Carnacki, The Ghost Finder

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jamesramon
jamesramon
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 21:00:46 +0100

One of the classics in this genre but best read as individual short stories as the episodes can be a bit repetitive and long winded (but they were paid by the word in those days, weren't they). Viewed from the 21st century Hodgson's devices have a 'steam-punk- quality that's perhaps even more entertaining than intended.


Wattsian
Wattsian
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 20:38:23 +0100

I don't find Lovecraft's vision of the otherworldly visitors at all at play here. These are strange, dangerous, and ghostly apparitions, but their harm is almost always localized. Hodgson summons great Lovecraftian fear and awe in his excellent novel The House on the Borderland.

I, like Pyrophage, enjoy these tales, though. Hodgson drones on a little too long, but the Carnacki is a likably fallible hero, unlike his relative contemporary Sherlock Holmes.

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pyrophage
pyrophage
Thu, 22 May 2008 03:25:06 +0200

Never read Hodgson before this. Interesting blend between Lovecraft's vision of the Supernatural and Doyle's detective work. I wonder if Carnacki ever encountered something that could be considered "impossible" before he achieved the merely improbable?