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The Occult Detective Megapack: 29 Classic Stories

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Occult detectives-sometimes called psychic investigators-have been in vogue since the middle of the 19th century. This collection goes back to the roots of the occult detective story. The earliest story in this collection-Fitz-James O'Brien's "The Pot of Tulips"-originally appeared in 1855. Rare stories by Mary Fortune and Bayard Taylor, famous tales from the end of the 19 ...more
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Published September 26th 2013 by Wildside Press
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Diane
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a good, though not great, collection of ghost/mystery/horror stories. It starts with “The Pot of Tulips” by Fitz James O'Brien and concludes with “Incense of Abomination” by Seabury Quinn. My personal favorite is “What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien.

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“What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien – I was introduced to this story in another Megapack volume of short stories, and then listened to a very good LibriVox recording of it. O’Brien was an excellent writer wh
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Bruce Blanchard
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world of the occult has the occult happenings and the innocents who live "in the real world." In between are occult detectives who help those in trouble and deal with forces most normal people can't handle. A lot of these stories arose during the times of interest in spirits, that world scaring us silly and we were looking for answers. In steps the fiction writers to provide possibilities and answers to our dilemmas. In this book you're getting the masters here like Sheridan Le Fanu, William ...more
Wayne
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These megapack collections are quite fun, and you can't beat the price at .99 for the ebook! If one broke down the price per word, it would have to be tiny fractions of a cent per word. Quite a value in this day of ebooks being overpriced for the most part, considering they are digital media. This collection, like most others, was hit and miss for me. Highlights were the Carnacki stories, which I had never read by the original author, and a set of tales from Robert E. Howard. There were a few do ...more
Phil
Old Stories, but worth the money

Old Stories, but worth the money...very little money indeed. Nothing too frightening here, although in 1920 these stories would be more than scandalous!
Tony Ciak
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great classcs ---as they appeared in pulps
Richard Larmer
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good value; considering the amount of material contained. As in any anthology, there are very good, good and not so good stories contained in it.
Gidget
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Collection

Want to discover the gothic horror genre? These are some of the FIRST and best stories, inspiring many of the well known classics.
Mike
Mar 12, 2017 marked it as partly-read  ·  review of another edition
More occult than detective, at least as far as I read, and a poor job of proofreading after scanning it in.
Vikas Datta
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some gripping stuff.... particularly enjoyed the old favourites - Carnacki, Flaxman Low, and Aylmer Vance - and was delighted to meet Jules Grandin
Lisa
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a mixed bag, but several good stories.
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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M.R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Three of his best-known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyar ...more

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