Post by Patricia Uttaro on Oct 30, 2010 13:31:02 GMT -5
1. Cynthia Asquith - This Mortal Coil 2. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Miss Hickory 3. Ray Bradbury - Dark Carnival 4. Albert Camus - The Plague (La Peste) 5. Robert A. Heinlein - Rocket Ship Galileo 6. William Hope Hodgson - Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder 7. Yasunari Kawabata - Snow Country 8. Thomas Mann - Doctor Faustus 9. Gabriel García Márquez - Eyes of a Blue Dog 10. Mickey Spillane - I, the Jury
Publishers Weekly Best Sellers of 1947
1. Russell Janney – The Miracle of the Bells 2. Thomas B. Costain – The Moneyman 3. Laura Z. Hobson – Gentleman’s Agreement 4. Kenneth Roberts – Lydia Bailey 5. Frank Yerby – The Vixens 6. John Steinbeck – The Wayward Bus 7. Ben Ames Williams – House Divided 8. Sinclair Lewis – Kingsblood Royal 9. Marcia Davenport – East Side, West Side 10. Samuel Shellabarger – Prince of Foxes
Post by Patricia Uttaro on Apr 23, 2011 19:30:17 GMT -5
Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
True, the original Carnacki collection was published in 1913, but it was re-issued in 1947 and created a stir in a world recovering from the horror or human war. The character of Carnacki is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and VanHelsing, a man who uses intellect and science to battle forces of darkness. I’m betting Carnacki was also the model for one of my all-time favorite TV shows, the 1970’s classic The Night Stalker, starring the magnificent Darren McGavin as Karl Kolchak.
This collection of short stories follows the adventures of Carnacki, a ghost finder, who is called in to investigate all sorts of supernatural goings on, usually in the English countryside. The stories are told to a group of Carnacki’s friends as they gather for dinner at his home. In each story, Carnacki approaches the supernatural activity with a healthy dose of skepticism tempered by a real belief in the unknown, a bag full of equipment, and his trusty camera. Through the course of these stories, Carnacki battles a huge hand, an enormous pair of lips that whistle a horrifying tune, and a group of very human smugglers “haunting” a castle, among others.
I was reminded of the old pulp comics while reading this one, and I bet I could find a Carnacki comic if I looked hard enough. This is an entertaining, light read for fans of the horror genre. Not terribly gruesome but certainly very spooky and lots of fun.