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    William Hope Hodgson(Author) L. T. Meade(Author) Robert Eustace(Author)

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Carnacki the Ghost Finder: A supernatural detective, Carnacki investigates cases of alleged hauntings and strange phenomena. Some are of human manufacture, while other ab-normal events must be dealt with to protect those who come across evil from the Outer Spheres. All nine Carnacki stories are included. John Bell the Ghost Breaker: A ghost-breaker, Bell uses science and reasoning to get to the truth behind ghosts and weird occurrences, often cracking a criminal enterprise. All seven John Bell stories are included.
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  • By RIJU GANGULY on 25 February 2012

    Although the adventures of William Hope Hodgson's `ghost-finder' Carnacki is widely available in many shapes & formats, Coachwhip Publications has again done a singular service to us, the readers of all things ghostly & not, by issuing the stories in good quality paper, without much typo-s, and, most importantly, by including the adventures of `ghost exposer' John Bell in this particular volume of their `Supernatural Detectives' series. And now, the stories.The Carnacki stories have long entered the hallowed pantheon of adventures of occult detectives not just because of their `pioneering' nature, but also because they are among the best of such stories. The stories are:1. The Gateway of The Monster: this first Carnacki adventure is one of the finest horror stories of all time, and is able to cause a shivering down the spine of the reader, even during the n-th reading.2. The House Among The Laurels: this story begins like another gothic & grotesque `ab-natural' mystery, but ends as a terrestrial mystery solved by Carnacki's patience.3. The Whistling Room: perhaps the greatest and most horrifying adventure of Carnacki, and packs not just a punch, but a wallop.4. The Horse of The Invisible: a classic Carnacki adventure, with appropriate mix of human & `ab-natural' activities, and enough open-endedness that keeps the story appealing to me.5. The Searcher of The End House: another great mystery, solved rather timidly, but the atmosphere that had been built up until then was actually suffocating.6. The Thing Invisible: simply brilliant example of taut & suspenseful story-telling.7. The Haunted Jarvee: the epitome of haunted ship stories, and a template for many lesser efforts by lesser authors of later times.8. The Hog: probably the longest Carnacki adventure, and because of its posthumous discovery often treated as a pastiche (by August Derleth) by many, but it is truly unnerving, until Carnacki attempts to explain the nature of the ab-natural horror in rather dubious terms (pseudoscientific mummery, according to knowledgeable authorities).9. The Find: an entirely non-supernatural (not even trappings), but delightful mystery solved by Carnacki.For those inclined towards reading more adventures of Carnacki, I would strongly recommend: No 472 CHEYNE WALK: CARNACKI, THE UNTOLD STORIESThe stories included in the latter half of this book are all adventures of John Bell, who acts as a level-headed and dynamic personality, trying to solve mysteries that appear to be supernatural, but are actually not. The stories are: -1) The Mystery of The Circular Chamber: what deviltry lies behind the death of lodgers of a particular room in a particular inn?2) The Warder of The Door: who forces the door to be closed when the coffin is inside the room?3) The Mystery of The Felwyn Tunnel: who is responsible for the death of two signalmen in a deserted tunnel, without even touching them?4) The Eight-Mile Lock: where is the stolen bracelet, and who has scared the lock-keeper into opening the lock, while remaining invisible?5) How Siva Spoke: was the devotee of Siva a lunatic, or the things that he had heard were offspring of a devious & conspiratorial mind?6) To Prove An Alibi: a vicious trap aimed at killing the last remnant of a line, returning from foreign shores after amassing a fortune, using a family-curse, foiled at the last minute by our hero despite best efforts from the conspirators: must have reminded you of "The Hound of Baskervilles", but this one predated it, and stands alone nicely.7) The Secret of Emu Plain: began as a tautly told adventure/mystery, ends without any satisfactory conclusion, and the solution found from amongst the readers proposals is plain silly, and the book ends on a dissatisfying note.Nevertheless, this volume is perhaps the strongest among those published by Coachwhip under their Supernatural Detectives Line, and is therefore highly recommended.


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