the field is so crowded with squamous and eldritch fish-monsters it was interesting how the supernatural still has the power to shock when presented in less hackneyed forms. The introduction - and a lot of [...]


    • Zbiór opowiadań Williama Hope’a Hodgsona, pisarza, którego setna rocznica śmierci przypada w przyszłym roku – jednego z pokolenia, które zginęło na frontach I wojny światowej – to ciekawa sprawa. Trochę bowiem niewątpliwie trąci myszką, z drugiej jednak strony hipnotyzuje. Więcej na: pierogipruskie/20


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